Summertime, Summertime, SumSumSummertime....I am sure you get the drift.
It is hot and humid and mosquito-ey. Today we went to the Farmers Market and got peanuts, watermelon, peaches and plums. I love boiled peanuts. Some of you may not know about or enjoy this perfect summer snack (or in my case, meal). Wayne had never heard of boiling peanuts but he caught on fast.
I am still starting seeds and rooting. The other day I was walking about and saw that one of the catmints that I rooted in the spring had grown long stems and was blooming!! JOY!
Here is a sunflower that is starting to bloom.
I had bought a pack of purple zinnia seeds and was excited to see how they would turn out. Well, they turned out lavender.
The orange zinnias are so big and bright.
We planted out sunflower seedlings and a pack of yellow glads along the brick fence. Hoping for fall color. I am ready for the mums to come to the stores. I do not have any! I want pink and yellow for sure. Maybe some of those burgundy/crimson ones, too.
Went to a yard sale last weekend and got a nifty planter for $3. I filled it with dirt and put some house plant cuttings in it for now. I dont know if I will bring this in or leave it outside.
At this same yard sale, they had potted plants. I got a Texas Star Hibiscus and a plant that I dont know the name of. It is one of those that look like giant sunflowers in the fall. The guy said it wont bloom until around September. The foliage looks like oleander. I will get a pix and post it. It's suppose to get tall. Either way, it's still in the pot right now.
Here is a cuphea that I got from Yardgranny.
I have had my 10 year old nephew for the past 2 weeks. That has left precious little time for blogging. The "men" are going fishing early in the morning so I can stay up tonight and sleep in tomorrow. We have kept him entertained with daily swim parties and I have done my best to teach the boy a little about gardening and house keeping. His swimming skills have improved but I dont know about the rest.
One more thing--this is the first year I have seriously saved seeds. I cant believe what I have been missing and wasting all these years!!
It is raining right now. We have had a quarter inch this evening. It's a good thing, because last Friday, I went by the Farmers Market and got me a few new plants. I had a great idea last week to make a new bed by the low brick wall the separates my yard from the neighbors. Here is my start-- I have a trumpet, salvia, rudbeckia/coneflower yellow plant and a few wee babies that I started from seed.
This is how much I have to go--
LOL.....that is a long way down. I am just starting this summer. I will do more next year.
I love before and after pictures. Here is my pool bed last year-
Here it is a year later--
Last night we started seeds in the BioDome. We put columbines, asters, zinnias, broccoli, brussel sprouts and something that I cant remember. Wayne started me a whole tray of sunflowers that are almost big enough to plant out. Maybe some of those will go against that brick wall.
My favorite spot in the yard right now is my new bed, full of cosmos, which I am now deeply in love with.
Happy Happy Joy Joy!! Rained about an inch last night and so far tonight we have about another inch. What a blessing!!
With the rain came an opportunity for me to transplant zinnnias. The big zinnia patch in the front needed a new color added, so I found a small red rose at Lowes for $1.98. Needless to say, I planted it right out, despite the heat and dryness. Well, it's not getting enough air and the 'zinnia trees' are blocking sun light. So today I started digging them out and transplanting them to bare spots. And by bare spots, I mean any little piece of dirt that I could dig in.
The transplants wilted a little this afternoon, but with tonights rain, should rebound. I plan to move more tomorrow. I love flowers that self seed. Less work for me. I will get a picture of the new rose. I think it will be very hardy...I grow mostly shrub type roses, the ones with few petals in the flower. I find the fewer the petals, the easier to take care of the rose.
My desert is filling in and really doing better than I ever dared to hope.
Wayne started me a whole tray of sunflowers because I have NOT had luck with them this year. I have a few volunteers and a few that I started but nothing like as many as I want. I have transplanted some from under the bird feeder but they dry up and die. He also planted me a row of purple and white coneflowers in the raised bed to see how they germinate there. Here is one we started last year that is growing up in the desert with zinnnias and cukes.
Here is the view I have from the backyard gate. I enjoy it. There are feeders on the clothes line and usually lots of birds on the ground.
It has been a quiet and peaceful 4th for us. Wayne baked a cake and we watered our beds. Hoping for rain tomorow. I will leave you with a few lyrics from a favorite song by Lee Greenwood....
And I'm proud to be an American Where at least I know I'm free And I won't forget the men who died Who gave that right to me And I gladly stand up . . next to you and defend her still today Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the USA