Hey, how about some flower photos? I'm going to link this post to a group of bloggers posting mini-tours of their gardens as they look right now - how fun is that? I LOVE to get to 'walk the garden' with another gardener (or two or three)! So come on...
One of my favorite parts of the gardens, this last long bed - part sun / part shade.
If you double click you can get a better view.
I've got cosmos seedlings coming up in the foreground there, near the swan.
Are you offended by my (new) plastic swan?
Yes, others were, too, but that's a story for another day.
Tall sunflower youngsters over there near the (old) tomato stakes - how have the rabbits missed them? Iris, black-eyed susan, oregano, daylilies, sundrops, pinks - who can get rid of those?!, carnations, ajuga, and a trooper of a hydrangea just past the teepee legs. I must point out that hosta there, just past the hydrangea - my favorite hosta - 'Fried Bananas'. One of the only hosta that I allow to bloom, since the bloom is wonderful white and smells Divine!
First bloom from that hydrangea right back there. Pretty amazing, since I thought they all died in the drought last year! It's one of the few bushes I have that has formed a bloom this year. The most beautiful color!
Couldn't leave out a couple of 'bug' photos (NO SPIDER PHOTOS).
Bugs and gardening - it's a For Better or For Worse situation.
Check out this bumble bee passed out cold in on the stem of a lamb's ear bloom! This stem has been cut and Second Son is holding it still for the photo... Before throwing the stem in the cuttings bin, we all took turns petting the bee! He didn't move a muscle.
Do bees have muscles?
And check out this cute lightning bug, waiting on a stella bloom for his time to come - dusk!
Had to show you these perfect partners! The daylily is called Children's Festival, and doesn't it have the loveliest color with ruffled edges. She's put on her best dress! The lily blooming a little lower is brand new to the garden. I got it FOR A DOLLAR on Saturday from the Lowes clearance rack.
It's called Tiny Toes. Don't they look wonderful together?
My oldest lavender bush. I had to cut out a lot of dead branches this year, more drought results, so the bush doesn't look very good. This photo of the blooms is all I could post.
Send advice on what to do with an old and tired lavender bush, if you can.
That's it for my mini-tour! If you'd like to tour other gardens, go to