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Sunday, July 14, 2013


these are a few of my favourite things in july.

july's orangey sunsets are magical

we had an especially pretty one last night.

i love the summer activities you can join in...like
         the nashville gloRun...ready, set, glo.
i love how the zinnias are mimicking the sunsets.

i love when one or more of my grand~girls comes over to spend the day and night with her marmee.

 i love when the sun comes filtering through and sparkles on everything in it's pathway.

i love when the kids let loose and play in the water.

  i love that the chicks are getting big and go to roost.

          i love how each one is...
so different in colour and personality.

     i love how summer tickseed goes crazy with blooms
                     when the sun decides to shine.

 i love how a green pot can look good with so many hues of green planted in it.
 i love how the tiny heurchera blooms
          above it's wide leafed base.

i love when the sun dances on leaves and they light up under it's warm glow.

          i love the smell of monarda.
i love how these leaves start out bright green then turn dark and reach out for the sun.

i love any kind of fern but love the way this frosted fern looks like i've been painting her insides white.

i love when the vining susan's start taking over the posts on our rusty ole bed in the front potager.

 i adore rusted things in the garden be it an
 old garden gate twisted with ivy or my
 newly acquired bee skep that i am still
 looking for the perfect place to let her virtues shine.

 each rusted ole piece deserves a place to be admired.

           i have always adored fresh flowers.
of course sunflowers are a great cut flower for july.

 who doesn't love all the fruits and veggies of the summer.
        i for one love summer time food.
 i am a flip~flop kinda of girl...so i am one happy girl      when it is the season to wear these non~stop.

             i love drinking a cold coke
          from the bottle on a hot summer day.
i love cuddling my best cuddling girl, vivian.

i love summer days that end like this...you really don't want them to end at all but if they have to this is a great way to say so long.

happy summer~tidings to all of you.

Monday, June 3, 2013

tiny blooms etc.

   i admit i love anything that blooms.  but the blooms aren't always on a grand scale...this year i have taken notice of the tiny blooms.  i have removed a front fenced in area's worth of grass...which is about 40' by 30' approximately. this is where we have our potager with raised beds. after deciding to get rid of the grass we are now in the process of adding ground~cover in a good part of that area.
             i love ground~covers that bloom.
 little tiny hover bees love this little light blue
       flowering grass we are using as a ground~cover.
chocolate bugle weed has the most beautiful delicate purple flowers and the most deliciously chocolate coloured leaves.

morning glory with it's tendrils winding
  it's way around the garden, also used as a ground~cover.
these tiny pink blooms shoot up from their silvery grass to make a beautiful blooming ground~cover.

there are also plenty of other tiny blooms and some not so tiny blooms going on in my june garden.
            purslane opening up for the sun. their leaves
            are tiny but their colouring is just magical.
      angelina popping it's mouthlike blooms open.
     cone flowers bursting forth with all their finery.

 nandina bushes readying to bloom with
                     so many little white blossoms.

              unfurling lavender clematis.
           large open~faced lavender clematis.
               tiny wild strawberry blooms.
 huchera shooting out their ever so tiny blooms in a
                  chocolate pot with flowering herbs below.
wendy's wish salvia planted recently. i found this in the nursery for the first time this year and planted it as a nod to my sister,
 meems, at hoe and shovel. 
     look closely for all the tiny pollinators
                        on these delicate blooms.

 some pansies planted amongst the strawberries 
hanging on nicely.
       all white...icy drift....ground~cover roses.
still waiting to be planted from a weekend purchase.
    oak~leaf hydrangea starting to flush out it's blooms.

trumpet honeysuckle...major wheeler.

then there are many, of which i only captured a few, non~blooming plants that capture my attention as well with their lovely leaves that are brilliantly coloured. 

 our barberry bushes are the most brilliant combination of 
green, pink, crimson, and dark blood red.

          the veiny coleus is called fishnets.

 i love all the dark leaved varieties that are coming out now and this hurchera is one of them. i think this is the one called obsidian.
another two hurchera...lovely purple 
leaves and wonderful burnished leaves. 

of course, i am always enamored with the large blooms on the magnolia trees.

happy june gardening.