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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cosmos

 It has been a long while since I lasted posted.  I need to do some catching up.  So lets start with these beauties, Cosmos.
 A sweet gift from a dear friend, Bev had sent me seeds from Renee's Garden.  They were the Dancing Petticoat blend and I bought some seeds from Botanical Interests.  It was their Double Click Blend.  So I had an amazing variety of cosmos.

 Double Click
 Sea Shell
Versailles




 Amazing

















 It was sad when their season ended.  I had hoped that the cosmos would have a longer growing period, but in my area this year, we had a very humid summer.  That brought a lot of powdery mildew to them.  But I enjoyed every bit of what I was able to grow and enjoy in beautiful bouquets.

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.