Life has been busy lately. Trying to make the most out of summer can be exhausting. :-) So we have been just hanging out, our older son came to visit yesterday and we just chatted away. Today I went out for a walk in the garden to see how everything is doing. Our huge stems of Stargazer Lilies have begun to bloom from the bottom up.
It's cloudy today and that's just fine.. we've had too high of temperatures lately and this feels good. Doors and windows open and it's only 66 deg. out. :-)
We had something sad happen yesterday. Our hens stick their head out of their safe enclosure to nibble on the green grass outside the pen... and something, and I think it was probably one of the skunks that live in our woodshed.. grabbed it by the head and tried to pull it and killed my dear Betsy Ross, the Ameracauna who laid aqua eggs. ::sigh:: Dayle is going to line all around the edge of the pen with a finer grade wire so they can't stick their heads out. Dang predators. RIP Betsy Ross.
While we were at Coastal Farm and Garden shop the other day we picked up a couple of hanging baskets of cherry tomatoes. Whoever is in charge of their garden area is incompetent and they baskets were shriveled up. We got them for a good prices and Dayle is keeping them watered.
It looks like a used car lot around here.. :-)
The blackberries are beginning to ripen.. I ate this one after I took the photo and ::cringe:: it was sour!
The Lantana (3 color varieties) continues to be an eye pleaser.
The pastel one.. love love. I think these colors would make a wonderful crocheted project!
I have a miniature rose from last summer.. during our early summer weather it was all bushy and green.. then we had the freezing weather and then the heat spells and it wasn't looking good at all. It's coming back now with 2 little flowers.. hope it does ok.
I love how hydrangeas last so long.. a great flower, don't you think?
Dayle's geraniums that he's babied and wintered over for years and years are having their best year as it's been warm and sunny for a long time now.
Had to show you how the "Nodding Violet" aka Streptocarpella keeps on blooming. The leaves are fuzzy and succulent like an African Violet.
Our Hummingbird population has quadrupled from the 2 that wintered over here. The local ones are not happy with the intruders and they squawk and chitter at each other and chase each other away. Dayle hung up a new feeder today with bee guards - so they have two. We might hang another one up too.
A pretty bi-colored geranium.
The Tuberous Begonia is blooming.. another of D's "babies".
He also wintered over this Begonia Boliviensis "Bonfire" - we were both pretty amazed it made it through and has done so well! He puts a shelf on the landing down to the basement where there is a glass door and put them all on the shelf and doesn't even water them and they winter over. Amazing.
Bright red geranium.
The deck needs some tidying up.. but not today.
Today is Kristi's 32nd birthday today! Travis got her a melamine set of dishes with VW buses all around the rim!
Her sister gave her the bus shaped toiletry bag and Travis also got her a set of silverware with buses on the handles and I gave her the metal bus sculpture with a surfboard, cooler and float ring on the top. She was a happy girl!
I offered to bake Kristi a birthday cake, but she said with how hot it's been they'd pick up a cake when they went to town last evening. Travis picked this one out and oh.my.goodness.. it was tasty.
We're all going out to Chinese dinner to celebrate further. Right now Dayle is washing and waxing our trailer for our trip to Waldo Lake so it's ready to go in 2 weeks. I've been working on the lists in preparation to the shopping right before we leave. :-)
How was your weekend? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)