Monday, July 25, 2016

Frog Days of Summer...


When it's just too hot,
jump in the water.
Summer is really here.
Really hot.
And, really dry.

Even if it's the dog and cat outside water bowl....
a cool hangout, is a cool hangout.

"They" say, we're supposed to get some rain,
the next few days.
We'll see.

Hope you have the weather you want.

Happy Gardening...
~~Linda~~

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The More Things Change....


Doesn't it seem like,
the more things change,
the more they stay the same.


The Drive Bed, for instance.
The above is the second...or was it third...incarnation.
The first had a Yucca in the middle.
And, an agave on the far right.


Beetles destroyed the yucca, 


and the deer took care of the agave.

Oh...and that Powis Castle artemisia died.


So, we moved a Prickly Pear to the center,
and, a Yucca Rostrata to the right.

The Prickly Pear had lived in the Rock Bed, 
where I had moved it from the Deer Grove.


It liked it there, and did very well.
In fact, we cut it in two, and used it in two places.


And, it did well.


And, then the bugs struck.

And now, it's slowly falling apart.





And, doing strange things like this.
A new pad ON the fruit.

So now, we have to figure out what will replace it.
It's a large centerpiece. 
It won't be easy.

I guess that's why they say,
a garden is never 'done'.

Happy Gardening...
~~Linda~~

Friday, July 1, 2016

July?....Already?....


I guess Summer is really, truly here.
Heat indexes this weekend, will be triple digits...
if not the actual temperature.


We spend a lot of time here...
on the porch.
That requires mosquito spray...
LOTS of mosquito spray.


Apparently this guy hasn't been doing his job.


Even in the heat, jobs have to be done.
I got the grass out of the Veggie Garden...AGAIN.
And, put down some gravel, in the path.


The Tatume Squash keeps blooming,
but no squash, yet. It better get moving,
or, it's outa there.


The tomatoes are getting ripe.
Probably the last for a while....too hot to set.


Okra is blooming.
(didn't notice ants, until I edited this photo.  
Need to see why they're there.)


No ants on the Burgundy.
We've gotten some pods, but not enough...yet.


The Cosmos come back in the Veggie Garden, year after year.


I love the little water drops, on the Purple Heart leaves.


No rain or watering...just pull it from the air.


Appropriately for the 4th, the Firecracker fern is putting on a show.


The Hummingbirds love them.


I'll leave you with one of my favorite photos.


Taken in 2010 (SIX years ago...wow!),
on our big trip to North Dakota.

Still a way to wish a very

Happy 4th of July!!
~~Linda~~

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Beauty For Just a Day....


Daylily, Chicago Star.


Happy Gardening...
~~Linda~~