Flower Garden This Morning

This morning I visited the flowers in the garden to do some cutting.   I reminded the bees  “Even though I put this Russian Sage here for you,  You have to remember I like it too”. yes I actually said that out loud to the bees on the sage.  I also told a cute little praying mantis that he couldn’t stay on the cut glads, as he would not like it where they were headed.  We got quite a bit of rain yesterday and about 6″ or so last week.  The flowers are still hanging in there in spite of the nasty conditions this summer has provided them.   I’m hoping to get to some other writing this weekend, until then Happy Friday and consider this my virtual flower gift to all of you!


My view right now

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Sitting on my patio, stretching for my 8 miles, drinking my prolong and focusing on the run.


The garden giveth. The garden taketh away

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I only got one of these red sunflowers this year. On Monday it was blooming and beautiful. I had hopes for seeds for next year. On Friday, well you can see for yourself. Maybe it will overcome. I’m going to leave it there and hope.


I’m glad you came

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When I was a little girl we had a HUGE garden complete with a fence covered in concord grapes as a divider across the entire width of the back yard and a garden gate. I spent many a hot, sweaty, dirty afternoon working while Dad supervised aka sat in the shade smoking a camel non filter and giving directions. I learned to plant, hoe, weed, and harvest. There was a small area that was just mine and each year I chose to plant gladiolus, gladioli, gladiola or however you choose to spell it. I haven’t had glads at this house until this year. In the middle of a drought, at the end of a stressful and emotionally taxing week complete with a 3 day headache, Daddy sent me this in the garden. I miss you Dad!

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Pink Power

I puttered in the Garden this morning. I set my chipmunks must go trap.  I pulled dill and cilantro, sprayed the veggie garden for diseases and noticed the many shades of pink my Zinnias are producing. The teeny tiny white one with the barely noticeable pink stripes is the  Zahara Starlight Rose  finally blooming. I also have teeny tiny ENVY blooms in the lightest of lime green.


Sunflowers so far July 2012

Happy Tuesday Lovies, enjoy some sunflowers!


The Zinnias are coming!!!!

This is a first look at this year’s Zinnia crop.  I planted a bunch of varieties in my usual way of keeping very bad track of what kinds are planted where.  I tend to do this with all my plants, it makes for nice surprises when plants start yielding vegetables or flowering, but it sure doesn’t make for very precise identification in my garden posts.

Last year I kept it very simple with some Cut and Come Again’s in the retaining wall bed and a packet of some kind of big or giant mix down by the  bird feeders.   I tried letting them go to seed and then collecting and re-using, but I don’t think it has worked very well. For documentation’s sake these are the  varieties I planted:

Envy- 0 so far have bloomed, unless the pink and lime green ones are actually ENVY, but all online images show them totally lime green so I  have doubts.

Bupeeana Giants Mix

Burpee’s Big Tetra Mix

Giant Flowered Mix

Oklahoma Mix

Oklahoma Cherry

White Wedding

Zahara Starlight Rose

They are divided among 4 different beds, only 3 of which are blooming.  The bed on the side of the house with the Starlight Rose in it  is apparently slow or shy.  It also seems like I didn’t get very many  plants out of the seeds this year, not sure what I did wrong, perhaps lack of water for germination?  It is early so maybe it will all be stupendous before August arrives. That is if the earth doesn’t combust from the scorching ridiculous crazy heat wave most of the USA is  dealing with.   Below is what  has bloomed so far, with a few sunflower and rose pics thrown in.

Happy Gardening