Sunday, July 31, 2011

Garden Walk Hibiscus....

I have never had a hibiscus. They are really pretty.

Most all of them were really big.

Behind this beautiful red one, are a perennial pair, Jeff and PJ and our friends Sue and Sue. It was very hot but a nice day. I have lots of pictures for the blog.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Jacob

Last time he came to visit us, My sweet grandson, Jake and the beautiful girl in the blue dress is Skyler. Happy Birthday Jake! I am so proud of you.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Friend is Someone who likes you....

That's what her book says. I don't think she likes me tho, I had to change things all afternoon before it suited her.. She still doesn't like those pants.

This body pattern is Veena's Mercantile, she is very large, I would say 30 inches.

We had storms again during the early morning hours. I seem to be obsessed with the weather. PJ is calling me Chuck (a TV weatherman name). Bizarre lightening and thunder.

See y'all.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tall and Handsome....

Every year I post this plant and everyone gives their opinion of what it is. This year it is 10 feet tall, so if I have any new visitors, maybe they have a name for it also.

We had a big, big rain. Ann Arbor, five inches! Sadly I lost my biggest fish last night, he got stuck in the drain, and yes I did fish cpr but I guess it was just too late.

My garden is a happy one this morning. Hope you are too!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New-to-me flowers

Love-in-a-mist: can't believe I never tried it before, I'm hoping it self-seeds.

Strawberry Spinach. I ordered the seed from Pinetree Farms. It just sounded interesting. I haven't eaten any, as it is kind of puny. I think it's just decorative.

Hey, a new cat. She's really big. It's a Pat Beam bunny pattern, turned cat. Happy Wednesday everyone.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Garden....

It was so quiet and still this morning. We were given another nice rain during the night.

This tomato is a "Legend". At Graye's Greenhouse there was a note that it was the most requested tomato plant last year. Of course we have to have what everyone else does.
We will have to wait and see how they taste.

Another "corn" plant tropical. This one is a popcorn plant. Doesn't look exactly like popcorn but smells like MJR theater lobby (not that their popcorn is good, but it does smell that way).

I was browsing USA Today news, many tragedies this week, and I read this article about the Amish. If you have time, it is a good read for Sunday morning.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Candy Corn Plant

A gifted plant that Barb thought we would like. Mine is doing really well, except it is to the top of the stake and I think, what now? I looked it up and it is a tropical so I thought I might bring it in for the winter and try to save it. I think I would plant it in the garden with a larger trellis as I think it would get much bigger. It's a nice plant to have, if you see one at the garden center. Happy Saturday!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Got Pumpkins?

We had a wonderful rain this afternoon and my pumpkins are doing nicely even though it has been so hot.

I have lots of Baby boos (white) only a few Mini Jacks, I gave most of those plants away. One called Bat Wings and Orange Magic. They are all small.

The angel lady is from a pattern by Bless Your Heart Country Crafts. She has alpine wool hair and pants from an old pillow case that was almost threadbare, but had the prettiest crochet trim. Funny face and funny feet she has. Happy Friday all..

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cucumbers and Punkin Man...

These are Asian Burpless, Tasty Jade from Johnny's Seeds. I prefer Cool Breeze but couldn't find them anywhere this year. I'm going to make some sun dills but I will have to cut them up.
Chestnut Junction pattern you can make ...if you start today. About 12 inches tall, easy to make.

Happy Saturday morning.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Today's Plant and Yesterday's Yarrow...

This is called Wood Betony, it is a member of the lamb's ear family. It is a nice upright flower in a tidy clump, both are requirements for this garden. It is said to ward off evil spirits, well maybe.

More about yesterday's yarrow plants. They don't ask for a lot of water, as a matter of fact they will do better with hardly any. And they are fantastic for drying. I was wondering if Gail has any at the Farm, if not, she may next year.

They are called Gold Yarrow, Achillea filipendulina (asteraceae). Some are named Coronation Gold and Cloth of Gold, mine are just plain Gold. And they have lots of medicinal purposes, hence the name Achillea, because it is said they healed Mr. Achilles, you know, the one with the bad heel. What would I do without Google?

Now, all you crafters, it is time to make fall stuff. I made these last year and they sold really well at the show. It's Renee's pattern, at Crow's Roost Prims.

Happy gardening today.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Annie and her Rooster (and garden)

My favorite yarrow, stands upright with big blooms for a long time and is very yellow.

Well, no, it didn't turn out like Sandy's pattern (Olde Country Cupboard) altho I tried very hard and redid the face more than once. She just wanted to be who she wanted to be.
Yesterday we tried picking in this container, but it didn't work out so we used it for a nice hat. All the berries got eaten. Happy Tuesday.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Centaurea Macrocephala

I keep having to look up the name of this plant, maybe this post will help me remember.
It is one of my favorite plants. This is how it looked early June.

It began to bloom about two weeks later, mid June.

It is now on its way out but still really pretty. One year I dried some of them and they held up really well. Doesn't seem to need any special care, it is about four feet tall. Barb gave me a start of it.

How's your Saturday? Stay cool.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Community Garden Walks...

This was our favorite on the Trenton Garden Walk a few weeks ago. The garden has its own little house.

This is the inside of the little house. Olde Bear must live there.
There are two garden walks tomorrow, that we know of, Lincoln Park and Redford, but we have wimped out because of the hot weather. There are usually about seven or eight on the walks, so it takes a few hours and getting in and out of the car and parking , plus getting lost a few times. So maybe next weekend will be cooler.

Do you have garden walks in your community? Usually they are sponsored by garden clubs. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A joyous color....

A color like no of my mother's day lilies from a couple of years back. I always put them out on the chance that they will grow in my garden.
A little shoulder doll of no particular pattern with some old crochet I thought should be used.

We had 100 degrees yesterday, according to the Sportsplex thermometer, altho our weather person said only 98. Then big storms with lots of lightning and a good rain for my garden.

Love to all.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A Gift from V....

V sent me this little light catcher and it goes really well here with some little metal chairs and table we found at J & L Antiques. From the looks of the ground cover, the bugs are having tea there. I think I will be moving it in a place that has more sun.

And Floyd sent me this in an email, it was fascinating to me. Try it, morning worship it is.
They are high school students! Go here

I hope everyone has a good weekend planned. We do, our Jake will be home! Happy Friday.