Sunday, June 1, 2014

The End Of May In The Backyard

I either have the Strep that The Girl had, or the random bug that The Dad had, that has made my throat feel like it was run over by a semi.  It just came on last night at my BIL's surprise party.  I was hoping I'd wake up and it would be gone.  Yeah, it's worse.  I grimace every time I swallow.  And it hurts to talk.  Seriously, our house has been plagued, or something.  Our doctor's office should start giving us Frequent Flier miles.

So let's look at pretty flowers to take my mind off how bad it hurts, 'kay?

I bought these bulbs at the grocery store, of all places.
They came in a package of two and are called Summer Cheer Daffodils.
Aren't they pretty?  I hope they naturalize.

I lost the tag for this plant years ago, then saw one at a nursery the other day and didn't write down the name, telling myself I'd remember it.
I did not remember it.
It had just barely started to bloom when I took these pics, so I'll have to get more when it gets goin' good.
I know I claim to be anti-orange, but this one gets a pass.

I have this Geranium in quite a few places in the back, along the rock border, but this is probably one of my favorite combos with it right now.
The Barberry is called 'Golden Nugget', and it's one of the varieties that stays small.

The Snap Peas that the kids planted from seed are comin' along.
I noticed a couple days ago that they have their first flowers.

Speaking of comin' along, check out the blueberries!
I have two plants, and both have berries comin', but this one is loaded!
So exciting.

The sunshine is really makin' the potted annuals take off.
All my Impatiens babies are starting to show color.

Wait till you see the Fuchsia that I put in both these pots open and blooming.
It's a really pretty one.

Baby's pot has really filled in.

I love Angelonia.  
I have this purple one and another lavender one out front.
They're so dang pretty once they get goin'.

I picked this Gerbera up off a clearance rack and was SUPER excited to see the buds didn't open to orange.
It's the perfect pink.

I always get Snapdragons for the kids.
They love 'em.

All my shady spots are happy right now.

I know I've already posted pictures of this, but look how well it's still blooming.
This is a great plant.
It needs support to stop if from flopping, but it blooms for such a long time, unlike most spring flowers.
It's 'Apricot Delight' Jacob's Ladder.

Speaking of spring bloomers, I finally did it.
I whacked off the alpina Helsingborg Clematis.
I had to take it all the way to the ground to get it off the trellis.  :(
There's new green comin' already, so it will be better in the long run, but it made me sad.
I had to take pictures of the body.

At least the gaping hole left behind is partially filled in my my 'David' Phlox.

I have more progress pics of the Christophii Allium.
This thing is so dang cool. 
Why did it take me so long to own one?!

The smell of this sucker right now, when the sun hits it, is amazing.

I rearranged the deck/patio again.
(Surprise, surprise.)
So I got my jar candle holders hung, that my sister got me for Easter.
They're so cute!

Speaking of the deck, my Honeysuckle that's planted in the post hole has buds.

And last, The Cat followed his favorite chair from the deck to the patio.

And now, I'm gonna give myself a little pep talk to get my butt to the grocery store.
What I really want to do is lay on the couch and whine about how bad my throat hurts.

Update:  I did go grocery shopping.  Why did no one remind me that it was the first of the month?!?!  And on a Sunday, no less.
"It's the 1sh of the month, so cash your checks and get up."

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  1. You have an artist's eye. Such a pretty garden. Love the tea lights and the old window on the fence wall. So clever.

  2. So pretty everything, Mindy! You have so many wonderful and unusual plants--just gorgeous! I love this time of year in the garden. I just have one partial flat left to plant, so for me, for this time of year, I'm actually in pretty good shape! I hope you and your family feel better--as you know, get to the doc if you think it's strep--so not fun.

  3. Got to bug you again with questions :) First, you don't like any flowers that are orange? Why? Don't like the color orange? Second, why did you have to cut the clematis down? It was so huge!! Couldn't you wait until after it bloomed, or did it already bloom? My one clematis just opened today :) Third, this just might be the dumbest question ever, but I to ask. Your mason jar candle you take them down every time it rains? Asking because we recently just did some more building on our existing deck and saw those same candle holders on Pinterest and loved them! But then was concerned they would just fill up with rain water if I left them out. Speaking of rain, we haven't had any rain in 2 weeks. It is a JOB to keep all my stuff watered everyday and then work on my new flower gardens. So happy though that I have a brand new 15 ft. raised flower bed. Its been so much fun getting new plants and designing a new bed! Hope you get better fast!!!

    1. I don't know where the aversion to orange came from, but I just don't love orange flowers in my own yard. I think they look pretty in other people's yards, though.

      The clematis that I whacked is an early bloomer, so it was done. I hadn't pruned it in so long that it was getting out of control. I'm hopin' his haircut will make for better blooms next year.

      I do bring my candle holders in when it rains hard. Our goal is to someday cover the pergola, so I can leave stuff like that out, but for now, if it starts pouring, I run out and grab them.

      Happy planting!

  4. So cool to see the summer cheer daffs blooming. I almost brought them home but put them back after I realized there are only two per package. I'd hate to prune my clematis too, but it has to be done. Get well before your trip.

  5. Hope your well and have a wonderful trip. Its been 11 years since my husband and I have been on a trip together! Over ready for one! So happy you get to take one with your hubby :)

    1. Thanks, Karie, we had an amazing time. Our last vacation together was our honeymoon - ten years ago - so I feel your pain! :)

  6. How is your throat now, Mindy? I bet you need antibiotics too, don't you? Hopefully this will be the end of all the sickies for a long time. ... You know this is the perfect time for cutting back that clemmy. It's an early spring bloomer so now it will have enough time to grow and set buds for next spring. You done good. I love your Gebera steal and your kitty is the sweetest thing. Fun post.


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