September 2021 dahlias and faded rose

The yellow dahlia in front of the house continue to be amazing. They are so large, it is surprising the stalk is strong enough to hold them. I do have a wire ring around the plant lower down, but the stalks are holding the blooms.

This might be the perfect image of the last rose of summer. It isn’t actually the last rose though, because other roses are still blooming in my garden. But it is a lovely perfect image of September.

September 2021 Happy kitties outside and a rose

The kitties outside have been reveling in this nice cooler weather here. And I have another one of these gorgeous roses. The flowers are so good right now, and I can feel the edge of autumn in the air. I cut some flowers to bring inside –I usually end up bringing them in when I start to feel the weather shifting. I think it is an attempt to hang on to the blooming season.

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 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 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.

June 2021 White rose and some kitties

This white rose is the most fragrant of the roses I have. It has also been here the longest. Last year many of the roses were eaten by Japanese beetles but the timing on the beetles must be a bit different this year and the roses are coming through beautifully. They are such full roses –so many petals.

This a coneflower right behind it –they are also getting ready to put on a show. Meanwhile, here are some happy kitties.

Claribel, completely sacked out on the back of the sofa.

Martin Frobisher with his mouth partly open.

Sidney looking very handsome –and a little later when part of the blanket slipped down over him.

June 2021 Poppies, lilies, and catnip

These lovelies popped out over the night! So pink and happy.

I’m not sure I like these overly garish lilies, but they made me smile this morning when I went around the corner of the fence. It is odd too because I don’t remember these poppies in the front being such a strident pink last year.

This rose is looking lovely especially with the Love-in-a-mist (nigella) right there.

The cats are happy about this big bunch of catnip I pulled out.

The hydrangea on the north west corner of the house look particularly good this year and they are just starting to open out.

June 2021 White rose bush

This rose is now in its second year here. I think it is hard to get a sense of the size of it. If there were a cat in some of these pictures it would probably help.

Pretty helps here, but I didn’t take the picture in a way that allows her to add perspective on the size of the rose bush.
Here is Tiglet and his tummy. He was Mr. Bunny Breath a couple of days ago –he brought the bunny home and was VERY proud of himself. A couple other cats started following him like he was a rock star. Ridiculous. He threw up later. Bunny didn’t agree with him.