This mornings trip to the garden was VERY exciting for me. My first Gladiolus bloom, my first Double Purple Althea bloom, and a TON of tomatoes ripening. Then, to top that off, my wife says "I want to go to Lowes today" --- I got some GREAT deals on clearance plants, all in pretty good shape, a few annuals and a few perrenials.
Here is the Double Purple Althea bloom. There are a ton of buds ready to pop open on these. I have two Double Purple, and one Double Red.
Well I had the day off, and had to go to lowes and walmart to see what they had on clearance. Got some really good looking Petunias, a pretty good size tropical Hibiscus, and one of those pre-assembled container gardens with a little of this and that......all cheap. Did some planting, weeding, trimming etc, and then took some pics. Here they are for your visual stimulation.......
Here are the new Petunias:
My pumpkin......I pulled the vine out today, it was rotting, and there were maggot looking worms penetrating my pumpkins flesh.....I may not grow pumpkins in the future, but I did it, at least once!!
Here are my .37 cent petunias, and my $1 Dahlias in the background:
This is not my new Hibiscus, its the one that had the two distinctly different flowers, well, this is the THIRD distinctly different flower, and this one is a perfect blend of the previous two. Call it grafting, call it cross polination, call it whatever you want, I call it the absolutely beautiful nature that God and Gardeners create:
My Sunflowers, which have become great stalks to tie my tomatoes to:
My Crepe Myrtle on the side of the house, with some weak looking Glads
And finally, another of Gods wonderful and mysterious creations. This beautiful flower popped up next to some Caladiums that I planted this year. There was nothing there before but some grass, and I havent seen this flower anywhere in the neighbor hood. I am sure its not a weed, because its too clean and beautiful. If anyone knows what it is, let me know. I think it probably arrived in the wind, or via a birds foot or something, but I am glad it did, and I hope if forms some sort of seed pod so I can plant it again next year. It is thriving in full shade, with poor soil and minimal water. It looks a lot like a Petunia to me.
My wife and I had an AWESOME vacation in Northern Michigan from July 4th through the 13th. Here are some pictures from that, mostly containing flowers, since this is the garden guides site.
This is approaching Mackinac Island on the ferry:
This next one is the lovely flower lined walkway to our future house....again on Mac Island.
Here's me stopping to smell the flowers after the Wine Beer and Food festival we went to on the island.
Another Mac Island house with some flowers.
This is us having a picnic when we went BACK to Mac Island and stayed two days later in the week. Not enough people take a picnic on Mackinac Island, and thats a shame.
These next few are in Harbor Springs. The window boxes and landscaping there is just amazing....oh yeah, there are a ton of millionaires and billionaires that live there, so they can afford to hire professionals!!!
And now back to the island for two more.
Hope you enjoyed. I will be posting another blog shortly of the current status of some of the stuff in my garden. Have a great day. ^v^
Jul 15, 2008 | 6:12 PM PST
....and my yard was sooooooo over grown. We had a lot of rain here, so everything is out of control. Still feeling the stress of being back to work and trying to get the yard in shape. In a day or so I will post some pics from vacation, and some updated pics of the yard. We traveled to northern michigan, and I have some BEAUTIFUL pics from Harbor Springs and Mackinac Island. When I returned home, I had RED tomatoes, sunflowers in bloom, crazy amounts of morning glories, and a soon to bloom Canna. Hope you are all doing well. If any of you posted new pics, send me a message so I can check them out. I wont have time to catch up on all missed blogs.... :(
Jul 3, 2008 | 9:00 PM PST
At 6 am we will depart for Northern Michigan. We have a fun filled agenda, and we are both very excited. I should have some great pics of stuff like the Butterfly House at Mackinac Island to share with you all, as well as photos of the garden when I return ( I have a care taker lined up if there is no rain while Im gone ) Everyone have a great week, and a happy fourth of july ^v^