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.

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 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.

June 2021 mystery plant and kitties

This purple plant with cup-like downward pointing flowers showed up in a nice swath by the barn a few years ago. I do not know what it is –maybe someone can help with the identification? It does well in this spot, and it has shared a few stray seeds and spread a little to some other places.

Here is a handsome Tiglet sitting outside. The clouds in the next pictures did manage to drop a very little bit of rain for the garden last night. Much needed rain.

An entertaining bit of kitty discussion inside: Claribel and Milton are quite good friends, because he has a very good big warm tummy for a small cat to curl up against. But whenever he steps over a boundary she is quick to swat him back. I think this touchiness on her part is necessary since he is twice her size and can be a bit of a bully.

Milton being nice and washing Clari’s ears.
I didn’t see the precipitating event, but I am guessing he had a chew on one of her very tasty little ears. Caramel, in her sturdiness, looks ready to referee if necessary. Below is a much nicer picture of Cara, where she doesn’t look quite so stout.
And here is a picture of Claribel; she has successfully held her own and Milton has meandered away, unconcerned. Cousin has taken his place..

June 2021 other moss rose, a lily to watch, and kitties

Quite a while ago, I bought these very sweet yellow moss roses and put them in this hanging basket. The basket is new this year. It is so shallow that I end up watering it every day.

Notice the very tall lily in this picture just to the right of the hanging basket. This lily will be blooming for its third year. And it has doubled each year.
I am astounded at the number of blooms on this plant.
Minnie and Tiglet both cleaning.
Cousin in his favorite basket and giving me the side eye.

June 2021 Geranium /pelargonium, and some kitties

I have several geraniums in pots and move them inside in the winter and bring them back out in the summer. I do love how cheery they are in the winter, but I think some of mine might be reaching their age limit. I think I will take a couple of these out of their pots and see what is actually in good shape and do some heavy trimming. If I do it fairly soon they will still have a couple good months outside to recover from whatever I end up doing to them.

This pink one (above and below) was repotted last year.

This poor thing above needs to be released from its cage and its pot. I’m not sure what is happening in this one.
This white one is perfectly happy in the pot, but the top edge of the pot is disintegrating badly.

I just moved this deep red one, so I am trying to give it a chance to figure out which way it wants to go. I didn’t repot it, but took it out of a rather protected spot. The red is really deep.

This one has (obviously) a very different leaf and although the color doesn’t really show in this picture, the red is different than the other one.

Pretty is very happy about this seat. The evening sky last night almost looked like it might produce some rain, but it did not.