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So the hubby is the best...I came home to a new potted plant. He learned long ago cut flowers were a no no. It is a pretty fuchia.
Then off to dinner by the Puget Sound (kind of like a large bay, it is salt water). The weather was great and the sun was going down and the sail boats were out. It was just a wonderful night.
So tonight is finish the papers. One is done and the other is mostly done. There will be much to be celebrated on the 4th.
Yeah probably no one would see or know I had weeds, but they still need to be taken care of. Otherwise there will be even more. Weeds don't double, they increase by the dozens if you don't take care of them. No wonder they take over the world. There are weeds everywhere.
Hope everyone is having a great day!
So after weeks of neglect the garden got some much needed attention this weekend. I spent about 8 hours in the garden deadheading and weeding. The good thing is the garden looks better, the bad news is I didn't finish it all. I left all the sutff in the back, because you coudn't see it.
This week I need to finish up, since we have a large 4th of July party and everyone will be hanging out. Can't have people over with a weedy garden...
The weather today is just beautiful although it is my 13 year wedding anniversary, so no working in the garden tonight, we are off to supper.
Hope everyone has a great day and enjoys their gardens!
So lilies have to be one of my favorites, and it seems from my last post everyone else loves them too! Everyone commented on Lilium - Asiatic Hybrid, which is the maroon/burgundy and black. It really is a sight to see. The orientals and trumpet are just getting ready to open, so more lily pictures to come. I also need to get out during the day and take pictures of the daylilies.
I have to say our local grower here in Washington just gives a fabulous variety of colors. I hope they don't remove the post, but here is their site.
We have the Pacific NW Flower and Garden show and every year it falls on my birthday. So each year I decide a theme to add to my garden. Last year it was lilies and this year it was dahlias. My dahlias are coming up and hopefully in a month I will be able to take pictures of some really different daliahs.
Going to the garden show is like being a little kid in a candy store, after the first year I decided I wouldn't take my credit card with me...just the preplanned cash. I also bring a rolling cart, which makes it much easier to carry all my purchases. It is so fun to go from booth to booth looking at all the pictures, and bulb sizes and trying to figure out what you really want. My husband and I just spend hours looking at everything. Although we do have our favorite growers, which we always love to see and talk with. Not to mention it is always fun to be looking at flowers in February, when it is rainy and cold outside.
Hope everyone has a great Sunday and enjoys their gardens!
Green Goddess Calla Lily
igella Love in the Mist
Nicotina, I have to say I love this plant. It is supposed to be an annual in my zone, but the plant is in just the right place it is super protected and comes back every year, this is year 4.
This is a California Anemone bush, I can't wait until it is big enough to hid the blue compost tumbler behind it.
ic something...The flowers close at night...
Hydrangea Endless Summer...I love this, because if I keep it deadheaded it will bloom until a very hard frost, usually Nov/Dec here.
Oh the pretty lilies
Lilies have to be one of my favorites, I have planted several different kinds, so I have a longer bloom time, since lilies just don't bloom for that long. I wish they would bloom for months and months.
We bought a fire pit last night, so we did hot dogs and smores and sat around and enjoyed the garden tonight, it was nice to take a break. Although sitting there I could see all the weeds too...guess I really need to make time to get rid of them before they go to seed.
Hope everyone is well and their gardens are wonderful!
So I have fallen off the face of the earth...well not really...but it has been cruch time for homework, so no time for play. Not to mention we finally got several days of rain. In January I went back to school and I am taking online classes. I typically take one, but this term I had to take two. Luckliy it will be done on July 3. But I am in the middle of writing 2 8-10 page papers...so no blogging and no gardening right now.
The weeds are plentiful and high, and the garden needs deadheading. The rain helped everything perk back up and the weeds to grown. I really need to take a break this weekend to do some work, otherwise the garden will be a trainwreck when the garden club comes next month. I really also need to take pictures as the lilies are blooming and they are fabulous. So stay tuned...probably pictures to come soon.
Hope everyone is having a great day, and they are enjoying their gardens!
Okay day 29 ended the streak. This morning we had rain. Oh how it was needed. I could just hear the flowers singing in the rain. This afternoon they almost seemed to have a spring in their sway as the wind moved them.
The forecast has more rain in it, so hopefully we will get enough to refill the rain barrels and really give the plants the good soaking they need for the next dry spell.
I did get most of the flowers deadheaded yesterday so the rain came at a great time, The plants will be able to start setting that next set of flowers to open just in time for the garden tour next month.Hopefully everyone had a great day and that those that need sun got it and those who needed rain did too!
Since flowers don't bloom all the time and sometimes not for very long, I have tried hard to plant by leaf and steam color and texture, which has been pretty successful. Although as everything is starting to bloom, I find that almost all the flowers are pink, blue or purple. I have some yellow and a couple of white and orange, but they are seriously lacking. So I told my husband the other day all the new plants need to bloom orange or white.
So I guess that gives me permission to buy more plants. Although since we are on day 25 with no rain, I don't think it will be any time soon. Since it has gotten cooler I am only watering once a week instead of every 3 days, which is better, although a little natural rain would be nice.
The record for number of days without rain in May-June here is 29 days, and we will probably be right at the record according to the weatherman. Summer officially begins on the 20th and they think the first day will be nice, but it will probably rain the whole week after that. That is just like mother nature to play jokes. Be warm and sunny like summer for weeks, and when it actually it actually is summer, spring returns.
Oh well...at least I will get rain.
Hope everyone is enjoying the day and their garden!
So, every day new flowers are in bloom...one of my favorite iris is blooming...iris foetidissima, the flowers are so cool and in the fall/winter it has the best red berries.
My campanula persicifolia (bell flower) is just covered this year.
Sarah Bernhardt Peony is finally open
My kniphofia tritoma (red hot poker/torch lily) has several blooms, I grew these from seed and this is a 3 year old plant.
And zantedeschia (calla lily) Green Goddess is blooming as well.
I was inspecting the rest of the garden and Iris unguicularis, the winter iris has about 25 or so flower spikes, it is always a joy to have bloom, because it also has unusal blooms, hoping to post pictures soon.
Still no rain...there was one cloud this afternoon that looked like it might, but it quicky went away, leaving me nothing. We are on day 23 with no rain. The weatherman said the record for this time of the year with no rain is 29 days, so we are headed towards the record because we only have chances of posslbe rain in the forseeable forecast.
Hope everyone's garden is doing great and people had a chance to enjoy today!
Ok so still no rain. It has cooled down it is in the mid to upper 70s now instead of upper 80s and 90s. Although with the cool down they said we should be getting some rain. Although every day they say maybe and then the next day they take it out.
Really at this point my rain barrels are empty and the new plants could use a drink. About every third day for the past 3 weeks almost I have been watering for a half hour at night...which is the best time for the plants, but it also encourages the slugs. So after watering I have been walking around and picking slugs by hand, they are so huge and plentiful that they are overfilling the slug traps. I have been putting beer out for them and each day I have 3-7 in each. You would think at some point there would be no slugs...HA!
I think I read somewhere that they have hundreds of thousands of offspring...I sincerely doubt I will ever make a dent...It seems the more I kill the more I find.
As I put slug traps and rings around affected plants they seem to just move on to the next one, even if they have never bothered it before.
Exciting news of the garden is that all the dahlias are coming up...all but 2 were new this spring, planted in April, so not sure how many flowers I will have, but at least it is more plants coming up. From the last time I took pictures there are dozens more plants blooming...I need to go take more picctures.
Well...hopefully my little rain dance provides some much needed moisture for me and others that need it...hope everyone has enjoyed their garden today!
So 77 degrees feels awfully cool the day after 93...it is really hard to tell your body that it is still warm out, when all it wants is a sweater.
It was a very drastic change too. I was out with the dog and it was still nice and warm and the sun was just setting and we came back inside and I had the windows open and all of a sudden the wind picked up. They said we had gusts to 50 mph last night and I believe it. I still had the umbrella up, because the weatherman said that the front wasn't supposed to do much...well the first big gust knocked it over, and I am sure if my neighbors had a video camera on me, the tape of me trying to get it tipped back up in the wind, and get it cranked down and tied up would win the prize on America's Funniest Video.
Since it was blowing so hard I took the opportunity to put some stuff away so it didn't blow away. Since it seemed like it was going to be quite the storm. This morning I woke to blue sky and cloud and dry dirt. It didn't rain at all last night. So it made a big fuss for nothing...how disappointing.
The next week is supposed to be normal temps in the 70s, so my body will have to adjust back...although it will be a slow process, as I LOVE the heat. I know...I really don't live in the best part of the country for heat...If I could I would spend summers in Iowa (where I grew up) and winters here in Washington. But really that isn't possible, so since I hate the snow more than I love the heat, here I am to stay.
So here's to a little rain dance for those of us that need it, a little sun dance for those who want it, and an enjoyable day in the garden for all!
So yesterday and today we set record high temperatures, we are normally in the upper 60s and lower 70s this time of the year. Yesterday and today was around 90. But the high pressure is going away, and the nasty storms that have been in Oregon are coming. Tomorrow starts the return to normal.
I have loved the week or so of abnormally warm weather, but my plants will be ok with the cooler weather. I have emptied the rain barrels and the plants I put in during April and early May are showing signs that they aren't completely established. I had been spot watering them, but since we only have a small chance of moisture tonight, I decided to do a half hour water for the whole garden.
The garden creatures have been out...years ago I had a garder snake that used to molt and leave me presents in the plants. I would be weeding along and all of a sudden there was a 4 foot skin. Over the years I have seen tons of little ones, but the big one has been gone...well...one of the little ones is now about 3 foot long and likes to scare the crap out of me. The last two days he has popped out of nowhere.
The garden spider eggs hatched this week and there are thousands of babies all over the garden. Now I don't like spiders. It took many years, and a hate of aphids for me to come to an agreement with the garden spiders. They hatch, I take a stick and move them on their webs to plants which are aphid attracters, and they live there, and eat the bugs. They are not allowed anywhere near the inside of my house. A spider of any kind inside the house doesn't last.
The butterflies are out now too...the new dog was chasing one today around the yard...it was the cutist thing I had seen in a long time. Catipillar damaged has slowed, and the butterfly weed is coming up, so soon the garden should be just full of the winged jewels.
Since I will have a rainy day coming up, I need to update the plant list. I have an excel spreadsheet and it is out of date, and needs some work...so one of these rainy days coming up it and I have a date.
Well...hopefully everyone had a great day, and that they enjoyed their gardens!
Well from my last blog I realized I forgot to put the name of the plant that went with the flower...it is Sarracenia Flava, Yellow Pitcher Plant.
I also have Sarracenia leucophylla, Red and White top Pitcher and Sarracenia alta minor, Pale minor trumpet cross, althought their blooms aren't open yet.
All of my carnivorous plants eat wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and the like, but not bees. I tried the one that eats ants, but didn't have any luck.
I finally got a chance to take and upload more pictures and every day more and more things are blooming. I saw today that the dahlias are peeking through, so all my holes will soon be filled. The big gaps everywhere in the garden are waiting to be filled with dozens of dahlias for the late summer and fall color.
It is so hard waiting for everything to fill in and look good...but planning for year round color is hard sometimes.
Here's the space I am taking over for more garden, the weed barrier is down, and the edging will go in this weekend. Then more rock.
The third Jack in the Pulpit is blooming....
One of my favorite iris is this black one.
My hardy geranium Orion is blooming and the picture really doesn't do it justice.
>Here's one side of the backyard.
And here's the other
ere are more pictures in the June album for those who are interested.
It has been unusually warm here, in the 80s, and I have drained my rain barrels watering all the new plants in. They say next week we might get some rain and cooler temperatures, which will help some of the new plants. I also need to get out and fertilize again, need everything good and healthy.
Hope everyone had a great day and enjoyed their garden!
So my hubby's carnivorous plant is now blooming. They are always a treat, hope you enjoy!