Hello dear readers and friends, it's warm here now, would you like to walk around my wild and untamed farm garden with me? Ok.. let's stroll. I have 3 varieties of Clematis, a white one and 2 purple ones. This two toned one blows me away. Love the colors!
Here is our farm hare.. I wonder if it's the same one as on Easter? I really never knew how interesting the fur is on a wild rabbit.
The extremely tall magenta Rhododendron is in full bloom and even starting to fade as we've had a run of hot sunny days. I had Caleb stand in front of it so you could see how tall it is. Almost 30 feet!
It kind of amazes me how all the bushes kind of take turns coming into their glory.. kind of nice to lengthen the bloom "show". The pink rosebud azalea is almost at peak. The bay window on the left is behind our easy chairs in the family room... the one on the right is in our little galley kitchen. I chose the color of the house to look like tropical waters and also the color of old bronze fittings on a ship as they oxidize.
These don't have a scent, but are awfully pretty.
I've been so busy that I missed picking a bouquet of the Lily-of-the-Valleys.. they are at their end now.
This Rhodie is opening now.. it's white with with a yellow throat.
The 2nd purple Clematis.. it's big and frilly. Don't mind my wrinkly old hand.. sheesh. :-) To the right of this is my Mock Orange shrub.. it's covered with buds.. can't wait to have the blooms open!
I have a little bunch of Coral Bells in a galvanized tub. They are so bright and pretty.
I am so happy. This is my "Beauty Bush" and it's aptly named. Last year a huge branch fell on it and broke it and knocked it over and I thought I'd lost it. But I was so thrilled to see that nature prevailed and my bush is alive and blooming. It has a lovely aroma.
Aren't these pretty? Pink, white, and yellow gold markings in the throat.
Don't they have the delicate beauty of an orchid?
The Beauty Bush is to the left of the red maple near the top of the creek, there are 3 waterfalls on the way to the pond.
Outside my craft studio windows is a big arching bamboo that has invaded a big pink Rhodie - but I kind of like seeing pink flowers in the bamboo. :-)
Looking up under the low canopy of my red maple. I'll never forget that I got this for a pot on my deck of my houseboat.. and I brought it back with me to the farm and planted it here after we put in the water garden. It's getting big!
I do believe that this is the earliest that my 4th of July rose has bloomed! I looks like fireworks, doesn't it?
Each bloom is totally different - I adore this rose.
I've been planting flowers in my pots -- this one below I'm quite excited about. It's called a "Cockscomb" and my first memory of this flower is when my sister and I were visiting our aunts, uncles cousins and grandparents one whole summer in Oklahoma -- and when we were at my Grandmother Woldridge's house (she lived in a old brick bank building) and she had a row of these amazing flowers all along the sunny side (back) of her house. I thought they were the coolest things ever! I hope mine get as big as Grandma's.
I also planted 3 varieties of Lantana in a pot surrounded with moss roses. I did that last year and was charmed and pleased with how they worked together. I got a pastel Lantana, a red one and the pinkie yellow one.
I got mixed color moss roses and this bloom made me happy as it's variegated and I *LOVE* anything variegated.
I also planted this fun two-tone yellow and white "Million Bells" petunia - I'd never seen one and I think it's going to be a super cool basket.
I'm going to plant this one in another basket.. and I have a fun idea of how I'm going to use my fairy gazebo.. more on that later.. see the little green beaded chandelier in the center?
And my 2nd piece of Westward Ho glass arrived, the one on the left is a butter or cheese dish. It's like a small cake plate. Both were very reasonably priced on Etsy. I am not going to go nuts with these glass pieces, these are the only two I'm getting. :-) Really!
Kristi found this little bird's egg in the entry area of my French doors into my craft studio - I think it's a house wren as that's what I think is nesting up in the eaves. Do you recognize the bird that laid this by looking at the egg?
I see that a lot of bloggers are getting nice fancy cameras - and I actually got one but didn't have much luck with it, it confused the daylights out of me. But I'm inspired to get it out of hiding and try again. But meanwhile I'm very VERY pleased with the images I get with my Panasonic DMC-ZS19 LUMIX with Leica lens and a 20x FullHD PowerO.I.S./24mm WIDE angle lens. (This is for Dorothy in Oz who's asked me which camera I use.) Have a SUPER FUN WEEKEND!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)