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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bloomin' Tuesday and Skinks...

It's time for Bloomin' Tuesday over at http://msgreenthumjean.blogspot.com/ ... Drop by and see what's bloomin' all around us!

This flower garden is in part shade and doesn't get posted very much...been putting in fillers every year until I get some plants established. The Impatiens will look lovely in a month or two.

Morning Glory





I love Daisies

Gerbera



Cleome with Alyssum and Dusty Miller.

Rose

I adore the softness of this Nasturtium bloom.

I posted a Skink that I had my husband kill last summer and some of you got on to me because they are the 'good' critters. Well that's fine and dandy if they will stay off of my front porch. This past Saturday I had four on the porch and two behaving badly.

Look how vicious.

They look like freakin' dinasours!Sorry guys, but a couple of these are going to go to Skink heaven soon.




Update on my Dad: His appt. went great yesterday. The ole ticker is ticking like it's supposed to! Still working on having the cancer removed...thanks for the good thoughts and prayers.


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Today I am Thankful for having the opportunity to meet a fellow blogger over the weekend. Lois over at http://tallydailyphoto.blogspot.com her daughter lives in my neighborhood. She stopped by with her two precious grandchildren. (Needless to say I was filthy from gardening, great first impression)

35 comments:

Becca's Dirt said...

Good morning Darla. I wouldn't hesitate to kill those ugly things. Like snakes to me. Love that morning glory. I love your gardens. They are so full looking with each one striking a pose.

LC said...

Skinks are new to me! Not the cutest creature are they? Larry

Amy said...

I love your shade garden! Daisies are definitely top on my list of favorites. I have never seen a skink before and I really don't want to...they are kind of scary looking! Glad your dad is doing well.

Suzanne said...

That was scary. Seriously. We don't have those in Colorado -- thank heavens. They do look like dinos!

Your flowers, however, are gorgeous. I can't believe you have all those blossoms already. It always amazes me.

Lois said...

Oh Darla, I am thankful for meeting you too! You looked fine by the way and I'm glad you were out working in your yard or I wouldn't have gotten to stop and meet you. I have to say that even though you are a wonderful photographer, your gardens are so much more beautiful in person! I hope you get those mean looking skinks under control. It could be worse though, one of my friends down in Crawfordville went to check her bluebird box yesterday and found a rat snake coiled up inside!

Deb said...

oh your morning glories are so pretty...mine are jus now coming up..eeek those skinks are scary looking....never seen them before..

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Your shade garden is beautiful! I love the Larkspur blooming in it.
Glad your Dad I doing better.

Leedra said...

Can't have a yard like yours and stay clean. Sure they understand.

I think the ugle Skinks are mating. You better hurry, or you will have MORE, and that isn't flowers I am talking about.

Glad to hear the good report on your Dad. Still praying for his cancer treatment.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Beautiful flowers. I really like how the shade garden looks. The bricks are nice as edging. Those skinks look menacing! Much bigger than the little ones we see. Can you trap 'em and relocate 'em? Long story, but we had a little one hitch a ride in some insulation we bought at a big box store and set up residence in our basement last summer. We caught him on a glue board and relocated him. Spray them with cooking spray or baby oil when you're ready to release them from the glue board. It was kinda funny to see but works!

Good to hear about your dad. Sounds like he had a lot of decisions to make at once. I'm sure he'll decide what's best for him. All the best.

Randy and Jamie said...

I don't blame you, I dont' like those things either. I'm glad you dad is progressing well.-- Randy

Roses and Lilacs said...

The nasturtium bloom looks like the inside was had painted. Beautiful.

Have to agree about the lizard things. They and I could not peacefully coexist. That is Toby's job. Making sure I never see reptiles (except toads and frogs).
Marnie

perennialgardener said...

Ooh those Skinks are some freaky looking creatures! I love your partial shade garden beds, they'll fill in over the next few seasons so you'll be able to show them off! :) Pretty blooms today, thanks for sharing as always.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Glad to hear your dad is doing better and his appointment went well. We will keep praying about the cancer that it gets taken care of too.

As for those skinks they are new to me too and good grief they look too much like snakes for me to love. I would have no qualms about getting rid of them whatsoever.

Your beds just keep looking better and better. I like your two toned gerbera's.Never saw ones like that before. Hope you ad a good Mothers Day.

Dani said...

Great news on your Dad!!!

Paula said...

I have never seen or heard of a skink - just looking at them totally creep me out! Are they in your flower beds as well? I would totally do an extermination on them. Your flowers are so pretty and I love your shade garden ---thanks for sharing< Paula in Idaho
p.s. good luck with your skinks

tina said...

That shade garden is lovely. Glad your father is doing well.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Beautiful garden -- ugly skinks!!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: Those were great flower photos. We had another freeze this week. The roller coaster weather is playing havoc. I love the Skink photos, they are excellent. My wife would not allow them on the porch. Happy for the good report on your Dad.

Ami said...

Glad to hear the good news about your dad.

Those skinks look scary to me. I never saw one before. Love the flowers on your shade garden, those brick border made it looking neat and pretty. I also planted some from seeds, hope to see the flower soon. Yours look pretty.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, Great news on your dad.... Hope everything continues to work--and that he continues to improve. God Bless you BOTH.

Love your 'shade' flowerbed... And that Nasturtium is one of the prettiest ones I have ever seen.

I don't blame you... I'd send some Skinks to Skink Heaven also!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

bennie and patsy said...

glad we don't have skinks, we just have little green lizards and they move fast. Your beds are looking good. Hope your Dad gets back to feeling good soon.
Patsy

Twisted Fencepost said...

I love daisies, too!
And those morning glory's are gorgeous. I love th color.
We don't have many skinks in our area. Well atleast not like you do.

imac said...

Colourful and pretty flowers Darla.
Glad to hear your Dad is feeling ok and had a good app.
Best wishes and keeping you all in our thoughts.

Jean said...

Those are some ugly creatures. I'd get rid of them any way I could. Love the shapes of the gardens. I have some morning glory seeds planted. Hope I get some this year. Every thing looks beautiful. Jean

Dorothy said...

Hi Darla,
Love those Gerbera Daisies! Don't love those Skinks! Glad your Dad's heart is doing okay! Joe is a little better today and is scheduled to have more whirlpool and surgery tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers!

Bonnie said...

Your shade garden is amazing. WOW, I just love it! Those skinks are very scary. I hope I never see one. Glad to hear that your dad is doing well.

Jeanne Selep said...

Never heard of or saw a skink before!

Dar said...

Your Morning Glories are beautiful..so perfect. You grow a lot of the same flowers I have, all but the Gerbers are in my beds.
I would have to eliminate those 'skinkers' too. Don't blame you one little bit.

Dar said...

Your Morning Glories are beautiful..so perfect. You grow a lot of the same flowers I have, all but the Gerbers are in my beds.
I would have to eliminate those 'skinkers' too. Don't blame you one little bit.

rhondacarrier said...

I've never heard them called skinks. To me they are geckos or chichaks. The skinks aren't causing any problems are they?

My daughter has been asking for morning glories. I'm in zone 9B in Florida. Do you have a recommendation on when to start them? thanks.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Your gardens and plants look lush and beautiful. Oh, my. Today I looked out my window and hanging on the screen was a creature. I thought DINOSAUR! I grabbed my camera because I knew my hubby and son would never believe me. We live in Missouri and our lizards are as small as bugs. You can step on them. This thing was about 14 inches long. I searched the internet and sure nuff - it's one of your skinks. We think someone had it as a pet and let it go. YUK! If he hangs around, he's headed for skink heaven with yours. Thanks for sharing.

Phillip said...

I miss having morning glories after seeing your photos. Are those lizards? And are they playing or fighting? lol

Grace Peterson said...

Well Darla, Your gardens are lovely. The skinks, not so much.

Susie said...

I'm glad I never see skinks. Ick! Glad your dad's appt. went good.

Autumn Belle said...

Your garden is lovely, Darla. This is the first time I see skinks. They look like baby dinosaurs, maybe from the Flintstones?