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Friday, June 29, 2012

IN THE GARDEN

Let's take a peek at what's blooming in the gardens this week!
It was a scorcher today, reaching 100 degrees, and if we were beer drinkers, a tall cold one would have gone done quite nicely!
I finally got the garage windowbox planted. I'm so jealous of all the ladies who have real chickens, so I planted some fake ones!
This pink hydrangea is doing exceptionally well this year. I just wish I could get near that birdhouse to straighten out the shepard hook, but I don't want to knock off one single luscious pink petal. Wrens build a next in that house every year. 
PINK HYDRANGEA CLOSE-UP!!!
The daisy patch hasn't looked this good since I planted them. Some rust-colored disease always appears, but this year, so far so good!
These lilies are ginormous! They're about 7 feet tall. I'm not lying! I got them from my sister-in-law, who works at a major public garden in Chicago, and she had no info on them, so they were a mystery. I expected a 3 foot lily and ended up with The Little Shop Of Horrors!
I'm so happy to see things starting to bloom in front of the new picket fence. Don't flowers just automatically look prettier when there's a picket fence behind them?!
Lantana. Oh my goodness, if I could have just one annual, it would be Lantana. Can you think of any other flower that has so many colors going all at the same time?!
One lone pink lily.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Bee Balm (Monarda) looks just like fireworks!
Here's how many flowers I have left to plant. Two flats worth. I think I'm done planting annuals, and will save the rest of my flower money on Fall bloomers like mums. And I'll buy bulbs. Lots and lots of bulbs. I'm picturing red tulips in front of the picket fence in the Spring!
I've just come back inside, after sitting on the porch watching it rain for the first time in two weeks. It was a good one, lasting about an hour. I bet everything is so much happier now, like this mandevilla vine. And hopefully the grass will soon turn green again, instead of the ugly beige it is right now! What's blooming in your garden?

20 comments:

Barbara said...
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Barbara said...

You know you're a real gardener when you love those hour-long rains. Everything is looking great ... envious of your super-tall lily!

Margaret said...

What a beautiful post Carol! The garden is lovely. I too am a chicken/rooster lover and although I did have one ( a bantam rooster named Little Jerry, who has gone to heaven now) I am missing have one so now I will copy you :) and plant me some! You always inspire me with all your great ideas! Maggie from Maggie's Lil' Fixins

My Vintage Mending said...

Thank you for the beautiful luscious garden pictures. I spent hours pulling the hose around last night trying to save all that I could. I have purple bee balm and yes it looks just like fireworks. Enjoy all you wonderful work...smiles...Renee

Pendleton Primitives said...

New follower. Love the photos, the picket fence and pennant banner are lovely. We do container planting since we live on base. First batch was stolen, replaced those, second batch is dying. So I'm trying to save them. I love the idea of gardening but it's kicking my butt.
~Christina

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh your flowers are lovely! I didn't get anything planted this year so far, but I think a few things will come home with me soon! I miss flowers on my deck! My Hydrangea Tree is getting ready to bloom and I'm so happy about that! Hugs, Linda

Protector of Vintage said...

Everything is looking so lovely!! I haven't weeded in ages due to the heat. I need to get out there!

Tresa said...
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Tresa said...

Your flowers are beautiful! It's extremely hot here too (Indiana). I'm not a beer drinker either but I always think a cold beer looks good. How about a frozen margarita instead?

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' your Shop of Horrors lily! Also got a chuckle out of your chickens, much less maintenance I'm sure! Happy Weekend:@)

vintage grey said...

Such a beautiful and peaceful garden! Thanks for sharing it! Happy sweet weekend to you! xo Heather

Dorothy Prudie Vintage said...

Love all of your photos. Thank you for sharing. Love the blog too. It is so hot here. 100 degrees and 100% humidity...I'm an avid gardner, but even that is too hot for me. LOL.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Things are looking pretty up North. Wish I could go out and look at my flowers...or should I say water them before they all die in this heat! Love your 4th header!

janice15 said...

i WISH TOO I HAD SOME REAL CHICKENS AND ROOSTER...YOUR GARDEN IS LOVELY. LOVE YOUR SWEET DAISIES THEY LOOK VERY NICE. I HAD BEEN THINKING ABOUT SOME FOR MY GARDEN AS WELL. HAPPY SUNDAY WITH LOVE JANICE

Kim K. said...

It's been so much fun to see all your lovely blooms. You take such good care of your gardens. Our plants need a desperate drink of rain. We've been hauling hoses since we've come back from our week away. Our flowers had a bit of help from our live-in niece, but they all need some tlc.

Chenille Cottage said...

Ahhhh....I love this time of year with it's many colorful blooms! I enjoy your blog so much, Carol!
Happy July!!!
Carolynn xo

craftyles said...

Carol, Your gardens and flowers are beautiful. I love your little displays-just like you do in the house. That little wheelbarrow-oh my! Have a Happy Fourth!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Happy Fourth of July! Your garden is looking spectacular!

mylittlecottage said...

nice post thanks for sharing...happy 4 july...

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