Sunday, July 31, 2011

First Glad

An early bird. I don't even see stalks on any of the other plants yet.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

House Finch Teen

This young 'un spent a lot of time at the platform feeder last night.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Potato Blossom

The potatoes are blooming. Soon, we'll be able to harvest a few "new potatoes" from the base of each plant. The big spuds won't be ready until the plants die back.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Lonely Plum

The baby plum tree planted last fall has produced one plum. More next year?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pink Sedum

Sedum blooming in a hanging basket.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Web Decor

A small spider web on top of the clematis vines.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Crazy Daisies

These frilly Shastas really are called "crazy daisies." An easy-growing perennial. These were started from seed a few years ago and are still going strong.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Potatoes: Check

A check on one of the potato plants...looking good. Mini zinnias in the foreground, and the other "greens" are amaranthus.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bee Balm

These crazy-headed flowers are a perennial favorite for bees and hummingbirds. The leaves are lemon-scented.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Normally, we'd already be eating tomatoes from the garden. Can't be done yet this year, unless we opt for green tomato recipes.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Volunteer" Sunflower

Aviana standing next to one of the sunflowers I didn't plant. (I think a bird was responsible for this "planting.")

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bronzed Black-eyed Susan

A new type of black-eyed Susan I'm trying out this year. I thought they were going to be a deep purple, but this bronzy-orange is a welcome surprise.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


It was a slow year for the basil to get going because of the cool spring. Normally, I would transplant to a garden bed, but I'm keeping it potted this year. We used quite a bit last week for caprese salads.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Johnny Jump-Ups

Love this kind of surprise in the landscaping. Johnny jump-ups are common volunteers in my neighborhood.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Delicious Pansy

This pansy looks good enough to eat...and something IS eating it. This is one of the plants from last fall. It must have been dormant for a few months. Does this mean fall is already on the way?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Clematis Blooms

Hard to believe the vines were cut to the ground this spring. The clematis gives its best purple flower show now, but will re-bloom later with fewer flowers. The green stalks are mallow plants.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Peach Daylily

Daylillies are landscape staples around here. They don't mind clay soils and don't need much water.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Orange Zinnias

If you've been following along, you know I'm on strike against petunias and geraniums this year, due to a bud worm invasion last year. My baskets and pots are stuffed with zinnias. I like these little orange ones.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gardening Bench Surprise

Noticed this foil bag of coffee grounds on my gardening bench last weekend. These are used coffee grounds from Starbucks. I'll work them into the gardening soil. Hubby picked these up for me.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Could it Be...Summer Squash?

I think I see a baby summer squash. Fingers crossed!

Monday, July 11, 2011

False Mallow

The flowers are similar to those on "real" mallow plants, but the plant structure and leaves are different. The "real" mallow in the yard blooms a few weeks later.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


A summer scent treat. Be sure to give this vine a good trim every two years or so, or it can turn aggressive.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Purple Bell Flower

"Bell flower" isn't the official name...I just can't remember what the proper name is right now. This perennial didn't make a showing last year. I thought it had been destroyed during a deck project.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Delphinium: No Stakes Needed Variety

Lesson learned. I've had these for several years, and although they were sold as delphiniums that wouldn't need to be staked, guess what?

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Yay! We're picking raspberries this week.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The New Tomato Cages

The new "crop" of tomato cages built by my husband. I'll paint them this fall. You can see a blue one at the end of the line that received a color treatment last year.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


The flower cluster on a popular landscape shrub. The colors range from purple to pink.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Munstead Lavender

This is munstead lavender. Compare to yesterday's post and you'll see the flowers are fuller. The fragrance is more mild and has lilac overtones.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hidcote Lavender

Two kinds of lavender are blooming in the yard. This one is hidcote. The flowers are dark purple and the fragrance is sharp, almost medicinal. Tomorrow, I'll show you a different type of lavender.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Flower Power

The zinnias are really starting to rise to the occasion.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Baby Mourning Dove

Several fledglings were bouncing around the yard this week.