June Is Busting Out All Over


This is the start of a very hectic week for me, so my writing time is limited.  I hate when that happens, since writing is one way that I like to unwind from a busy day.  In light of this, as well as the fact that I can’t figure out how to post a PowerPoint on the blog, I thought a walk around the yard and some photos would do me some good.  Besides, it gives me a chance to play around with a different kind of post.

 The truth is that this walk was an inventory of what still needs to be done.  The beds are mulchless, and a weekend of rain and cool weather seems to have washed away most of the flowers and turned the lawn into a jungle.  By the way, the cool weather was a bit of a shock, since last week was stifling hot.  But that’s how the weather is on Long Island these days.

Nevertheless, the walk was a nice breather.  And now, without further delay, are some photos of what’s blooming.

Here is Gazania (above), which I started from seed a few months ago.  I was thrilled with the colors, and I’m looking forward for more of them to bloom.

This is a lace cap hydrangea (above).  I picked it up a few years ago from Home Depot because it had red or burning in its name.  To me, that meant it would have red flowers.  In actuality, the branches have a hint of red.  As you can see, it’s covered with blooms, but I’m never quite sure that I like it — since I was really hoping for red flowers.  But when I see it covered with this:

then I have to admit that I love it.  What’s especially nice is that as the flowers age, they seem to glow in the dark at night.  It’s truly magical.

When I look at these photos, I’m stressed and relieved all at the same time.  Stressed because there are those days and weeks when life takes us away from what we truly love and enjoy.  Relieved because somehow, nature takes care of itself and it allows me time to stop and smell the roses.

6 thoughts on “June Is Busting Out All Over

  1. Your cool, wet weather sounds great! Here in West Texas we are having record heat and no rain. I try to do my heavy work in the morning before things heat up. I’ve been weeding and mulching like crazy. Mulch is a necessity with our super-low humidity. All the best in your island home.

    • Great to hear from you. Weather is one of those things that drive all of us crazy — it’s too hot, it’s too cold, etc. I wonder what perfect weather would be, and where it could be found. In the meantime, I’ll do a rain dance for you. Stay cool.

  2. I agree that sometimes it’s good to just let the garden BE the garden.

    I do not envy your cool, wet weather, but we have not had measurable rain since October 21 and the wild fires are going crazy out here, as I’m sure you have heard. Our humidity has been in the 4-6% range for weeks and the spring winds won’t stop. That has caused the most problem for our garden–the wind. The leaves become dessicated no matter how much you water. It’s sad. We have an extensive drip system to minimize water usage while keeping the plants happy and it has always worked well in the past. This year is a real test.

    • Thanks for visiting. It’s raining here again, and I wish I could send some your way. We watch the footage on the news, and it is devastating to see the scope and magnitude and loss. Thanks for visiting, and we are hoping and praying that the firefighters can get an upper hand on the fires. Be well.

    • Hi, Kelsey. Thanks for the comment. To capture the photo, I use my very simple, basic Kodak digital and zoom in. As each one opens, which has been rough with so much rain and cool weather, it is a different shade/blend of pinks — unique for Gazania. Personally, I have not had success with daisies. I love them — because they’re happy. Hope you have some better luck with them. Be well.

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