The plant shopping doesn't seem to be slowing down much in the Idyll world..grab your shovels and carry on...
Well, shopping has not ended here in Ontario. Last week two more clematis arrived at my door. (rolls eyes!) But I certainly cannot plant anything because of the heat. Watering is constant..can't imagine how Deanne does it!
Visitors came for a quick look around and the husband left with more questions than I think he imagined about clematis. I think there's an addict in the making!
Phoebe went out on a date with her boyfriend. How she loves a car ride and a walk in the woods! As for me, the change in humidity has me feeling dizzy and my eyes feeling odd...so maybe a nap is in the offing soon. It's a beautiful HOT summer's day.
Did I really need another ornamental Oregano ? Guess so ! And its a beaut too, Origanum l. ÂHarrenhausenÂ. I stumbled upon it in the back 40 of the local garden center and had to have it. IÂll get yÂall a pic of it in the morning when the light is more conducive for photo-ing. I went to the garden center to help me visualize what I might do with the hell strip Â I have more ideas than space at this point. I always struggle with trying to make areas of the garden match others to some degree-that is, the hell strip is across the sidewalk from my front garden and I feel that it should have at least 1 or 2 repeated elements to tie them together. Leaning heavily towards Rozanne who serves this function admirably in other areas of the garden.
Michelle, I think a few years ago I also requested that we post photos of our Idylling spot, we got quite a few entries as I recall ! I wonder if you are right about cold stratifying the Celosias . IÂm going to do some research , there used to be a seed starting database somewhere on line. ItÂs really ridiculous how little info the seed companies give you sometimes; I suppose they want it to appear that every seed they sell is easy to start. That was the great thing about Dowdeswell, the seeds were expensive but they came with very specific germination instructions that worked exactly as described, and they warned up front that germination percentage would be low.
Julie , glad to see you check inÂhows the neck ? sounds like you are back to your old self ? My most pressing JJ at the moment is the ever-abysmal garage. It became a crapola holding area during IU prep and is still holding said crapola. At least I got rid of the wine empties, lol.
Ok, as requested , here is the hell strip as of this morning: the daylily will be dug up tomorrow, the seedling lavender is already in the compost. From 2010-07-10
Jeesh, this looks worse in a pic than it does in person From 2010-07-10
Some nice stuff !
The fabulous Silk Road-not as big as Cindys! From 2010-07-10
A nice accidental combo this year From 2010-07-10
The Basil Grove and other stuff.. From 2010-07-10
Kathy in Napa
Kathy's hell strip rose was in bud for the IU. What a lusty thing! Our weather seems to have officially entered the unwanted realm, as in When Is Summer Going to Begin? A young attorney yesterday was bemoaning the cool temps and gloom, and I asked if she was a native of SoCal. No, she wasn't. I then informed her I was a native and am lovin' the cool temps. Sometimes I wonder how catty I really come across ;)
Bit of the doldrums here, mildly so, mainly due to two events.
1) My 80 yr old mom has Lyme disease from the tick she never saw, in the tall grass she was never in, while visiting relatives in Massachusetts while I was in Napa. She came home with the classic bull's eye rash, and tests at the docs revealed she's already got the cardiac electrical disturbance (grade one block) and blood test abnormalities (thrombocytopenia). She figures it dates to a picnic on July 3. Everyone was running around in bathing suits, and here's this 80 yr old lady buttoned up except for pedal pushers. The rash was on the calf. She's now on the antibiotic therapy and never had any noticeable symptoms other than the rash. But, criminy, what are the odds?!
2) In more bike related news, we like to ride bikes on the weekend when possible. Marty rode to meet a friend last night for dinner, and after an hour came out to find his bike stolen. Two locks had been cut through. Poor guy has been depressed all day. Mitch told him countless friends have had their bikes stolen, that any lock less than an anchor chain is easily dealt with by bolt cutters.
V's photo on the last thread was gorgeous.
Plant shopping continues here too. Colocasia 'Mojito' bagged today, and I did order a passion flower, supposedly a small one, Passiflora sanguinolenta.
No Denise, you did not get Colocasia 'Mojito' !! I writhe in envy-a hateful emotion !
I also must say that the lusty rose in the hell strip is actually a triumvirate of Molineaux,I fell prey to the David Austin catalog suggestion to 'plant 3'. Do not regret it and if I were to get rid of 90% of my roses , Molineaux would be one of the keepers.It blooms like mad and shrugs off every rose malady.
Thumbs down to bile thieves and ticks. Hope Mom is better soon !
Well, I feel that I am falling behind in my chores as an idyller to confess I havent bought a plant since the couple that jumped in the cart a week ago w/ the mulch.... I do think I'm going to have to find some things to help some pots along -- they've taken some surprising hits either or both from the trip and high temps - I mean -- who can't grow oxalis? But, mine is looking limp, long, and terribly languid.... go figure....
Geez, Denise - I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom -- as you say what are the chances? But hopefully the antibiotics will help her "right as rain" -- could it be the cardiac thing was lurking anyhow? All in all, good to have figured it all out early - if it was over July holiday - that's a very quick diagnosis; many times folks dont get it figured out til months and months later...
Rain - cool glorious rain -- it has been a welcome respite today, even if only an inch worth -- I went to an annual Crab fest at a friends who was pondering canceling as it's usualy held on her deck - I told her I would be happy to pound crabs in the rain with the rain falling on me it was so welcome - both for gardens and just as a cool respite. "Killing crabs" is a messy, messy serious biz for folks like me who love 'em -- but very hard work. It's a great summer event tho...
I know Cyn and her family are having a marvey time at the CB today -- it's perfect cool weather (& might even be a bit coolish on the water)......
Kathy - I thought your hell strip was really pretty - but it's funny about those things that are our "dark side" imperfections -- as I cruised toward my friend's house today thru a little town called Vienna, the town (or biz owners) had all planted the most wonderful assorted hellstrips in front of all the meters. I think I may have to go back and walk along them -- it's funny the things one notices as a gardener.... Most folks likely dont think twice about it. But it made the most delighteful change in driving down that main street.... I recall Keeyla's hell strip, did you note it, Kathy?
That's a bummer re the Tanner garden - I would LOVE to see what changes they've made to it from the Gardener's Diary episode. I'm sure it's changed - what garden stays static....
The last of my daylilies are blooming - Cherry Cheeks is near to the Heritage Rose which just started its second flush and they look surprisingly refreshing together.....
I'm excited at the idea I might be able to get out in the garden tomorrow a.m. and deadhead and clean up and maybe even m
Love a couple things -- but the weather is predicted to return to the 90s and the H&H factor back.... You'd think we lived in your locale, Denise!! I bet you're loving the cool oddity.
Well, off to rest from all that hard "work" I did earlier in the day w/ Maryland Crabs and Margaritas, LOL....
Here's another Keeyla photo - one can't have too many of 'em... a most original place...
Hope everyone enjoys their summer outings and company!
Just quickly skimming here, mostly looking at the pictures but I read Kathy's mention of a seed starting database. Here's the one I love and always use. Cynthia introduced me to it years ago. It's never steered me wrong.
Cindy, I did note Keeylas hell strip and thought about it as I was snapping the pics of mine. I seem to recall grasses and rocks -maybe some succulents ? I'll take photos when I go to her open days. Shes frost free--so nearby but what a different climate. A 20 minute drive south here will put you in borderline zone 10.
Another beautiful but HOT summer's day, so I was only able to manage some early morning "move the hose" activity and about 15 minutes of weeding in full sun.
This morning was another long ('excruciating' in my books) conference call meeting with our Gravel Watch board. Progress though, so I should be less impatient.
I continue to be frustrated by the university and their "progress" on my ability to work with photos. I also have a strange thing happening, namely my memory cards saying they are "FULL" after I have just downloaded all their pictures. Can't figure that out but DH will help later on this.
Lyme disease and stolen bikes. Both of those are cause for anxiety. I'm so sorry Denise! I hope you have good news to perk things up and balance things out soon.
Kathy, I'm glad to have the before shots of the strip. It will be so exciting to see progress made. :) I think I'm beyond the making changes phase in our gardens...only at the maintenance stage of things. (Boring, but necessary!)
DH has just discovered that he will be teaching only one course this Fall, though of course he'll still have meetings and grad students and so on. But that means that he will be able to make the trip to meet our new grandchild in September, something we thought would be impossible.
In the garden we have more variety than I remember, perhaps because I've tried to plant things that bloom at different times. One intriguing plant in bloom is Morina longifolium. It has very thistle like foliage (OUCH!)but an amazing spiked flower that changes color. Also have some feathery daisies, gloriosa daisies, hollyhocks, phlox, agastache, helenium, lilies and more. Then too I have a few containers and am enjoying them more this year than in the past...like Marian!
Time to walk Ms Phoebe with DH.
Later my friends,
Sunny and hot here today too but not as HOT as it has been - a nice lake breeze at times. Randy got energetic and went out to tackle starting to cut down New Dawn - safety glass, rose gauntlets and no shirt! Hes in the shower at the moment. When he gets out, Ill clean his wounds with alcohol
Vyvyan Pennell is back! A tough old girl... A severe pruning this spring, wilt, and new growth that was clearly deficient in something (magnesium? A couple of good doses of Epsom Salts seems to have done the trick...), she's now up - and over - the top of the lattice and has a number of buds for the summer single flowers. Now, if the tall growth will just survive the winter....
I'm taking a break from the heat and trying to catch up with idylling. It's been hot - not beastly hot, but uncomfortable - and the rain keeps going around our house. Friends in town got a full inch last night while we got nada.
I see there was some Tour de France chat on the last thread. We just ordered a new car, and the car salesman's daughter is married to the brother of Christian Vande Velde. Christian had taken a tumble that day and pulled out of the race.
The new car will replace DH's that was totaled in an accident last month. We're hoping to get a Prius in dark blue; Tuesday night the salesman said it would be no problem at all, but we still don't have a car. My patience has been evaporating like our potential rainstorms.
Denise, sorry to hear about your Mom's Lyme disease. What a bummer.
I'm sitting on the loveseat with DD next to me, and the 85 pound lab has wedged himself in between us on his back. Strange dog!
I grabbed a photo of the green roof on the chicken coop. Here's what it looks like:
And I love my Echinacea Hot Papaya, with Asclepias tuberosa in the background.
Finally, here's a glimpse of the world's classiest tomato cage, hiding behind a forest of Veronicastrum in full bloom:
Now back to weeding that area. I've decided that this soccer game will never end.
Cindy, Cherry Cheeks is a favorite of mine. Sorry to hear about your commute nightmare. Your new puppy is adorable. How soon is the grandbaby to arrive?
V, I love the Echinacea Hot Papaya, with Asclepias combo. You did a great job on the green roof. What are the main plants? I can picture the dog wedgeing himself between you and DD. I could tell rain was on the way this afternoon when Rebel came to me where I was weeding and got right in my way. He always does that when it is going to rain. Like he is telling me it is time to get under cover.
I didn't go out to check but we had a nice shower. We had three inches on Wed and Thurs. Much appreciated.
Woody, Randy was pretty brave or not to smart to tackle that rose without a shirt on. Good to see that the VP clem is rebounding.
I severely cut back two Knockout roses yesterday. I am sick of looking at them with all the Jap beetle damage. I'm thinking of taking them out all the way. They are giving me more grief than pleasure. We have trapped millons of those stinking beetles this year. Is it beetles or beatles? I'm to lazy to look it up. I can do without the roses but I hate what they do to my Japanese Maples.
I can't remember when I posted last and know I have missed commenting on many things and a couple of birthdays. Sorry about that. I have just been exhausted in the evenings when I come in and nod off pretty quickly when I sit down to read the happenings of every one. Nothing exciting to report from here anyway.
Denise, that stinks that your mom got Lyme disease and that the bike was stolen. I was glad to see a picture of you at the reunion so I can put a face with your name.
My daylillies are starting to wind down and I have started the clean up. I still have some late ones coming on. I need to cut all the hosta flower stalks off too. I have not taken many pictures at all this year. Just to busy trying to beat the heat in the mornings on projects to take the time.
Can't think any more right now so waving to all. Norma
Hola Idylls, hope everyone had a pleasant weekend and found ways to escape from the heat that so many of you are enduring..I continue to count my weather blessings, and wonder when well get our rude awakening .
Woody, I proclaim Randy a bit tetched by the heat to try to do battle with New Dawn in such an unprotected state ! Perhaps he needed a danger fix you know the adrenalin rush as a thorny rose cane topples on to ones bare shoulders ..I had a rose thorn wound this spring that actually concerned me a bit for awhile as it refused to heal-it wasnt painful or anything, just continued to be red and rashlike . Ive heard horror stories about rose thorn infections, and I was feeling a bit anxious about it. I started to rub Comfrey salve on it every night and it eventually went away, but I bet it was the better part of 2 months. Kind of creepy. Hooray for Vyv !
bug , I dont want to start any sort of political discussion here , but Im curious about your gravel watch group- is there a website I could go to to learn what its about ? I guess this is another envisioning thing for me ..
Norma I was wondering where the heck youve been ! Lol , Beatles is the band ! Think drum-beat as a reminder. I sure am glad I dont have those J beetles here, though I do have my own challenges with the cuke beetles and the damnable snails.
V. look forward to progress pics on that green roof, and am jealous fo your Veronicastrum. Since I never see it, either growing or for sale I have to assume that its unsuitable for the climate.
Thanks for the link Eden, I think that is the one I used to use. It says nothing about cold stratification for Celosia spicata, so I will continue to use the direct sow method, or the heat mat. I will not be defeated .
Time to start the BBQ !
This is the time of year when the roadside wild flowers are putting a their show. Theres lots of veronicastrum (I always think of V when I see it) purple cone flowers, blue vervain, heliopsis, prairie phlox, prairie clover, milkweed, liatris, wild roses and a bunch of things Ive havent IDed. It makes the drive to work quite enjoyable.
Ive not been buying any plants here. Theres nothing good to be found these days. I actually have almost all the ghetto planted. I had a few random coleus hanging out there that I threw in the ground yesterday. We got .35" of rain last night which should have given them a good boost.
Things are looking pretty good in the garden after a long day yesterday. My parents stopped by this afternoon with a trellis that they picked up on a garage sale enablers! My mom thought things are looking good.
Cindy, Id love to see a picture of your Cherry Cheeks I have a daylily that was from Ricks mom, but she had Alzheimers by the time I met him. I think it may be Cherry Cheeks I think it was introduced in the 70s which coincides with the time when she was actively gardening.
V, the coop roof is fabulous! Im interested in how you constructed the roof. What kind of liner and how is drainage handled? What a great way to try it on a small scale.
bug, you and DH waited quite a few years for grandchildren, how nice that you both can go meet the new little one.
Denise, how awful about your mom and the bike. I hope your moms antibiotics clear it up.
Kathy, I especially like the last picture. Looks like lots of interesting things going on there. Is the dark plants basil? Purple Ruffles or Opal?
Thats all for tonight.
Michelle, the dark you see on the right are branches of my Cotinus, which I coppiced this spring because it was floppy- now it is floppier than ever ! I do have opal Basil but it is out of the pic.
Good morning all,
Well a very busy, busy weekend teaching the latest rose and fuchsia plate after a busy, busy three weeks getting the piece designed and painted after a busy, busy spring getting ready for the garden tour. Im breathing a HUGE sigh of relief that all the deadlines are done for a while. Ive got a couple orders to fill today and then will spend the rest of the day and week puttering about in the gardens. The lilies are all at their peak of blooming and I need to get out there with a camera. I dont normally have this display until the last week of July. Oh yes, the Rose of Sharon is in full bloom as well!!!! Incredible how early things are this year.
Kathy, Im going to look for those Silk Road lilies. So very beautiful! Kathy, did you get a pic of that new oregano? Inquiring minds and all that. I really love that rudbeckia with the penstemmon. Is that perennial for you? Love the basil grove
Bug, I only have a 1/3rd of an acre lot and not a whole farm to keep watered.
Denise, I cant believe your Mom got Lyme after such a shot visit and almost no exposure. What are the odds indeed. Hope she recovers really soon. ~~ so sorry about the bike theft. Thats such a bummer. Id be really depressed if someone stole my bicycle. ~~~~ I really LOVE my Mojito. Its a terrific plant. ~~ Where are you going to plant your passiflora?
Cindy that Crab fest sounds like it was a lot of fun. ~~ Love, love, love that fuchsia pic from Keeylas. Super planter for it
Woody, cant believe Randy did the rose pruning au natural. Brave soul! Hope he didnt get too shredded. ~~ So please explain what you do to treat with the Epsom salts? Ive got a couple clematis that could use a boost. Do you dissolve them in water and what is the dosage? So happy to hear that Vyvyan is back!
V. love, love, love that green roof! Fantastic and that Hot Papaya/Asclepias combo is lovely.
Norma, lucky you to have had some nice rainfall. We really could use several inches.
Michelle, that roadside wildflower display sounds lovely.
OK time to get some breakfast and get my day started. Have a great day everyone
Just wanted to pop in and say good morning. I'm up and dressed and had a cup of yogurt - ready for the coolness of this day and inspired to get a few things done!
I'm up too Saucy! I've fed the cats, am mostly dressed (!!!) and have answered some complex email from DD's midwife. Such a fantastic woman.
Today promises to be a rainy one, perhaps with thunderstorms. We had rain overnight as well. What a relief! So today is only expected to reach 74F, but later this week we expect the high 80s.
I need to phone the doctor's for renewal of prescriptions. They've begun something new, odd to me. You phone in at 9am and get a same day appointment! I wonder how this helps things...but I'll give it a whorl. Any one else have this system with their doctor?
Last evening I spent a half hour weeding around the rain barrel where clematis Joe Zary grows. It all looks so much neater. It's those small jobs that I find so satisfying. Randy, I wore a shirt though! LOL
I think Im starting to learn that on idyll threads my mind retains what it last read, LOL, so I'll hop in to tell 'bug that yes, my family dr practice has had that "method" of appts for years - it can be very frustrating -- because phone lines are often very very busy and impossible to get thru... and oddly, it makes trying to get a routine appt Extremely difficult - like a check-up that you dont need today - you in fact wish to schedule farther in time -- frankly, I hate the system but I guess it works for them because they've had it in place for more than 10 years.... The other problem is they triage a lot with this sytem - if there's a terrible outbreak of flu, all those folks are going to be seen first if you call in w/ say, an ear infection or sinus issue -- and they'll tell you to call the next day for appt. For folks who work and need to schedule time out of the awfice and give folks a heads up, this makes for a hardship.... I hope you find it works well in your area for you, 'bug - perhaps if not such a busy practice, it makes for an easier approach.
V- I love the roof - it's gorgeous and cant wait to see how it does filled in... I still get a boost out of my little topiary turtle -- he's fun and neat to watch those plants mesh together and flower. Ok, I confess, you've lured me to buy the Ech. Hot Papaya -- I saw it yesterday and in my sun it's a bright coral w/ red overtones - I loved the color - and it looks incredible next to blues... now I have to find a place in my pink/blue garden, LOL - embrace the clash I guess and learn to love it all like Keeyla.
I was looking at Priuses recently myself and found in this area that blue color seems to be the "hot" item -- dealers didnt have it in stock except for maybe a "one" to demo... I havent ordered a car in decades and am not prepared to do so I dont think so I just walked away, esp as I have not really zeroed in on what to ultimately buy...
Glad to see you check in, Deanne - I wondered how your workshop went - I bet you're breathing a big sigh of relief to have it done - and the rest of the summer to kick back and enjoy I hope!
I worked most of yesterday in the garden - altho it hit 90 degrees, without the humidity it made it totally possible to work more hours more easily... still things to do, but that's when I took a "rest" and ran to see what fillers for pots I could find - of course, I couldnt find anything inspiring -- and somehow a phygelius, that Echin. Hot Papaya and (I'm still in shock I did this) a Musa Siam Ruby (it was only $9 & 3 feet tall -- but what was I thinking - I know - disposable tropical)..... I need to stop lookin at everyone's photos - there's too much subminal advertising that gets into my head, LOL.
Michelle- I will see if I can take a photo of the Cherry Cheeks -- I know I have one from last year - it's almost finished here (it's one of my latest and longest bloomers) -- it was out of my normal sphere of colors, but as it stands mostly by itself by my patio, it is happy and makes me happy to see the joyful color and exhuberant display.
Okay - gotta get real here now.... awfice duty calling...
Stay cool, folks - they claim we are going to have a chance of rain all week, but I'll believe it when I see it.
Cindy, I called for my same day appointment and find my doctor is away for a 2 week holiday. Boy that's a great help when I have one pill left... Oh well, it's only blood pressure medication...LOL. They couldn't have mentioned his holidays to me last week when explaining the system ??? I don't know about this.
I was skimming yesterday with my mind elsewhere....
V - great roof - that'll be fun to watch develop.
Denise - your poor mom! How's she doing now?
Kathy - the 'hell strip' developent will also be fun to watch. I've never lived anywhere where that needs to be dealt with. No sidewalks in this neighbourhood. Our previous house had a sidewalk but where the 'hell strip' would be was a ditch!
Deanne - re Epsom salts - I did an internet seach on clematis with pale leaves and that seemed to be a common recommendation to try. I just did what I do for tomatoes - add a handful or two around the base and water it in. Actually, since some leaves are still going pale I gave it some regular clematis fertilizer last night but, thinking about it, I think the problem is water. We had a dry, almost snowless winter, a dry, cold spring, a cool wet (7"!) June followed by an abrupt shift to HOT and dry with 1.6" of rain after 10 days of severe heat. I suspect there was some root stress from the early dryness, followed by root rot from the June deluges (where Vyv is can't drain well because it is surrounded by concrete...) So we'll see just how tough she is....!
Reasonably cool/less humid this morning here - maybe rain later, but it was ideal working conditions:
(notice the shirt this morning....!) We decided to totally clear the arbour so we could clean it up before replanting with the clematis. We cut the existing clematises down to 3-4' and will fertilize, add compost and water. If they recover, fine; if not... c'est la vie...
We removed the New Dawn on the left side completely but left a few canes on the house side that grow around the corner and into the mockornge under the kitchen window. (...except Randy cut off some of the canes I had intended to leave so they'll need to regrow...) We'll have to be very diligent about keeping that side pruned.
ACK! I just figured out one cause of double posts! Post your message, go to the kitcen and have lunch, come back and hit 'refresh'.... sorry about that....!
LOL Woody! I read your post, walked into the kitchen,came back, scrolled down and thought, "Oh, I didn't finish reading the post"-took getting to the next one about double posts before I realized that was what had happened. snort-I am totally pathetic! Glad to see Randy came to his senses as far as covering up before more attacks on the roses.
Denise, hope the Lyme disease is under control. It is a surprisingly nasty piece of work when untreated and I am so sorry your mom caught it. What are the odds??? Very strange and frustrating for her.
Kathy, meant to thank you before for identifying Cindy's roof shot for me.
Cindy, ha, for once they were right-more rain today (only a little sprinkle, though, so far). It rained almost the entire day while driving back and forth to the bay and most of the time we were there, so no kayaking. We were able to take a walk during a brief respite. Still, as long as I can see the water, I don't care if it is raining. I just love being there. With Congress coming back, I imagine your commute worsens, doesn't it? DH has decided to retire as of the end of the month. His director set a lot of conditions to his return and he decided to just go out now. I suspect that may have been the intention, but I think it is good anyway. Now, I am feeling very sorry for me about having to continue working. Probably a good thing though ;)
'bug, why do drs. offices do stuff like that? SO aggravating. Why, it is enough to raise your blood pressure-heheheh. Hope they refilled your meds! I am glad DH will be able to go visit new grandbaby. That will make the trip more fun.
Looks like we may lose several of our dogwoods. I am sick about it. A couple of the newer ones (in ground for just under a year) may have aracthnose (sp?) and my favorite 13 year old tree that has been the most wonderful tree looks like it is dying. I have been watering them, so I don't think it is the dryness. My dreams of a wonderfully shaded patio are literally shriveling up.
Saucy, hope your day went as well as your early morning.
All for now. Hi to everyone.
V, I love that echinacea and the green roof too, but would have dearly loved to see a photo of you, DD, and the lab on the loveseat just at the moment he really wedged himself (herself?) between you two! Hilarious.
Just went out to refill the bird feeders and noticed one new-this-spring azalea broken down to a nub and another older and larger (and delightfully shaped and perfectly placed, I might add) one completely gone. Annabelle and Clouseau had better quit this or they may find they are the special of the day at a local Chinese restaurant in the near future. I can't even find where they dragged this latest one. Replanted a viburnum twice last week as well as a sweetspire. Most of the roots are usually gone, so the chances of survival are pretty slim. I am so peeved!!! I keep hearing Chelone's voice in my ear...I hate dogs.
Good to see that Randy has come to his senses...it must've been the wound cleaning that did it!
Cyn, I don't think I could handle a digging dog, and you've got two! I cringe when Zeus lifts his legs on things, but so far, I've lost nothing, so I can't really complain can I? Gardening with dogs is not easy sometimes.
Although Rebel seems like a good garden companion :)
I called Mary's and left a message. She was at work. I just wanted to let you all know. I think that is good news and she's probably been really busy.
Today the kids and I are headed out on the boat. I think it'll be nice to have the lake to ourselves and maybe stay cool for the day :) Last night I did some things to make dinner an easy one tonight. Right now I need to go water everything before I go.
Saucy, thanks for connecting with Mary, even if only a message! Maybe she's without a computer connection or just super busy with LIFE. I hope all is well there!
Woody and I are planning a get-together this week with our men folk... at a nursery! Should be fun...and the meal afterward too! LOL
In the meantime, lots of stuff to accomplish, weather permitting.
Well, the garden certainly isn't "Idyll ready" but should be good enough for the group that's coming tonight. One of the other committee members came over last night and we set up the tables together. We did some fun things with the tables. Cloth table cloths and napkins along with fresh flowers tucked into each napkin. Actually we will tuck the flowers in this evening. I'll have to take a few pictures. She had fun looking through my garden for flowers that would compliment the different table cloths we used.
Showers predicted for this evening.
Got to go - meeting time.
Enjoy your day!
I see I managed to goof up the other moments thread by posting a little daily there -- le sigh -- not enough caffeine this a.m. to realize what I was doing.... We're getting more rain tonite (I'm sure it's because I moved all my agaves out into the yard and full sun so they can now get waterlogged, LOL....
Looking forward to seeing what Michelle's garden party had to offer... and wow, thinking fond thoughts of being at Deanne's almost a year ago to see some of those incredible lilies and things in bloom - but they're blooming earlier this year. Really spectacularly too -- major kudos to you, Deanne.
What a perfect evening here in Northern Cal, no wind, moderate temp, very comfortable. Trying to do home business paperwork and keep getting sucked out the door to WALAT ..and I still havent had dinner..need to get that done soon !
Michelle, I will attest that Idylls are very gracious guests even in non-Idyll Ready gardens Ill be your evening went well.
Saucy, thanks so much for taking the time to touch base with Mary.. maybe shell stop by !
Not much else to add, I really need to have some dinner before its bedtime..
Waves to all !
Good for you two GB and Woody! Meeting up at a nursery with a meal afterwards is always fun. I've been eyeballing the Garden Conservancy's open days and have zeroed in on a couple of close things. Maybe I can add a meal or at least picnic in a nice spot :)
Michelle, my garden will never be idyll ready, lol! What a beautiful table setting you described. I'm sure it will be a treat for all who attend.
I am excited that I've decided to have a little birthday party for Nick...only because it is a reason for me to spiff up the garden :) This year we both turn 40.
Maybe the agaves need to stay out there a little longer, Cindy...I don't think I got very much rain last night. I was deeply disappointed. I'd happily replace your agaves if they'd bring me a soaking rain.
I have been seeing living roofs everywhere since I've seen a picture of V.'s. Sunday morning I drove out to the Farmer's Daughter in RI to see what they had on sale, and bought a few things...but the thing I really enjoyed was all the buildings on the property. I need a shed of my own and now I'm full of ideas :)
Time to get this day started!
Well we got a little rain last night, not as much as we need but anything is a blessing and much appreciated at the moment. Enough so I dont have to water the lawn and gardens today, just the containers. I swear, even if we got three inches of rain the elephant ears and brugmansias would still need water by noon. LOL Very thirsty plants. The gardens are at their July peak and I love every minute of it, just wish it wasnt so hot. The weather people are predicting another week of 90 degree temps again and I really could live without that. It will be sad to say such a quick hello and goodbye to so many of my flowers that have only lasted half as long as usual because of the temps. But, there is always next year and Im making myself enjoy the moment, because its so pretty right now. Then I have all those tropical and containers of annuals to dote over the rest of the season so its all good.
Cindy, so cool you bought a Siam Ruby! Where did you put it? Im thinking maybe I should put my succulent trough out in the garden somewhere as perhaps it will have the same effect as putting your agaves out. I sure would love to have a week of rainy weather right about now. ~~ Did you ever get a pic of your Cherry Cheeks? ~~ RE last years IU, I know, can you even believe it was a year ago?
Bug, Im so bad with calling in a timely manner to get my prescriptions refilled. Id be a goner if I had to deal with the system you are now facing. Recently I was down to one of my thyroid pills and still had to have blood work done before getting a new scrip. Im really bad when it comes to dealing with doctors.
Woody, thanks for the information about Epsom Salts and Clematis. Very interesting and Im going to give it a try as Ive got a few plants that are yellowing out at the moment. Might just be the heat but if its recommended Ill see how it works.
Cyn, so so sorry about your dogwoods. Ive got an old, not too large Cornus florida that has the anthracnose but it seems to keep on, keeping on so Im leaving it for the time being. Ill eventually replace it with a kousa dogwood and what a huge bummer about the shrub damage from the dogs! Good grief, what is with that? Are there rodents or something under them the dogs are trying to get to?
Woody and Bug, how neat you are having a get together! Marvelous! Please share pics?
Michelle, Im hoping you took photos of your table settings? Id love to see it all set up. Hoping that your evening in the garden was a huge success.
So Saucy, what did you buy at Farmers Daughter?
OK time to get a little breakfast and start my day. I have a whole 80 degree, cloudy day to putter in the gardens and Im going to enjoy every minute of it. Have a great day everyone.
A pic for the day, 'Pastel Classic'
Looking for garden party pics from Michelle :) Sounds like such a pretty set up.
Deanne, love your "Lily with Bee" photo. Such a lovely color. I am also going to try to keep my dogwoods. We'll see. I bought the Appalachian Spring variety because they are supposed to be anthracnose resistant. Now, I am wondering if they weren't all really that cultivar. Hmmm. And, yep, I suspect the pups (Annabelle, mostly) are after chipmunks. The grandpuppy---I think he just figures I plant things for his amusement. I'll need to keep a closer eye on him when he's here.
Woody and 'bug, looking forward also to hearing about your outing with husbands. I am thinking of dragging my DH out. He is always willing to go to look at trees. I would love to plant a crabapple out back at the top of the hill. I think it may get enough sun there and it is near the patio, so that would be nice. I want one that is more spreading than upright with white flowers. Actually, I suppose I am trying to recreate one from home in PA that was an amazing old tree. New folks took it out-so sad. I am thinking of 'Donald Wyman', but probably need to get rid of an old Leyland cypress first-hear they can be a bad combo for crabs due to rust???
Sounds as though at least some rain is starting to fall for most of us. I am heading out to pull weeds (yes, the continuing saga). Will also be checking around for that errant azalea. Wouldn't it be nice if it weren't completely dead yet?
Tata for now...
Oh, I am finding that all my gardening trousers need replacing. They are all splitting everytime I bend over! I don't think it has to do with anything other than old age (theirs, not mine-teehee) since they aren't tight at all.
We had a fun time last night. We first went to a country shop/garden. The woman has a gift shop and her husband does most of the gardening. It had a definate country feel. I took my camera, so I can put some pictures up later. Afterwards we toured my garden, had a nice meal catered by a local young woman. Grilled shrimp salad, homemade bread and pie. The tables were well received. We had a zinnia table, a purple coneflower table and a veronica table. Each person drew a slip of paper with one of the flower names on it to find out which table they were to sit at. I made each tables centerpiece with the flower of that table. Best of all the rain stayed away. I have a large patch of 'Red Fox' veronica that everyone is quite enamoured with this year. The potager also drew quite a bit of interest. The purple kale, purple kohlrabi, bright lights chard and the cardoon were pretty much unknowns to most.
Today though is extremely humid, hot and oppressive. We are supposed to go to a bbq. Rick also thinks the tractor pull at the county fair would be fun.
I'd best get back to it.
Michelle - that sounds like a fun dinner/garden party!
Cyn - I've been craving crabapples lately - but the culinary kind. Stewed crabapples... YUM... We're going to check this weekend at the Farmers' market - there's one guy there that has a lot of harder-to-find apples later in the summer so maybe he has them. If/when our ash comes down, I would like to find a place for Evereste crabapple.
GB and her DH met up with Randy and me at Lost Horizons this morning. I only got a couple of clematises; GB got a couple and some other plants. Then we had lunch at a Greek restaurant nearby. After lunch GB headed off for a haircut and Randy and I headed home - via Taylor Nursery where I picked up another couple of clematies. I've been hunting everywhere for 'The Swan' hydrangea for the last month or so. Neither nursery today carried it. When we got home, we called a commercial nursery nearby and they have it. Some hopefully we can pick that up tomorrow.
I think I almost have enough clematises now to do the swag. I need to stop and write down all that I have to make sure I have all the colors I wanted covered off. GB brought me a seedling one to add to the collection - nice to have a bit more of GB's garden come to make itself at home here :-)
Barb checked with Mario again re the iron tuteur I wanted built. It appears that he is going to retire from the business due to family health issues so he said he will build it for me if he can make it with stock he has on hand. So I need to meet with him to see which parts might need changing, because I think there was one piece that he had said he'd need to order when we discussed it originally. He said he checked around with other people in the business and my tutuer is too small an item for it to be profitable for them to do. So hopefully I can work out something with Mario.
Looks like you and gb had a fun day, Woody. Evereste is also on my list. Thanks for the link. From what it says there, it might be perfect because it is a smaller one...and that crab apple butter sounds fantastic.
cyn - my favorite way to eat crabapples is to stew them in water and sugar with some cloves. Leave the stems on the apples and cook them until they are soft enough for the skins to break and start to fall off. To eat them, you pick the apples up by the stems, suck off the pulp and discard the stem and core, then eat the skins, remaining flesh, and juice/syrup. Very tasty - a childhood dessert favorite in apple season!
Sounds like fun things are happening all over the place!
Michelle, your home looks lovely! It must have been a great time at your garden party - the table settings are beautiful and very original, and the perfect choices!
Woody and GB - how nice to be able to visit each other. I don't think there are any Idyllers near me - Deanne, Chelone, maybe Sue and Saucy, Les and Monique, Mary, I think are all East Coasters....still pretty far away. I have been to Marie's at least once....garden friends are the best!
Deanne I love the daylily shot. My seventy feet of daylily and vines garden on the spite fence is coming along very well. I have seven Virgina Creepers, five from a friend and two from my DD; four Tangutica clems, children or grandchildren of the original one that I got from Marie; and a variegated honeysuckle. I think I have room for maybe two other clems, still thinking. For Daylilies, I have Raspberry Pixie, Catherine Woodbury, Custard Candy, El Desperado ( absolutely gorgeous!), and one labelled Stella d'oro which is obviously not as it is a beautiful pink double. The nursery I bought it from said it should be on their $30 table but their automated cash resister came up at $7. A good deal in my book! I do have Stella D'oro, Purple D'oro, Many Happy Returns, and Wild Horses in the front garden. I can split these to add to the Spite Fence garden, except for Wild Horses which I just planted a few weeks agao and which has four leaves and three blooms right now! Gorgeous!! I've got to cut this out - I am running out of real estate! DD and her SO are spending the week-end here to finish this project with me.
It is still very hot and humid here, but we have had a fair bit of rain and my gardens are loving it. For once everything looks lush and green in mid-summer; except for the peas, which are now finished in my garden.
Scary thing happened to some friends last week. He woke up at 3 a.m. hearing a strange sound. Thought it was a tap dripping and went to investigate. Then he thought it came from outside. Then he realized that he heard this sound everywhere he went in the house. He woke his family and they all went outside - and within thirty seconds the entire house exploded and the entire roof collapsed in flames! They escaped with only their lives!! Apparently the noise was fire in the attic. The smoke alarms didn't sound because there was no smoke in the house. The fire marshall thinks it was caused by mice or something chewing on wires in the attic, and the roof collapsed as all of the joists and beams burned through. The explosion was apparently from their gas barbecue when the outside motion lights shorted out. They are thankfully well insured, but are professional musicians and lost all of their instruments, thechnical equipment and all of their original music. Extremely scary and also extremely lucky. She was shaking today as she told us; this happened last Friday in the wee hours. We saw the house today and were astounded - virtually nothing left. Shocking.
Anyway, on that note I will sign off until tomorrow.
Julie how scary for your friends. I'm so glad they got out in time.
Sounds like you have been real busy with the daylily / vine border. Wish I could share some of my daylillies with you.
Betwwen Michelle and Deannes picture threads and Idyll, I feel like I have spent the evening with a couple of goood garden magazines.
I could only work in the garden until just after noon today. The heat was just to much. I will have to be out at daybreak tomorrow to water and do what I can.
Niki didn't even want to stay out today.
Off to bed. Norma
Just horrified by your friends' story Julie! So glad they escaped. I'm not sure I would have done the right thing at 3am! The thoughts will replay through their minds forever I'm sure.
What a nice morning we had at the nursery together. It was warm, but not unbearable. It was great fun to look through the clematis section! There was a big selection, but not the types we were hunting for, which can be frustrating. I picked up what I think is Venosa Violacea, but there was only one faded bloom (which fell off on the way home)so next year will tell the true tale. Once again, there were tag mix-ups, and in one case, two distinctly different tags on the same plant! I also picked up a ground cover clematis called Columbiana var tenuiloba. We shall see what becomes of that next year too. I found a plant that I have "loved and lost" and bought it to try in Reed's garden. It is Penstemon pinifolius, a lovely needle like foliage with orange blooms. I hope it lasts a long time!
I had a good laugh about one of the cashiers who had an intricate tattoo on her chest, writing from left to right, which I could not read. I ALMOST asked her to remove her shirt so I could read it.LOL!
Lunch of course was fun and we were lucky to be able to park where our plants were in the shade. Outdoors things were really heating up and by the time I returned home, it was 33C (91-2). I managed to mow some after dinner. I was delighted to find an island bed entirely spruced up and weeded by my garden friends upon my return too!
Maybe in the morning while it is still cool, I'll manage to weed some more. Looks like rain and heat for the next week though. Le Sigh!!!
I hope everyone is enjoying something garden related these days!
Well we are in for another week of hot weather here as well. Sounds like a return to the summer heat weve been having. Im just hoping this bout comes in with some mild T storms with rain. Keeping up with the watering is getting very OLD around here. I dont know how you do it Bug with the size and expanse of your gardens.
Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments to my photo thread! I really do appreciate the feedback.
How wonderful Woody and Bug that you were able to get together for a garden shopping trip and lunch. A Classic Idyll get together! I love the pic of Woody and Bug reaching across the plants. Did Randy take that picture?
Woody, hope you can figure out a way to get your tuteur. ~~ That Evereste Crabapple tree sounds wonderful. Wish I had room for one here/
Julie, nice to hear from you. It sounds like you are making great progress on your fence. It will certainly be a huge splash of color with all those clematis and daylilies. ~~ How awfully and very, very scary for your friends. Talk about having great presence of mind in the middle of the night. It saved their lives. Incredible.
Norma, I find lately that my gardening magazines dont have as much appeal as they used to. LOL I think the Idyll gardens are the best.
Michelle, Sounds like your garden party was a huge success. Loved the pic thread! Thanks for taking the time to share.
Cyn, youll have to let us know if you ever find that azalea. LOL about your gardening trousers
OK, must run, have a great day
Well....SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT.
I've managed to plant a few things, weed a few areas, and buy a pink agastache called "heatwave", 2 dark blue delphiniums for a boring spot, and a pot of multicolored penstemon for the patio table. The sprinkler is on, but it seems odd when storms are expected. Who knows if they'll actually occur though...
Need to refill the BBQ propane tank and get some gas for the mower.
Picked some daisies for a vase in the kitchen. Haven't cut flowers in ages. Have you?(Well I know Michelle has!)
Phoebe got to play with her friend Morgan again today, even though it remains hot and sticky out. Morgan likes to go in the pond for a swim. Phoebe is more reluctant. :)
Rain is in the forecast for tonight here - possibly an inch or so, so we braved the heat and planted a few things this afternoon. This morning we finally got a The Swan hydrangea - very unusual-looking! I gather it takes a few years to really get going but becomes very impressive (see amusing comments in the link below...) I planted the Odoriba clematis with it, one I got at Lost Horizons (if you check the pictures of it on COTW you will note a familiars name on the first picture... http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=17340 ) Until The Swan grows up, the clematis - if it survives - is likely to overwhelm it a bit. There is also a x Durandii in the bed roaming around. (GB - in the end I thought it was easier to put a pink with the blue rather than trying to match it with something else blue...) The Swan et. al. replace the big white rose we removed.
We also planted the White Moth hydrangea this afternoon. It replaces the Therese Bugnet rose. We paired it with the Piilu clematis to keep the pink theme for that spot.
We also planted the Betty Corning clematis from Gardenimport that I got to try to grow into the wisteria. The Henryi that are there now are a bit wimpy and only produce a few flowers. Betty is supposed to be very vigorous so we'll see if she does any better....
Julie - what a close escape your friends had!! I'll bet it'll be a long time before they sleep well at night again!
Deanne - we'll be meeting with Mario Wed. next week - I certainly hope we can work something out with his stock on hand.
Summer has arrived in Northern Cal while I had my back turned. The weather has been the same every day for so long I havent even been bothering to read the forecastI should have been suspicious when the usual sundown chill failed to kick in last night. Its 94 which isnt to horrible, but my AC powered on- the house was wide open all day while I was at the awfice-more weather report ignorance on my part. I just despise having to close everything up, but it sure helps- at least for downstairs. Once it drifts down to the 80s Ill go out and do some hose dragging, I expect the containers will be in need.
And what a week at the awfice; after one of our VPs no showed for work for 2 days, some concerned employees went to his home and found him deceased huge shock wave for the company(not to mention aforementioned employees). Very tragic, as he was a healthy guy , probably around 50 ish , very high energy etc. We still dont know what the cause was but it will put us into a period of disruption as he was responsible for some very important divisions of the company. We have some pretty strong management teams thank goodness, but he was something of a vision guy not good to loose that.
Oy Julie, what a storyand an awful loss for your friends. Really miraculous that they sensed something was wrong and headed out the door. We re really going to be miffed if we dont get photos of this vine and daylily extravaganza at chez Julie !
bug I cant believe you bought still more Clems ! You are every bit as hopeless as Deanne with all her containers, lol ! And of course I now think Im going to need a Heatwave Agastache too.
OK, time to clean the kitchen and plan the watering strategy.
Later my friends !
Well Kathy, we haven't begun counting how many containers we each have this year! I'm pretty sure Deanne has about as many containers as I have clematis though....LOL!
My watering strategy solved itself earlier this evening with a LOUD thunderstorm. It was short lived, and now the temperature is much cooler, but the lawn only half mowed. It will look odd for a few days I imagine.
Michelle, I love the tale of the napkin folding class on your honeymoon. Do you suppose that's why we never had a honeymoon? Food for thought...
Good night all!
Distressing news to read here -- wow,Julie how fortunate your friends were -- I've always been paranoid about critters in my attic and geez, now I know for good reason -- that's just dreadful - but I'm so glad they escaped w/ no harm.
Kathy - I'm sorry to hear about your colleague at your company - I imagine that will leave a huge hole not yet totally realized. So dreadful and to go like that "young." Actually, that's always been one of my worst fears, dying alone and no one knowing for days... Ugh... I hope they find it was peaceful but sudden for him.
Very very busy day here at the awfice -- all week I've been feeling like my head is a wall that tennis balls are being thrown at -- too many tasks/requests/stuff being tossed to me to do and none of them getting finished before the next ball has hit my forehead... I'm feeling dazed - perhaps it's having to work an entire 5 day work week, LOL...I try not to think about all the things not done or out of control, but this week it's hard to ignore.
I havent managed to be home in time to snap at shot of those daylilies, Deanne/Michelle -- either it rained several nites or I didnt get home til after dark.... I'm afraid they're just about done too... will root thru other year photos this weekend and see if I stumble across them. I imagine Norma has some great shots of them -- your photos of your daylilies I still fondly recall, Norma -- just lovely.
I sure hope things cool down for all of us; but I'm afraid that doesn't sound likely. And lo, bam, you got slammed into summer, eh, Kathy? High Summer is here for sure.
Good (soggy and warm) morning!
I found this last night and thought of Kathy. It's an ad basically, for redoing your hell strip, with a dozen or so basic 'how to' photos. There are comments from people on the results. Generally they feel the planting is too tall. I'm not opposed to tall and am fine with it. There's more in the Summer 2010 issue of Nature's Garden magazine.(Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication)
Because it is a wet morning after thundershowers, I think I'll be limited to deadheading roses along a brick path while it remains somewhat cool. Then on to other activities. I hope you enjoy your day! I'm thinking of Cindy who posted late last night and then has her long early ride into work. Just remember friend, TGIF! ;)
Well we are in for another week of 90 plus degree weather yukko. But the good thing here is that we dont have any water bans and I can continue to keep things happy. The tropical plants are growing as only they can do in these humid, hot conditions. ~~ Ive been having a great time watching a ton of woodpeckers on our suet feeder. There have been juvenile Red-bellied, Flickers and Downys here in and out all day long. Along with the Jays, Grackles, Titmouse, Chickadees, Wrens and on and on. I didnt know theyd eat suet in the summer but its a great favorite especially of the juvenile birds. ~~ Yesterday I did a road trip to The Farmers Daughter in RI and had a ball. The coleus house there is just exploding with color and they had buy one get one free with all annuals. Well, what can I say except some new cultivars of coleus jumped into my wagon. I also found a variegated Rose of Sharon ad variegated Sea Oats that had to come home with me.
Bug, you enabler you! I must have that Heatwave!
Woody, Ive never been successful in getting any clematis to grow into the wisteria and Betty might just be the trick to it. Ill have to give that a try. Or I was thinking of Sweet Autumn Vine to add some late season interest. ~~ love the stories about The Swan Hydrangea. I might just have to try growing that one. Sounds beautiful.
Kathy, thats absolutely dreadful about your co-worker. So very sad. Im so sorry to hear about that. Its been a week of bad news for me here as well; two very good friends have been diagnosed with cancer, one breast cancer and the other kidney cancer. Its too soon in either case to know what the prognosis is.
Cindy, so sorry about the stresses at the awfice that sounds awful. I think Id have blood pressure problems with that kind of work environment. I cant even imagine what your commute is like in this weather either. Hope you get some de-stress time in the evenings.
OK time for me to get off the computer and get outside before it heats up here. Have a great day everyone.
Heres one of my favorites from this year. Im loving the way the grass in intermingling with the abutilon.
We had a one day reprieve from the heat, but it is back, along with his old pal humidity. I've got to get out there and get everything watered (and figure out a rain dance that works) and then get a few plants in the ground.
No time to read or chat, but wanted to sneak in to say,
Happy Birthday, Michelle!!
Just a quick message about Agastache heatwave. I love it, but if it is SPUNK you are after, I find it a bit more subdued than the printed up hype. So it all depends on how you want to use it. I think, for example, that in a container it would work beautifully with other things.
Just my thoughts for what they're worth.
And speaking of heatwave, boy, is it ever hot!!!
We didn't get a drop of the 1" of rain that was in the forecast! So now we have to keep hand-watering the stuff we planted yesterday :-(
Kathy - that would be an all-round shock re your co-worker- but particularly for the concerned people who found him! Did he have family?
Deanne - I think The Swan will be pretty impressive someday. The sterile florets are certainly huge - so much so that they don't really fit on the flower panicle! They sort of flutter there, half folded up because there isn't room for them to open flat! But I think it will make for a pretty impressive white-blooming late summer shrub. It'll be interesting to see how late into the summer it blooms. White Moth, which has relatively large flowers, blooms into early October. I hope this one does too.
Well after almost passing out after working outside for five hours I've called it quits. Yes indeed, it's terribly hot out there; over 91 with what seems like 91% humidity.... Dreadful. It was nice having a half day's respite from the attention to watering but Im back dragging hoses around again. I really need to give the containers in the back a feeding but am afraid to do it in this heat as it can damage the plants. I lost a couple of callibrachoa in the front containers and I think that was the problem. It got too hot after a liquid feed and damaged the roots. The other plants in those containers are fine so I'm suspicious that the callibrachoa are a bit more finicky about the heat. I've had trouble with them in the past and can't seem to keep them in any kind of condition past the end of July anyway. But fool that am, I keep buying them anyway. They really do provide such a great splash of color when grown well. Hope springs eternal, LOL
So Cindy, are those your front steps???? You are holding out on us girl! How very, very pretty!
Ok time to move the sprinklers, The weather people are predicting a 40% chance of T storms later on this afternoon and I'm crossing my fingers.
"Only" 84F here...but way too hot for work in the sun. I finished up the mowing that was interrupted last night, deadheaded roses, weeded out the annual poppies and a few other things. Bought some more Gaillardia "Oranges and Lemons" for added color... Oh yeah, and the dog food which was my actual destination! Watering will have to wait for after dinner when direct sun isn't an issue.
Major weeding needs to be done in the flats and vegetable garden, but I have no idea when the stars will align to make that possible. It's either too wet, too hot or too buggy...
And so, on to indoor work.
Birthday photos are so much fun! I'm enjoying them today!
From June 2010
Deanne, it is interesting reading about all your birds. They are very scarce here this year. The main ones I see, besides our resident crows, is a redbird....a male, a mourning dove now and then, pileated woodpeckers ( hear more than see), a few indigo buntings,hummingbirds,and a few blue jays. Very very few song birds of any kind, except that redbird. It is a bumper year for fruits and berries of all kinds, so I do not know why they are absent. Maybe it is a shortage of bugs ?
After our 3 weeks with no rain, we are now well blessed. Had 4 inches in about as many days, then more yesterday and today. I haven't checked the gauges, but know it was plenty!
My latest plant buying includes, a good-sized blue Butterfly bush ($10), a red Penta, a yellow Lantana, a red Mandevilla, and an Evolvula. All in good sized pots, from Wal Mart. Funny thing about the Evovula. When I bought the one that I have had so long that it is about 3' by 3',it was not even labeled, and I hunted and hunted before I discovered what I had. Now Wal Mart has pot after pot of them, and they are labeled! Did I start a trend ??? Maybe a lot of GW readers wanted one. :-)
Julie, what a blessing that your friend had the presence of mind to get all the family out of the house. And how very scary that so little time elapsed once he did.We have had varmints in our attic in the past. I suspect it would be wise to have someone check out the wiring up there.
I am almost afraid to report that I am doing much better lately. I had a bone density test about 3 weeks ago, and was diagnosed with senile osteoporosis, which means I am over 70...LOL. I was told to increase my Vitamin D to 1500IU. ( I was 'supposed' to be taking D but was very lax at doing so.) So.....I have increased it, and I am also taking the other meds as I am supposed to....the calcium, potassium, and Prevacid for the acid reflux that was so terrible. And of course my daily BP pill. I am feeling much stronger, and much better over all.
Yesterday and the day before I spent a lot of time rearranging the vestibule....Removing things, and rearranging what was left. I am preparing a place for a propane wall heater to be installed. Tim and I are collaberating on the process. I will purchase the equiptment, and he will install it. We have come to the conclusion that I do not need to have to carry in so much firewood this winter. I will keep the wood stove. But not have to depend on it all night long, every night. We plan on putting a large heater in the vestibule, and a small one in Nolon's bathroom, and the utility room. I hate gas, but most of our neighbors have it. And it will certainly be easier than the wood carrying! I would prefer natural gas, but it is not available out here. I am hoping it will not damage my house plants. Any opinions?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE!!!!
Marian, glad you are feeling better. Vitamin D does seem to be so important and all the doctors are encouraging it. Guess in the old days before sunscreen we all got enough. Hope the heaters keep you toasty this winter. Much easier than hauling in wood.
Julie, wow. That is a scary story. My DH has wires all over the attic (extension cords, etc. for stuff he rigged in his less-clear thinking days. Time to change that for sure!
Deanne and 'bug, you are stronger women than I. I last about five or ten minutes in the heat before heading back inside for a "break" that lasts way longer than the weeding time. Maybe tomorrow I will accomplish more.
Kathy, what a shock it must have been for your coworkers-and everyone else there. I have started glancing through the obits in the paper (ha-a sure sign of old age) and always think that it seems early when people die at 80 these days. I guess it is all in one's perspective...the closer I get...
Cindy, the steps do look marvelous!
DH is due home from his meeting shortly, so time to cool it off in here (I live in sweaters year round it seems).
I come home for lunch today and closed up the house, watered , etc and wouldnt you know it, the heat was a no show ! No complaints, but there will be serous deadheading this weekend, as even 2 days of heat after none for weeks caused the un-acclimated flowering plants to shrivel a bit. If I can keep myself from venturing out to the garden center this weekend Ill only have three plants to install. What are the odds ?
Marian, Im glad to hear you are feeling so much better-and very prudent of you to deputize Tim to help you get a second heating source too. I have natural gas, but my BILs had propane when they lived out on the coast and there were no issues at all with their house plants.
Anyone have any opinions on Caryopteris Longwood Blue that would explain why mine looks so horrible ? Its blooming away but the foliage is awful-yellow, brown, you name it. Its by far the worst looking of any of my Caryopteris , and I am that close to SPing.
Ill let Cindy break the news to you Deanne re: where she took that photo--!
Ok, all for tonight, Im whipping up some tortellini with mushrooms and pesto, and have to go mind the stove
I had to pop in to say thanks to everyone for the fabulous birthday eye candy! I'm pooped - talk to you tomorrow.
PS I agree with Deanne, Cindy, you've been holding out on us. I love your steps.
Last night the sky darkened and it finally rained. I don't think I remember a time when it hadn't rained this long while I've lived in New England. I hope we get a little rain with each hot and humid day. Phew. A sigh of relief.
I let my front yard just go. I figure if it's brown and dry and hideously ugly, it will get me moving in the direction of ripping out the lawn and installing a garden. It's probably just a 12 foot front strip. Basically a hell strip, large scale :)
I have to get the paths in the GG down first. The heat has put a work stop on that job.
I hope you had a good day Michelle.
I'm not sure about your C. Longwood Blue Kathy as mine looks great despite the lack of water and mega heat.
Marian, I am glad to hear you're doing better. I had a vitamin D deficiency, too. I suspect it's the area I live in coupled with the long winters. Just another reason to move back to California.
Sarah has a sore throat and a fever. She says it doesn't feel like strep throat, but now that we're on day 3 and the fever seems worse than ever, I think it's time for a throat culture. Luckily her doc has a Saturday "urgent care" clinic and the strep test is so easy now...you go in and get swabbed by a technician and then you go home. They give you a special number to call into a phone system and find out if you're positive. Amazing. It used to take days.
Okay...time to go do some hose repairs so I'll be ready for this afternoon's watering duties :) We're headed to the mid nineties!
Going to be a deadheading-trimming-pruning derby here today, my morning coffee WALAT revealed the arrival of that ragged time in the garden that comes in mid-summer.
Saucy did you see the photos of Amy Stewarts front garden that Saxon Holt put up on Garden Rant ? The climate is awful where she lives (talk about lack of vitamin D) but what a nice colorful and lawn free front garden.
Cindy , I was so bummed that my pic of those geraniums didnt come out-it had a big white sun-glare blob right in the middle of it. I cant believe I only took one photo too. Guess Im going to have to go back, lol.
Time for a coffee refilllater !
Just as I thought...today is one of my not so good ones. I am surprised since it is not a stormy day. Must be the high humidity...:-(
Anyhoo...here are some pics:
Excuse the weeds around this pot. I haven't done any mowing or weedeating for awhile.
And the shelves that I moved out of the vestibule:
They are now adding to the deck decor. :-)
Happy birthday, Michelle! Thought you'd appreciate this clever leadwort climbing through the jade plant. Your garden party looked liked loads of fun.
Hoping Sarah doesn't have strep! How unfair to get sick in July.
Julie, I read the fire account to Marty, who listened most attentively. What a head's up guy to get his family out on time when all the other gadget backups failed.
I know where that porch with those incredible geraniums was, and I even brought one home! Great photo, Cindy. Hope they stop lobbing tennis balls at you next week. It has been a busy summer!
Glad to report that we're now sharing hot temps with the rest of the country. I had been planting through the overcast June and even into early July. The dwarf V. bonariensis, I think called 'Little One,' are the first casualties. Cut back to the nubbins to see if they rebound in fall.
Kathy, so sorry to hear about your company's VP. Egads, when I think of those who've passed on in just that way, including the writer Richard Brautigan from up your way.
My mom's test came back negative for lyme, which I guess is fairly common, and the rash has faded. Heart and blood tests are still abnormal, but docs have lost her medical records in the switch from written records to computer, so can't compare old tests to new, etc, etc. Patients really have to be on the ball these days with such common snafus. She's feeling great and is very savvy so takes it all with a grain of salt. Tomatoes we planted at her place are cropping in this heat, and she's so excited.
Marian, that's a lot of plant shuffling! Glad you're feeling well enough to accomplish it.
Weekend waves to all.
Here's what they say for here within the hour:
Brief wind gusts to 90 km/h, large hail of 2 centimetres and torrential downpours of 50 mm within an hour are the main threats.
Think I'd better go move plants into the garage...
Okay -- Confession time, I didnt mean to let folks think those are my stairs - those are what I would love to have my front stairs look like! The shot is from Filoli Gardens - they had the best grouping of geraniums and made me want to try them all again. They also made me think of you, Michelle, because you do so well with them. Here in my area, at least my house, all they do is sulk, no matter which ones I try - I suspect they need a lot of coddling and fertilizing to keep 'em going here. In PA when I lived there, it was not a problem...
So those are my imaginary steps, folks -- aint they grand?
I had set my alarm to get up at 6:30 this a.m. to mow the grass - but low and behold there were fierce t-storms about 2 a.m. and the grass was soaked... no mow or trim today. It was about 98 degrees here I believe and felt over 100 -- I went to a couple stores to look for photo albums for the trip photos and found that that's where everyone was today - in the stores - they were mobbed every where you went....
Things are so toasted here it's depressing.
Another wowser, Denise - I love that shot and your jade tree amongst the plumbago -- you have such wonderful combos, whether accidental or planned - and I am certain more are planned than not. I need to do some serious ripping and editing in my small areas; I've let some areas go "wildish" w/ the monarda and phlox and it's just too raggedy.
Well, stock club tomorrow and more heat and heat here -- I've got to get my hose muscles in shape because I think they are going to be getting a big workout for the next weeks...
That's my collection of clematis for the swag. Now if it would just cool down enough to be able to get them in the ground! I hope I can keep them alive in the pots until conditions are suitable for planting...
I started reading this Idyll last night and just finished. What an interesting read it's been! So much going on with all of you at the height of summertime!
Denise, I'm so glad your mom's doing ok. We don't have a problem with ticks here but what an added worry. Ughhh!
Julie, also so glad to hear your friend and her family made it to safety before it was too late. That's really some story.
Marian, good to hear you're having some better days even though there may be a few mixed in that are not as great.
I love the photo of GB and Woody on their outing too! OH and Woody, I have that h. white swan. I got it last year as a baby from Bluestone. Mine's only about 12" in diam and height this season but has 5 fairly large blooms. I think this one will be a beauty when it grows up, just like a swan.
Cyn, I love my animals but I don't know if I could put up with that kind of damage in my garden. Actually, I know I couldn't. I'd have to find some sort of solution to that for sure! Maybe a contained area that's just for them to run apart from the gardens?
Kathy, I'm intrigued by your hell strip. We have one too but ours is just grass. It wouldn't be a good place for a garden here. That's where our water hookup is, so if there happened to be maintenance it would be dug in and also when people park on the street that's where the passenger steps to get out of the car. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with yours.
I have a topic for discussion....something I've been pondering. We went on a couple of garden tours this last week and it got me to thinking about how much of an impact the art in a garden has and also I was thinking about it in relation to recent IU pics here and the pics of the garden Michelle shared on her thread. Wondering what all of your thoughts are on the subject of garden art? Goes without saying that the garden must have a good design and interesting plants and combos to begin with but do you think it's the accessories and little details that put it over the top?
We had all three of the grandbabies yesterday. Bella always spend Friday night, she and I always do movie night with snacks (her favorite part) and then I picked up Kate and Wally Sat. morning and took them home around 9pm. I figured Jen and Randy could use a break right about now so it gave them a chance to relax and go out to dinner. Such a fun day Brad and I had with them. They kept us busy though and I think the little ones even wore Bella out. Here's a few pictures from our day together.
Bathing Beauty Kate
Kate and Bella
I love this one
The men just watching those crazy girls
Getting ready for a bike ride with Papa
I'm planning on spending as much time out in the garden as possible today. Summer lover that I am, I'm so enjoying this summer with all the warm weather, though I could do with less humidity at times, but I'm not complaining. It'll be over too soon! Hope you all are able to enjoy your gardens today too.
Wow Woody , thats an impressive amount of Clematis. I wish you the best of luck with them all and I will anxiously await to see the swag in bloom.
Belated Birthday wishes Michelle. Your garden party tables were very pretty and I enjoyed touring the garden with you.
The sky here darkened this morning and it is raining. Yes! Even if I did water all day yesterday.
I've been cleaning up the daylily foliage and this will get them putting out new growth and looking good again.
I have been trying to use up the pot ghetto and get some containers going to give some extra color. I wish I could get them going earlier but I'm usually to busy with other things. I get lots of volunteer impatients and they just get going about now and make good fillers.
Deanne I am glad to hear I am not the only one who has trouble with calibrochia. Just when they are looking good they just die out. What a shame because I really like them too.
Cindy I will try to find a pic of Cherry Cheeks. I need to find out why my picture trail uploader isn't working though.
Cyn, did you ever find the missing shrub?
Marian, I think you are wise to be putting in an alternative heat source. Your plants are looking great. New ones are always fun aren't they.
Kathy, have you heard what caused your co-workers death? Many times it is sleep apenea.
It's time for a new picture of Mr Toddler. Did the Idyllers get to meet him?
It's still raining but I better go find something to do.
Hey to all. Norma
Eden, I love seeing the grandkids. Kate is really growing up. I bet she mimics Bella quite a bit. The pic of Brad and Wally is special too. Enjoy them now they grow up way to fast.
I do think garden art has a big impact on gardens. It's one of the things I always notice, and it really adds to the style of the garden.
Well, I enjoy garden art of several kinds: whimsy/folk art, sculpture that is not too ornate, and even benches and furniture, possibly painted brightly. I think having garden art as a focal point is almost necessary, but especially nice when the gardens are in perfect order. (which doesn't happen here!) I do prefer limiting the number of pieces though...to just a few REALLY EXPENSIVE ONES. (Joking)
My problem is that DH does not want ANY garden art as he finds it too "gimmicky". This really upsets me...and I had to give up some iron work fish and hearts that I really enjoyed. Wouldn't you know, he then came home one day with an iron bird made of old vehicle parts! I'm not particularly fond of it either. I like more refined pieces.... There is a woman nearby who makes beautiful iron insect pieces. I would love some of her grasshoppers, dragonflies and butterflies floating above ornamental grasses. No way says DH... And so my supporting structures for clematis and my small bird bath are pretty much my "garden art". Also I guess my containers could be considered decoration, but not art, at least so far.
Do you remember Jim Wilkens' hosta gardens? There was lots of lovely art work there and it really enhanced the gardens.
Yesterday I emptied an old non flowering bougainvillia from a hanging container and replanted the whole thing. That was my project for the day and I really enjoyed putting it together. It is a bit late in the season for this kind of thing, but maybe it will take off anyway.
Fortunately we got absolutely no thunderstorms or hail last evening. These weathermen are crying "WOLF!" a bit too often. For today they say: "Increasing cloudiness. 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm."
I am in after only an hour or so of weeding, but in full sun. I'm beat!
Good morning Idylls !
Lots accomplished yesterday , most notably the star jasmine got her yearly post-bloom haircut, always a messy job as lots of sticky latex-ish stuff drips as you work.
Must be the cool June we had, my Zinnias are taking forever to develop any sort of size this year, I guess Ill have to try giving them a little shot of fertilizer and see if that helps. MaxSea to the rescue !
Marian, nice re-use of the vestibule shelf unitdoes the Buddliea live permanently in that pot ?
Eden, I really enjoy art in the garden, as long as its done wellKeeyla Meadows garden that we visited for IU is in fact pretty over the top, but its not just a garden, its her gallery and the plants really become part of the art in this case.So fun, and dymanic! Les and Moniqes garden is another example of art objects used cleverly to compliment the plants It seems as though more and more public gardens are featuring art installations, both the Ruth Bancroft Garden and Mendo Coast Botanical had them, and there was art at Maine Coast last year too. Marcia Donahues garden is on the GC open days next Saturday, and Im really looking forward to seeing that , Ive seen her installations around here and there but have never visited her garden.
Woody, wow, you are not messing around with this Clematis thing are you ?? That swag is going to be spectacular !
Norma, lol, Mr Toddler and family are tentatively coming over next Sunday for a BBQ , so Ill probably be able to come up with a couple of photos. No word yet on the co-worker .
Ok, time to head outside for more deadheading ..
Some lilies from this morning..
no tag for this one.. From Garden Summer 2010
From Garden Summer 2010
Black Beauty, just starting to bloom From Garden Summer 2010
A new one for me, Gold Crown From Garden Summer 2010
Great lily shots, Kathy - they're looking yummy. Might the first one be Tom Pouce? Altho there are so many kinds that's probably just a silly guess. I love Black Beauty - mine are a bit bent over (didnt stake high enough again). I dont know what people do about these tall, tall ones that seem to be need 8 or 9 foot stakeS!
Laura - interesting and I think a delicate subject re garden art -- definitely a personal one. I've seen so many that are done so well and it inspires me, then I worry I'm just junking mine up. I personally have a harder time mixing different garden art than I do interior furniture and decorations. Inside, eclectic seems fine; but outside it's harder... and it's hard to know (& force oneself) to know when to STOP, LOL... especially in smaller gardens. I have a personal tendency to want to keep classic with classic; whimsy with whimsy; modern with modern, if you know what I mean - it's likely a lack of vision on my part...
Boy, 'bug, it's hearing things like that re your DH having such strong opinions about garden art of all things that makes me happy to be single, LOL -- I cant imagine being contentious about it w/ a significant other - I've been single too long obviously, LOL....
Stinking hot -- I know it's summer but I just dont envision summer being constantly close to 100 degrees in the Mid-Atlantic states - I could go to Arizona or Florida if I wanted that.... whine, whine... it makes it a big chore to garden in heat and humidity -- all one can do is worry about maintenance and water, water, water....
Stay cool all.
Cindy that name doesnt sound familiar I bet I have a tag around here somewhere. I also mis-named the last pic, it was sold to me as Copper Crown, however I think it was mislabeled. Im going to send a photo to the vendor. I made a horribly long list of lilies this weekend-such no-brainers for me , 90% of them do great , and the 10% usually just rot in our cold wet soils over the winter. I have never staked my Black Beauty..they seem to have pretty sturdy trunks ! Those Lilies I stake are stretchers that are leaning towards a better exposure than I can provide. Really need to remove the Liquidambar .
Chelone, come out and play ! We miss you.
I had a great 50th birthday. Rick made me dinner the night before along with a bottle of wine. The day of, he made me breakfast in bed. He also had an orchid waiting when I got home from work. Deanne, I may need advice as to how to keep that thing alive. It sure is pretty though. We had dinner on the patio of a restaurant overlooking the lake. At work there were black balloons and everyone was dressed in black as well. I had lots of phone calls, FB messages and of course the lovely pictures here. It made the day much more bearable ;o)
Yesterday hit 100 degrees. We were to go to the city for Ricks class reunion, so we went early and did some shopping. I knew it would be just too hot to garden. We went to a statuary place that Ive been wanting to check out. (You know garden art LOL) Im actually looking for a fountain. They only make one style and I didnt care for it and thought it was very expensive.
I was just notified by my 7 year old computer that I have no more room on the hard drive. It wont allow me to upload any pictures. Im not sure how I will remedy this. I know I could delete lots of pictures, but it is easy access to have them on the computer. I do have an external hard drive that I use as back up. Maybe Ill have to make use of that somehow. I hate technical things.
Eden, the girls are the perfect picture of summer and little Wally looks entertained by it all. What fun to have them so close to you to enjoy.
As for garden art. I have plenty of "stuff" in my garden. I dont know if I would call it art, but its fun and makes my garden unique. I prefer things other than the Walmart type of trinkets, but there are people who like to gift me with that type of stuff. I do like old antique type stuff in the right spot.
Kathy, your unknown lily reminds me of one I have called "Tom Pouce" Since Ive been working on this post for a bit and just now refreshed I see Cindy thought the same thing. I do have to say that my "Tom Pouce" gets absolutely huge flowers on it, bigger than what yours appear in the picture. How awful about your co-worker.
Cindy, the reason I grow the geraniums is because they are so easy here. Most of the ones I have are the fancy leaf ones and I dont even mind if they dont bloom much. I do fertilize all my pots once a week. They certainly love full sun.
Denise, what a great combo with the jade. I love when that kind of thing happens in the garden.
Saucy, I hope Sarah is feeling better no fun! Kenzie and my DD have both been sick. Kenzie told me a summer bug got her.
Marian, its good to hear that you are feeling well these days, I hope you can continue on that path.
Deanne, your containers never cease to amaze me. The one by the garage is stunning.
Cindy and Norma here is the daylily that I think could be "Cherry Cheeks"
Well the hope that Sarah would be better each morning when I wake has faded. I took her to the doctor as soon as 72 hours with a fever had passed (I did go in for a throat culture which came back negative) and he looked at her throat and ordered another strep test and said if it's not strep it might be mono. I am not happy about that. Sarah is my wimpy child. I always worry about her so. She just doesn't eat well despite having good choices and has always had respiratory problems. Seeing her like a ragdoll worries me sick.
So we have to wait a bit longer for test results and then new tests if it's not strep (to confirm mono). Jake is 16 and ripe for mono. Goodness.
I broke down and bought some more hose gear yesterday and am going to set up watering zones. It won't help with the watering chores at my neighbor's, but I've been hand watering at home, and a sprinkler set up would be most helpful.
I love all of your lilies! I wish the red lily beetle weren't here. I am not good at sprinkling the magic potion on the plant at the right time, so I've had to just let go of the idea :) I do love that clear yellow, though.
It's time for me to go water. I've been up every night adminstering watermelon snacks and doses of pain relievers. I'm a mess myself as sleep is something that I need to function. She's sleeping on the couch now with old HanaBarbara cartoons playing...brings back memories!
Good morning my Idyll friends,
Well Im officially, completely, sick and tired of this hot and dry weather. Its so sad to see the perennials just blow by their bloom season at light speed. My lilies have never had such short bloom times. After this weekend of 90 degree plus, windy weather things are starting to look pretty tired. I might make another trip to The Farmers Daughter in RI and scoop up a bunch of their beautiful coleus to fill in the tired looking spots in the borders. Im thinking Im going to purge a bunch more daylilies after this season. They went by too fast and their foliage looks awful the rest of the season after they are done blooming. But the good news is that the containers are really filled in and looking so nice right now. Ive had to move a few things around because of the heat. A few of the abutilons arent one bit happy in the front. Just too hot for them this year so I pulled them back onto the patio to give them some heat relief.
Michelle, wow, it sounds like you had a marvelous birthday! Dinner then breakfast in bed! Fabu-fabu! You are so going to laugh, orchids do better with company! LOL They like bright, indirect light, humidity at 50%, water once every week to ten days and only fertilize when you see new growth, then once a month or so when they are setting spikes. So they like humidity but not wet feet. ~~ How dreadful that you hit 100 degrees! Thats awful. ~~ Where are you thinking of putting a fountain? Keep looking, the right one will be there. We found ours at a garden center but it was missing the pineapple top. It originally came with a statue that I didnt care for anyway and I found the topper on line. I bought it for half price so it was a good deal. ~~ Great daylily pic, thats such a pretty pink.
Kathy, wowza! Scrumptious lilies and highly beautiful photos of them. They used to be no brainers for me here as well but now between the rodents and the lily beetles they require some time and effort to keep. ~~ I cant believe you are talking about late blooming for your zinnias because of a cool June when we are all bemoaning the much earlier than normal blooming here.
Cindy, ditto what you said about the heat and about garden art! I absolutely LOVE art in the garden and Im constantly reining myself in because Im maxed out there as well. I love to see all styles but I tend toward the classic. Id never have thought that was my style per se but I do love beautiful cement pieces and urns and that has dictated what I can do with the rest of it. Id have to say Im eclectic with classical leanings. I particularly like setting up unexpected vignettes that are a surprise for people who are exploring the gardens and really looking at things, like the new print on the side of the shed with the Lisa leaves. Its a fun view that you dont see unless you take the time to walk around to the back of the shade bed. Eclectic is so much fun, mixing and matching and creating a harmonious whole. I think its the garden art that can define the gardener, where the personality of the designer can come out and shine. I like to see the art surprise, delight and meld into the surrounding plantings but Ive seen some gardens where the plantings were just framing for the art and that worked too. I really learned a lot from seeing Edens gardens years ago. Her use of found objects and placement of unexpected things is exceptional. She has surprises for the viewer around every corner, a delight for the person lucky enough to tour her gardens.
So Bug, jeesh, It seems to me that you are the gardener so you can dictate what art gets incorporated into your gardens. Nest-ce pas? I dont ever hear you say your DH even has a bit of interest in the gardens or spends any time working in them. ~~ BTW it is never too late to plant a container. Ive sometimes put some together in September that feature fall things like the beautiful kales and asters.
Norma, LOL I was also glad to hear Im not the only one who has trouble with callibrachoa. I can never figure out what Im doing wrong. Every other plant in a container is perfect and the callibrachoa just dies out. So strange. Sue made me green with envy this past weekend when I saw her containers with gorgeous, huge blooming specimens.
Eden, great pics of those cuties and I especially love the one with Brad. So special!
Woody, is that a euynomous on the front porch behind the hydrangea? Its beautiful there with that variegated foliage against the white trim on the house. Thats a lot of clems! Cant wait to see your swag in full bloom.
Denise, just love that plumbago intermingling with your jade plant. So very pretty and an unexpected combination. Glad to hear your mom is doing better.
Marian, love the shelves on the deck. Looks great there.
Saucy, Im so with you on the need for rain. We could use a whole week of cloudy, rainy weather. ~~~ So so sorry that Sarah is still sick, sounds like mono to me. What a bummer and dreadful for her in this hot weather. Hope they figure it out soon.
OK Ive got to get off this computer and get outside before it gets baking hot again. Ive got to get the dahlia garden staked and all the containers watered and that will take until noon.
Have a great day everybody
Wow, you folks are so good about responding to everybody - this is going to be a real flyby and only what little I can retain at present (which is not much for a Monday a.m. sneak before the 9 a.m. bell)...
Michelle -- that Rick is a gem - you rightly deserved such treats for your birthday, but it's the oddity DH that responds so well -- good for him and you!
I must say that daylily is gorgoeous but does not look like what my Cherry Cheeks does (it's got no ribbing and is definitely orange undertones w/ red overtones - it's a pretty plain Jane daylily, but it gets huge numbers of buds on it and just blooms its heart out - so I am content with it even tho it really doesnt go w/ much in my garden). That one you've got is lovely and I'd enjoy that much more probably, LOL. (or it could be mine was mislabeled; I never really thought about it).
Kathy - I hit the lily catalogs before I came to California - I made a list but didn't order -- and am struggling now -- got some puppy expenses coming up and trying to rein myself in from more garden purchases - but it's still calling to me. I'm getting more shade and root competition drastically now and I think that's why more of the lilies are stretching and leaning... the Black Beauty does not have a very strong stem either -- obviously I've not sited it well.
I'm reaching the disgust stage (as usual) for the garden - it's roasted and toasted; edger plants have vanished; the weeds are thriving and some wild things are taking over. I struggled for 3 hours yesterday a.m. before the stock club meeting -- well, at least the grass/weeds got cut.
Cant wait to see what you do w/ your clem swags, Woody!
Saucy - Im sorry about Sarah - and hope she is on the mend quickly and that it's a simple diagnosis... they always worry us no matter what their age or condition! Like you, I too never could function with lack of sleep - yucko - it makes you feel terrible and crabby too, right? Hopefully, today will be better for you both.
Dare I say Happy Monday? Egad.
Saucy - I hope Sarah starts recovering soon - that must be so worrisome! I had a bout with mono in my teenage years - the summer before starting university. It became a convenient medical excuse to request a private room in residence so I could get adequate sleep! Since they were out of private rooms, I got a double - with no room-mate! :-)
Michelle - it sounds like you had a great birthday!
Eden - you're doing a thriving business in cute grandkids! :-)
Marian - I am always amazed at your deck flowers - all that watering....! I turned responsibility for things in pots over to Randy - he's much more diligent about keeping them watered and fertilized that I was, so they are doing much better under his care than they did under mine!
On the weekend Randy dug a trench and laid/buried pipe from the rain barrel overflow pipe, across the path to the south gate, and into the south alley. Now the overflow runs along the bed on the south side of the path while the barrel drains through a soaker hose on the north side of the alley. I think we'll be adding rain barrels to other locations next year...
This morning we washed most of the arbour, relaid the bricks under the gate that got torn up when the New Dawn rose on the south side was removed, and planted 5 clematises before we ran out of steam. Hopefully we can get the other 10 that are waiting to be planted in the ground tomorrow since it is supposed to be cool in the morning at least. There are another 4 I want to get but I'm doubtful I'll find them at this point, so they might have to wait until next year. GB - the gardenimport ones we planted today (2 Black Prince) were VERY rootbound in the pots. I hope they make it. I'll bet the rest are the same way. I guess that's likely because it was fairly late in the season when I ordered them so they've been sitting in the pots a long time. We planted a Rouge Cardinal on the front right side of the south gate stucture so it'll be opposite the Jackmanii Superba which is on the left side. The two spring bloomers - 'Willy' and a 'Blue Boy' (seedling from GB) - were planted to hopefully spill down from the top of the arbour in spring with any of the C. montana that survives. They should coordinate well with the pinky-lilac spring colors in the area. The Black Princes are the first of the ones that will grow on the swag itself.
GB sent some interesting pictures from her weekend. First - her new hanging basket:
And then some pictures from a visit to a friend's garden. Is this the inspiration for the arbour in your veggie garden - or did your arbour inspire this one...?
I liked these daylilies. I've come to prefer these nice strong rusty reds for daylilies and have been adding some to the garden here.
The colors in this pot also grabbed me - and remided me of something that Deanne or Michelle or (?) might do! :-)
And of course, there is a cute kitty...
You said there were turkeys and interesting dogs too...? Where are the pictures of those?!
I'm the bad one here about responding to each and every one...but I think of you ALL often! Honest!
Saucy, I've been thinking of you and your family health issues...but also of your many talents. Why today there was a radio show on hotel chains and their bee gardens! It seems they use their own honey in their kitchens. And yes, the price of honey has skyrocketed so they figure each hotel earns about $7000 each year on honey sales.
Eden, love your daily doings and your photos of the grandkids! I'm suffering from Grandchild withdrawal while they are away in the Yukon. Two more weeks to go!
DS is late coming here today...because he is visiting friends in nearby Mississauga. I'm pretty sure he'll be here in time for dinner. And so I had time to rush out and get points toward my discount at the local nursery. Silly me, I added to my small day lily collection after reading about Deanne eliminating many of hers. We'll see how I feel about them next year, but for now, they fill a color void.
The arbor that Woody posted was built after ours was. He's the fellow who attached the top horizontal pieces for me (while DH was in China) back in 2005. He's a true gardening addict and so we go to nurseries together and share plants. He likes to arrange flowers and plant up pots as well. His wife is the hard worker though, digging up deep tap roots and other impossible jobs. You'd never guess by looking at her skinny self! She also is good at taking cuttings, pruning roses and so forth. They have tons of pets as well. He has collections of pigeons that he buys and sells, exotic turkeys and hens too. He used to breed Borzois, but is down to only a few now. (He's a judge for hounds.) There is a "Fur and Feathers" sale every year in a nearby town and they usually end up with something new each time they go. The cat above is a Manx, which because it only has a short tail, tends to hop like a rabbit rather than move as regular cats do. It's a balance issue. I ran out of steam taking pictures and concentrated on looking at all the plants. I came home lusting after Echinacea "Fatal Attraction". It has wonderful rich color and almost black stems. :)
Back to work.
"Thises and thats" take a long time to clean up. I had gotten one coat of pickling on the stairwell to the Salon last year and, suitably stale on the whole venture gave myself a break from it. I put the second coat of pickling on the stairwell today and then followed it up with two coats of satin finish polyacrylic finish. I have only to cut away the newspaper that keeps the finish from the walls and I'll be finished with it. I even pickled and topcoated one of the hand railings for the first run of stairs(completely)! I have another long one to do and the one from the left side of the short of stairs. I'm tired.
Being tired is good when your frame of mind is not. Helps with sleeping, I've found. :/
The Salon is in dire need of a serious vacuuming. There was a downright scarey film on the horizontal surfaces of the stairwell! The focus for me of late has been to list the "Julie Jobs" and begin checking them off. The stairwell was a biggie. Thanks, Julie! :)
I must now turn my attention to getting my computer out of the library and into the Salon. This is proving difficult for a technologically challenged person with a stubborn helpmeet. I don't fully understand the function of modems and routers, the options at my disposal, let alone the relative advantages/downfalls of any of them. We exchanged very cross words about it today (also involved is the long simmering issue of connecting the house to the bahn with respect to outdoor lights, which are still not operable from inside the house) and the present silence is just fine with me, so much for "love, honor, and cherish". ;) Sometimes silence is the best option. Having "right" on your side helps, too.
The prehistoric mouse that arrived with my Dell (Dude!) finally bit the dust yesterday morning. I had to call my BIL to see if he had a "loaner" for me. Indeed he did and we both got a chuckle out the round connection on the old one. I trotted down to the big blue place to purchase a replacement this afternoon. I am dazzled by the little button on the side that allows me to "go back" or "go forward" with out moving the cursor on the page! We're in high cotton now, kids. Lol.
Horribly behind here, but really do think about you guys pretty nearly every day. Your pictures dazzle daily and frequently leave me feeling more inadeqate that I presently do, but in a good way.
OK, time to head on out again and get rid of that newspaper. It will really make the whole projet take a giant step forward... I need that now.
Woody, the cat in your picture is my idea of a great looking cat. I've never had a Manx or a bobtail, but I know exactly what you mean about how they move. There is a bobtail at the the helpmeet's workplace and she moves differently, though no less gracefully. She's a delight.
O, Woody, I'm horribly jealous - I've had Black Prince on my wish list for about 4 years now - there's nowhere here in the U.S. that seems to carry it once Chalk Hill went out of biz -- Yum, can't wait to see it in bloom. you are going to have one heck of a huge group of blooming vines!
Great photos, 'bug -- enjoy your visit w/ your DS.
O.K., Today's thoughts:
10 things I like about winter
1. It's not hot and humid
2. You don't have to wear a sun hat
3. You get a lot of work done in the house
4. You don't have to shave your legs because you wear long pants
5. You don't need your air conditioning
6. You don't need to water the garden
7. You don't need to wear SPF 60 sunscreen
8. You get to cook and eat comfort food
9. School's in
10 things I hate about winter:
1. It's cold
2. You need to wear a wooly hat
3. You can't work in the garden
4. You have to wear long pants
5. You have to use the furnace
6. You have to shovel the precipitation
7. You need 15 SPF sunscreen
8. You gain weight
9. School's in
Here are three images of my Cherry Cheeks Daylily, none of which really show her rich color very well.
What splendid Idylling we have today-and on Monday too ! I had a wine-WALAT this evening and enjoyed a couple of hummingbirds that were spatting over a fuchsia- I was right in the line of fire too, they were zooming around pretty close to my person, oblivious to me but intent on running each other off. I can still hear them out there as I write this.
Feverish wave at Chelone-so glad to see you, and it must feel nice to cross another item off the Salon punch list. I vote for a wireless network at the Compound if its available to you, although Im not sure what the distance issues might be between the Salon and the Main Residence.
Michelle, what a nice b-day celebration ! Im with Deanne, even out here lots of places have some great end of season sales on Fountains-no one likes to carry big-ticket inventory items like that over the winter. I really would love a fountain too-used to have one but I hated it so I gave it away (it came with the house) and have dithered about the replacement. I keep buying birdbaths to tide me over !
Saucy, poor Sarah ! My late DH and my DD both had mono and it sure is disruptive, though I think the recovery period is faster than it was in those days. I seem to recall fatigue as being one of the really major symptoms. Good vibes out to yall from the left coast.
Love Julie thoughts for the day, lol, though I would have to modify them slightly to reflect my weather conditions..i.e. we dont generally shovel the precipitation here, and I have noticed that I no longer seem to have hair on my legs whats up with that ? I guess if you are going to go bald thats a good place for it, though the armpits would be welcome.
All for me tonight, baseball to watch !
Well there was some crazy weather south of here yesterday; a suspected tornado and some damaging lightning strikes in north central MA. There was rain south of here and rain north of here but not a drop on my gardens but Im just as glad we didnt get that round of storms.
Cindy, I lol over "the disgust stage". You are too funny but I know what you mean. This summer has been brutal and so difficult to keep things looking good. It seems that Ive been at it 24/7 and still have areas that are very tired. Im going to start relocating a few containers into the borders and I dont normally do that until end of August/September. My clematis have just given up this summer. After that 104 degree day every flower on every clematis fell off the plants and there are only a few blossoms every here and there. I was looking at some photos from last year and my Arabella was beautiful this time of the year, covered with blooms. It only has about five flowers at the moment. Oh well, there is always next season
Woody, sounds like you are making some great progress on your swag. Love the pics, especially that container.
Bug, love you new hanger and that Echinacea, I saw a double one at The Farmers Daughter called Hot Papaya that I MUST have. A fabulous looking plant that was smothered with gorgeous double flowers. I have no place for that color though. Id have to rearrange part of the borders to accommodate it.
Kathy, what fun to get such close views of your hummers. They are such entertaining little things and so darned cute.
Waving hello to one and all, time to get outside and get to work.
I love Echinaceas Deanne! But, rabbits do too- so I need to cage the plants! Wish I could cage the rabbits instead! Last year I discovered Tiki Torch and think it is truly a great plant. As you can see, I have a love affair with oranges... I also love pale yellows though, so am fond of Harvest Moon and Maui Sunshine. Then there is Fragrant Angel which is white.... And on it goes!
I was up early and fired up the tractor and its wagon and carted debris off to the far reaches of the property. Mowed the path there too and was back indoors by 7am. So I'm now tired, but need to prepare breakfast for the troops.
Yes Julie...I'm with you on your seasonal thoughts!
It seems that Hot Papaya is the Idyll plant of the year! Deanne, I believe V. and Cindy have already succumbed :)
Sarah woke today looking more like herself. Fatigue is the biggest problem, Kathy, after the initial fever, sore throat, and malaise. Apparently 50% of cases have a swollen spleen that can rupture...but I refuse to worry about that. Just taking a shower last night wore her out. This morning she is eating all that she sees, though, and that is a good sign.
SunnyD came over to visit last night and declared my sitting area was better than last year at this time. I had to remind her that last year I had painting chores and so I didn't get set up until about this time. I may have to find a bigger pot for a few things :)
Watering duties continue here. Today was to be our boating day, but with Sarah in her state, Jake is going kayaking with a friend today. Nick and I sold our canoe to GB's son, and we bought kayaks for the family recently. I am looking forward to my maiden voyage. The water has been down so low this year, though, that it's tough to put in behind the house. When we go to Maine for vacation this year, we're going to bring them to a larger river.
I don't care how miserable the summer is, you'll never get me to wish for a New England winter, lol!
Time to water.
I have been reading along, and discovered that I have missed a lot of birthdays. Going to try to catch up. Hope you all had nice BD's!
Happy Birthday Julie!!
Happy Birthday Candy!!
Happy Birthday Eden!!
Happy Birthday Michelle!!
I will try to come back later and write more!
Today's planting list:
Comtesse de Bouchaud, Hagley Hybrid, Inspiration, Guernsey Cream (2 - one is very puny...), Hyde Hall, Snow Queen, Jackmanii 'Alba', Yukikomachi, Gillian Blades, Prince Charles, Galore (2), The President (3 - one by accident! The Hagley Hybrid turned out to be a 2-for-1 and I didn't notice until we went to plant it. There was no way to tell which was which and they were planted too close to separate... so I may end up digging that out if it screws up my color scheme too badly! One can hope that The President in that group dies off...) So that clears the clematis pot ghetto. I'm still looking for Rosemoor (2) and I have too many white ones now, none of which are group 3 because I couldn't find any white group 3. It's rather odd - wege done a lot of work in the south alley but it'll be a few ears now before it looks any different than the pictures taken after the ND roses came down! There's no point in taking any pictures of the work we did, because you can't really see anything! I don't expect all the clematises to survive. The house side is very dry, even with the help of thae rainbarrel/soaker hose. The other side is good because there's no roof overhang. There's a fair bit of root competition on both sides, so now we wait a few years to see how tough things are....!
Love the peeks at your gardens, Drema! And talk about garden art -- how lovely. So nice to see - bring us more, LOL.
Saucy - did I miss where Sarah was officially diagnosed w/ mono? I guess that's where my rapid skims get me into trouble. It's such a "personal level" yucko disease - my DD got it her junior yr of college 3 weeks before finals - she had to take incompletes in everything and I had to take the train up to NE to drive her and her car & college stuff home -- one of those "never forget" fun parental memories -- she was a sick pup for a couple months; had a bad case of it. I really hope Sarah's turns out to be a very mild case and she recovers quickly (but be careful of a re-bound).... I guess one has to say thank goodness she's not missing school; but a tough way to spend the summer - for both of you.
I guess we could talk echinaceas for hours - I know on the regular threads there is much discussion of them. I had the Fatal Attraction one last year, 'bug, but it did not come back true for me this year.... I seem to end up with a lot of seedlings that are just purpurea types.... I think I'm having better luck w/ Ech. Vintage Wine that I fell in love with during the New York IU; it's looking really pretty with the Bonfire peach this year. That is one small area of the gardens that seems to be looking good this year. But golly, that Ec. Hot Papaya is a glorious color so I plunked it in despite the fact it likely will clash w/ stuff nearby -- I say, let's let them duke it out....
Can't see your photos as usual at the awfice, Norma, but hope to look at them tonite. I always love seeing your shots.
Glad to see Chelone check in to let us know she's chasing dust rabbits, while Im chasing the garden rabbits, LOL...
Stinkin hot as usual here.... We have a baby shower coming up in a couple weekends for DD so I've been busy trying to make some lists of things I need to do, without hopefully having to take any time off to do them. It's a hard time of year to have a shower, because so many folks are off on vacations - but such is life; I know it will be just fine.
Okay, gotta get back to lunch and woik.
Gotta offer some color tho -- I was thinking of Matanzas Creek where Kathy took us 3 weeks ago, today, Wow -- It was very warm there but not like here!
I'd never actually seen lavender cut before - they were just starting (I suspect these are same images Kathy's posted, but they are worth repeating, I think):
Cindy, here is where we need scent buttons on our computers!
Woody, you are going to need to water those clematis steadily. Mildew sets in when you don't. Another Randy job? Some people insert 18"-24" pipes next to each young plant with a rubber cap on top. They use these for watering directly to the roots. The cap prevents critters and soil etc from blocking up the pipe. Soaker hoses just didn't provide enough water when I tried them.
Drema...oh those raspberries! mmmmmmm!
Well stick a fork in me because Im well done. It isnt as hot as last week but still high 80s and as humid as it gets and Ive been outside all day. Whew, Im one crispy critter and probably smell like one too. LOL ~~ Yesterday I spent the day polishing up my driveway garden and discovered an infestation of banded sunflower moth larvae in my Echinacea. So the flower heads are all cut off and Im hoping if and when they set new buds that it will be past the stage when the moths lay any more eggs. What a pain. Nothing is ever easy is it???? Today I repotted one of my King Tut papyruses and this will be the final potting up for that plant this year. Its been growing at light speed and was in need of watering three times a day so hopefully this will make it easier to take care of for the time being. Wish I could pot up my white brugmansia as that is another water hog and Ive taken to leaving the hose dripping on it all day to keep it from drying out. It is currently in a tremendous growth spurt and there are hundreds of buds forming so it should be beautiful in another week or so. My Charles Grimaldi is also finally forming buds as is my large variegated Brug called Shortys Variegated. I cant wait for the large Shortys to start blooming. ~~ Im getting ready for company Friday evening. Doug has invited some of the folks he works with for an evening in the garden and Im trying to get things polished up for company.
Cindy, just LOVE those pics of the lavender fields; gorgeous and perfect with those orange umbrellas. ~~ How cool youve gotten that E. Hot Papaya I almost bought one last Thursday when I was in RI but I really do not have that color anywhere except in the tropical container garden. Hmmmm maybe I should grow it in a container until I decide where to put it? The specimen in the display gardens was spectacular.
Drema, great pics from your beautiful gardens. Youve been holding out on us. Love that raspberry photograph especially.
Saucy, glad to hear that Sarah seems to be feeling better. What a worry. Heather had mono in her senior year of HS. I seem to recall she was under the weather for three weeks or so.
Bug, love that E Tiki Torch too but Im a huge fan of the new double Echinaceas. They are so fabulous and the flowers last such a long time.
Kathy, while I was working in the driveway garden a female Hummingbird came over and was feeding in the butterfly bush not three feet away from me. What a treat!
Woody, I cant wait to see the mature swags! Youve been really busy and gotten that huge task accomplished in a short amount of time.
OK Ive got to run and get washed up. Its time to think about whats for dinner.
Have a great evening all
I started weeding around 2PM and here it is 5pm and DH is home already. What did I do out there? I can't say much, but I guess if I didn't do it, things would look worse. Mostly I focused on our bridge area. Man, those weeds take growth hormones....
Love your postings today Drema!
Off to create dinner. Hmmm, wonder what it will be!?! Lots of veggies because DS eats mostly bread when on his own!
Cindy, interesting to see the lavender cutting process. Thanks for showing that.
Drema, I like the raspberry/fence shot too, and the others as well.
" What a pain. Nothing is ever easy is it????" Deanne I was thinking the same thing today when I noticed something blistering up the leaves on my morning glories which have been great looking until now. And I guess I have crown rot on one of my large hostas as the leaves keep falling away.
On the other hand I stopped at the nursery today to look for new pruners and they had all their annuals 60 percent off and I was in need of some filler color for the gardens so I loaded up on them.
It rained this morning and apparently we have another storm on the way. The humidity is wicked here too.
Need to hit the sack so I can get up and at em early tomorrow. Night all Norma
P.S, Saucy I hope Sarah is feeling better. We have been seeing a lot of kayaks around here. I just told Bob the other day that they must be the new canoe.
Love your shots of Matanzas Creek Cindy ! I have it on my calendar to venture over there in fall, all those great grasses and the lav's will have some new growth with a whole different look.
Continuing a lavender theme, here is a photo of the lavender fields at Robert Sinskey Vineyards,(site of the IU7 tailgate party) much smaller scale but I like the white cultivars interspersed. The peeps seen in the distance are V and her lovely DD. From Idyllunion 7
Can anyone remind me what this plant is that Denise is peering at intently ? I'm thinking it was a Salvia of some sort ? From Idyllunion 7
I'm up now and been awake since 3am. Think I'll head out to water and weed in a few moments.
Just loving the lavender theme. My cousin used to live near the lavender fields of Provence... I too like the mix of the white and lavender varieties Kathy!
The frogs are very noisy these days!
I know I'm wrong on this account, but it sounds wonderful to be out weeding and watering at 4 a.m., GB! I think it would be a treat :)
I've been sleeping in each day until 7 or 8 because I've been staying up until 11 trying to find some quiet "me" time while Sarah's been sick. Today was back to normal as she slept through the night, and dare I say, I think she is feeling much better! Cindy, no, she was not officially dx'd except by process of elimination...the doc said strep or mono and strep came back negative. We had the bloodwork done yesterday for mono. There is still hope :)
Thank you for all the well wishes.
Norma, I liked our canoe, but our family outgrew it...namely Jake....he's 6"1' now and 3 of us that size do not leave much room for little Sarah, lol. Now we each have our own kayak which presents the problem of toting them from river to river, but my husband is working on the solution! I have yet to take mine on it's maiden voyage.
I found a groundhog in the GG yesterday. Fresh dug entrance to his new home smack dab in the middle of one of the beds. I am plotting and planning like Wile E. Coyote this morning.
Woody, I am interested in your swag project, reading intently. I look forward to updates on the progress. I only have two clematis, but I see where I can use more. Problem is that I plant them and forget them, and those that survive, well it's great, but I lose alot. I think I'm doing something wrong, but I'm set in my ways :)
I love peeking into your garden, Drema! Good to see you here.
I'm going to go and hit the garden early, too, though it doesn't seem too refreshing out this morning :) When it gets hot I'll come in and plot the groundhog's capture.
Just in from 2 hours of weeding which culminated in a thunderstorm. I'm wet..a sewer rat!
Yeah for a healthy Sarah!
Groundhogs: Where you see one, there are 100. Where they make a tunnel, it will be used forever. They produce several litters each season. Phoebe takes care of some of those. Charlotte eliminated quite a few adult groundhogs. UGH. Learn that you cannot plug the holes successfully. A minor solution is to empty used cat litter in the holes. There are at least 2 holes per den. They LOVE astrantia! Do NOT under any circumstances name them.... In our area people shoot them. Farmers do not like them...or anything else that moves I think.
OK, time to make breakfast and shower.... Then, if the rain ends, I may plant a few clematis in permanent homes.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a good gardening day. The asparagus patch is a disgrace. I hope to attack it!
End of this thread! Off to a new one!
Kathy , I could very well be wrong, but I think the plant you are asking about is a Polygonum, Knotweed.