Tuesday, June 27, 2017
This is one of my favorite flowers to photograph. It was not a popular plant when I was a kid growing up. The back to nature movement brought out natural prairie plants into the market and now we have different colors of them. The front garden has the two colors and the above photo is now also planted in the back yard. I need to invest in a red one this fall.
The white one is stunning in its form and color. I have never had a white coneflower before and am glad to watch it bloom.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The morning has a clear sky with lots of sunshine. It is going to be a good day with good temperatures and very little wind. The new petunia planter was set on the patio table yesterday. It looks good there so will never make it to a hook downstairs for display. These things are dropping in price as we head for July.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
My marigolds that surround the tomato plants are holding their own in the hot sun and pounding rains. I am not certain that this is a marigold but the nursery places it among the marigold plants. It will be a 92 F. degree day today so they will be challenged again. My tomato plants have buds and some of these days I can post tomato plant blooms.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Our one baby bunny is growing up fast. He isn't full grown yet but I can see he is doing well. The mother rabbit is still in the back yard but there are no others. When I go down the deck stairs, he comes shooting out from under the lily of the valley. Earlier when he was smaller he would hang out under the rhubarb leaves.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
The majority of the roses are fading but some branches of the rose are coming on strong. I started watering them to help keep parts of the them going. Next to the house it got really dry during the hot spell that we had. The last couple of days did help things out and the yard grass seems to be in better shape now.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
The sculptural item at the end of my drain spout is shown here. I think I have photographed it before but this one shot seems to better show the boy's expression. He and his dog anticipate water flowing out of the log. The former owners of our house left this behind for us to enjoy. My future goal is to go out in the rain and take a shot of it with water gushing out of it.
Friday, June 16, 2017
A junky natural looking workshop area in my basement reveals the need for organization. I have yet to get a pegboard up to handle the tools. I have a monster load of toys that need to be tamed. Taming means throwing some of them away and storing the rest in bins for later use. The cedar wood lamp has a great story behind it but not today. It also has a layer of dirt on it that will be removed and everything will shine with some polish.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
One house finch pair succeeded hatching and raising out a batch of birds. I had three or four of them lined up on the deck railing. They were trying to figure out how the sock feeder works. I do thin that the one background bird is an adult female but the other two are young ones.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
At six o'clock this morning the rain gauge showed a half inch of moisture. As I write this it has started to rain again.
The sun is actually showing through that small bright hole in the clouds. I won't have to water the flowers and tomatoes today. Our grass was starting to go dormant so it is good to get rain.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
My blue spruce is putting out cones at the top of the tree. I have seen every kind of bird in the tree. I know that a pair of house finches did raise a batch of babies among the branches. Those young ones frequent the seed sock learning how to feed at it. One young one spent a long time trying to see if he could get seed out of the knot at the top of the sock. I suspect that there are a lot of insects on the evergreen and that is one of the draws for the birds.
Monday, June 12, 2017
When I was a kid in the 60s, petunia's were not white. In fact I think the only color sold at that time were a bright reddish maybe orange color. You could travel from Iowa to Colorado and everyone had the very same color of petunias. I don't think the color is sold anymore. These flowers are destined to go into the front planter today to help fill in some empty spots.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
After taking photos of some new flowers, I walked back through the garage. As I glanced over I saw an Andrew Wyeth painting with the arrangement of common things. The pink chair was a garage sale find. It still has not been refinished since its purchase years ago. It escaped the dumpster twice and then I brought it to the new house. I am hoping that I can move into the furniture refinishing sometime. The larger chair is a classic farm chair with a past that goes beyond the people that owned it.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
A young goldfinch sits on the deck railing wondering what the feeder is all about and why are there so many other birds up here.
The bright yellow male has just driven off three birds from the sock feeder and he seems to be pretty proud of his victory. The sock was empty for quite a few days and when I filled it up with seed again the goldfinches all seemed to swarm in to eat.
These two are waiting their turn to get to the feeder. A bucket of hot water and a scrub brush will clean up the railing. Getting to see these birds is all the worth of having to clean things later.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The previous owner placed the primrose all around the bases of seven peonies. It looks good at a distance but the two colors seem to not blend very well. I am not going to change anything in that flower bed though. I am busy deadheading the peonies as needed so they don't shed all over the neighbor's yard. The primrose will be around a lot longer than the peonies so it will be just a yellow flower bed then..