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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Garden Tuesday-Catching Up

Wow! I just checked back a few posts and it has been about three weeks since my last post for Garden Tuesday. Lots has happened in the garden since then. However, before we begin, look at this! Have you ever seen clouds like these before???

When I first spied these colorful clouds in the sky, I thought my eyes were deceiving me:) Thank goodness I just happen to have my camera with me. That night, while I was watching the evening news, Tom, our weatherman in these parts, explained that many had seen these same iridescent clouds. Thank goodness, I thought. He called them Fire Rainbows, not that they are made from fire, nor are they rainbows. I call them Rainbow Clouds. Pretty cool huh?

There hasn’t been as much activity in the flower garden this year. I don’t know if I’ve lost my greenish thumb or Mother Nature has been off her game. (like all mothers, she’s allowed once in a while:) I’m thinking it’s me. Remember my “new” chairs? Well, they have since been planted with vines that don’t seem to be vining very much. I must admit, my compost pile has been severely neglected while I’m still resting my shoulder and toe. (yes, it has taken quite a while but I’m almost back to full speed:) I’m going to leave them be for this year and just go with it!

The rest of the garden seems to be flourishing but to my eye, quite a few plants just didn’t make it though the Winter. I haven’t given up though. Who knows, perhaps they took a long sleep this year and will return next year:) I did have the Heather removed though and have since planted Gladiolus. Glads are the flower of August so who knows, I may make it. You can’t see them in this picture because they are in the back of the garden. (you can barely see them back there too)

Since my regular Carnations didn’t return this year, I went to one of my favorite plant stops and picked up these Datura.

And I just could resist these Hollyhocks, hey it was buy two get one free:)

I’ve only seen the rabbit a couple of times however, the Chipmunk has no problem making his or her presence known.

I don’t know who these three Daisy like flowers are and where they came from. I will definitely be saving seeds from them though. Aren’t they “purty?”

If you have been a regular visitor to my garden, you might remember that I’m pretty haphazard about planting and spreading seeds. My trusted scissor didn’t get much of a work out this Spring but it’s still in my purse just waiting to clip any flowers that crosses its path. Here’s what the back of the garden is looking like.

Last year there were so many Bees buzzing around. For some reason this year they seem to be doing a lot of hiding.

It seems the Butterfly Weeds (Asclepia tuberosa), a favorite of Monarchs, plopped itself down on it’s own in some places. This one is growing smack in the middle of the Thyme patch. I love the way it looks with the Rose Campion.

However, the Butterfly Weeds are not the only ones planting their new homes. This Ornamental Fennel plant reseeded itself right in the middle of the Butterfly Weed Patch. I really wish Carl Linnaeus would have named the Butterfly Weed something more “alluring.” It seems it is also called Pleurisy Root. Native Americans chewed the root as a cure for pleurisy. Apparently Linnaeus named it Asclepius after the Greek god of healing because of the many folk-medicinal uses for it. I know Monarchs like to lay their eggs in it. However, there haven’t been many butterflies of any kind around the garden this year. Hopefully, they will catch a glimpse of these and fly on by! (I also lost three Butterfly bushes this year. So sad…

A couple of daylily plants went right to seed without flowering. I’ve been gathering those tiny black seeds to scatter around the neighborhood next year. (I do that with Morning Glories too:) I’m actually not sure they are seeds but I think I planted some last year and now have tiny plants growing. However, I am not a very good garden diary writer so who knows what they could be and where they came from!

I just love the garden at dusk:) The Tree Lilies are just waiting to burst with color. I can not wait. It was touch and go with them for a while there but just look at them now! They are taller than me but then I’m not very tall:)

Thanks for strolling along with me this Garden Tuesday. Don’t forget to hop on over to our hostess Pam’s to see what’s going on in her garden:)Louise

Resources
1. A Rare Look at an Iridescent Cloud

67 comments:

  1. Your flower garden is absolutely beautiful! I love the ruffled hollyhocks.

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    1. Thank you Beth. I luv those hollyhocks too...

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  2. Hi Louise, very nice posting. Love the all the excellent and very well taken pictures. The fire rainbow is amazing and nice capture. Very impressive photography skill.

    Love... love your beautiful garden and all the gorgeous flowers. Your garden look good to me and you're good at gardening too. 2 thumbs up for you. Your garden is perfect for picnic too. :)) Wish all of us can gather at your place for picnic and BBQ. LOL

    Happy Tuesday and a great day ahead,regards.

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    1. Happy Tuesday to you dear Amelia:) I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. Nothing in the blogging world would make me happier than to have a picnic or BBQ in the back yard with all my blogging friends. Perhaps, some day. We can wish and deem and do a bit of praying too:)

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  3. Good morning Louise , the clouds are just gorgeous , glad you were able to capture the picture to share with us , they are just lovely .
    The Garden is just beautiful and so many different plants , flowers that you can sit back in the afternoon and enjoy with a cold glass of lemonade or ........giggling .
    I think your garden is doing quite well considering that you visited Michele and her family for a month , you hurt your shoulder and broke your toe , so my dear Louise , give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done . (((HUGS))) ;-D

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    1. Ah, you're so sweet Nee. I suppose their are a couple of good "excuses", lol…Maybe one day you and your family will come to PA and we will frolic in the garden with some spiked lemonade, none for the kids though. They will have un-spiked:)

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  4. I have seen clouds like that before, but not very often. They're very cool! As is your garden. We had such a hard winter that some stuff just didn't bloom or even show up this year. Hope things are back to normal next year, but we'll adjust if they're not. Fun post -- thanks.

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    1. I did a quick search on those clouds John and from what I read, they are quite unusual. I guess we're pretty lucky to have seen them at all. I sure am hoping Mother Nature finds her groove before next year:)

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  5. Louise, your flowers are amazing. It is sad you aren't seeing as many bees this year. I really tried to focus on planting pollinator friendly plants this year. I wish I had found a twofer sale on hollyhocks! Please keep us posted. (And, keep recoverying!)

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    1. Thanks Debra...I'm not a bee lover per se but I do wish there were just a few more buzzing around. However, the Bee Balm is just starting to bloom so maybe we'll have some more soon:)

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  6. on my recent holidays, i've seen lots and lots of clouds, we went up to the mountain and felt like we were so close to the clouds! nvr seen coloured clouds though..haha.....great that you managed to capture it and show it here and i think you really have a beautiful garden :)

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    1. It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday, Lena. I always feel closer to heaven at the top of a mountain. You can almost touch the stars too, but not really of course:)

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  7. Hi Louise, thank you for sharing your beautiful photos of your garden...love those pretty daisies! Also such an unusual cloud in the sky...it almost tells a story!
    Thank you for linking up my UNFRIED chicken in your previous post. Will check out all the others! Love your posts, such an awesome collection of interesting stories, and history! xo

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, Elisabeth. it was such fun choosing which pictures to share:) Thank YOU for sharing your Unfried Chicken!

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  8. I love your garden Louise is georgeous really beautiful and love this little chipmunk is cute!!!
    We seen rabbits outside of my garden the other night when we arrived from my Mom.
    I have two bunnies in cage but are Angora.
    These littles are other types only I hope they dont enjoy eat the roses:) sigh!

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    1. He or She may look cute, Gloria but I tell ya sometimes he or she really does some damage digging up all the bulbs, lol...We use to have pet rabbits too. My kids use to walk them on a leash! Thanks for dropping by Gloria...

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  9. Dear Louise, Your garden is growing so nicely...thank you for taking us along for a tour of your flowers in the garden. Some of the flowers are so beautiful. Others are waiting to open their eyes and spread their colors as well as their joy. I am not the gardener as you know, but I can see how much love and passion you really put into your garden of flowers.. The Gladiolus are my mom's favorite flowers, so I know what they are. And the Heather as well. Love the picture of your friend the chipmunk. He or she is so adorable, with a mouthful. The clouds are so awesome, never saw these before, but your third picture of the clouds I can see a slight rainbow hue to the clouds. They almost look like angels wings...lovely...thanks again, Louise for a wonderful trip through your garden. Have a beautiful day...Blessings Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie,
      I'm so glad you enjoyed visiting the garden with me. I'm really hoping the Gladiolus bloom this year. if so, I will be sure to share them:)

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  10. Gorgeous! Hard to believe this is a slow garden year, Louise! One of my butterfly bushes has sprouted back from the roots, so it looks like I didn't lose them both after all.

    Your chipmunk is really cute--you can have a few of my rabbits if you are feeling short ;-)

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    1. It has been Inger. It will probably catch up with itself eventually, lol...I looked at my butterfly bushes this morning and it looks like two of them may have made it. There's tiny leaves trying to push through. Fingers crossed:) He's cute but if he doesn't stop digging up my bulbs and "planting" bird seed in my flower pots, he or she and I may just need to talk. I'll take the rabbits as long as they leave the tomatoes alone. I don't have to worry about the Carnations. The rabbit ate them all last year!

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  11. I love the little chipmunk. My grandma used to go on vacation in the summer somewhere that had a lot of chipmunks. I would watch the mailbox for postcards telling me what the "chippers" were up to.

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    1. I think he or she was just born this year, Poppy. I've been watching it grow all Summer:) I guess this Chipmunk isn't the only one filled with "chippy" antics, lol...

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  12. Last winter was hard on everything outside. We have lots of die-off on our evergreens, which our landscape guy says is due to "transpiration" - plants releasing moisture when the air warmed up one day, and unable to draw more out of the ground, and then refreezing, causing brown....my eyes glazed over as he explained forever....Your garden seems to thrive on tender loving neglect. As long as you have pretty colored flowers, it should all make you happy!

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    1. Thank you so much for that valuable information, Marjie. it sorta makes sense what your landscape guy said. The garden has certainly been neglected this year. I am stopping myself from trying to make up for lost time, lol...It's not working:)

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  13. Louise, you have such a beautiful garden. I love day lilies, they are one of my favorite flowers. I love the pictures of the clouds. I have never seen clouds that looked like that before.

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    1. Awe gee Dawn, thank you:) I'm so glad you enjoyed the "tour."

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  14. Hi Louise,

    So cute that you are seeing chipmunks (or rabbits?) in your garden. I love admiring the scenes of the blue skies plus rainbow clouds that you see and your blooming garden... Ours is just all grey and wet at this moment. Yucks!

    Zoe

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    1. Sending blue skies and rainbows your way Zoe!!! Be sure and catch them:)

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  15. Your garden is looking fabulous. I love the chipmunk photo because I have never seen a real chipmunk - how cool to have one in your garden.

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    1. On most days I would agree with you about the Chipmunk Gaye but today he or she was a very bad chippy digging up my newly transplanted planted Convolvulus. Bad, bad chipmunk but I must admit very cute too:)

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  16. Hi Louise,
    Beautiful rainbow clouds! And your garden is beautiful. I love everything in your garden! Gorgeous flowers and huge wonderful space! And the chipmunks are really cute. Glad to know that your shoulder and toe are getting better, I'm sure that you are just itching to get your hands "garden-dirty"!!
    And thank you so much for your sweet birthday greetings! However did you know? :)
    Wish I could take a stroll in your lovely garden!


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    1. You can take a stroll any time you like Joyce, well as long as it's not freezing cold out:) I have been "playing" in the garden and feeling much better. I'm just trying to go about it slowly:) How did I know? Well, a little birdie told me, of course. Or let me see, perhaps it was the chipmunk, lol...

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  17. Hey Louise, your garden is huge! I can't help but notice the size of your colourful haven, just like Singapore's Botanic Garden which is a tourist attraction. So how much are your charging for the entrance fee?? Hahaha!

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    1. You are so funny, Shirely. Oh how I wish our picnic could be by the garden. Of course, everyone would be welcome for FREE! lol...

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  18. Thanks for the beautiful tour. Living in a downtown apartment, I miss having a garden to see what pops up each week. Thanks for sharing yours.

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    1. Thank YOU, Linda...I do hope the garden brought a bit of joy to you these dark days...

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  19. I love all the beauty you gather from the great outdoors!

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    1. It's like my little island, Angela. Now, would you mind sharing that gorgeous beach of yours, lol...

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  20. I was lost in the beautiful pics..Your garden is beautiful !!!...how i wish to visit your lovely garden & meet u too...Lovely post Lousie..

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    1. Anytime you would like to visit, Gloria, you are more than welcome:) I'm so glad you enjoyed your visrtual visit:)

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  21. Nice clouds.
    Your garden looks amazing.

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  22. You are one talented gardner! Your garden is beautiful.

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  23. I feel like you made the Secret Garden (from the book?) - one of my favourites, but I envision it to be just as beautiful as yours :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. I LOVE that story Uru. I'm going to introduce it to my grand-daughter when she comes to visit. I imagine us sitting by the garden reading it:)

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  24. Hi Louise, what a beautiful day with beautiful cloud and sky! Just looking at your beautiful flowers and plants in your garden, already brighten up my day. You do have excellent green fingers, Louise. Do keep it up and thumbs up to you. How I wished I have green fingers like you. Once again thanks so much for sharing such great pictures of yours and have beautiful days ahead, Louise. Warmest regards and cheers :)

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    1. Hi Ivy,
      I'm so glad this post added a sparkle to your day:) I'm not to sure about the green thumb, Ivy but I try:) Thank YOU for strolling along:)

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  25. You are so lucky to spot those rainbow clouds!!! It is seriously good that we learnt to admire what Mother Nature gave to us. In SIngapore, everyone is living such hectic life that we often forget to step back and admire our surrounding. Way to go Louise!

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    1. It's pretty hectic around here too, Edith. Everyone should "stop and smell the roses" every now and again. And don't forget to look up!

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  26. Hi Louise (my eldest sis is called that too btw:)) I enjoyed taking a "walk" down your garden path very much, every single plant looks so contented and pretty…:D

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    1. I think the weeds are pretty happy too, Jeannie, lol...

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  27. What gorgeous skies. I miss Pennsylvania sometimes, it's a beautiful state. My garden isn't exactly providing us with sustenance this year, Louise. We need some pest control, a natural form, but it's also been the extreme heat that's bothered us.

    Lovely flowers. Would like to sit in your gardena nd relax.

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    1. It is a beautiful state Tina. Come relax, you are always welcome:)

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  28. You have a beautiful garden. I loved looking at your cloud pictures.

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  29. i sure do wish i had a green thumb. :)

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    1. Last time I checked, no green thumbs here, Grace:) Just lots of luck and cooperative plants:)

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  30. Pretty, pretty, Louise! Lucky you that the daisy's paid a visit, they are the perfect touch of white in a garden. We definitely have our share of bees, flies, mosquitoes, chipmunks and deer this summer! Have a fine weekend!

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    1. Thanks Pam...I don't know where those daisies came from but I will definitely be saving seeds, lol...

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  31. Oh you must really be enjoying your garden right now. Beautiful flowers and emerald green grass. I would just be sitting there enjoying it all and your garden always look so neat and immaculately kept. Beautiful!
    I don't have a garden anymore but when I go to Italy (soon!!) I enjoy my parents one but it is not as lovely as yours though. The grass usually looks "sun burnt" because of the heat. Still it is somewhere to sit and sunbathe at peace! And possibly whilst sipping a chilled cocktail too! lol
    Love those clouds, I have never seen anything like it!
    Have a fab weekend lovely Louise xx

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    1. I do enjoy the garden Alida. The smell is pretty amazing too. Our grass starts to look like it has "sun burn" around August. I try to keep it watered as long as we have no restrictions but when we do...Enjoy your visit in Italy, Alida. Bring us back some goodies!!!

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  32. I wish I had your skill as a gardener. I'm much better at cloud photos!

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  33. Louise, Please forgive me for not visiting sooner…but life keeps getting in the way of my computer time. Your garden is magnificent! I also have a lot of plants that did not make it through the winter…several Butterfly bushes. I tried the aspirin in water on my zucchini and will let you know how it works! Hope you are feeling better, and are enjoying your weekend!!

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  34. Your garden is gorgeous ! I love all your flowers !

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise