Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pictures As Promised

A few more changes in the yard begged for several snapshots to be taken.  Seeing as how I have quite a few shots to show you, I'll keep the words short.

Some time out to lie in the grass....

And gaze up the sky.

Watching the marigolds grow.

The ninebark in bloom and watch out for the swarm of bees as you walk by.

Another nest.

This one belongs to this pretty mama Killdeer

Goutweed. So much prettier than its name.

Hostas are having their best year yet.

Lamium looks gorgeous among rocks

Calabrochoa looking gorgeous as a greeter to the fire pit.

A peaceful evening walk. A long day of strong winds led into a perfectly calm night.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Never Complain About The Rain

Rainy days always get me down, in a good way. Rest is what I need and with the outdoors being windy, rainy and the heaviest of greys, it is easy to allow myself that rest.

Oh how I love that pair...

The photos I'm sharing today are ones snapped yesterday.  I've been busy planting and I can hardly wait to show you photos in July when all of the annuals I've put in have filled out.

Blooming right now are the irises, of which I'm growing two types - Japanese and Bearded.  They are short lived, but oh so lovely. I adore the blooms on the Bearded type while the foliage of the Japanese lends itself better as a backdrop for the entire growing season.

Coral Bells are great in that they keep to themselves.  They stay compact, do not spread, and their foliage is lovely.  Most are better suited to dappled shade, but the type I'm showing here does very well in full sun.

Ninebark, you gorgeous thing...I love you in all your forms. I have several of these shrubs growing in my yard.  The close-up I'm showing you is of a flower bud and this particular specimen is covered in them, ready to put on a spectacular show, (more photos later).

The hops are going to have their most successful year yet.  They are growing like mad!!! In front of the hops which are crawling up the fence, are sem false spirea, and wedding veil spirea.

This rock bed, I finished this year, and it is unlike the other flower gardens I have in my yard in that it is mostly rocks, which my son recently said make the best perennials. I would have to agree, but just to add interest, I tossed in a few plants here and there.

Off on a walk, less than 1/2 mile from my home, I caught sight of this lovely family.  Mommy was making a lot of noise, so we didn't linger.

Scaring the pants off me the other day, a lovely specimen of a female mallard duck took off from the daylilies right behind my greenhouse. It takes a lot of noise to lift that robust, little body and she waited until my back was turned to give the scare its full effect. Upon closer inspection, I did learn that she has decided that the daylily patch was a great place for her nest. Oh Dear. I will try my best not to disturb her and keep my big, nosy dog out of there too.  I do hope this story will have a happy ending. I will keep you updated.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pumpkin Day

It's the big day!  Pumpkins, gourds and squash are going into the garden. In fact, I'm nearly done. It is the perfect day out there, 20 degrees C with a nice breeze, and I'm just in for a short tea break. Here's a little reminder of some of what my patch produced last year.

Also, I nearly forgot about this little guy. I took this photo in the early Spring. He is a tenacious little fella. His persistence to get rid of the magpies from HIS tree paid off.  I watched many an altercation before the birds decided to move. He's still in the general area and in fact might be the little stinker that ate all the sunflower seedlings in my greenhouse.

I hope you are enjoying your Wednesday or whatever day it happens to be when you are reading this. Thank-you so much for visiting and especially so if you leave me a comment.