September 2021 tipping of seasons and a fig

Oddly the season is feeling very autumnal and still summer is hanging on. It was chilly here. Last week it was down to 39F (just below 4C). But this week the highs during the day have been up to about 91/92F (32/33C). I am pleased since the tomatoes are still coming and I’d like a few more to ripen.

In any case, the lawn is once again very green and not crunchy. It has recovered as though the end of July crunch didn’t happen.

The fig in the picture below is one of many on the fig tree that is right up against the south side of the house. I don’t have much hope of these getting to ripe….

August 2021 unfortunate garden visitors…. raccoons and some lovely blooms

I have a pair of gorgeous black walnut trees south of my house. Last night when I got home from dinner, there was a lot of rustling and I realized that there were several small raccoons scrabbling around in the garden bed and generally making a ruckus. One of the batch ended up staying in the tree.

Raccoons are adorable but they are such messy bandits. They poo everywhere and tear up the edges of the barn.

My phone battery was dead so I ended up using a proper camera to take pictures of the bandit. So…. here are some pictures of blooms taken with a camera and not a phone.

These resurrection lilies are particularly good this year –naked ladies.

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 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 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 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.

May 2021 Iris, peony, and kitties

One of the seedling peonies has bloomed! Here is a post from last month about the peonies from seed. And here is the lovely bloom.

The other peonies are on the verge of opening. It is raining this morning, but I took these pictures yesterday afternoon.

I have several iris that came on while I was away in Colorado.

And I have some snoozy kitties.