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!

July 2021 wildflower and New Mexico skies

In La Plata canyon Colorado I picked a lovely batch of wildflowers. I think I managed to identify most of them.

Here is the list I came up with: yellow monkeyflower, winged buckwheat, white yarrow, fairy trumpet, tall penstemon, subalpine larkspur, aster, and some kind of goldenrod possibly.

I am back in Farmington New Mexico where the skies are big.

If you look very carefully you can see the rainbow here.

July 2021 Santa Fe garden

Having left Colorado and arrived in Sante Fe, staying at friends with a gorgeous garden just off Canyon Road. Lovely plantings and exquisitely pruned shrubs. A lesson again to me of the necessity for cutting back.

Headed from Sante Fe back up to the Chama Valley to Tierra Amarilla and Los Ojos. Driving right past O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch, some of these landscapes will look familiar.

I took many other pictures of that gorgeous garden and will do a backtrack post sometime to give a better sense of it. But for now am enjoying visiting a friend’s painting studio and seeing new work.

July 2021 wildflowers and travel

The internet access has been close to non-existent for the last few days but that is not necessarily bad. The trip has been great so far. Good camp sights. Lovely wildflowers and good luck with weather.

Camp site in western Nebraska.
Camp site in northern Colorado
Campsite in southern Colorado

The shade tent at this third campsite is set up very near to the water so we could scamper out of the very very cold water of the stream into the tent with waiting warm clothes and hot tea.

Morning light over stream

I will try to post some pictures of landscapes and some more of the lovely flowers soon.

July 2021 imminent blooms and a trip

I am leaving to go on a road trip and I am particularly noticing the things in the garden that are very close to blooming. I won’t be gone that long, but given that things change every single day I am sure there are some moments I will miss. But I am looking forward to seeing some different landscapes and some friends I haven’t seen in a while.

This bed is changing a lot (partly because tomatoes really do change so quickly). And I expect these moss roses will be spectacular when I return.

Here are several things that are about to bloom or are just starting up.

Love lies bleeding
poppy
Four o clocks … or as the poets of the 17C called it: marvel of Peru
zinnias partly underway
rudbeckia
two potted lantana, above and below

So I will have to do a comparison when I return –or maybe I will have some updates from the garden while I am away. Meanwhile the kitties are saying, “You are doing WHAT?”

Milton, disapproving and accusing; Caramel, resigned.
Cousin, disappointed.