Friday, August 31, 2012

Come sit with me in my garden!

As my blog title says....
Come sit with me in my garden... 
  You can enjoy listening to the birds, watch the squirrels and chipmunks play and I can even have music playing!
 Let's dine and have some tea!


What's that you say?  
We are too far apart to visit each other?  
Well, I  guess we will just have to continue our visits 
through our blogs!

Let's meander on...
I love these Begonias
I've decided that begonias are a good investment plant!
Just don't let them sit around in too much water...they don't like that! 
This year I wanted some really bright rich summery colors and I think I achieved that!  The impatiens are a good investment plant too- little fuss and they fill in nicely! 

Have you ever seen this little vine plant?  Mine relocated over here and keeps growing out onto the patio.  I don't know what it's called since I lost the tag.  
It has these sweet dainty flowers!

Out front....

 I'm still enjoying this Rose of Sharon shrub.  It 
really filled out a lot more since I posted about it 
a week ago.
Such a pretty flower....you wouldn't know it's beauty unless you got up close enough to see it!

 Russian Sage

 Larkspur 

 I'm playing with different settings on my camera trying to be more creative!

We planted this pepper plant in June and a tomato plant. The tomato plant has lost it's leaves and still has some fruit but it's pretty pathetic looking so I won't even show it!  It was called an Early Girl....perhaps the early part is because it poops out very early!!

Just beside the area of the peppers are the cannas which just started to bloom...it took all summer which disappointed me.  I bought 9 of them at a big box store and they are supposed to be red.... as you can see they aren't!
They are pretty- a very tropical looking orange color... 

What's this?
Well look what just drove by! This is the 2nd load of hay I saw today.  It's value is like gold these days...there is going to be a big shortage of it this year and a lot of farmers are going to sell their livestock off because they can't feed them.

Back to the morning glories....
 They are coming on nicely.  Today we were witnessing them open as we sat and had our morning coffee.... 
Nature sure knows how to creative loveliness!
One day wonders!

By the way...
Did I ever show you the silly Turkey that was visiting back in June.  She was filling her self up eating birdseed off the ground and then she decided to jump up on my little bird bath to get a drink!  I was sitting on the deck and had my iPhone so I moved closer to the edge to take a video of her.  She knew I was there and wasn't quite sure she liked it so 
I had to be very quiet!
video

Thank-you for visiting and sharing my gardens this summer!  I'm sure there will be more to share but fall is fast approaching!  


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Morning Glories and Sunshine

The morning glory vines are finally blooming...although not prolifically, more like sporadically, but just the same they are blooming!  

A few shots through the week... 





 Lacing their way up the arbor they've mingled nicely with the Sweet Autumn Clematis- which should be blooming soon!  
Heavenly Blue is my favorite variety of Morning Glories.  I've always enjoyed their pretty blue flowers and their large heart shaped leaves.  Mine need more sun for more blooms, but  I'm happy to see what I've got!
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The Morning Glory
Author: Jared Barhite
The sunshine seems much brighter,
And the heart is ever lighter,
When the rays of sweet Aurora
Gild the radiant morning glory
With a splendor, such as heaven
To few favorites has given
Among the beautiful rare flowers.
So plant these seeds with care,
In a place well-chosen, where
The first rays of the morning
May kiss their bright adorning,
And teach your heart to see
The beauties there may be

In the early morning hours.


As John Denver sang...Sunshine on My Shoulders Makes Me Happy

As always thanks for visiting and sharing my love for flowers!
Liz
I'm linking up with Bloomin' Tuesday

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

A walk around the yard....

Well finally... my Rose of Sharon 
(Althea, Hibiscus Syriacus) is blooming!  
It's certainly taken it's time this year to bloom!  Actually I am glad to know it's alive and seeing it bloom was a nod to the fact that I didn't kill it last year when I gave it quite a cutting back! There are a lot of buds yet to open but they are all facing the neighbors house!  I figured I better take a picture before I forget to!
You'll notice the bumble bee was visiting too!  The flowers are a purplish blue double bloom.

Such a pretty flower...

Now on to some random shots
 These Black Eyed Susan's haven't amounted to much this year.  They seem shorter than normal too...
The Stella D'Oro lilies are blooming again, but of course not as prolifically as the first time.
 Some more Delphinium
The Yarrow and Coreposis are still blooming
The Russian Sage has a very wild look to it this year.  I think they prefer to be planted in a spot where they can be on their own.  At least is smells good!
 The Sweet Alyssum that returned from last year has filled in nicely

Smells good too!  We have leaves dropping here and there....the fall season won't be long!

On the deck...I am awarding myself the "ugliest potted plant" award...this Sweet Potato Vine has been polite enough to produce flowers but I can't say that I 
enjoyed the plant.  
Very mixed about my plants I chose this year.  I need a better plan next year!
Let's wander to the back...
The arbor has Sweet Autumn Clematis...no blooms yet...and Morning Glories growing with no flowers too!  What gives??
Along the path some hostas with unusual flowers!  
 The shade in the back yard provides a great environment for these plants
 I only fertilized once this late spring with the Flower Tone and Plant Tone and the annuals
got a sprinkling of Osmocote as they were planted.
The always reliable Impatiens make a great display...the Golden Japanese Forest Grass, Hakonechloa "Aureola" gracefully lay along the stone wall...

Lastly, my planters in front of the garage took off rather wildly! The Sweet PotatoVine really got a run on and has just about taken over!  I do like the red Supertunias...they made a good show. 

One of the bloggers I follow Cabin & Cottage left this sentiment on a beautiful post she did- it grabbed my heart strings and expressed my sentiment!  
With her permission I'm sharing it...
(please click the link to see her beautiful post!)


When the season finally changes, it will be sweet and a bit sad.  I will want to hold summer tightly for a moment as you do with a loved one when you wish you could stay forever.  Already waiting, though not idly, until the next time you meet. . . .

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Thanks for visiting!
Liz


I'm joining 
Fishtail Cottage for
Garden Party #17
and
Today's Flowers

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Drying Hydrangeas

For a few years now I've been experimenting with drying hydrangeas.  I haven't found it to be too hard but I thought I'd share some of the things I've learned.
 Endless Summer Hydrangeas 
from 2011
Annabelle Hydrangeas 
from 2012
In both of these pictures that I'm showing, you can see flowers on the shrubs that are both new and older.  
The color of the flower starts to shift as they age and 
that's when you can start cutting them for drying.

Endless Summer Hydrangea
They do loose a bit of color...
2011
These are examples of how the flower changes it's
looks and a prime time to cut them
2010
I let these go a little further to get a more dramatic 
color change.  Initially these were put in a vase of 
water- once they stop drinking- dump the water and 
let them finish drying.

Annabelle Hydrangeas Aug.8, 2012

The Annabelle Hydrangeas are a bit different in how their heads form, so I decided to try hanging them to dry.  I wanted their heads to still look full and was afraid if I left them in a vase to dry they would collapse.  I also noticed they don't make a good cut flower- they don't seem to drink up the water so I waited for them to shift before I cut them.

They dried nicely and kept a good green color.

August 17, 2012
I chose a planter to put them in so the stems would be hidden.  I put styrofoam in the bottom to poke the stems into and stuffed some moss around the stems to finish the look.  I hope to dry some of the white flowers from the Limelights and add them in for a little more contrast 
but that will be weeks away.

Thanks for visiting!

Liz


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