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.

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.

July 2021 Coneflowers and rudbeckia

The two color stars of the garden right now are the coneflowers and the rudbeckia. And I think they are both native to this area, so it makes sense that they are dominating the back garden. I do also have a sweet little lily that opened up –it is not very tall so it is like a happy little surprise tucked into a busy bed. It is unusually overcast here this morning and it looks like it might rain more.

And look at this below —exciting things about to happen with that plant in the front.

And here is Sidney; he is the real star of the garden with his lovely self coming around the walkway. And showing off a little bit of tummy.

July 2021 kitty updates and rain showers

It is overcast again today and raining right now. Earlier the cats were out meandering around on the sidewalk by some open purple coneflowers. These two are completely unconcerned about rain; I know cats are often described as avoiding water or being finicky about stepping in it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the cats who live mostly outside.

This, above, is the white salvia that was hidden in the earlier photo of the front bed. Oddly I had a purple one in this bed, but it was never totally happy and this year didn’t come back at all.

The russian sage is starting to open its blooms. I really like this light lavender and the silvery foliage. I probably need to stake it or tie it to try to help it to have some shape.

These lilies are still producing some lovely blooms.

And here is one little update on the white lily.

July 2021 rain, blooms, and bedding

I am attempting to get the plants bedded in with lots of straw to try to hold the moisture we do have, and it is taking me longer than I would have imagined since we are now past the 4th of July. I did get the massive strip between the south beds and the fence taken care of early in the season. This is the place the squash are all meant to go. They are planted on the far south side of this bed. Here is a picture I took from the upstairs window.

The bed only partly showing on the left edge of this picture above has tomatoes in it. Between that and the rudbeckia are (among other things) peppers, a couple of sweet potatoes and some broccoli. There is not much edible goods to the right of the walnut tree trunk other than the squash all the way at the far back of the bed. There is some sorrel in there, but it is a rather bitter variety and I don’t eat much of it.

I put this geranium here to see from the living room window, although the walnut tree trunk is good too.

I have this other geranium below in front of the other walnut tree. But I think I will be moving this one soon.

In the front of the house, the blooms are rambling around a bit. The phlox at the far edge of this picture are just the beginning of a massive patch. These are unfortunately growing in (possibly through?) the front steps.

This bed has lots in it including russian sage, a rose bush, gay feathers (that haven’t bloomed yet), day lilies, the firecracker bee balm (I know that is not what it’s called), cone flowers, japanese iris, snow on the mountain, and some naked ladies. And there is a nice white salvia in here that you can’t see at all in this picture because it is on the other side of the malva and cone flowers. Here is a picture of the phlox, just getting started.

Yesterday it started raining and really broke the heat. And then it rained on and off all afternoon and a good part of the evening. I am very relieved. Absolutely everything in the garden looks so much better today. It is also overcast and looks like it could rain today –and fortunately much cooler than it has been. The kitties are happy.

Tiglet, checking in.
Tiglet, always busy.

July 2021 the awaited large white lily and another that is yellow

The lily in the bed south of the house has started to show off in all its stunning clear white color and rich fragrance. The one by the barn has also opened… and it is a creamy yellow color. I hope it comes through in the picture. What I know won’t come thru is the amazing fragrance. So lovely.

First, here pictures of the white one in the bed south of the house. I am pleased with this bed this year. It is the one I can see from the sofa in the living room.

Here is Cousin also enjoying the view of the flowers.

And here is the creamy yellow one near the barn. I really had thought that this one was also white. But when I look back to the pictures from last year, definitely yellow tint.

Here is Vladimir with his irresistible paws.