Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Summer

Are these the dog days of summer?  I must admit that  this is my favorite time of year.  Everything is growing and blooming.

My lilies have been spectacular this year.  I guess our long, snowy winter was good for the perennials.  Actually I think it's more likely due to the fact that fertilized like crazy last summer.

I love it when I get masses of flowers like the lilies.  These go from a pale pink to white and are so fragrant that they scent the whole yard. 
 

 
This alba is very special because it grew from bulblets that I did not know existed.  They were in another part of the garden where the original plant was.  The original died last year, so I was delighted with the new shoots.  I dug and potted them and will plant them when they finish blooming.


The day lily is a special one that I bought from Larry the pond guy the last summer he was open.  It bloomed beautifully in its pot, but last year had no flowers at all.  I am so pleased to see it blooming and in great shape.
 

I haven't put flowers on my work for quite a while.  I'll start out by drawing these from life, but use the photos for reference.  Digital cameras are so great for getting immediate results.

I woke this morning to rain, thunder, and a lot of wind.  It was one of those downpours that feels like buckets of water are being dumped from the sky.  We got about an inch which is always welcome.  Wind gusts of 80 mph were recorded in our town.  Much of the state lost electricity.  For once we didn't.  That is extraordinary in itself.  At this time of year we keep the car well gassed so if we do lose power we can switch to the power inverter.

We are working on restoring the pool.  Removing the liner was not the hassle we thought it might be.

We'll see, grasshopper.....we'll see..........

As always, thanks for stopping by........*s*

14 comments:

  1. Good for you, having beautiful blooms and their glorious scents! Enjoy!

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    1. Hi Barb...Flowers are one of the perks of summer. Enjoy the staycation!

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  2. Oh those lilies, I'll have to get some bulbs to plant in my perennial garden, your's look so lovely and I always welcome flowers with a fragrance.

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    1. Hi Linda.....Once perennials are established they are the queens of the garden!

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  3. Dearest Suzi,
    Glad to hear your pool was not as difficult as anticipated!
    Your many lilies are a dream and yes, your climate with a later start due to longer winters is in a way a big bonus.
    Lots of our plants look like brain-dead during the heat of summer in July and August. They might recover in September but it is really a harsh climate here.
    Enjoy your surroundings.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette....So far, so good.
      I have found a local place that will fill the pool which means instant gratification rather than filling with the 500 gallon a day dribble from the well.
      Things were particularly late this year, but we have had enough rain for plants to catch up! There are advantages and disadvantages where ever we live!
      Pretty surroundings are a necessity for a happy life!

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  4. ooh - those lilies are gorgeous and with your description, I can almost smell them . . .

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    1. Hi Judy....Thanks; I'm trying to plant them so they will bloom in succession!

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  5. Gorgeous photos, and you paint them so beautifully on your pots, your love of flowers really shows through.

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    1. Hi Lori....Thanks. Toes crossed that we have a long warm fall so things can continue blooming!

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  6. August in NC is hot and muggy, so I find myself looking forward to September. Glad to have a break and visit NE for two weeks!
    Your flowers are beautiful. Lily's are some of my favorites, so many varieties.

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    1. Hi Michele....I wish it had been possible to get up to see you! Perhaps our visits to NH will mesh at some point and we could 'do lunch', even if you decide to forgo the League show.

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