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Saturday, June 11, 2011


It's been a busy day here. I met with friends for lunch then came home, put on my shorts and went to weeding the gardens. This is never ending. I was doing just fine yanking the long mean buttercups up by the roots when I felt something crawling on me. I finally took time to look down and discovered I was standing in an ant nest and those little critters were creeping around on my feet and legs up to my thighs. One even bit me! Gosh I did a quick stomping dance and brushed them off but as I sit here at the computer I feel like they are still crawling on me.  Just now I felt something in my bra and thought it was an ant but discovered a sesame seed that dropped in at lunch.
Now for some of my June Posies.

Here is my very fragrant Patty Rose. I still don't know the real name so call it after my daughter who got me the twig from the mother plant so  could start this one

Here is a close-up. I sure wish you could smell it.

 The Columbine have re-seeded profusely and I have hundreds of plants all over the property. They are even growing in the bricks. It's fun when they re-seed because you get such a huge variety of shades of purple and pink.

 I love to take pictures of these delicate blossoms from underneath with the sky in the background.

 Most of my Rhody's were beat up so badly by the Bucks during the last rut that some didn't even bloom this year but this one is inside my fence where the deer don't go.

Here's another Columbine. Notice the dark purple color. This is another that was reseeded. I don't know where this color came from. Must be a throwback! The busy little fuzzy-butted bee wasn't the least bit bothered that I nearly placed my lens on his fanny. Maybe because his eyes are on his other end. It's interesting how the wings look white in this picture.

This little girl in my lower garden holds her skirt up to catch rain drops for thirsty little creatures.

I've always been fascinated with Iris but the older I get the better I like them. They are so easy to care for, the deer haven't bothered them, I just plant the rhizome and let the earth care for it. Except for the slugs and snails it's pretty safe and gives me a great deal of pleasure year after year.

The Lithodora is doing very well this year. The small clumps I planted a few years back have grown a lot. This one is about two feet in diameter. Another in the back yard is about five feet in diameter. I love the true blue of this blossom.


Age must have something to do with the colors we like. Or maybe they just grow on us. My mom in law gave me this Iris as a small rhizome many years ago. I thought the color was weird but wanted flowers so bad I planted it anyway. It still isn't my favorite but there is something regal about it. Or maybe it's because I loved my mom in law so I love her Iris.

Yellow Pansy and purple violas. The pansy isn't doing much blooming, only one or two blossoms at a time. Maybe it's just intimidated by the profusely blooming viola. It sort of looks rather ashamed of itself hanging it's head down like that! LOL
My Paul II Clematis is really showing off this year and I'm loving it!! I have it growing between the house and the shed. The deer usually find it and eat the blossoms but this year I strung rope up so they will have to struggle a bit to get to this clematis. As a result, I am enjoying over 50 blossoms!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A lovely purple Columbine in the sky.

Say 'cheese' Tildy! Who says doggies don't smile? Matilda Rose does it all the time. She laughs too. Really!

Here's my mellow yellow Day Lily. I don't know if it actually has a name. I've had it so long I don't even know where it came from.

I've only had this Iris a few years but it is definitely one of my favorites! It has a tiny bit of  lavender but it's barely noticeable. I have two of these plants and one is nearly waist high. Talk about a show-off!
Here is a closeup of  the same Iris.
I thought the yellow part looked like a colorful caterpillar so.....

I took a macro shot, then put it in photo shop and added another eye. If you enlarge this you can see it better. I think he makes a very pretty critter. Can you think of a name for it?

Fresh salad vegetables and hot oatmeal bread. Life is so good.
Thank you dear Lord, and God Bless You Everyone!



Blogger Granny Annie said...

Glad it was just a sesame seed because "Ants in her bra" would never catch on as well as "Ants in her pants". Yikes, I strongly detest those little creatures regardless of their fine work ethic.

Blogger Kerri said...

Bev, I was so glad to hear from you this morning :) Thanks so much for your sweet concern. All is as well as can be expected but Ross isn't able to move around much, so I'm busy trying to keep up with everything.
I've enjoyed catching up with your posts and wish I had time to comment on each and every lovely photo and your amusing commentary.
This latest post is so full of wonderful things! Tildy's smile is precious :)
Your yellow rose takes my breath away! I wish I could grow them as well as you do.
All the spring blooms just make our hearts sing, don't they? And the bees, birds and butterflies are such a delight!
My yellow lily is blooming too. I call it "Lemon Lily" as so many others do around here.
The irises have put on a beautiful show this year, loving the rainy early spring. I think your MIL's iris is gorgeous! And the "iris caterpillar" is very cute. I love your sense of humor and creativity :) How about "Ginger"?
Your fresh bread and veggies look like heaven. Life is good indeed! PTL! I will continue to pray for John.
Little Kenny's card is very precious. What a little sweety!Lucky great grandma! :)
I poured boiling water over an ants nest just the other day when I found one in the garden I was weeding. Hated to do it, but they need to relocate! Biting the gardener is not in their best interests ;)
Have a lovely day, dear Bev.

Blogger PEA said...

Well I'm sure glad I'm not the only one who finds remnants of her lunch in her bra! LOL Oh dear, I would have been in a panic to have all those ants on me...me and bugs do NOT mix well!!!

Bev, your flowers are all absolutely stunning. My lilies, irises, clematis, etc., are all budding but not in bloom yet so I still have that to look forward to:-)

Tildy is so adorable and I love her smile!

That extra eye you added to your Iris had me giggling, it really does make it look like a fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar:-)

Wishing you a lovely week, dear Bev. xoxo

Blogger Merle said...

Dear Bev ~~ I love all your flowers, such a lovely variety. Thanks for sharing them with us. Thanks for your comments and good wishes for my
recovery. Going OK, doing exercises
to get stronger. I am glad you got a kick out of my jokes.. Like you, i like the ones about "don't mess with oldies" as I am definitely in that
category also. Take good care dear
friend, Love, Merle.

Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

WOW, Bev-what a garden you have!! That yellow rose is awesome! Yikes!! Sorry about the ants getting on you! If here it would have been the ones that bite right away....not just crawl on you! We have the bad fire ants here!

Enjoy your flowers!


Blogger linda may said...

I enjoyed looking at all your lovely flowers. It is winter here so no flowers in my garden at the moment. Thank you for sharing your garden and life with us.

Blogger Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I am so inspired after looking at all of your flowers,thank-you.
God Bless,


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