I have a new hollyhock bloom. She is called Creme de Cassis.
Here is a luna moth we found on a tree this afternoon.
Still not much rain, but we are hoping for some tonight/tomorrow. This morning we had to do serious grocery shopping. Whew! We cook big on Sunday and eat left overs for several days.
Here is yet another sunflower. I cant get enough of them this year.
As we took our 3rd or 4th walk around this afternoon, Kitty went with us and played in the grass.
We are kitty-sitting for my daughter this weekend. That gives us 5 cats to care for. We love it.
Finally, something that does not pertain to gardening but is big in my world. I got my sunroom cleaned this week!! If you look close you can see my new kitten curled up on the back of the couch. Now, if I can keep it clean...
One of Waynes co-workers had kittens! I got one! I have wanted another kitten for a while. Thomas or Thomasina? The vet will have to tell me.
It rained Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Not heavy, but enough to keep us from having to water. We have a 30% chance today, too. I tried a few sweet pea vines this year. Next year I want to try it on a larger scale.
Here is my zinnia patch.
This is a volunteer sunflower.
Last is a picture of the new bed taken close to dark. It was so pretty out last night after the rain.
Still no rain to speak of. Looks like a good chance for the weekend. We have been following the college world series, pulling for LSU of course.
Here is my black hollyhock. I am so proud of it. I will be saving seeds.
Next a lily. This one didnt bloom last year and is over 5 ft tall this year. It has made multiple stems, most with a few buds on them.
This is a yarrow called Paprika
I am totally in love with sunflowers this year. This one looks a little chewed up, but it's ok.
Here is my first yellow zinnia of the year.
Last is some phlox.
My lantanas are blooming. The peppers are making good. We pulled our first tomato today. I have a lot of sunflowers coming up under my bird feeders and I planted a pack of mixed colors. Cant wait to see what they do. I am seeing more butterflies this year than last. Also I have a lot more robins in my yard this year. I am thinking maybe because I have mulched so much more and have a lot more earthworms.
Jun 5, 2008 | 6:52 AM PST
I was able to stay out from 6:30 til 9. Then the heat ran me inside. Got some weeding and watering done. I have a bed on the side of the house that I had not mulched yet. I had bought a bale of beautiful pine straw to put down. Finally got around to it this morning. Yall, all I could think about was how much I really wanted something in an advanced state of decomposition to put around my flowers. I found the straw to be too "new" and hard and prickly. I have learned my lesson about changing out mulch and straw. I will certainly continue to use the straw that I rake up, but I have got to have soft, crumbly, aromatic, earthy, composty mulch. Guess I better go turn my compost pile! Hope you all have a good one!
I have a few zinnias blooming. So far I have lavender and pink. Oh joy!
The African Blue Basil is getting bigger and attracting more bees and butterflies.
I have a before and after shot for yall. This is the "before" with grass.
We got rid of the grass and planted zucchini,squash and watermelon, cucumbers and tomatoes. Then we got a load of free city mulch and mulched it all in good. Around the perimeter I planted my rescue plants. I have coreopsis, pincushion flower, salvia, marigolds, lantana, moss rose, and more. I will get another pix in about a month.
As you can see, it gets morning shade and afternoon sun. Perfect nap spot for the 'little fat dog'. (he likes to be called that!!!) I am so pleased with this area because I think it will help me attract more bees and butterflies. I am seeing at least 3-4 butterflies a day now. We get tons of bees and a good many dragonflies. Only saw the hummer twice so far. Here is a pix of the canteloupe we are growing in a container.
Here are a few more flowers.
I can hardly wait to get up each morning so I can see what is happening in the yard. Of course I am still sprinkling seeds over that new mulch and keeping it damp. In different areas I have cosmos, zinnias, poppies and balsams coming up. I also have some sunflowers getting ready to bloom. Here is my first cosmos of the year.