As promised, here are photos of the tree that was hit by lightning this weekend. Talk about a close call.
Perhaps this shot gives you a better idea of the size of the tree.
You can see how the branch has been supported since Sunday using a tree on the very front of the property. I don't envy the arborists this job.
And speaking of trees, here is Gymnocladus dioicus - my Kentucky Coffee Tree that I started from seed. It is hip height and many years away from being as large as that old oak. It's planted in the spot where an old Maple grew. It's taken a number of years, but it is finally taller than the hosta that used to border the trunk of its old predecesor.
Gratuitous photo of pretty shade plant - a favourite of mine Polygonatum odoratum variegatum.
I'm taking on all challengers for the best Black Velvet photograph - too much contrast = tacky flower photo against black background. It is a White Rose sale table tree peony that has but one blossom every year. (Yes, you get what you pay for sometimes!)
Sweet little Aquilegia canadensis next to H. June.
Day two of the three days of Bridal Wreath Spirea beauty.
Pinellia tripartita having it's nose pulled. If you decide to grow this one, and it's pretty easy from seed, be sure to mark it. It is one of the absolute last things to crack the soil in late spring.
Black Seeded Simpson that re-seeded!
Our second salad from the garden this season - yum.