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.
The kitties are all very busy these days. Lots of plants and all kinds of things to sniff. These first pictures are from before I went away on the camping trip.
Above Tiglet sniffing. Below Tiglet and Minnie having some supper. And yes, I am trying to grow figs (you can see a fig leaf just above Minnie in the picture below). I don’t get them to ripe –not yet –but someday it could happen.
Does it seem likely that it is a coincidence that Pretty is all stretched out below very close to a broken over stalk of catnip? I think not.
And here are some lovely pictures of kitties, taken while I was away… …. and the kitties were getting up to who-knows-what.
And here are some pictures of the kitties since I got home.
Pretty looks suspicious stretched out here; Martin Frobisher looks like he will be off to do something interesting.
And below are a couple of pictures of Tiglet stretched out in the lawn.
It is overcast again today and raining right now. Earlier the cats were out meandering around on the sidewalk by some open purple coneflowers. These two are completely unconcerned about rain; I know cats are often described as avoiding water or being finicky about stepping in it, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the cats who live mostly outside.
This, above, is the white salvia that was hidden in the earlier photo of the front bed. Oddly I had a purple one in this bed, but it was never totally happy and this year didn’t come back at all.
The russian sage is starting to open its blooms. I really like this light lavender and the silvery foliage. I probably need to stake it or tie it to try to help it to have some shape.
These lilies are still producing some lovely blooms.
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.
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.
I think thyme is the herb that is growing most impressively this year. It is flowering some now and I need to cut it again. I love the taste of thyme and really like having it dried but it is not a fun herb to dry. The leaves are so tiny….. And I have a lovely picture of Tiglet.
These light pink hollyhocks came from seed last year and they have returned very nicely. These are in a fairly protected spot between one of the walnut trees and the fence and I’ve not had to stake them so far. There were massive thunderstorms last night but it was thunder and lightening without any real rain. So disappointing.
The rudbeckia are still doing well –and this large clump in the bottom of the photo (below) hasn’t started to bloom.