Saturday, July 3, 2010

Just Flowers

Mother Nature is fooling with us. We have a thermometer on the north side of the house that's in the shade; it never gets even a smidge of sun on it. Today at 5:30 p.m. it read 87.5 degrees.

I don't know how hot it was out in the garden around noon when I was picking strawberries, but I do know I had to stop once and come inside to cool off because I thought I might have a heat stroke and pass out face down in the sawdust.

These past two days have been especially busy. We've been getting time in on our construction project (no interesting pictures to share though) and the only time I spent out in the garden today was when I harvested the 17 pounds, 9 ounces of berries. We've just finished dinner, hubby is pounding away with the hammer again and I have dishes to do and one large bowl of berries left to clean. I'll wait to process them tomorrow.

Whoops, I lied. I did make a fast trip out into the garden again right before dinner to take the following flower pictures.

As I wrote to a commenter on yesterday's blog post, I'm sadly lacking in knowledge and ability to grow flowers but that doesn't keep me from planting some intermixed with the veggies in the garden each year.

The vibrant red-orange of this geranium almost hurts the eyeballs!

I love the little pansies and always plant some under the maple tree by our front deck.

Impatiens seem to do better in our window boxes than any other flower. I am so pleased to see the deep color of the blossoms on the ones this year.

This is the first year I've grown asters. For use as a cut flower, you can hardly beat their longevity.

The California poppies . . . such color!

The delphiniums look like they're going to be gigantic this year.

Perky, chirky little dianthus. (Dianthuses? Dianthi??)

This cosmos bloom isn't particularly the prettiest one but I couldn't resist capturing the monarch butterfly enjoying it.

I don't too often plant petunias but I'm glad I did this year as this batch has been super-colorful.

After the heat today, I probably should go spend some time tonight with the hose in the garden. Gotta keep these blooms comin'!


Stephanie said...

Beautiful!!! And please don't get heat stroke, it's no fun lol.

We are getting a heat wave here too, and I have to say, despite no rain to fill the rain barrel for the garden we are doing pretty good. I will probably have to have the kids haul water from the apartment at the end of the week, but they are strong, they can handle it lol. Hope you have a great weekend!

Rainsong said...

I also keep trying with the flowers. Since I am a dumb-luck gardener, I figure it is worth a shot. Always I put snap dragons at the end of rows where there is a post. Sweet goes here and there. Dahlias are always a bust for me, but other bulbs, like daffodils and iris' keep coming back. Maybe part of the charm of my herbs are their blossoms. Oh, and roses, they seem to come back.

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - I had plans to go out first thing this morning to water the garden but hubby (who couldn't sleep last night because it DIDN'T COOL OFF) said it rained hard for about a half hour around midnight so I can scratch that off my list. BUT it's still blasted hot this morning. Ugh. Upside? Everything grew about 6" overnight. :o)

Rainsong - I know exactly what you mean. I plant cilantro just because it's soooo beautiful when it blooms!

Jo said...

Those delphiniums are gorgeous. I've read they are very poisonous, so I would hesitate to plant them with my curious little kids (both human and goat variety) around. I'll just have to oogle at yours. :)

RuthieJ said...

Your posies are all so beautiful Mama Pea! I've never seen delphiniums that big! I was especially happy to see the Monarch butterfly (they seem to be a little scarce around here this year).

Erin said...

I wish I could plant delphiniums! They have to be staked in our constant high winds here so they end up unattractive, but yours are beautiful!

Mama Pea said...

Jo - Ooops, I didn't know they were poisonous. Good thing to be aware of!

Ruthie - This Monarch was the very first one I've seen in a couple of years. They are so striking!

Erin - I have to put "holders" around mine, too. Even with that, they are so tall this year that I've GOT to get out there for some additional staking because they are really getting top-heavy.