Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday's Pink .and Red....

My wife's pink petunias are packing a lot of color.  The pattern of an almost red color in their centers make them look great. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cornfield, Iowa.......

I missed taking photos of the growth development of our neighboring corn fields most of the spring. The corn field on the hill is planted in a different direction so the tassels and view is different.  The field in the foreground is about five days later in progress. The bird did me a favor by flying in to the viewfinder and stayed for a while.  It helps to give you the perspective of the height of the corn.  It is watered well and growing tall. I think it is a robin.  The rhubarb plant on the left is a little wimpy but again adds to the size comparisons.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday's Bouquet............

Everything will be needing to be watered after the hot day we have today.  I have been using water from my rain barrel but probably will have to dig out the garden hose to get it all watered.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Just Leaves.........

I have been bombarding you with blooms for quite some time.  I saw a chance yesterday to give you a different focus.  The muskmelon seeds I planted seem to now be settling in and starting to spread.  The leaf of this plant is similar in shape and yet it does has a shape of its own.  I was hoping I was seeing buds forming while I was taking the shot but as I look at the photo I just was thinking wishfully.  The melon itself was one of those small ones that was given to us last  year.  I saved the seed and now have a few vines of my own growing.  We will see how this little activity turns out in  August.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bee Balm..........

The camera that my wife and I own has never been able to take a good photo of Monarda, Bee Balm.  The  color of the flower doesn't register well with the camera's automatic focus.  I have been taking a lot of shots in the sun and in the shade and it just isn't working well. The windy day that I tried was a great disaster. I like growing this plant as it requires no care.  It grows under my ash tree in the back yard and keeps spreading out as it grows.  I mow some of it down as it is headed towards my back door.  

On another theme the ash tree did eventually leaf out but it is showing dead sections in it now.  This means the ash bore is in central Iowa but those who report this  stuff about its spread hasn't really asked me about it.  It is creeping across the country with the emerald bug spreading destruction and death to the Ash tree.

Friday, July 18, 2014


The peace rose is giving me another bloom to enjoy.  It didn't take very long for it to grow new buds once I had trimmed back the last old blooms.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday's Afternoon Post........

The lily shown has been great at giving me some great blooms. The ruffles makes it a very fancy day lilly.