Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day...

Memorial Day,
is a day to remember and honor,
those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Last year, we took a trip to
Washington D.C.

Among the memorials there,
one of the most impressive to me,
was the Korean War Memorial.

We were there in the middle of the day. The light was harsh.
But, I can imagine the feeling of lower light...
it probably gives a better feeling of being on patrol.

The artist wanted to make twice as many statues.
But, space did not allow for that.
So, a black granite wall reflects the soldiers...doubling their number.

 Look closely and you can see faces, etched into the stone,
depicting all the branches of the military.

It was very moving, to me.

I am very grateful, to those who have given their all,
for all of us.

Have a safe
Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Back From Camp...

Another year at 
Buttercup Camp,
has come and gone. 
And, we're all back home.

We had rain here, while I was gone.
Mr. P. held down the fort.

There was another bloom on the Blue Hour iris.

And, finally we had a daylily bloom.

I think it's Miss Amelia.

The Blue Eyed Grass in the Deer Grove has been pretty.
I tried moving some...not sure it's going to take.

For the first time since we've lived here,
the Twisted Yuccas in the Deer Grove has bloomed.
(tomato cages are to keep the deer from eating the blooms.)

So pretty...

The Larksprur is still blooming.
It's my first year to get it to bloom.
Actually, I had nothing to do with it, but throwing out seeds.

The Monarda, Peter's Purple, is putting on a show.

Speaking of putting on a show..

My daughter sent this photo, of the ginger at her new/old house.

They bought a 1910 Queen Anne earlier this year.
It has an amazing garden. I need to do a whole blog post,
just on this garden, and all the things they keep finding.

Pretty things....

Oh...and did we have fun at Camp?

Ummmm....I'd say yes.

Happy Gardening...

Friday, May 13, 2016

A Little of This, and A Little of That...

Hot and humid have set in here.
We've had a lot of sunshine, with a few quick showers,
the last few days.

We do need some more rain, though.
We have so many trees, sometimes those quick showers don't
put much water on the plants.

The Great Prickly Pear Wars continue.
I've sprayed so much soapy water,
I keep expecting foam to cover the ground,
when we do have a shower.

They've spread to other prickly pears, though.
So, next up is something stronger.
I hate to lose these larger plants.

 Salvia guaranitica

Things are blooming.



And, the Oleander, that has seldom bloomed, since we planted it.

Something woke it up.

Not sure I ever showed you the olla our grandson gave us for Christmas.
Too cute to bury. 

I decided on the vine for the AC screen trellis.

A Scarlet Passion Vine.
I went to the garden center where our daughter lives,
to get a purple one...Incense Passion vine...
but, they were out...and, we were there..
and, I needed a vine.
It might be an annual. It's not as hardy as the purple kind.

Among other things I've potted up...
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora...or luciae.
Not sure which it is.  Label just said Kalanchoe.

Another succulent and strawflower cactus.

Even cleaned up the potting table.
That's so unusual, I decided to document it.

Tomatoes are setting.
I know a lot of you have harvested some already.
I was late getting mine in.

My best crop, is the grass coming back up in the Veggie Garden.
Need to get out there and get it out...again.

The compost bed seems to be doing pretty well with plants.
Already took out the, we have cantaloupe.

Before I go out to work...
or, just pick up the newspaper...
I need to don my arsenal of mosquito repellents.

The Avon one seems to work well, and it doesn't warn not
to get it on automobiles. 

In a couple days, I'm off to Camp...
the annual get together of Buttercups.

I didn't make it last year, because of health reasons.
Linda Lieu was my stand-in.
This year, the Buttercup on the far left won't make it.

She fell and broke her jaw, just a few days ago.
She's doing a bit better, but
she could use your good thoughts, and some prayers.

I missed the concert in the park, last year.
And, we'll be too early for it this year.
But, we always have a good time.

Have a great weekend.
See you when I get back.

Happy Gardening...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Top 'O the Morning....

We had a bit of a storm last night.
A lot of noise. A little wind. 
And, some nice rain.

But, the day started nice and sunny, with everything newly washed.

My new little pig planter..a gift from our daughter's family...
was soaking up the sun, on the front porch.

The sun was lighting up the fenced yard.

I love the morning light, on the beds.

Making the dark spots glow a little.

Shining on the Rio...

and, making the fountain sparkle.

It shines across the porch...

making fun light and shadow.

Waking up the new Tree Aloe...another gift...from our son's family.
(Do my kids know me, or what?)

The Side yard is mostly in shadow...making the light in the 
Garden Grove glow....
What's that back there?

Another limb down.  Looks like it may have broken during the Big Storm, last week.
I guess the wind last night, brought it to the ground.

Glad I did the walk around. I might have seen this after the limb pick up, today.

It's always good to take a garden walk.

Hope your garden is glowing today.

Happy Gardening...