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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Garden Tuesday; It's a Jungle Out There!

I’ve been trying to coax Marion into taking a stroll in the garden with me but I haven’t been successful; yet:) For the past few years she has been able to simply look out her window and watch the pretty flowers as they grow. However, this year tomatoes and eggplant are now on her viewing screen and although she doesn’t have a bird’s eye view of Zinnias and Poppies, she is keeping a watchful eye on the tomatoes to make sure no “varmints” nibble them away.

My usual routine is to go out into the garden in the morning with coffee in hand and camera in my pocket. I’ve learned not to wear sandals on these morning jaunts because many times the morning dew is still present. Wet grassy toes are fine during a water hose fight, but not so much early in the morning.

My “inspection” includes making sure “everyone” has had enough to drink and that they are comfy and not being annoyed by any unwanted guests. (you might not be able to see it in the picture above but at the bottom is a screen which I had to place around the Gazania because “someone” apparently thinks it is planted there for their nibbling enjoyment.) Not!

I then look for any new growth and make a note in my head for any “guests” who might need their space cleaned up a bit. Fiesta Time here needs a few yellowing leaves pinched and a quick pickup of spent flowers.

My method doesn’t always work out the way it should. Those Balloon Flower buds in the back are just crying to be popped! (what? you’ve never popped a balloon flower, may I suggest you put it on your bucket list:)

My favorite thing about a morning stroll is discovering a new flower. As soon as it catches my eye, out comes the trusty camera and a clicking I will go. I stopped dead in my tracks when I spied these fragrant pink Stargazer Lilies this morning. I’ve been patiently waiting for days for them to open. I was thrilled when I saw them all opened at the same time:)

This “lipstick” bouquet of Peppermint Twist Phlox caught my eye as I was headed to the back of the garden. I just had to snap it!

And then a visitor:)

The back of the garden is buzzing with life in the morning. Everyone loves the orange Butterfly Weed. (Can you see the Gladiolus popping up?)

Especially the butterflies:)

I waited as long as I could to post for Garden Tuesday in hopes that the hummingbird would appear. As I made one more stroll out to the garden this evening, he made his appearance. In the Garage!

What a job I had persuading him to leave but finally after shutting all the lights and leaving all of the doors open, he eventually found his way out. I was too upset to go after him, Whew:) I guess I’ll have to settle for sharing this Hummingbird Moth. Simply amazing!!!

As for Marion and our stroll, her answer is in the title. ”It’s a jungle out there:)” Maybe when the tomatoes ripen Marion will venture out. In the mean time, I’m off to stroll Pam’s Garden Tuesday. “See” you there, Louise:)

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  1. Good evening Louise ,
    What a beautiful garden you have , The flowers are gorgeous and there are so many to admire , I love the way you have them mixed together , the colors blend just lovely like a lovely bouquet . The butterflies also have their favorites flowers and colors , the black with the spots on the edge , they look pinkish white and the gold butterfly on the gold flower . What a delightful garden post . You are going to have lots of tomatoes , Marion will come out to help pick them , but until then we will stroll in your garden with you . Thanks for sharing ;- D
    PS: I've been missing in action , the kids has me on the go (love it) . Thanks for sharing (((HUGS)))

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    1. Hi Nee,
      I was trying to get the garden to look like a hodgepodge of flowers rather than the formal garden look. I've done many formal gardens for others but this time I wanted fun surprises!

      I'm delighted to hear you are playing with the children. There is never a need to apologize for that!

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  2. OMG Louise...if this is a jungle I want it! Thank you so much for sharing all the beautiful pictures....indeed very colorful and all kind of shape and size...
    Next time at the garden have a sip of coffee for me...I wish to stroll by your side and appreciate all the nature.
    Have a wonderful week my dear :D

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    1. Hi Juliana,
      You are welcome to stroll anytime you would like. I will have a sip of coffee for you tomorrow. I'm expecting another group of lilies to show their faces any day:) I'll dedicate their reveal to YOU!

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  3. Dear Louise...OMG! You sure have that Green Thumb! Awesome photos, so colorful and just beautiful. Each picture as I was scrolling down is more breathtaking than the other! No wonder the butterflies and the birds love to visit your garden, they know where the beauty is for sure! I have to say all of the photos are just gorgeous, but my favorite is the orange flowers and the brown speckled butterfly. Love those colors...(don't know what you call the orange ones) Thanks for sharing your garden, can't wait to see your tomatoes. Maybe Marion will come out another day. Blessings :) Dottie

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    1. Thank you Dottie. Off hand I can't remember the name of the orange butterfly either. Gee, I wish I could. I'm not sure about the green thumb. I just "wing" it! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit in the garden. I can't wait for the tomatoes either. Marion said she wants to pick the first tomato after I showed her this post, lol...

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  4. What amazing garden you have Louise!
    Always amazing me!
    I have this routine like yours in summer and I use sandals.and know is not the best! And in summer my feets suffer out sigh!
    Really enjoy the pictures Louise!

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    1. Lol, Gloria it took me the longest time NOT to wear sandals in the morning. Sometimes I still forget!

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  5. One little piece at a time, you've given me a mental image of a vast garden full of flowers and potential vegetables... what beautiful photos!

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    1. Happy Birthday Mae!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, Mae. I know how much of a gardener you are NOT! You're welcome to share mine anytime:)

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  6. You have a delightful garden, Louise, and your photos are lovely. What colors! Thank you for taking us along on your morning walk!

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    1. Thank YOU for joining me Barbara...

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  7. Beautiful! Great photos Louise.

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  8. Your garden is so beautiful! It makes me miss the one I had in New Hampshire many years ago. Unfortunately, living in a downtown apartment does not give me any space for a garden, but I do enjoy the one around the state capital building when I go for my evening walk. And since my husband died, I've filled my apartment with cut flowers since they make me smile when I look at them, as did your post.

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    1. I'm so glad this post brought a smile to your face, Linda. I know what a difficult time this is for you, Linda and I truly appreciate you dropping by for a visit. Sending a virtual bouquet of cut flowers your way:)

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  9. Hi Louise, I sure love your "so call jungle". :)) That's a really beautiful garden and those flowers are really gorgeous and elegant especially the lily. Wish I can join you drink coffee and enjoy the morning walk while we 'gossiping' about flowers and cooking. LOL

    Thank you for sharing your very impressive pictures. Love it very much. I wish to have a jungle like yours too. :))
    Have a lovely day ahead.

    P/S Sorry, Louise... the pictures in my blog are screen shot taken from TV. I yet to receive my DVD, so haven't put in youtube. Sorry the the misunderstanding.

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    1. Hi Amelia,
      I wish you could join me in the garden and drink coffee and nosh on those Spring Rolls of yours, lol...Of course there will be lots of talk about cooking and flowers too:) I'm so glad you enjoyed your virtual visit, Amelia...

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  10. Hi Louise,
    You have such a beautiful garden! Everything looks perfect! I love all the flowers and your tomatoes, oh my! My tomatoes are not doing well at all. :(
    And I have been neglecting my garden lately, blame it on the super hot weather. No rain for the past few weeks!
    I would love to take a stroll in your garden with you, and a mug of hot coffee sounds good!

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    1. Thank you Joyce. Gardening is a considerable amount of work especially when Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate. I've been hand watering the tomato plants which as you know can be not only time consuming but also back breaking. (I always water from underneath the plants so they are not as prone to disease) You are more than welcome to stroll the garden with coffee in hand. Of course, you can take lots of tomatoes home with you too:)

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  11. What a lovely walk through your garden, Louise! I absolutely must add a butterfly bush here! We had one at our other house, and failed to dig it up to bring it along. Hopefully the new residents there have been enjoying it.

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    1. Thank you Nellie. I'm sure the "new residents" are enjoying the Butterfly Bush. I'm so glad a few of mine were spared the ruthless Winter!

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  12. I love your garden! You have so much great stuff growing. Hope your tomatoes avoid the varmints! ;-) Fun post -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks John, no organization in this garden, lol…Marion isn't too far off base when she says it's a jungle! Thanks for popping by John...

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  13. You have a beautiful garden Louise! Waking up and seeing all these beautiful colored flowers is a blessing!

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    1. It is a Blessing, Katerina. Thank you so much for visiting:)

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  14. A fabulous jungle! That's how I love gardens.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  15. At our local Agway, I buy Deer and Rabbit repellant spray. It really works. I'm going out on a limb here to say that you must have a similar store near you. You only have to spray every 6 to 8 weeks or so, so it's a pretty good investment of time and money. And then the "varmints" won't get the tomatoes!

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    1. Thanks Marjie, I'll look into it although, I'm always afraid to do any kind of spraying. Actually, Marion is doing a great job of keeping those varmints away for now:)

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  16. I love the picture of the hummingbird moth! I have seen them in pictures, but I want to see one "in person" someday.

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    1. I must admit, they startle me every time I see one but they are most interesting. You are more than welcome to come stroll the garden:)

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  17. Absolutely stunning flowers and photos. I certainly wouldn't turn down an offer to stroll through your garden.

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    1. Thanks Chanon. Consider the offer always opened:)

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  18. Hi Louise,

    I would be happy being lost in your jungle. There is so many pretty flowers, birds and insects to simulate my eyes :D

    Poor Marion! I hope she will step at least a little for some sunshine.I guess we will never how much pain she has because we are not her. My garnadma was like that too when she hardly walked. We used to go marketing together until she couldn't walk... I tried to encourage her too but she said that it was too painful :(

    Zoe

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    1. It is quite a jungle, Zoe:) Marion finally ventured outside to take a stroll. Thankfully, she isn't in any pain, she's just a little wobbly on the grass:) It sounds like your grandmother was wise not to push herself. Sometimes I have to remind Marin that she is no longer a young chipper, lol...

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  19. Louise , my eyes nearly popped out when I saw all your gorgeous flowers ! My hands are really itching to take some photos of those gorgeous plants and butterflies *sigh* I wish that I just can step out right now and into your garden :D Hope you can coax Marion to go out and see all those beauties up close and personal , maybe put a chair for her to sit amidst the greens , just don't forget the mosquito repellent lol

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    1. Take any photo you want Anne. I bet you could use them as a screen saver, lol...I know I do! I finally got Marion to go outside. It took a bit of coaxing but she was happy she did! We didn't even need repellent!

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  20. You have a fabulous garden. I wish I can have one like yours but I bet it needs a lot of work there. Lovely pictures and fun post. Thanks

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    1. Hi Amira and Welcome! It seems like a lot of work but I think of it as FUN!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Drop by anytime:)

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  21. OMG you are a florist!! Your flowers are just incredible. Surely your gardening skills make a big difference. I could not possibly have such a fab garden. You are looking after those flowers ever so well. Brava!
    Enjoy summer!

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    1. Lol, you're too funny Alida. I'm just a home gardener who gets a wee bit neurotic about her plants, lol...We are most definitely enjoying Summer!

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  22. Who needs to have a jungle that is composed - gardens should be wild and beautiful like this :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks Uru...I have had formal gardens before but this time I took the haphazard approach and I'm having such fun sharing it:)

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  23. Hi Louise, your garden is amazing, love all your flowers and it's wonderful that you have them all together like that. I walk down to my garden every morning as well, been fighting with the slugs and a little varmint that is pulling my dahlias down into the ground, Oh Mercy!!!

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    1. Oh those varmints, Cheri. You can't live with them and you don't want to do without the unless of course they are in someone else's garden, lol...I've been spraying so much garlic in the vegetable garden, the whole yard smells like garlic rather than sweet smelling flowers as it should! Pulling the Dahlias down is a new one to me, lol...Good Luck!

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  24. Your garden is absolutely gorgeous! I've just added a ton of flowers to my must have list. I am especially enamored with those peppermint twist phlox!

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    1. Thanks Pam:) I keep adding flowers to my wish list too, lol...Thhe Peppermint Twist is oh so lovely anf fragrant oo. It may go by the name Ballerina Phlox too:)

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  25. You have a beautiful garden:) Beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thank you Geraldine. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit:)

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  26. hi louise, how nice if i can have a jungle garden like yours..it would be so nice just take a walk and look at those pretty flowers everywhere, just so pleasing to the eyes ..but i know for sure i cant do an inspection job like you! That peppermint twist phlox looks very pretty and unique!

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    1. Hi Lena,
      I walk through the garden so often I do believe I can tell when a leaf is out of place, lol...Sometimes I wish I wouldn't be so critical. The Peppermint Twist Phlox is such a joy. I'm going to try to propagate it this year or at least divide it:) Wish me luck:)

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  27. Oh my, Louise! Your gardens are gorgeous! I tried to plant star gazer lilies several time to the deers delight! I have given up! However, I have found several plants that I am able to protect from nibbling visitors. I’ve lost a few plants this year due to the harsh winter we had. I also had to cut some things way back to help them get their strength. My hydrangeas suffered from the cold. Looks like I will have to wait till next year for flowers. I love phlox, and I absolutely love your butterfly weed. I will definitely be adding some to my garden.
    Have a great weekend, Louise! Enjoy your magnificent garden!

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    1. Hi Kathy!
      I had the darndest time with those Star Gazers. They have been planted in one place or another for the past three years and never came up. I do believe they like it where they are because they get some shade. I know, they aren't suppose to like shade but, it seems to be working. As for the deer, some of those houldhold sprays really do work. I'm pretty sure deer don't like peppermint. Perhaps a few Peppermint pots around the lilies will spare them. Not in the ground though, peppermint is ruthless when it comes to spreading!

      I cut back on the Butterfly bushes hoping they will get enough strength to make it through the Winter. I know how difficult it can be and how you miss the blooms on the hydrangeas but it for their own good:) Thanks for visiting, Kathy...

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  28. Hi Louise, you do have a very beautiful garden, it is full of gorgeous flowers! I love that shot of the hummingbird moth too!

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    1. HI Jeannie!
      Thank you so much for visiting the garden with me. It would be so nice if you and the others could all visit in person. We could have a Garden Party!!!

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  29. Such a lovely profusion Louise. And I love the idea of a barefoot stroll through the dewy morning grass. You know I believe I saw a hummingbird moth a few years ago and was quite confused by it (as in "I just saw the fattest bug?"). Thanks for enlightening me!

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    1. Thanks Inger. Oh yes, that Hummingbird Moth whizzes on by! I always do a double take. I'd say that's probably what you encountered:)

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

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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