Friday, July 30, 2010

Bye-Bye July

I am sad to say good-bye to this precious month of July...

A favorite time in the garden. When bright bloomers smile at me from every nook and cranny.

Does your garden have mood swings?

Mine sure does.

In July, cool blues bow out gracefully..

 
Making way for the silly sun worshippers who think 90 degree days...

Are what summer is all about.

Calling all bird lovers.
(Toleraters?)
I'm perplexed by this new bird. He showed up two weeks ago and has been eagerly devouring every honeysuckle blossom on the monster vine. Chasing away my precious hummers!

I much prefer the messy birds who plant volunteer sunflower gardens for me. If Mr. Pesky keeps whittling away at those honeysuckle flowers, people might notice how badly the deck railings need a new coat of paint. :)

Three cheers for the sunshiney days of July. May August bring us many more...

19 comments:

A Garden of Threads said...

Your garden is beautiful, the summer sunshine plants are blooming. Have a lovely weekend.

Liza said...

Paint, schmaint. You've got gorgeous flowers, that's all that matters!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

But tomorrow is still July! Grab onto its cheeks and kiss it like you're its Aunt Myrtle!

Rosey said...

I noticed you have Anthemis. How do you keep it in check? It goes rampant in my garden but I still keep it around because nothing eats it.

Hopefully August will be great in your garden as well.

Snowcatcher said...

I agree, your garden is so vibrant and beautiful. Hopefully at your altitude, you'll still have blooms a few more weeks...

Cynthia Oakes said...

Oh, Kate. Your garden, your garden, your garden. I'm drooling. Thanks for the lovely pics.

Christine B. said...

If my garden were to have a mood for July it would be "broody teenager." It's been raining for the last two weeks and as soon as it stops for a half a day, everyone runs out to mow their lawn. It would be funny if I weren't sick of being stuck inside.

Christine in Alaska

Kate said...

Thx, Garden of Threads; I hope you have a lovely weekend, too. :)

Soul sistas, Liz. Why paint when climbing vines can do the trick?

Monica, you crack me up!

Hi, Rosey;
Anthemis (Golden Marguerite) is probably not a wise choice for any normal garden. Mine doesn't get any sprinkler action so it's not as invasive. Makes a nice tea, though. :)

Hey, Snowcatcher; That's the weird thing about my garden. It takes forever to get started but I'll bet I have flowers in November.

Cynthia -- I loved seeing your photo tour across the Midwest. Welcome back to UT! Enjoy your break from the bugs.

Plz send that rain my way, Christine! We're praying for it...

Carol said...

Beautiful Cheery blooms Kate! What a little brat that bird is!! Maybe you could find one of those high powered water pistols and teach him to stop. I am surprised the hummers are not chasing it away! Wishing many sun shinny days your way this month. ;>)

Melanie said...

My perennial garden is all dried out The only things blooming are the roses. Yours looks fabulous Kate.

Meredehuit ♥ said...

Love the new look and your July blooms are fabulous! I'm curious about that bird... any idea what he is?

Kate said...

Carol what a fab idea! I need a super soaker! :))

Kate said...

Hi, Melanie;
Our 'Southwest Monsoon' has begun, with showers almost every evening. I imagine that's why everything is doing so well right now - in spite of the heat.

Kate said...

Thx, Meredehuit;
I don't know what kind of a bird it is but I wish he'd get with the program and eat the bird food instead of my flowers. :(

Corner Gardener Sue said...

That is odd to me that a bird is eating the blooms. Usually, they wait and eat seeds.

Your summer blooms are nice and colorful. I'm jealous of your sunflowers. The one I have that came up on its own is about 10 feet tall, and is reminding me of a wild one. I would like it better if the branches weren't sprawling all over.

I can't believe how fast the summer is going by.

Rose said...

Love all your cheery flowers, Kate! I'm afraid my garden is heading into the dog days of August--the smiling flowers of July are fading, and not much will be happening until September. Looks like your feathered friend likes the honeysuckle blooms as much as the rest of us do!

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July is a month for gardening. It is sad to say that July just ended. We just need to hope that August is not that bad for plants and flowers. By the way you flowers are wonderful.

Deb Mc. said...

Given the time of year, and the drab coloring of the bird, it could be a juvenile 'anything'. Any guess as to it's size?

We have at least two nesting pairs of orioles who have regularly drained my hummingbird feeders the past couple of summers, and I've noticed finches and sparrows are also joining the ranks. The hummies are quite put out to have to queue up.

Perhaps this bird is after the nectar, but it's beak size/shape prevents sipping.

Great big squalls passing through north Salt Lake at the moment, with some spectacular lightning. Heading NE - probably going to thump Coalville.

Kate said...

Hi, Deb;
Well, now, that's interesting. I didn't realize other birds would go for the hummer's nectar. Perhaps that's why he's shredding the flowers - to get to the middle?

Lovely rain last night. Ah....