I recently went to the orchid show at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The orchids are all from Madagascar.
My violets are blooming, all awash in afternoon sunlight on the kitchen windowsill!
Summer is finally here. I’m sorry that summer saw fit to arrive three days before the new school year arrives, though!
After the scorching hell of July and the first two weeks of August, summer is welcome indeed. I have my windows open and am enjoying a breeze. The flowers outdoors look healthier. And the crape myrtles are in full bloom again.
I rose this morning to a text from N, who joined me for a BBQ brisket lunch and some flower buying at Soulard Market. We also stopped by Florists Row for more flowers for his apartment.
Having now put zinnias from the market in four rooms of my house, and having finished some laundry and tidied, I’m thinking of a brief nap. K is due at some point, perhaps for us to ride bikes, or perhaps just to grill some food and enjoy being outdoors.
I did make it to work today to do some testing of the new music theatre students. Samson the Feist rode along and greeted people with his usual tail-wagging barkfest.
8 a.m. Wednesday. I’ve already soaked the flower beds in the back yard and given the thirsty front-porch coleus, impatiens, creeping jenny, tickweed, and ferns a big drink.
Lordy, this weather!
The flowers don’t like the temperature at all. Even the zinnias have stopped flowering. I miss my colorful yard.
Breakfast was granola with milk, then some raspberries, then an Eckert’s peach.
I’m due today to do some composing, but not until I’ve dealt with office email….
Samson the Feist, worn out after his long ordeal (a bath and nail trim and ear clean and tooth brushing and that other thing they do), having now had his supper, exhausted after spending time in the heat with me outdoors today, is now gently snoring at my side. His little doggie pillow came with him from the Humane Society several years ago. It’s one of four pillows/beds he has in this house.
I personally am also worn out after all the yard work today. I planted flowers and ornamental grass in one of the front flower beds this afternoon in addition to all the other work today.
The one thing not done today is the car washing and waxing. Perhaps tomorrow.
It’s not quite noon on Saturday. I’m feeling accomplished today.
After rising at 7 and having poached eggs and an orange for breakfast, I mowed and trimmed the yard, then set about weeding the flower beds. K decided my yard looked ‘weedy.’ I reminded him that I’m going for the English garden look, with perennials and wildflowers lining the edges of the yard. But he was right: the time had come to weed. So I did.
After a bike ride around Forest Park (and those blasted hills on the south side), I was home to continue weeding. Then I pulled and replanted several Asiatic lilies and dealt with some stealth daffodil bulbs that were hiding where I wanted to plant.
I also cut some flowers from the yard and put a small arrangement on the mantle, with a few orange mums in a tiny vase on the kitchen table too. One does like fresh flowers.
Now, with yard-watering still in progress (the hose on a slow stream so that the ground receives a fair soaking), I’m heading to laundry time.
Samson the Feist goes to the groomer in a bit; I’ll do my grocery shopping and run by Home Depot while he’s being primped.
Four minutes to noon, and I’m having a fine day!
But what’s with this heat? In June??
The slow work on the lawn, flower boxes, and flower beds continues.
If the rule for perennials is “the first year they sleep, the second they creep, and the third they leap,” then Summer 2014 is going to be a stunner in my back yard. Foxglove, dahlia, daisy, coneflowers, ranaculas, hyacinth, verbena – all have joined the lilac, hardy mums, peonies, butterfly bushes, lilies, daffodils, tulips, hostas, and hydrangea that were already doing well. The lilac next year will be particularly full, if the new growth is any indication.
Irises just don’t do well in this yard, either because of sun or soil. The cyclamen I put out by the patio is doing well, though. And the zinnias will be wonderful this year, since i just scattered last year’s dried seed.
Driving back from Columbia yesterday, I purchased a chicken for the back yard.
That chicken is now filled with marigolds, with a bit of creeping jenny added to the side. I’ll have to replace the marigolds next year, but that creeping jenny should be hardy and rampant.
The chicken is roosting in a bed of zinnias, one of three in the yard. On the neighbor’s side of the fence is a large hydrangea bush.
I also planted creeping jenny in the front porch flower boxes, hoping for a bit of draping as they grow and add to the curb appeal.
Three weeks ago I posted a second set of pictures of things starting to grow in the early spring weather at 25 Lawn Place.
Today I have cuttings from the lilac bush in my living and dining rooms and on the kitchen table. A single red tulip is in a bud vase on the piano.
And spring is running amuck in my yard.
I have this morning prepped several pots for the impatiens and coleus that I started indoors last week. And I’ve planted a kitchen garden of chives and cilantro.
Last Saturday I posted pictures of the beginning of Spring showing up in my yard.
After the yard work yesterday, I took more picture. The peonies are definitely growing, and of course the daffodils are in furious stretch season right now. The tulips have become more active. And the hydrangeas are showing signs of life in their first year in the ground. That makes me very happy.