Today I finally got out there early enough to plant my seedlings from Winter sowing, on the pathway side of the kennel garden. Asclepias and Blue Sea Holly. My first success story in growing ANYTHING from seed, and they're living to tell the tale in this "Kodak moment"!! ....and the far right Asclepias, in the first photo, actually has buds on it!!
Purple Liatris with a friend .....a bit blurry, but I'm just happy I managed these photos unharmed bc I was warned a couple times that this was HIS territory , and close behind me was our car
White allium garlic.....also part of my first ever Winter sowing program. Other allium seed did not germinate though.
Daylily photos from today.....
'Gus Townsend' FFE
'El Nino' 4 petals and 3 sepals....so is he a poly wannabe?
'Sincere Prayer' FFO
'Asheville Social Butterfly'
'Asheville Pink Lady'
'Flycatcher' x 'Heavenly Curls' Kim Klarner, hybridizer
'Don't Leave Empty-Handed'
Who needs garden gnomes when Jasper's around?
Red Hydrangea....from our church's altar. Our pastor gave them away on Mother's Day 2017....this year's photos Honestly, I thought I'd killed it , but there must have been some Divine Intervention going on, during the past year!!
Corner of Kennel garden with 'Cheyenne Spirit' Coneflower and 'Helix' Daylily
East Family Garden view from balcony.
Yucca 'Color Guard' replaced hardy hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' as the focal point of the Family Garden, bc the yucca is much more drought tolerant. Got it as a plug 4 years ago, and it hasn't bloomed yet. Hopefully next year!
Back yard view from balcony.
A pair of favorite frogs I bought years ago. I had sealed them when I first got them, but they eventually faded.....
......so I repainted and sealed them!
I'm in desparate need of a garden project to really sink my teeth in to, but it's too hot out there to start one, so I'll be repainting more garden deco favorites that have been looking tired, in the next couple months, just to keep myself occupied.
Blooms from yesterday and Monday:
'Zoro's Blade' SFO, in a shunning mood....
....made me work to get this shot
'Night Wings' FFE, also in shunning mood, but this photo is better than.....
.......my attempt at a shot of it's beautiful face!
'Mystic Pizza' shunning me too.....I can take a hint!
'Coral Majority' FFO Love that diamond dusting!
'Asheville Social Butterfly' this is it's first year of blooms, and I'm just realizing it has diamond dusting too!
Little Bumble Bee
'Stargate Portal' not sure it's in such a good location....
'Meerkat Manor' FFE
'Asheville Twilight Time'
Yesterday's new blooms. I didn't realize that blooms fade significantly by early evening! I did miss several FFE's in the past few days bc of my condition. I had to force myself to get out there, yesterday evening, but I'm glad I did! I tend to get in to a gardening slump at this point in the growing season. Don't know why, but I've got to snap out of it! Okay, pity party over....
Little Bumble Bee - New to the gardens this year. There were three blooms and this was the best. The other two looked like crepe paper by the time I got around to snapping the photos A mini dwarf, not registered, and I'm smitten!
'Moroccan Sapphire' FFE and a poly!
High noon shot
'Don't Leave Empty-Handed' FFO - couldn't get a good angle, and not the best bloom specimen, either.
Seedling by Kim Klarner: 'Flycatcher' x 'Heavenly Curls' - This seedling increases like crazy!
'Asheville Social Butterfly' FFE
'Spock's Ears' looking very washed out
'Mystic Pizza' FFE
The gardens are showing me some love this year!!
Edna Selman first flower completely open ever. Third time's the charm, Edna! This is her first year in my gardens.
Lilac Moonchild SFO, with Edna attempting a photo bomb!
Honkytonk Barbie FFO
My Heart Belongs To Daddy group shot, looking better with each flush of blooms!
Venetian Royalty FFE, but not the best looking bloom...
Bat Flight SF(s)E. This is it's first year in the gardens
Arachnidan Trap SFO
Lily Munster group
A couple new ones today....
'War Horse' FFE
'Stargate Portal' FFE
I was considering waiting until early evening to take today's photos, and thankfully I didn't, bc we got a gullywasher, early this afternoon!
I was quite bummed to see what the rains did to 'Velvet Onyx'
Before the rain...
After the rain (this very grainy photo shows the color on the purple side, when they actually turned brown )
'Edna Selman' refuses to bloom fully.
'My Heart Belongs to Daddy'
'Asheville Twilight Time'
Yesterday, was hotter than Hades, and our room was at 91 degrees by bed time. Today was hot, but it was mostly cloudy, so our room was only 86 degrees at bed time!
I'm concerned for our elderly cat, K.C., as this heat seems to be stressing her more than ever, and she seems to not be eating.... She's been sleeping on the bathroom floor, which obviously is cooler, but she never seems to leave the second floor. We're keeping a table fan on in the Bathroom, that is directed toward the floor, in addition to leaving the door from the Bathroom out to the balcony open at all times (except when we have to use the Bathroom, of course ) The pet food and two water bowls are located in the Kitchen, on the first floor. We also have two water bowls and a second litter pan upstairs. Keeping an eye on her. My poor baby.