Thursday, June 23, 2011

I Give You An M

Here's a fun meme I hope you'll participate in...

I was given the letter ‘M’
Something I like: Moonlight + the sweet scent of Magnolias
Something I love: Miss Megan, Most Marvelous Mare
Something I hate: Malicious Magpies, waking me in the Mornings.
Something bad: Maps Make Me Miserable. Can’t read ‘em. Don’t even wanna try.

If you leave a comment, I’ll give you a different letter so you can join in the fun.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Celebration

Sensation Lilacs
Tomorrow summer officially begins. 
Do you suppose my Lilacs have their eyes on the calendar, too?

President Grevy Lilacs
 One day before the official start of summer, my Harbingers of Spring are finally blooming. And if that seems super late, dig this: I still have tulips flowering.
Long Live the Lupines!
But, so are a number of other little lovelies. Like these too cute for words Lupines, who continue to redefine themselves. This year, showing off some polka dots.

Stunning Lilies, transplanted from the indoor garden and, so far, coping well with our chilly nights.

Dame's Rocket
Wild Dame's Rocket ~ which has drifted into my neighbor's yard. He crabs at me constantly, hiring people to remove it. I guess these pretty purples are messing with his monochromatic Kentucky Blue Grass world.

Alyssum and Allium
Ah, summertime. It's such a relief to see the gardens filling up with color. To know that most of my favorites survived. Winter kill wreaked less havoc than I originally thought: RIP one Pear Tree and ALL of the Knopfia. :((

Progressing past the complaint stage, mostly just curious, I'm kind of enjoying this crushed together season, where Lupines and Tulips are gettin' bizzy at the same darn time.

Mountain Lilac Legacy
When properly selected, Lilacs regularly outlive the gardener who plants them. And, they love, love, love the mountains.

Beauty of Moscow Lilac
Popular at 8,000 feet altitude
- Syringa x persica 'Persian' Lilac

Popular at 9,000 feet altitude
- Syringa x prestoniae 'Donald Wyman' Lilac
- Syringa patula 'Miss Kim' Lilac

Popular at 10,000 feet altitude  
- Syringa x chinensis 'Chinese' Lilac
- Syringa vulgaris 'Common Purple' Lilac
Tinkerbelle Lilacs
- Syringa vulgaris alba 'Common White' Lilac
- S x prestoniae 'James MacFarlane' Lilac
- Syringa meyeri 'Korean Dwarf' Lilac
- Syringa x prestoniae 'Royalty' Lilac

Popular at 12,000 feet altitude
- Skiing and snowboarding on the 4th of July

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fancy Flowering Fruits

Apple Trees
 I'm learning a lot about the resiliency of plants during this odd, rainy springtime.  Perennials are struggling, fruit trees are ecstatic.

Flowering Almonds
Lilacs are simply confused. And, way behind the curve. With any luck, I'll be showing off plentiful Lilac blossoms on the 4th of July. 

Finally. First Lilac. (Pay no attention to those Dandelions.)
But, it is finally starting to feel like summer. Everything is lush and lovely though I feel completely out of sync with the rest of the gardening world.

During a normal season, I'd be bragging up peonies and roses right about now. Not coaxing lazy little Lilacs to get with the program.

The weeds, of course, are the most delighted members of my little gardening community.

Two weeks ago, I fractured my ribs in a freak accident. It's difficult to bend down or pull at the Bermuda Grass.

The day of my accident... I hobbled up the walkway... and I swear! I heard a happy cheer from those pesky Dandelions who knew they'd be getting a free pass this summer.

There’s never a time to rest. I notice this when I’m sore. If I sit down I instantly see something that requires me to get up and move again.

I'm taking it slow, gobbling Advil, waiting for life to get back to normal. If not that, at least some painless days in a flower-filled garden.

Crabby Appletons
I've not been very good at visiting blogs lately and for that I apologize. Seems there just aren't enough hours in the day.

Mostly I'm just giving you the silent treatment 'cause your roses are blooming and mine are not. :)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Wordless Wednesdays: Wasatch Wildflowers

Locals: Have you hit the trails? What are you waiting for??

Our plentiful rains have inspired an amazing celebration on the lower elevation hiking paths in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah. 

Find these pretties along the Strawberry Narrows.

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Monday, June 06, 2011

Pretty in Pink

 Stargazer Lilies are lovin' some sunshine.

 There’s this old saying, “make hay while the sun shines,” but what’s an impatient gardener to do when it’s been raining cats and dogs? Every day! For 6 long weeks?

Getting Lilies (top photo) & Tulips to bloom at the same time is oh-so-easy!
Plant Lilies indoors, in the depths of winter. Quick cure for cabin fever. :)

During the soggy month of May, I took an opposite approach to that old saying, by starting a full-on veggie garden, by seed, in my sunny window.

With those little darlings screaming for more wiggle room, I devoted the whole, blissful weekend to happily transplanting enough vegetables to feed an army, come harvest.

Drifts of Wild Phlox carpet the pasture area of our property.

That is.. IF they survive. Given our bee-zarre weather patterns, it might too early to throw my precious little seedlings to the wolves.

Mother Nature, no doubt, has one more trick up her sleeve. But, I couldn’t wait a moment longer.

I not only want it to be summer. I need it to be summer! It’s just downright nutty that I should have my furnace running in June!

Last summer's Hot Cha Cha Geraniums are still growing strong. 
They flowered, indoors, all winter. (Thanks, Amy!)

So, let's say a prayer. Light a candle. And, cross our fingers that this glorious weather will hold.

* Veggie seedlings don't make the most interesting pictures so here's some of the pink pretties gracing the garden today. This is what I squished into the raised beds:
  • Golden Beets
  • Chioggia Beets
  • Romanesque Cauliflower
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Radicchio Rosso
  • Sadie’s Horse Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Luca and Fariolo Italian Beans
  • Scarlet Nantes and Parisian Carrots