Mid-August Stroll

After the intense and horrible day of news on Saturday,
I needed a stroll around our yard before going to bed.

 It helped somehow.

Surprised. Again.

Always surprised!
Never can remember WHERE or WHEN these beauties 
shoot out of the bare ground and bloom.
All I know is it happens FAST!

July 25

  How beautiful are these?!?
  My favorites from today's stroll through our nearest 
  County Extension Gardens...
(I think every year I decide I want some Joe Pye Weed for my own garden.
And every year, I forget.)


SOMEone's been busy...
very, very busy!

By the way, from Job 8:
 That’s what happens to all who forget God—
    all their hopes come to nothing.
They hang their life from one thin thread,
    they hitch their fate to a spider web.
One jiggle and the thread breaks,
    one jab and the web collapses.

on the way

 On the way to deadhead our do-nothing-roses (see previous post)
I paused to take in the beauty of our lilies.

our do-nothing-roses

 I call them "do nothing roses" because 
that's exactly what we do!  Nothing.
They seldom disappoint us.
This year just might be the best year of blooms YET!
Transplanted from the flower bed of a friend of a friend,
they continue to bless us with their beauty...

not everyone's cup of tea

They may not be EVERYone's "cup of tea", 
but these spiderwort thrill me with their blue and wild appearance.
They seem perfectly placed around the old wood of a lilac bush in one of our flower beds.
 And finally,
a rose campion!  
Years ago, in another time and another place,
I had some.
Now, here.
And I remember why I liked them.

Memorial Day 2017

 After storms and more rain yesterday,
 my husband kept busy cleaning out his shed
 and pulling weeds to prepare for this new cover of mulch.
 Definitely a full and productive day!

Several additional pieces of yard art were uncovered in the shed.
I found places for them!


It was time for a haircut! 
So we began with THIS one - beginning at the ground and working up.
Still have a bit of trimming of the tops to do....
and will add mulch to the newly-exposed ground,
but SO pleased with the result.
Maybe a hosta or two to help fill in the bare spots,
but I suspect it will only be a matter of time until the Lily of the Valley claim this space!

May Day

 These tulips were rather late in coming
only to be beat upon by the recent hard rains and winds.
 Sorry to have been able to enjoy them for such a short time...
Meanwhile, I'm eager for the sunshine to be matched by temperatures
warm enough to actually sit outside and enjoy it!
May Day it is...and the sun is having a difficult time trying to decide
whether to shine or hide!

Another Day/Another Garden

 Thinking we would see progress at the local County Extension Garden,
we were met by only Nature's progress.
Apparently, the Master Gardeners responsible for maintaining this garden
are still busy in their personal gardens...
 Nature, however, did not disappoint.

The Lilac Department was especially glorious!

We'll return soon. 
Meanwhile, my husband is out early mowing the yard
before the rains expected the next two days...
I'll pull a few more dandelions and transplant a few more hosta 
to a a flowerbed freshly groomed yesterday.
What's keeping YOU occupied in YOUR garden?