Sunday, July 8, 2012

It's All About Flowers!


My DH has been planting wildflower seeds the last couple years.
It's always a fun surprise to see what will end up blooming.
Not sure what this pretty pink flower is - but it was part of his Mega Mix.

The Hydrangea is suffering this year.
A few of our bushes didn't make it back for some reason.

This one  - the healthiest but smallest of the ones we had is very pale
 and not producing many blooms.  
It's only had a few blooms so far - but has very rich healthy green leaves.

I have given it plant food & watered it properly.  I see no rot or insects. 

I would blame it on the stifling heat, but the mature established Hydrangeas in our neighborhood are doing well, so it can't be that.

Also I have used spent tea leaves and coffee truly have tried everything I can think of so far to help it along.

Any ideas out there as to why it isn't blooming much?

Our younger daughter planted this pretty tropical peach Lily in our garden a few years ago.

She is a wonderful & patient gardener and has beautifully worked her loving magic in our gardens many times.

The first year this pretty lily only produced  one single bloom. The second year we got a couple more, but still not very many....not enough! But THIS year it is blooming and blooming and BLOOMING!

(Even the deer are leaving it alone!)

Update: those blasted deer ate every single one of these flowers off this plant the very next day!

Here is our outdoor urn pot of oft-used herbs.

Basil - Thyme - Oregano - Rosemary

And of course we have everyone's favorite herb of all - lavender.
(We have it all over in the garden beds, too.)

Deer loathe the smell of it, helps keep them away organically. 

We're very excited about our "Little Orange Yum Balls" starting to ripen. Yay!  That's our nickname for our very favorite tomato of all time.....cherry tomato sized, but are orange when fully ripe (never turn red) and are sweet as candy!

Two firsts are promising yummy soon......hiding way deep within the huge potted plant.

The zucchini is doing well this year - we've picked about a dozen so far.

I made zucchini bread for a "tea party" yesterday - posted about it here .

I shared a similar pic of this watering can full of our garden flowers in a recent post, but not this exact pic. I hope you think it's worth seeing again in a different setting.  (Thanks for obliging me.) One can see a little bit more of my simple potting bench in this photo.

I do love the sometimes vibrant colours of wildflowers!

It is just so SATISFYING to see and know these lovely flowers were planted, nurtured, picked, displayed and loved right here at our's a great feeling to create beauty, isn't it?

The Garden

Written by C. Moffatt
When sun shines at early dawn
The sparkling dewdrops sprinkle lawn
And in my garden where flowers grow
I remember God planted one long ago

I kneel to weed beneath sky of blue
And remember Jesus kneeled in a garden too
I wonder if His tears sprinkled the flowers
As he prayed alone in those darkest hours

I jag myself on a prickly thorn
With what He was crowned on crucifixion morn
He whispers to me when I toil
A promise of life will flourish in soil

His beauty is in each flower I see
There is no place I would rather be
For I am nearer to Him who gives me pardon
When I worship Him there in my beautiful garden


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  1. Michelle,

    I really like the wild flower mix! That pink flower is so pretty! Thanks for sharing you heart today!

    Happy Sunday!

  2. I love wildflowers, Michele! I remember traveling through some states by car when we would be on vacation in awe that they'd planted wild flowers on those grassy divides. I don't think I'm going to get too many blooms from my hydrangeas. I planted them a week before the heat wave hit! I just make sure I'm out there watering them every day. Hopefully, it will help them get established and I'll have something to look forward to next year.

  3. Hi Michele, Your herbs look so great! Mine are not doing so well. It's so hot here. I think your hydrangeas will look better next year. Mine have done that some years, not too many blooms and then the next year they explode!
    XO Cindy

  4. I think all of your flowers look lovely. I've seen some of the most beautiful hydrangeas this summer, blue, pink and even white ones. I've never had a bush, but now I'd like to try one. Sadly, I don't have anywhere to plant one. Plus our yard is so shady that it's difficult to grow much. Plus I always have good intentions, but then I'm not so good at following through. (Plus I know you have a green thumb! Or hand even!)

  5. I enjoyed all the pretty flowers, I like wildflowers also. My hubby used to plant them for our grandchildren when I kept them when they were little and my daughters worked. (I miss those days).

  6. Your garden looks so manicured and lovely! Those urn pots are just gorgeous!!! I am going to remember this for next year!
    Wildflowers make my heart sing!

  7. What beautiful flowers Michele. Mine have been neglected this year and are suffering from the heat. Yours look like they are being pampered and loving every minute of it.

  8. Michelle, you have a bit of everything!!! Beautiful wildflowers, herbs, lavender. lilies --- a beautiful!

  9. Your flowers are all gorgeous and it's so nice to have the fresh herbs. Your watering can is wonderful...thanks for sharing! I haven't seen it! Happy Monday!

  10. I did not know that about Lavender. Your daylily and bouquet of flowers are wonderful. Take care and have a great week:)

  11. Wow, all your flowers are beautiful! I have a hydrangea that is not, nor has it ever bloomed. I've just recently heard that coffee grounds make all of the difference? I've not tried it...but thought I would pass it a long anyway! I do love hydrangea!

  12. Beautiful photos. I especially love the herbs. The clean fragrance brightens my spirits!

  13. Such pretty flowers! I love the photo of the flowers in the watering can. There's just something about those vibrant flowers against that rusty can that is fabulous.

    My hydrangeas are nuts! I hardly get any blooms. Last year I had so many, I couldn't believe it. This year, I have one single bloom! Drives me nuts. I read on Karianne's blog about adding coffee grinds to the dirt. I've added some, even though it's probably too late to take effect this year.

  14. Stunning! Just so pretty. I did not know that lavender was a deer repellent. Now that I do know, I'll try to get more and keep it going. It doesn't seem to like it here. Stay cool now...

  15. Hi Michele,
    I love your lavender, wildflowers and day beautiful! What a lovely poem...thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful evening.

  16. This is such a beautiful time of year in the garden. I love all your flowers, and the bouquet of wildflowers. Charming and pretty.

  17. Beautiful, lovely, delightful! I adore flowers and love your hubby's wildflowers.

  18. The flowers are lovely in spite of the strain they've been under this summer!!! The colors are grand! Cathy

  19. I love the pink hydrangeas, the color is beautiful! Mine are just staring to pop. Thanks so much for stopping by, Laura

  20. It's so nice to see your flourishing garden. Ours is taking a beating in the heat. Not that there is much of it to begin with! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Your flowers are looking very beautiful. I love the watering can with the bright flowers in it. Pamela

  22. What a lovely display!
    Our hydrangeas are blooming this year for the first time - I don't know what I've done differently!

  23. The flowers are all so beautiful and those little orange cherry toms, YUM!

  24. There's nothing like a pretty flower to create a smile and home grown veg to nourish ones family x

  25. I am smiling after visiting your wonderful blog.
    Joyce M

  26. Oh I love your herb pot! Great idea!

    Hope you can stop by, say "Hello" and "Like" Hood Photography on Facebook! Thanks!

  27. Could that be some sort of Lavatera? Lovely photos throughout your post! Larry

  28. You have lovely flowers / I enjoyed my visit ! :)

  29. Your flowers and vegetables look wonderful. As for the pretty pink blossoms, it looks like lavatera to me.

  30. All of your flowers are beautiful. I love the color of your daylily. I do love the pink of your hydrangea. My hydrangea is getting battered by the sun the past few days. Trying to keep it well hydrated. Our soil is a little too acid for that to happen and they go blue. Thinking about manipulating the pH to get pink.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  31. Hi Michele: My first time to your blog. What a gorgeous garden, and that beautiful urn with the robust basil--I love it. Take care, and have a wonderful weekend!

  32. that mystery plant is so pretty! also loving the color of your hydrangea...thank you for linking up over here at Fishtail Cottage's garden party! hope you are having a fantastic weekend! xoox, tracie

  33. Some times losing plants is just a mystery. I take heart when our local gardening expert on the radio confesses his weed woes and losing plants - it happens to us all - doesn't make us feel all the way better - I have to cut back a lot due to heat damage - I do a lot of studying on what makes plants 'happy' here in the South - plants need a lot of protection from the afternoon sun, so I try to take that into consideration. You do have lovely flowers - still - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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