Saturday, July 31, 2010

Food for Thought

Growth takes time. Be patient. And while you're waiting, pull a weed.
Emilie Barnes

Friday, July 30, 2010

Day Lilies!

One of the Secret Garden Tour volunteers invited me to see her day lily garden at it's peak. She had arranged the gardens beautifully with other plants thrown in. Every lily was marked but I'm sorry to say I didn't write all the names down. I thought you'd enjoy seeing some of her day lilies.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Digging out!

I'm usually shoveling snow when I'm digging out but not this time. I'm digging out yellow loosestrife, perennial geraniums and black-eyed-Susans. Can you tell that I worked four hours in this garden?I started at the back and will work my way forward. I have shared a few plants before this and they were dug from the empty space in front. I took out everything but the red bee balm in this corner.
I dug out all three perennials in this area. I am leaving some of all the plants but they have all taken over this garden. I know this is not the best time to do this. I decided I needed to do it now so I can tell what is what. Plus I couldn't resist 5 dollar gallon perennials at a local nursery!

Luckily, I have a neighbor that has a bank she'd like to cover so she took most of the plants. I still have Susans and several customers are happy to take them.

Too bad I don't live close to all my gardener friends to share with you!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Day at the Park

My sweeties and I spent some time at a different area of our local park on Monday. It's about a mile from my house. We are so fortunate to have such a lovely area so close to home.
We played on the 2 playgrounds,

ate some lunch
and played in the creek.

We're not too sure about this.


Getting brave.

Dirty and wet but what fun!

It was a perfect summer day and we took advantage of it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

You can tell by the rain lilies that we had more rain. It rained a lot over the weekend and we had flash flooding and 3 tornadoes a few miles from home. The only good thing was the much needed rain!
The Star Gazer Lily is huge and starting to bloom.
They are a lovely lily and they have a wonderful spicy scent. The bulb doesn't seem to multiply but they get taller and more blooms every year.
I have 3 Rose of Sharon bushes and they are all in bloom and full of buds.
A double pink..

..and a white with a red center.
The Datura (Angel trumpet) has it's first bloom of the season. I love this flower! Not only is it beautiful but it has an amazing scent.
I have mine in a pot on the deck and I keep it in the basement over the winter.
The blooms open at night and last 1 day.
Even the back is beautiful!
My lime light hydrangea is full of buds that should open any day now. The bush got really large this year.
I moved this hydrangea to a shadier spot a couple years ago and this is it's first bloom. It did have light blue, pink and lavender blooms before I moved it.
I'm thinking the flood brought me more than weeds and seeds. This is my lacecap hydrangea last year and ..
... this is this year. The flood must have changed the balance of the soil. I'm not real fond of the bright blue but maybe it'll change back next year.
That's some of what is bloomin' in Western New York this week. I'd love to see what's bloomin' where you are planted. Just add your name, state and permalink to Mr Linky below and add a link to this post to your blog. There is no better way to see what's bloomin' than to take our garden tour. On with the show!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Rainy Day

What to do on a rainy Sunday after breakfast. Play-Doh!
Payton's first time and she didn't even try to eat it!
Serious artist
Play-Doh pops.
Doggie sandwich.
Ta Da!
We have been getting some much needed rain this weekend. We also had 3 areas around our small city hit with tornadoes. Luckily the girls, Laurie and I were at a family picnic in a church basement because of the weather.