Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Looking forward to fresh peas

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I was a bit bummed last week when my sister texted me and said she would be having a meal of fresh peas in the next day or two. Not getting my garden in until almost Memorial Day has meant more waiting than I’m used to.

So, I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few flowers on the peas and beans Sunday. Hopefully, warm, humid weather in the forecast will mean peas in the pod on our dinner table soon, too!

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Clothesline clematis a winner

20130703-190910.jpgIt’s a thing of beauty this year! Continue reading

Who has the perfect backyard? Me, me, me!

There haven’t been many days this summer when I’ve felt like just sitting on the grass, taking in the view of my backyard. The stifling heat forced a retreat to the air-conditioned house

Shadows on a late afternoon in August.

most days and the dry, prickly grass produced by the heat and lack of rain for much of the summer didn’t make it very conducive to sitting on anyway.

So I was pleasantly surprised this past week when I was treated to a day that reminds me why I fell in love with our home. It was late afternoon and I had the house to myself for a couple hours. It was a good time to check out the flower and vegetable gardens and the temperature was tolerable – in the low 80s. Continue reading

Clothesline flower garden a success

I spent the better part of this week taking photos of my flower garden and trying to figure out which perennial flowers actually came up this summer. No easy task given that flowers are not my thing. I can identify everything that comes up in my vegetable garden, whether it’s peas, beans, lettuce, carrots. Once I plant, I have no problem telling the difference between a vegetable and a weed.

Flowers, however, are different. When I started plotting out the flower garden, I cut out photos and placed them on a dry-erase board to get an idea of what I needed to buy. I kept the board to use for the actual planting and at some point realized I probably should keep it around to help remind me what flowers were planted where in the garden.
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July 11: Flowers, cukes, tomatoes, pumpkins…

Tonight, I’m just going to share a handful (OK, almost 2 handfuls) of photos taken in the garden. Nothing more, nothing less.

A garden romance in the making

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m in love — with a hosta.

It’s hard for me to believe because I’ve been boycotting hostas ever since a bad experience with an unruly, bug-bitten, shabby-looking gang of the shade-loving plant. Seriously, I swore I would never, ever plant a hosta at our

20120602-210458.jpgSand Acres house. It just wasn’t worth it to put so much effort into a plant, only to end up being frustrated when it didn’t do what I wanted it to. That’s my teen-age daughter’s job. And she’s really good at it.

But I took one look at the Whirlwind hosta and it took my breath away. Its dark-green streaked margins have a creamy white center — each wavy leaf looks like a little flame. When you look at the Whirlwind from above, you can almost see the flames lapping up the fire. I’m having heart palpitations just writing about it.

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To shrub or not to shrub?

I find myself nearing the end of my vacation week with little to show for it in the way of gardening — or even just yard work. Heck, I haven’t even done much housework. The week has been filled with a high school graduation (congrats to my beautiful step-daughter Erika!), a middle school concert (Cassie’s seventh-grade band played an awesome rendition of the “Stars Wars” movie theme) and visiting in-laws. Of course, I can’t forget soccer, which anchors both weekends.

Finally, today, I was able to get outside, where I was able to do some much needed yard work. It took several hours to trim the evergreen shrubs in our front yard, along with two other trees/bushes in front of windows that were really out of control. I hate the shrubs because they block the front of the house. Continue reading

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