Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The heat has set in here in the south...

I always dread the sweltering heat in the summer months. Most days the humidity is terrible and leaves you soaking wet just walking into the outdoors and back in. Today humidity is 100% with sun and a few clouds and the temp is mid 90's. Needless to say I don't do much in the gardens this time of year. The gardens are so full of weeds too. They will wait till a cool evening after rain.
 
The roses don't mind the heat. Chicago Peace is gorgeous.



Chrysler Imperial is a true red.

 
 
Excuse me blogger gets on my nerves so bad.

 
Okra Hibiscus that came back from seeds that dropped last year. Love these flowers but they only last a day.
 
Excuse me while I scream at blogger.
 
Dinner plate dahlia at mom's.


Monarda from Garden Harvest Supply.

Gladiola that I picked up off the ground.

One of the best performers I have found is the Dahlia Figaro. They don't mind the heat and dry conditions and don't mind wet feet either. They just bloom all summer long.

Dahlia Figaro

forgot the name of this pretty gem.


Snapdragon that returned from last year.

Another great performer is the coneflower. They don't mind the heat, dry or wet. They are just happy flowers and the bees love them.

A surprise sunflower. In the early spring the bird feeder dropped emptying the seeds into the garden. The result a few sunflowers.

The hydrangea's don't like the dry weather. This is the endless summer.

I purchased this one from Springhill Nursery and I love the pretty pink.

Mandevilla.

Oh the Beatles. My grandson is a big fan and look what I found.

Do you remember these. Great big cabinet to house the speakers and stereo. Now that was some good music back in the day when we gathered around with our friends to play some Monkees or Beatles and dance.


 
Hope you have a nice rest of the week and weekend.
 

Monday, June 3, 2013

A few blooms...

Buddy lays on the floor with a piece of a dog treat laying by his foot and Lucky lays there watching to see if Buddy's foot moves just  a little to sneak the treat. I love these two. I only wish the puppy - Lucky would stop chewing on my furniture. I separate them now and barricade all of the furniture so he can't get to anything - oh and I also put out some cayenne pepper water around the edges where he is wanting to chew. Neutering is on the agenda this week so I'm hopeful it will calm down his aggressive behavior. Lucky is very lucky to be still living in my home and that is why he has this name. Love the little fellow though...




Just a few pics of some blooms going on right now. The photos don't look so good and they didn't load centered. There were a couple of updates to my iphone blogger so who knows.

















 
Hope you all have a lovely day. Expecting/hoping for some rain here today. Keeping fingers crossed.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Loving My Gardens And Blogging Plus Fertlizer Friday

 
February 5, 2009 I began my blog. Today blogger says this is my 400th post. I love blogging and being able to look back at previous years to see what was doing well and so on and so forth and what have you(love that line from the Middle). I've loved gardening most of my life but never as I do now. It is my passion so I love to share what I have done. I've met so many wonderful people through blogging. We have gone through some things together with our personal lives and have grown to really care about people through blogging cyber space - people we've never actually met. I've taken a few hiatus's and I'm sure I will again. Sometimes we just feel like it for whatever reason.
 
I'm joining the flaunt at Tootsie Time today.
 
Now on with some blooms I found this week.
 
Still in love with foxglove. 


 
 
Siberian Iris. 

 
 
Dahlias. Someone is munching here.

This scabiosa came from Harvest Garden Supply. I've never grown scabiosa before so I am hopeful that it will get bigger and the blooms larger. The plant is hardly noticeable.

 
 
I have lots of dianthus around. It is a good filler and does pretty well in my gardens. It doesn't frown during a lack of water or too much. A trooper it is.


 
There was no way I wanted to leave the garden center without this gorgeous white hydrangea. It didn't have a name on it and I haven't looked it up but it is gorgeous and has a lot of blooms and buds. The petals are so frilly.

 
The pink lady hibiscus is a great performer so far. I expect to have blooms for most of the summer from this one.

 
 
Mmmm how did this picture do this. Loaded from the same group. This is Jethro Tull Coreopsis from Garden Harvest Supply. I expect to have blooms from this one most of the summer as well.

 
Love the many colors that Dahlia Figaro throws from one plant. The plants are small and make a great filler. This one is a return from last year. I put out more new seeds this year but so far no blooms. Uh Lucky wouldn't move when I told him too so...

 
 
The photo doesn't do this justice. This is a beautiful Hybrid Tea Golden Glow (yellow). Lots of buds on this little pretty.

 
The veggie garden is coming along so nice. The garden was planted at the end of March. Tomato plants have grown to the top of the baskets. All plants have produce on them. 
 
 
Won't be long for some squash now. This is my favorite veggie from the garden. Nothing better than produce that you grew yourself.

 
 
This was a surprise I found yesterday. I believe this is columbine so correct me if I'm wrong. I planted columbine last year but never say it come up and just figured the neighbors cat had got to it since he tore up this entire garden last year. After that I didn't re-do it. Maybe I'll get back to it this summer. It is around my best pecan tree and the tree would benefit greatly but lots of large roots to dig around.


 
Love the colors on this one. They have such pretty blooms
 
Well that's it for today. So happy it's Fridaaaay!!!
 
Hope you have a nice day and weekend. Happy blogging...
 
(PS I weighed yesterday and I haven't been this size/weight since 1974.)
 
Joining Tootsie Time today for Fertilizer Friday.