Monday, July 14, 2014

July Garden Tour

Hello everyone!
This is the time of year when I take such pleasure in my hostas, daylilies, and hydrangeas--when all the colors really pop in the garden. I love watching the hummingbirds, bumblebees, and butterflies creep into the flowers to enjoy the pollen and sweet nectar. It seems they love the hosta blooms best. Thankfully, I have many hosta blooms as the gardens around the house are mainly deep shade.  Walking up to the pond, the hollow widens and we get more sunlight. My veggie garden is located up the creek from our home where we get a bit more sun. We have about 40 acres, mostly mountainous with steep terrain and some flat creek bottom. Lots of wide open space to play in the dirt!

I have been working on my shade garden. Moving some hostas and ferns here and there...

I keep my daylilies in this former veggie garden where I can pick and divide them often.  I have moved my vegetable garden to a better location, although this year has not been the best veggie year for me. It has been really dry here.

"Bloom where you're planted," --Mary Engelbreit

hostas as a ground cover...




I look forward to these Limelight hydrangeas. My Nikko blues and Endless Summer took a hit from the cold weather this winter and aren't blooming this year. My blue hydrangea pics are from last year.
Did anyone else have this problem?

I hope you enjoyed this photo tour as I have been gardening in this spot for almost 9 years now, making many mistakes and finding some success...hostas seem to do best for me, so I plant them everywhere and spray them to keep the deer at bay!
Happy Gardening!
Thanks for visiting,

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Hello Everyone!
 I hope you are having a wonderful July! This week we have had two cousins visiting, which has been an adventurous time for all! Tonight we are camping by our pond in our new pop-up! S'mores, kayaking, fishing, campfire, picnic, lightning bug catching, and more planned for the evening. First, I wanted to show you some of my daylily blooms as they are starting to show off nicely.

I grabbed a photo of my new hen and chick container as it is an old handwashing bowl from my Nanny and Pop's garden. As a child, we pumped water from a hand pump into the bowl and there was always a towel and bar of soap nearby.  I am pleased to have it in my garden as it reminds me of wonderful grandparents!
We now have eight ducks! They are so much fun to watch. As you can see, birds of a feather stick together....


"Gardening is an instrument of grace."--- May Sarton



Happy Summer Days !!
Thanks for visiting,