Worry is like a rocking chair, it's gives you something to do but gets you nowhere!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bloomin' Tuesday...LUPINE

The Lupine bloom is finally opening and I love it. It may appear to be planted in an unusual place because it is. I had to make sure it received individual attention.

It wilts almost completely down during the hottest part of the day, (which is nerve wrecking to see) for crying out loud, if your thermometer read 103 farenheit or 39.4 celcius you'd wilt too. Therefore I have watered it everyday, this area also drains quickly. Remember, we are in a drought, over 11 inches short of rain this year. Could be the driest May on record. There is a wild Lupinus villosus--Lady Lupine which I actually featured on April 27, 2011 growing wild on my SIL's property, they are not the same species.

I have two more in this same area, no bloom stalks yet. I have one in the full sun garden mixed in a patch of Forget-me-nots..the soil there retains moisture longer so I have not witnessed any wilting, it also doesn't have a bloom stalk, yet. I will planting these again next year in an area that receives some mid-day shade...Jean over at http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com whom I'm linking with has a patch of purple lupine blooming. Now let's see if I can be successful with collecting the seed.

Jane Cowell Hibiscus is blooming.

Giant Swallowtail with tattered wings on the butterfly bush.


Today I am Thankful for the nice holiday weekend we just had.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

So far so good with the Lupine seed, thanks Grace. This plant is very important to me, not only because of where the seeds came from..also because I spoke to a MG at the local nursery here and was told that Lupine would germinate in our zone although it would not grow and definitely would not bloom. Looks like it might bloom to me! Should I take a photo to the nursery, give them a call or invite them over to see it? :)

White Carnations--Dianthus

Celosia volunteering to grow in a row at the edge of the driveway...gotta be moved or tossed.

Echinacea purpurea--Eastern Purple coneflower with Salvia farinacea 'Blue Bedder' Sage or Mealycup Sage

Liatris spicata--Gayfeather, Blazing Star or Button Snakeroot gets better every year.

I have it here and there throughout the gardens.Tall Phlox- Nicky

Althea--Rose of Sharon , double....don't know why I didn't show my single.

Monardo didyma, Bee Balm--Jacob Kline

Linking up with http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/ and FF for tomorrow at http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ .

Do have a safe and happy weekend!


Today I am thankful to be celebrating my husband's 50th birthday this weekend.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bloomin' Tuesday...

Still have a few Poppies blooming. Susans, a garden staple.



Dahlia--some are shy and

some are not.


And my very first Heuchera bloom! Isn't she lovely? Don't have her special name in front of me right now, do you recognize her?

Thanks Jean at http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com for hosting Bloomin' Tuesday.

The Spring weather bringing tornadoes to so many areas is just heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by them. We on the other hand are experiencing a drought. My car read 102 degrees yesterday.


Today I am Thankful that God really is in control.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Which One Of You Oregon Gardener's

Grace at http://gracepete.blogspot.com/ or Catherine at http://agardenerinprogress.blogspot.com/ sent me these seeds and what is it? A Poppy? She is so delicate and pretty.


Today I am Thankful for this surprise in the garden.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Address For Rain Gardener's Family

It is my hope and prayers that we gardening bloggers who so generously share our cuttings and seeds will be even more generous with our cards and prayers to the family of Linda Karr aka Rain Gardener at http://gardeningbytrialanderror.blogspot.com/ ...... in the news of her recent passing.

c/o Ronda Siglar
113 Kollock Road
Winlock, WA 98596

I thank you in advance.
Today I am Thankful for my blogging friends both past and present.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF--ADDED INFO!

Just heard that Linda Karr aka Rain Gardener--Gardening By Trial and Error has passed away. See http://beccasgardenspot.blogspot.com/ so, so sad.

Oh my is time flying! It's time for Cottage Flora at http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/ and FF tomorrow at http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ I have been busy painting, shampooing carpet and juggling sprinklers. We are now about 10 inches short of rainfall for the year with no rain in sight. Hope I can keep up.

Here are my offerings for today.
Four O'clocks right in the middle of the path, sigh.




Lacecap Hydrangea


The Butterfly Bush I rooted last year, the blooms are at least a foot long and

the bush is about 10 feet tall.

Ragin' Cajun Ruellia

Purple Coneflowers and Blue Beddar Salvia

Mish mash container area.

Please forgive my neglect in visiting....I will be around to see what you have going on in your gardens...in the mean time, thank you so much for continuing to drop by. You all are always welcome here.


Today I am Thankful to all of you that continue to visit my gardens.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Today I am Thankful that I am almost finished painting!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

It's time for that end of the week link-up. Joining up with http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com for Cottage Flora Thursday and http://tootsietime.blogspot.com for Friday Flaunt.

Finding new blooms, hooray!
Canna Lily
Update: The Cinderblock wall in April..

Today. There has been some growth, I can actually see the white Begonias now.

Guara--as you can see this one has the tiny dark pink flowers and the larger lighter pink to white flowers.

Fading Iris, Petunia, Profusion Zinnia, Diamond Frost Euphorbia with Cordyline and Brugmansia to the right.


Stachy- Lamb's Ear

Silver Sage in bloom. To the right is one that has just finished blooming. The silver leaves on the bottom are bigger than my hand!

Lilum- Red Dutch

Green Envy Zinnia

Datura last evening..

this morning.

Have a Happy Weekend!


Today I am Thankful for the increase in our rain chances!