Quote for the Day:
My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry
'til a more convenient season.
~Mary Todd Lincoln
~Mary Todd Lincoln
I've been putting off doing a blog post partly because nothing "blog-worthy" has happened, and partly because I've just been lazy about writing one.
In the meantime, we've been busy with "life"...you know...the part of the day between 7 AM and midnight. Yeah...just "life"...work, home, etc.
This past weekend, a friend gave me the equivalent of 3 flats of bedding plants from her flower beds to fill in between my existing plants. She is a WONDERFUL gardener. I, sadly, am not. :( My friend kept handing me plants saying "these are so easy to grow". She obviously hasn't seen my black thumb! LOL
We went over to her place on Saturday evening and picked up the plants. We brought them home and watered them well because we knew we wouldn't get them into the ground until the next evening and the weather was HOT HOT HOT. Even with that drink of water, some of them were not at their best when I put them in the beds on Sunday evening.
Between the intense heat and humidity that day...even into the evening...and my back bothering me, (I overdid some housecleaning, etc., and my back has been hurting again since Saturday night) I did the best I could in putting the plants into the ground. I have two raised beds and one regular bed. The soil in the raised beds is well-worked and in good condition. However, the soil in the regular bed is hard from lack of rain this year. I did my best to break up the dirt as much as I could, given the heat and the state of my back, but I'm not very hopeful for the plants I put in the regular bed. However, the plants I put in the raised beds are looking like they have a pretty good shot at making it! :)
Doesn't look too bad except for the Lamb's Ear over in the right back corner...
The tall purple coneflower plants have been there for several years and were a gift from another friend who was thinning out her beds at that time. The red and green plant to the right of center is a poinsettia plant that a friend gave me at Christmas. It was taking up room on the kitchen table so I decided to plant it outside and see what happens. Everything else came from Diana's garden on Saturday.
The bed looks even better from this angle...LOL...
My "fall" flowers...
The mums on either end have been there for several years, but have been suffering from the lack of rain this year. Hopefully, I've been watering them enough so that they will have a nice blooming this fall. I filled in the bare area in the middle with plants from Diana, which are also fall-blooming.
I'm purposefully not showing you the ground-level bed because the new plants really don't look good at this point. If they spring back to life, I'll show you those, too...at a later date. :/
This weekend our clothesline decided to break, so Andy built new cross-rails and restrung it. (Oh, look...there's part of the ground-level flowerbed showing along the side of the white garage on the left behind the clothesline pole. The tall plants are hibiscus that have been there for a few years. They low-lying gray-green plants are more Lamb's Ears that are flopped over in transplant- exhaustion!) :(
Like I said...nothing too exciting...just "life".
On the quilting front, I'm coming down to the wire on the daffodil quilt. I'm hoping to have it done by July 19, which will be 6 months from the date I started on it. I don't have any current pictures of it, but I'll post some when I get the chance.
Sera, our granddaughter, is coming to visit us next week. This will be the first time for her to stay at Grandma's & Grandpa's house without her mom. I'm sure she'll do great because she's a real traveler! :)