"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere
" Van Gogh

Friday, July 20, 2018

Sitting In My Garden

 This has been a difficult summer for my garden.  The sudden heat wave that we had a couple of weeks ago was just too much for a lot of my plants.  I lost 3 of my cucumbers, scorched tomatoes and 7 of my roses, gone.  So sad, but maybe it is time to rethink my garden layout.  I will not replace the roses that I lost.  After the summer season I will do some adjustments.

 One of my Cosmo flowers just bloomed and it is a beauty.  A dear friend sent me a seed packet of a Cosmo mix called "dancing petticoats, from Renee's Garden.  The mix includes the blend of "Seashells, photo above, "Psyche and "Versailles".  The colors on the packet mentions a range of amazing colors.  So I can't wait for the others to start blooming.

The heat not only effected the plants, but our winged friends as well.  We found dead birds and bees too. The crows would sit on our lawn and pant.  I set up in my garden a makeshift bird bath for them.  I had to fill it up a few times on those extremely hot days.  For now, I will just leave it until I buy an actual birdbath, but I do not think they care what it looks like.  They love having it around.  When I step out into the backyard, there is usually one or several birds drinking from it.


 Sunset


A little bird thinking where it wants to go next or just enjoying the late afternoon.



 A rose bush trying to recover.  Let's see how the rest of the summer goes.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Monarch Butterfly

 Have I mentioned that I never get tired of seeing this beautiful miracle of life.




 This morning the butterfly came into the world surrounded by beauty.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

First Day of Summer

 While deadheading the cosmos I noticed a Monarch chrysalis  on one of the branches.  Super sweet and I hope all goes well.  I will keep checking on it.
Amazing, the first day of summer.  Time once again is flying by.

Purple Pincushions



 These came from one plant and there were a lot more too.  But I need to share the flowers with the bees and butterflies.
 The buds are just as pretty and they will also bloom.



Saturday, June 16, 2018

Gardening in June

Wow, where do I begin?  The garden is finally starting to take off and so far so good.
It is the first time growing bush beans.  I did plant a lot of them and I'm glad I did.  I have grown the long beans before and they did very well in my garden. But I thought I would give the bush bean a try.  I will let you know at the end of the season.  But what I have picked so far have been very tasty.  I hope they will continue to produce.
 These bright beauties are the "come back kid" in my garden.  These are "Cosmo bright lights" that I started from seed a long while ago.  The self sow themselves over and over again and they do well in poor soil.   I have a small area in my yard that has very sand soil and they to do very well.  There are a lot of baby plants right now and I have transferred a few around the bush beans.  Bees love them and the finches love the seeds the flower produces.   Seed packet came from Botanical Interests.
This is one of the babies.  They do grow tall and bush out.


Once again I am growing the cutest and tastiest (in my opinion) cucumber, Lemon.  Seeds from Botanical Interest.


 The weight on this one was 170g
I plan to sow a few more seeds.
 Deadheading the Cosmos I came across a Monarch chrysalis.  It looks heathy. I will keep checking on it.

 It blends in so well amongst the foliages of the cosmos

If all goes well, it will emerge into the world surrounded by beautiful colors. 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by for a quick visit.  Have a great day.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Another Garden Tour End of May


I just wanted to share some photos of the garden.
Here is my boy in front of some container "super bush" tomatoes.

I have more of them planted around the bush beans too.

They have green tomatoes on them but with the May grey weather we have been having, they have seem to stop growing and have not turned red.  We should see some warmer days starting today.

Slowly but surely they are starting to produce some beans.





The roses are looking so pretty.  A few of them are having some issues with the white powdery mildew due to the damp weather.  I have sprayed them with Neem oil and it seems to be working.


Super bush tomatoes and I have 4 more that are not shown.
In the background are 'lemon' cucumbers.






These pansy were transplanted to the rose area and look amazing still.  I bought these last November from the garden center.  First time I have had pansies last this long.  They are in the rose section of the garden.  I think they need to be back in the rose area again this fall.



The garden is filled with color and it brings a simile to my face every time I see it.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day. 



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tasty Treats From The Garden

Sequoia Strawberries and
Arugula and a handful of bush beans.  It is just the start on the bush beans, I hope.