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.

August 2021 Kitties, Amaranth, and Tomatoes

That might be the perfect August trio: kitties lounging on grass in the heat, amaranth getting top heavy with its reddish purple heads, and the lush, unbeatable tomatoes.

Above is Martin Frobisher (here is a post on his naming) and below is Sidney.

The crunchy grass is also a part of August. Below is Tiglet, being busy as he usually is.

He did stop to have a look, and below is just so you don’t miss the Tiglet / Tiger staring out of those eyes. This throwback to a wild look is particularly amusing with him because is the sweetest softest cat.

These cherokee purple tomatoes are an heirloom variety (what a friend in London tells me is called heritage there). They are so beautiful and flavorful and a distinctive flavor. I like the flavor a lot –but the color is what really gets me. The greener ones here are not quite ripe. Yum.

August 2021 hostas blooming and a new phlox

The hostas are blooming and the bees love them. My bee pictures are not good. I will try to get better ones… but the blur of activity is a little appropriate. I also have this lovely lavender phlox that showed up alongside the peonies this year. I am not sure where this came from, but it is lovely.

Lavender phlox.
Sidney looking handsome on the bench. Tiglet is far too busy for bench lounging.

August 2021 it rained here! and the kitties are happy

The thunderstorm last night refreshed everything. It wasn’t that much rain, but it certainly feels better here. AND the grapes are ripening. Here are pictures of happy kitties.

And look at this lovely blooming lily.

You can see that the bugs have absolutely ruined the leaves… but the grapes seem to be doing ok.

And here are some pictures of the outside kitties.

August 2021 outside cats and garden

The weather really has shifted momentarily here and it is cool. It did not rain though so I will be watering heavily today to try to make up for it. I cut the lawn yesterday and Tiglet posed in various places.

Below is Tiglet in two different views in the same seat, conveniently he turned himself to face in the opposite direction.

Above is little Minnie and Sidney –with just a tiny view of Pretty’s tail on the right. That is a pot filled with some hyacinth bulbs that I found in the basement. I had thought I was going to give up on them, but at the last moment stuck them in this pot. I don’t know if they will make it to blooming. Maybe I should put them in the front of the house so they get longer sun.

Below, all three kittens are on the steps. Minnie, Tiglet, and Martin Frobisher enjoying the sunset.

And here is a pair of funny pictures of Caramel. It is cool enough for Cara to be happy curled up here.

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 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.