Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Arrives with an Update

Garden Collage 2015
For those of you who may be thinking I have disappeared from the face of the Earth, I can assure you I have not...All is well in our little corner of the world. Marion is holding her own and has actually been storing up her energy for what we think may be our last trip down to New York for the rest of this year anyway! Whew! I'm not going to go into the detail of the fiasco that has been going on around here. Suffice to say I have been re-educated as to why some lawyers earn the "bigger" bucks. We have been very fortunate in that department. I'm still not sure as to when things will be back to normal. Not much is going to go on now until after the 4th of July. In the mean time, Marion and I will continue to gather information, fill out lots of paper work and save our strength. We both appreciate your kind and encouraging words and miss you all very much. It's hard to believe today is the first day of Summer for some of us and the first day of Winter in other parts of the world. Normally by now I would have been boring you to tears with every new blossom in the garden, lol...I don't really think you find it boring, lol... I hope you like the quick collage I threw together above. It doesn't even begin to touch on all the blooms the garden is bursting with this year but to be perfectly honest, I've missed quite a few of them myself. Thank goodness for Bill (the boy across the street) he has been keeping an eye on it while we've been taking care of business:) The Peonies were gorgeous this year. Bill did the sweetest thing. While we were gone, he managed to pick a few peonies before the rain. He put them in a vase and presented them to Marion the day we returned. She was delighted! (she even gave Bill a peck on the cheek:) She placed them carefully on her "picture table" for all to enjoy:)
Peonies 2015
If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you know I LOVE Carnations! They are my very best favorite flower, if I had to choose that is, please don't make me:) I love this shot of the carnations with the magenta Dianthus blooming in the background and the shades of green from the Turtleheads behind them both. They won't be blooming for a a month or so...
Carnations & Dianthus
Bill decided that if he was going to be "Lord of the Garden Manor," we had to add a hummingbird feeder. He said he would make sure the hummers always had sweet nectar. So far it seems he's doing a mighty fine job. Sometimes there are as many as five hummingbirds on the feeder at once. I managed to get a video (which I couldn't figure out how to upload) and a pretty cool picture of just one though. I believe it, probably a she, is a Ruby Throated Hummingbird but I'm not positive. It seems Bill has plans on pulling up a chair and reading back issues of Birds and Blooms in the back yard the next time Marion and I leave:) He wants to learn about birds, hummers in particular. What a kid!
Female Red Throat Hummingbird
Speaking of kids, mine are simply fantastic! Not only have they been helpful and supportive during these trying times, they got together and are sending me on an all expenses paid vacation! I can't tell you when or where because they won't tell me until "I'm in the right frame of mind." Their words not mine, lol... Well, there you have it. We are doing fine, the garden goes on with or without us as do the seasons of change. I wish you all happy thoughts, pleasant dreams and good health because as the saying goes my dear friends, your health is your wealth...thank you all so much. Happy Fathers' Day to all you "Pops" out there! I'll "see" you soon, Louise:)

If you are viewing the video of the hummingbird, it is thanks to Amelia who left a wonderful comment and instructions on how to upload. Thanks, Amelia! Your Steamed Rice Rolls sound amazing!!! (the klip klop sound in the background is an Amish buggy passing by:)

Butterfly Weed |Milkweed | Asclepias tuberosa

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Quick Update

Last we “met,” I was feeling much like the garden looked about a month ago. This is how it looks in the Spring when you just never get around to doing a Fall clean-up. Granted, some plants were purposely left to reseed but most times, I do manage to do a better job at cleaning up. Not last year, however. Funny thing is, I can’t put my finger on why. Let’s blame it on an abnormally harsh Winter:)

Faithfully, the Oriental Poppies began to show their leaves around the same time. It’s difficult to focus on their struggle with that mayhem in the background. Ironically, I can relate.

One month later and the Nanking Cherry is in full bloom and things are looking up:) Unfortunately last year we never got to harvest the tasty berries. They were a no show. Perhaps, this year:)

And, the Oriental Poppies are flourishing.

Much like the Primrose, Marion and I are standing tall ready to weather the inconsistency of the season.

Hopefully, the bees are on our side:)

It took a bit of work and the patience of Job but the garden is looking much better. I think I deserve a trip to Idaho to visit my daughter and the kids before I tackle...

...the unveiling of the bird bath. Marion says she wants to help, lol...it may be a while before we get around to it though. When I return from Idaho, I'll be heading down to New York for an indefinite amount of time. Not to worry, Marion will already be there. Her grand-daughter is coming to get her tomorrow. She'll be staying with her down in New York while I'm away.

I'm not trying to be cagey, I'm just not at liberty to give much explanation as to what is going on in our little corner of the world.

We're just keeping our heads on straight and enjoying the moments. You do the same, Louise:)

Thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. I can't tell you how much they have meant to us during this trying time. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Of course now Marion wants to crochet each and every one of you a hat, lol...Now look what you started!!!