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 a 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 is 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 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 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 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.

July 2021 Kitties, Queen Anne’s Lace, and lily updates

The kitties were enjoying the front steps last night. Here is Tiglet looking dapper as ever.

Minnie has that one odd phlox that is already open. Below she is working on a walnut tree.

The Queen Anne’s lace is starting to really open up now. I’ve been pulling out lots of it, trying to keep it under control —another invasive item in my garden.

This lily will be impressive when it opens.

This astilbe is a lovely light pink; it was marked as having red blooms on the package when I bought it, but it isn’t red. I like this soft pink.

This lily too will be quite something. These blooms are white and very fragrant.

And here is a sweet Martin Frobisher.

June 2021 yellow primrose and cone flowers

The yellow primroses are unbelievably tall this year. There is one plant right in the middle of the picture, dwarfing the rose to the left. And this yellow is really bright –not buttery, but brilliant. I did find a couple of Japanese beetles this morning, so the primroses may be short-lived. But they are lovely.

And the coneflowers are just starting to open. They are so spectacular when they are broadly open in all their purple pink glory. But I love them like this too when they are just starting.

And finally here is a very handsome Milton, lounging.