Friday, August 09, 2013

FIRST IMPRESSIONS - back from vacation

Of course I will have some vacation photos to share but first I want to share some of my impressions upon coming back to brand new garden beds that have been left untended for three weeks. 

After all I have never experienced anything like this before; this is my first year in a new home where I planted roughly 600-800 sq. feet , which may not be a lot to some of you, but is many times anything I have ever tended in the past (that was not wooded).
 I am thrilled with the overall result, although not everything has gone perfectly.
It would be boring if it did.


Hundreds of tiny spent brown blooms are giving the Hardy Geranium a slightly worn-out look.  I was planning on dividing it and putting half under our new cherry tree in the fall, but I suspect a good haircut would work wonders on it now.  

I may never get fruit from my black currant: it needs pruning, again; so when are the berries supposed to grow? 

Upon close inspection there are subtle differences between shades of bright yellow in the Heliopsis, but all of them veritably glow. If anything, these plants look even better than when we left.

The Crocosmia that were buds when I was leaving are just beginning to bloom. Can they really be that slow?  Good thing I think even the buds are beautiful


In no specific order: first impressions:
- sunflowers are getting big
- a single, blooming sunflower confirms I can expect an incredible show when 50 spread out along the fence next month!!!
- is that one a weed or a "volunteer" worth keeping?
- the grape vines need to be pushed up, it is like walking through a car wash
- grapes beginning their slow march from bright green to dull red  
- there are still a billion grapes - when do the birds come? 
- will that be how I tell when they are ripe?
- is this one one a weed or a "volunteer" worth keeping?
- Creeping Bellflower really IS that aggressive
- shockingly clear where my watering can with fertilizer hit and missed three weeks ago
- what I had presumed was a Bellflower I had grown from seed turns out to be the most fabulous blue Bachelor's Button I had forgotten I had planted. I am thrilled
- I love blue flowers
- are these ones weeds or "volunteers" worth keeping?
- Lily beetles have taken their toll in the backyard despite my vigilance  
- no sign of them in the front yard, why not?
- must kill lily beetles
- are those ones weeds or "volunteers" worth keeping?

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Sharing with Outdoor WednesdayFloral Friday Fotos and Weekend Flowers 
and of course Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday

26 comments:

  1. beautiful, the oranges and yellows work so well with your stucco home and green trim, beautiful

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    1. Noel, since having enough sun for these bright plants is new for me I thought I may as well cram them all in together!

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  2. Thumbs up ... I think you have really the "Green Hand" we are saying ;)

    Cheers from Bavaria, Heidrun

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    1. Thank you. I have to give credit to the sun and rain - they do most of the work, LOL.

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  3. Looks lush and simply wonderful!!

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  4. You have a wonderful garden. What a delight to come home to.

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    1. Carver, it is fun to have the garden beside the driveway, it quite literally welcomes us home as we drive in.

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  5. Awesome! you have given me hope..... I too am on a road trip with my Bear till Tuesday. Home for three days which will be spent in the office or out with clients. Then Im flying over to Alberta to spent 10 days with my daughters. I get back late on the 26th and have a garden tour on the 27th... Yikes!!! not good planning at all.

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    1. How did the garden tour go? I hope the weeds were under control!

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  6. Beautiful garden you have...thanks for inviting us to take the tour. Your macros over on Today's Flowers are incredible. Thanks for sharing your talents and for guest-hosting.

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    1. Sallie, I love to share and am very glad that you are enjoying it.

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  7. Beautiful garden with colorful flowers!

    Jorunn Norway

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  8. It all looks astounding! You must have done a great job preparing for your absence! Love that Crocosmia! Aren't you glad you left a grass pathway between those two beds? It looks really nice.

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    1. Kimberley we were just saying on the weekend how glad we were that I left that grass path! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  9. Calling by from FFF, delighted to meet you and your garden. :)

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    1. LindyLou, lovely to meet you to. I hope you stop by again :)

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  10. Your garden looks amazing! Congratulations! I found myself laughing about your weedy volunteers! Good luck with that -- sometimes it's a hard call!

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    1. Anastasia, I have done loads of weeding over the last week and made the tough calls. Thank goodness for online friends who can help me decide what is what!

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  11. What a wonderful surprise to come home to. Your garden ooks brilliant.

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    1. Thanks Liz. Soon I will detail some of my other gardens - stay tuned!

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  12. What a lovely garden to come home to. It is colorful and happy.

    FlowerLady

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    1. "Colourful and happy" - a great way top describe the garden!!

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