Thursday, June 23, 2011


a few of our daylilies

just starting to open

new birdbath from Lowe's
waiting to be placed in it's new home

beautiful pink/yellow in the kitchen garden

new huge wheelbarrow from Lowe's
during their Father's Day sale

lavender blooms

The daylilies are in full bloom and glorious this year. We have gotten rain every day since Saturday and still have more in our forecast. Days are hot and muggy but well worth it with the rain.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Our Little Princess


Our little princess will be 9 months old on Saturday. We are having so much fun with her and treasure every moment!

This past weekend was great for the rain bucket. On Saturday it rained off and on all day, more rain during the night and Sunday morning we had even more rain. You could hear the flowers and grass growing when you walked outside. It was wonderful to walk around the garden and see puddles of water!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


a few of our beautiful roses

We did manage to get a couple of small rain showers on Tuesday, really more of a drink than a shower but better than nothing. Then on Wednesday afternoon storms rolled through and we got a good rain. More rain is in our forecast at small percentages but hopefully we will manage to get some which I need since Mom has gone visiting for the next several days.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Still Hot in the Garden

We finally got a break on Sunday -- the high was only 88. The garden is looking much better since we started watering although on Saturday we got plenty of thunder and lightening but no rain. If we are lucky we might get some rain tonight or tomorrow. Probably scattered showers but that is better than nothing. We've been trying to get all our new plants in the garden and some maintenance taken care of.

got a fresh coat of paint on the patio chairs
love that rustoleum paint - it covers everything

queens anne lace making a good showing
part of the garden to avoid for now as
chiggers love us something fierce

got the windmill painted
need to find new parts for it

Uncle Billy's garlic

new water wiggler for the birdbaths
looks so neat & runs on 2 D batteries

got the foxgloves planted
also planted foxglove seeds
back side of little pond area

solar fountain in little pond
works great with full sunshine
shoots little bursts with shade
my little goldfish sure loves it

pacific coast iris all planted
in corner by little pond
hopefully easier to keep alive here

umbrellas for 2 of the tree peonies
they were wilting under the 90+ degree sun

butterfly weeds and yellow daylilies
blooming better than ever

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

And it is only June 9

After a very nice, rainy and cool April and May our temps have been 90+ for the last 12 days and the 7 day forecast is more of the same. We have had no rain and lots of thunder last night with again no rain. The forecast has spotty showers but so far they have all missed our flower garden and don't look promising for the next 7 days. It is now time to pull out the garden hoses and sprinklers and let them get to work.

watering the middle of the flower garden

watering the lilies and roses in the backyard

You could hear the flowers weeping with joy as the water began to fall and I'm sure we will be weeping when we receive our water bill next month. I see much more of this in our future to keep the garden alive.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vacation Shopping

Itoh Peonies

Keiko (Adored)
Pink Double Dandy

Yumi (Beauty)
Yellow Doodle Dandy

Our newest additions to the garden. While taking Linda and Wayne to Shelbyville I passed Southbranch Nursery in Murfreesboro that was just begging me to stop. On the way back home I did and seen these beauties. On Monday Mom and I went back to Shelbyville to pick up Linda and stopped on the way to buy these beauties. The pictures don't do them justice, they are gorgeous.

The Itoh peonies are a cross between a herbaceous peony and a tree peony. This cross combined the best traits of both parents: great vigor, large distinctive flowers, strong stems and long lasting blooms. Monrovia is partnering with leading Itoh breeder Don Smith for these beauties.