Thursday, June 30, 2016
While I was out and about working with weeds and things I noticed a definite lean on these flowers. The regale lily stem did the same sway as the day lily that is now in bloom. I don't know the cause of it. They do get the first light from the sun but they also have a bank of ferns behind them.
Another shot of the same are doesn't show it looking so unusual. I moved the day lily and the different hostas to this area in the past two years. The regale lily is also there but didn't quite fit in the photo's composition.
Button had me up early again this morning and it was dark. It was 5:00 and he went outside right away. It was good we did because we started having heavy rains once we were back inside. It stayed dark most of the morning and the rain just continued. We are so glad to have it. No outside work again today but I have two projects going right now. My self imposed deadlines may not be met by tomorrow but I will work on it.
Thank you for stopping by today. I will share the turning of the white hydrangea to green in another post.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Morning skies really can't predict the rest of the day. We are now clouded over with no promise more than just sprinkles. It was cold this morning helping to cool down the inside of our house. It has been warm and the house seems to hold its heat in the summer.
I see wrens in the apple tree and the calls of the wren are frequent from the orchard area. I have not seen a wren enter or leave the house this summer. Maybe the young ones are not hatched yet so when that happens the activity really increases. There are morning glory vines starting at the bottom of the trellis. I have to water them almost every day now.
It was said that we are having a very dry spell for this month compared to normal. Our inch rain last week didn't make up any deficits at thsi point.
Finding new ways to take shots of the same old thing each day can be a challenge. This one armed shot helps to display the three directions that the blooms are facing. This is my fancy ruffled lily. I have only one of them in my set of lily plants.
I did some serious clearing of plants around my hostas yesterday. In my excitement to show the hosta that I rescued form weeds and phlox I see that I have a left foot in the picture. I have so many hostas thar treally need to be thinned out by dividing and replanting them elsewhere. With two of my large tree removed need to plant more along the exposed to sunlight border next to the dog's fence. I see hostas being moved into that area for a good solution.
A sloppy shot of the stargazer lily. I will blame Button the dog on this one. You can see the stem and leaves are totally different than most Asiatic lilies and is nothing like a daylily variety. The fragrance from a stargazer is strong and good. It can be smelled from many parts of the garden.
Those who normally follow my blogs know that this is the time of the year when I have a lot of photos, more than I can share. I just load a few more on each day on the two blogs and some good shots just get to stay buried in the files. It is damp and cold outside right now but it will warm up by the end of the day. I hope Wednesday is a good day for you and thanks for stopping by today.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The Monday afternoon sky was partly cloudy. It was hot out there but not as bad with a little less humidity in the air. It was a day of witnessing so many new lilies blooming for the first time.
This is what it developed into after it took the whole day to uncurl each petal. I will take more new pictures this morning to see how things have changed with it over night. The color is hard to identify as it first looked like a butterscotch candy color.
Photo a Day blog on another day. The bright sun really messes with the color. I don't think I have ever had this particular color of one in the garden before now. I hope there will be many more.
I am knee deep with projects right now and not one is close to being finished. I have two frame jobs going on at the same time and I hope that Friday will be a day of celebration. My goal is to get them both done and out of the house then. The crochet one that I have shared in the past is almost all mounted on its backing and a frame needs to be made and stained. The senior class composite has all of its pictures printed out, thanks to my wonderful wife, so I can start working on that too. I think I will go outside and work in the yard first as we are cold this morning. I refuse to wear a coat even though it is in the 60s right now. I hear the roar of my neighbor's mower and think that it is hanging over my head to mow but that will be another day.
Thank you for all who have stopped by today, I hope things are good with you all.
Monday, June 27, 2016
A single bloom that is open on this small daylily seems to be crowded by its own leaves The two tonesof colors on the flower adds to its uniqueness.
The hosta is not in full bloom yet even though it is loaded with blooming parts. There are a lot of flowers not opened yet at the top of those spires.
The little guy is an addition to my wife's precious moment collection. She does not have an extensive collection. I think their may be 5 in total now. We were given the wedding couple when we were married and a few others were gifts later on. They are still selling them in stores and this one caught my eye for a gift the other day.
Have a good Monday and everyone take care. Thanks for stopping by today.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
The ditch lilies, field lilies, are coming on strong. I think it is on of my favorites with all the dimensional parts of the flower. The color is fantastic.
We had a true thunderstorm last night and we had an inch of rain or more. I have a full rain barrel now. In fact, from experience I know that it takes an inch of rain to fill it. If it rains more than an inch the water barrel overflows. It didn't overflow.
We have had high level of humidity almost every day this week. When I would walk the dogs at night and take Button out in the middle of the night it just was uncomfortable humidity. The rain storm didn't make a change in it. We will be up to 91 F. again today and then we will cool off a bit.
I wish you all a great day today. Thanks for stopping in today.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
A warm sunny day brings out the blooms on the moss rose. It helps to keep the soil moist and I also open up the umbrella on the patio set to keep them from getting too hot.
The next bloom to share is the one of the daylily that grows closely to a large planting of ditch lilies. I have two of these plants in different locations. It is one of my favorites but the lighting on this really doesn't let me get a great true shot of it.
No big plans for the day. We both are a little weary today and the heat really does help stall any plans outside. I will water tomatoes in the heat and I have a framing project going on right now as seen below.
Friday, June 24, 2016
My Grandmother Brooks would be smiling ear to ear to see her bulbs still producing flowers. I remember having only two or three buds on this last year so it really is improving in the hot sunny area.
I laughed at myself taking the line up of the boards so seriously as the old boards of the original porch are 25 years old or more and they have shrunk and moved around making all sizes of gaps between the boards I still have a gap between the two posts to fill in with a creative trellis. It is to the right of the one I rehung a few days ago. One more thing off the list of to do's.
I was just out there this morning to visit the area and I can't believe how the hot weather has caused the tomato plants that I have look like they are doubled in size. Sometimes I think tomatoes are like a weed that have gotten a strong rooted foundation and they just take off. I was thinking that those same tomatoes were probably were going to just die because of all of the heat. It was so sadly dry and things look sick.
I was out early this morning as it is cold outside and it felt good to walk around. I took more photos of cornfields and new daylily blooms that are opened. I will share tomorrow.
I wish everyone to have a great day today this Friday. Thanks for stopping by the blog.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
My weather rock sits out there not having much to report. It did get sprinkled on yesterday but at most time is follows the sun. The sun is in the afternoon sky by how the shadow is looking on the railing.
Yes it is a bluejay in bright light but it isn't a good shot. I have a couple of the birds out there. They must have a nest nearby as they are spending a lot of time picking bugs off the bushes and ground. I have seen them on the feeder to to pick small seeds. It is an interesting shot as I had to zoom in to even get its photo from where I was sitting on the patio. The zoom helped get a good resemblance of the bird but that tree on the right sits way across the street. It pulls everything in to a flat plane.
I received some footprints from my grandsons on Father's Day. It shows the comparison of size of a two month old with a three year three month old. AJ looks like he has big feet but the print is on an 8 by 10 sheet of paper. AJ is sure growing up on us quickly. The younger guy Teddy is making such a big change in his appearance as he grows out of that new born face.
The ditch lilies are doing well but are not all out in bloom yet. I did notice that this variety also closes up its petals at night just like the daylilies.
Blogger would not cooperate with me this morning as I tried to download photos. I decided to just go on out and work and come back later to blog. I cut out more stray weeds and small tree starts that were in the flower garden. I planted three last tomato plants in the ground. They were still in their little pots growing with the aquarium fish. They are planted too late but I though I did give them a chance to live and let nature take them out instead of me tossing them.
I like these old lilac bushes with the shapes of their tall twisted limbs. It is white lilac that I planted there probably 30 plus years ago. As I walked around through them today I cam to the conclusion that they need to come down. They are leaning over into the neighbors yard and I think they need to go. I will get my chain saw going and maybe take a few branches out at a time. I don't know what I will do with the wood when I get done but I will have to find a truck to take them away. I do have starts at the base of the two bushes so I can still see them blooming again closer to the ground.
Thank you for stopping by today.
I am playing with different choices of templates for my blog. I am glad blogger fixed the header problem that I was having.