2021 July blooming four-o-clocks, lantana, and more pink rose

Somehow I ended up with entirely white four o clocks growing in the bed with the eggplant and rosemary. I’m not surprised about the four o clocks –I planted them there. I am surprised that they are only white. I usually have some of the brilliant pink fuscia ones. There are a couple of other four o clock plants in my garden that haven’t started to bloom, so there is a chance for some other colors. This is the flower that was known as the Marvel of Peru and is mentioned Andrew Marvell’s fantastic poem “The Mower Against Gardens.

The small potted lantana is doing really well. This plant is a couple of years old and has such lovely blooms. These plants don’t fair well in my house in the winter –usually looking near dead by the time I get them back out –but I can’t quite give up on them since they end up with blooms like these.

And the pink rose is still blooming –and in fact, blooming more. Tiglet was determined to be in the pictures, with his meowing little self.

That light ginger blur is Tiglet.

Soon the dahlias will be blooming and they always have surprising colors… but this pink above is a stunning color. It reminds me of why I really do like pink.

Below is a picture of Tiglet looking a bit like an orphan curled up under the lilac bush in the much cooler air we are having. Luckily he has a firm paw on the end of that tail.

The morning here is covered over with fog, which seems to be mixed with smoke from the wildfires in the west. All in all an eerie feel to the weather. Maybe I will get some interesting pictures of it all.

July 2021 on naming cats after historical figures

Many years ago, I named one of the cats Martin Frobisher. It makes for a long note on the vet records since they add my surname onto his full name. Sometimes when I am calling for him, I do shorten it to Martin, but for the most part, he is Martin Frobisher. Unlike the seaman for whom he was named, this Martin Frobisher is not much of a traveler. He is very much a homebody. Of the three siblings (Minnie is his sister and Tiglet his brother), he is the most conscientious about staying home. He has some very strong opinions though and is very willing to push his way around on a lap or chair to get things (people legs, people arms, other cats) exactly where he wants them. And I think to a certain extent his looks have turned out to match well with his name.

Martin Frobisher is a handsome cat, who usually looks like he has a lot of poise.

In this painting, Martin Frobisher’s trousers seem to take over. The present Martin Frobisher has some impressive back end covering too.
This picture above is from last year and to give him credit, he isn’t quite as fluffy this year as he has lost a little bit of his roundness.

I think there is a certain similarity in the attitudes captured by the images of the historical Martin Frobisher.

All in all, I think he has turned out to be well named.

You might notice in this late afternoon photo taken yesterday that the haze and smokiness from the wildfires in the west are affecting the skies in south dakota.

July 2021 kitty updates

The outside kitties have been so terribly hot in this recent overheated weather. They’ve been draping themselves in the grass. Sidney is very smart and goes under the hostas near to where the hose attaches. I think he rests on the hose when the water is going through it –keeping it a bit cooler under there. The inside kitties are happy about the air conditioning, which I had repaired a few years ago. I am happy about having it fixed too. I think I have used it more this summer than any summer before. The good news is that the heat seems to have broken a bit here and the weather is quite reasonable this morning (time for open windows in the house!) AND there is a decent chance of rain tomorrow –according to the weather reports.

Ok, on to the kitty pictures….

Minnie looking at the sunset.
Minnie stretched out in the lawn.
Martin Frobisher looking handsome.
My svelte little old man, Sidney.
And here is Dekker, the now-very-chubby, previously-stray cat. He is prancing through the lawn like a show horse. Of course he doesn’t realize how round he is.
Here is the handsome Cousin getting some morning cuddles.

And finally, here are a couple of very funny pictures of Vlad taking advantage of my having set this down on the overfull coffee table. This kitty update is a Tiglet-free post, but don’t worry, he is just fine with his talkative little self. He just didn’t show up for the pictures. I’m sure I will have plenty more pictures of him soon.

Vladimir, His Royal Silliness.

July 2021 pink rose

I’ve settled back in at home and the garden feels a bit less shocking than it did for a while. In other words, I am now accustomed to the updated version of the plants. I am a bit worried about my roma tomatoes which seems a lot farther behind the other varieties than they should be. The pink roses in the front are doing really well and the dahlia will be starting up soon. Meanwhile the geraniums are always a splash of color.

Below, this hosta is doing well –and Pretty is hiding behind the monkshood.

July 2021 phlox and hosta

I am very fond of this white phlox and last year moved it to this corner spot of this bed as it gets more sun here than it was getting in the midst of the hostas farther to the north in this bed. It turns out I didn’t get all of it when I moved it…. so now I have some bravely emerging phlox back over in the old spot. I cleaned out this bed and tried to spread out some of these hosta last year, and I think that actually gave this phlox a better chance and might have even improved the amount of sun it is getting in the old position. I particularly like this phlox because it continues to bloom for a very long time. This bed gets moonlight in the early nighttime and it is stunning on these blooms.

Just in the upper right in the background here you can see the old position –and the returning phlox there. Below is a better picture of those who refused to move.

The hosta are starting to bloom –the miniature hosta are finished. For some reason they bloom really early.

And here are a couple of kitty pictures to round things out this morning.

Claribel with tiny paws.
Cousin, handsome as ever.

And here is some ambitious over confidence about the possibility of working that door handle.

July 2021 last morning of camping and a few more garden blooms

Here is one of the backtracking posts –I am posting this to share this picture of the last morning of camping. I awoke very early and the sunrise was on the water and the campground was very quiet. I got out my camera and walked down toward the water and saw this crane in the water. The moon the night before had been astounding –and the moonrise over the lake was lovely too.

Lovely moonrise over the water.

And here are some pictures of more blooms in south dakota.

And below is one of my favorite blooms, Tiglet.

July 2021 following up with kitties

The kitties are all very busy these days. Lots of plants and all kinds of things to sniff. These first pictures are from before I went away on the camping trip.

Above Tiglet sniffing. Below Tiglet and Minnie having some supper. And yes, I am trying to grow figs (you can see a fig leaf just above Minnie in the picture below). I don’t get them to ripe –not yet –but someday it could happen.

Does it seem likely that it is a coincidence that Pretty is all stretched out below very close to a broken over stalk of catnip? I think not.

And here are some lovely pictures of kitties, taken while I was away… …. and the kitties were getting up to who-knows-what.

And here are some pictures of the kitties since I got home.

Pretty looks suspicious stretched out here; Martin Frobisher looks like he will be off to do something interesting.

Sidney looking dapper in his favorite spot.

And below are a couple of pictures of Tiglet stretched out in the lawn.

July 2021 roses, garden beds, and a new painting

The amazingly overblown state of everything has been a bit astounding. I poked around yesterday afternoon in the garden and tried to tidy up some of the beds. There are some lovely things here now that were not here when I left!

This rose above is the new rose that I feared I would miss. The light yellow flowers have this tinge of pink and they are very fragrant.

This pink rose is blooming again in the front bed —and the number of blooms on it look like it will be quite a show. And I didn’t miss it.

This lily above is on the street side of the front fence and it is a ridiculously extravagant color. It looks a bit absurd next to the yellow primroses and a rather prim white rose, but the lily doesn’t care.

Just a quick picture of Vlad looking extra sweet. The cats seem pleased I am home. Although I have my suspicions about what they got up to while I was away. And I think the cat sitter was giving them the equivalent of fast food…. but I am not thinking about that too much. They are all here and happy.

AND I brought home a new painting. I bought this when I visited the painter Paul Trachtman.

I own this painting of his and it dominates my entire second floor –it is a very large painting (4ft by 8ft).

The new one above is not nearly as large, but it still demands attention. I took loads of pictures in the studios in New Mexico and will write a post sometime about those wonderous places.

2021 July camping, Colorado

I spent a couple of nights with family camping in southern Colorado in the San Juan Forest. It was lovely and the weather cooperated. It sprinkled a little, but when it really rained it didn’t interfere with any activities.

We went one afternoon to hike near the La Piedra river.

Heading back to South Dakota, I stayed over at this place just over the state line into the south western corner of Nebraska.

The moon was nearly full and was shining on the water; I was lucky with my camping spot since I could see the water from my bed in the camper.

I am home now after this whirlwind of travel and the garden is running rampant and wild. The lawn is overgrown and the flowers are bursting. The tomato plants are heavy with green fruit. And the lovely new rose is in full bloom. Very lucky I didn’t miss that. Pictures of the blooms soon!