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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

I know we all keep saying this, how does the time get by us so quickly?
The first photo is actual rain! We received 3/10 of an inch last evening. My apologies to those that are dealing with the rain from Irene.
Variegated Hydrangea, maybe it will bloom next year.

Balloon Flower

More than a thug is Glorybower, this garden harlot has spread herself all over one of the garden "beds." Seriously, I am going to be yanking her up by her thin legs and tossing her out!

Turkscap with Mexican Sunflower.

Nope the "white" Marigold isn't. I can handle the soft buttery yellow though.

Zinnia from seed and it was supposed to be pink.

?? Oh, I know their names. I made an area out of bricks for a container grouping. Some of the plants just gave up in the heat/drought and the others took it as a challenge. See the Sedum and the Creeping Phlox? It has just about covered the bricks. Volunteers came up through the little holes in the bricks.

I have also been making wall hangings out of clay.

The butterflies have been loving our heat. We see no less than 10 butterflies at a time.

And the Hummingbird Moths are everywhere as well.

Linking up with http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com and http://tootsietime.blogspot.com


Today I am very Thankful for the rain last evening.


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Rain is wonderful when you need it. Glad you got some.

Your flowers look great and your clay signs are really nice. Hope your business is doing well.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Dorothy said...

You have some beautiful flowers, Darla! I'm glad you got rain. Have a happy day!

cherry said...

Happy September my sweet friend. Rain rain is a good thang just wish we could get a little of it around here. Love all the crafty things you have been up to and your gardens are still looking pretty..hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Amy said...

I think I am moving to where you live...rain, butterflies, blooms, etc. :)

Lona said...

Glad you got at least a little rain for your garden. The hydrangea is pretty even without the blooms. Mine had one measly bloom. LOL! I really like those Mexican Sunflowers Darla. Is orange growing on me? LOL! I knew your were creating something!

imac said...

Great rain shot - also wonderful shots of flowers.

daisy said...

Aren't the butterflies and hummers such a blessing? They must be very happy in your beautiful garden!

Lois said...

It rained at my house too! I couldn't believe it.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I wish we'd get some. We have had no rain since the end of June. Things are BROWN here... AND--it's still hot (in the 90's). I'm SO ready for FALL--and some rain!!!

Glad you got some. Looks like you may get more from the storm in the gulf...

Great pictures.. Things look good down there despite the long, hot, dry summer.

Zoey said...

Hi Darla,
I am so happy you got some rain! Every little bit helps.

garden harlot….LOL…I love that!

Marydon said...

Darla, you have the most luscious florals ever! I so love visiting because you present them so beautifully. We got a bit of rain today, enjoyed the aroma

Have a beautiful weekend ~

HolleyGarden said...

Rain! Oh, how fabulous! 3/10 isn't much, but what a joy to see. I'm so impressed with the number of butterflies in your garden - and your numerous hummingbird moths!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Your garden is looking good. I like the rain shot,it is very different,which is what I like.

Millie said...

Your flowers are very pretty, and so are the wall hangings!

Malar said...

Rain refresh everything in your garden!

Beth said...

Hi Darla, Love your clay wall hangings! You have many pretty flowers yet and so glad you got rain. What a blessing it is.

George said...

I sure wish you could post rain as well as a picture of rain -- we could sure use it. But your garden is beautiful.

tina said...

Yeah for the rain! We have our fingers crossed for some from the new tropical storm in the gulf. We hope we hope we hope! Lovely butterflies.

Racquel said...

Glad you got some rain Darla. I love your clay signs, so cute. That variegated Hydrangea is pretty, hope it blooms next spring. :)

sweetbay said...

Glad for you that you got some rain! We have lots of butterflies and butterfly moths here too and they've been loving the heat. I wish I loved the heat as much as they do. Snow-on-the-Mountain is an annual Euphorbia and really eye-catching and easy to grow. I don't know if it tends to seed itself around or not.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Rain refreshes everything, even the soul ♥

Your gardens still look great...mine are so parched I didn't even join this week. I think I'm a little parched too...not my most fav time of the year.

How wonderful to see all those butterflys and moths! There was a huge moth on our screen the other night, but I was too tired to get a photo..now I kick myself. :/

Have a great holiday weekend!

Lola said...

Marvelous flowers. Glad you got some rain. Things around here are getting dry. Have to drag the hose. lol

Karen said...

Darla, glad to hear you had some rain to refresh your gardens. Love the header photo, butterflies really love your garden and with good reason.

The clay signs are really cute!

Alaina said...

Lovely pictures. I have a question. The varigated hydrangea, I just planted one this year and I am curious if you know what color the flowers might be if it does bloom?

Val said...

Love seeing all your goodies that you are making. So fun. Glad you saw rain! We need it so bad. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. I know it could be worse but just had to vent.

Sunray Gardens said...

I am so envious of those of you getting all those Butterflies. I haven't seen any for quite a while now. Things look lovely there. They variegated Hydrangea looks in great shape. Bet it will be a lovely bloomer for you.
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cherry said...

Happy weekend Miss Darla if you would like some of the white cockscombs let me know they are starting to show some seeds.

hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Nicole said...

Beautiful! I wish I had something other than a brown thumb. ;) I'd love a garden.
Thank you so much for your sweet comment @ www.DavisDomestications.com see you soon! Have a wonderful weekend.

Grace said...

Love your new header photo, Darla Dear. Glad you got rain. I really like the pink flowers on the Glory bower but mine don't travel far and so far haven't even bloomed yet. Sheesh. Love your new wall hangings.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Darla, do you ever have fall there? It looks like an eternal summer...

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hey hunny..sorry been so long since I was here...been running like crazy. I hope to find time to email you an update...to keep my sweet friends involved..and to kind of catch up...find out what you are doing too!!!
I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Darla, I can relate to having more ideas than time! I am gald that you got some rain. We end of August was very dry here. I really like that pale yellow marigold and your clay art is terrific!

Gail said...

Darla, We finally got rain after 30+ days without~The trees are happy, but there will be losses. Love the butterflies and hummingbird moths~They are moving too fast for me these days. gail

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I hope you got the amount of rain you desired! Love the header photo, what a clear crisp image of that butterfly!

Anne Fannie said...

Wish we had some rain...just a little! I love that Balloon flower! Such a pretty color and shape.
I also like the clay wall hangings you have been making. Very nice! Etsy store???
Hugs, Ann

Twisted Fencepost said...

Love your signs! Especially the trees.
I seen one of those hummingbird moths for the first time ever. It was in my watermelon patch. And you I didn't have my camera with me. Darn it!

Kathy said...

Hello Darla,
Love your flowers. The butterflies have been few and far between here! You've captured them beautifully! I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit!

Bernie said...

Right, I've found your new blog. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed all the blooms you shared in this post. The Hummingbird Moths are so lovely and make a great photo.

I really like your supposedly white Marigolds. They look exactly like the ones I'm growing that are called 'Vanilla Marigolds'. I love the creamy colour. Glorybower is rather pretty for a thug, but I understand why she has to go!

rebecca said...

I'd sure like to know more (how to make) those clay wall hangings)! Do they weather well?

What fun to see your various flowers. Great variety!

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