A Few Favorite Flower Photos for the Week Ending August 9th

 

I took several photos this week, I will just highlight a few of my favorites here. The rest can be seen in the PHOTOS  tab’s  drop down menu at the top of my blog.

 

My green bell pepper plants are finally flowering won’t be long for the peppers to follow!

 

The marigolds in the junk pile have really taken off.

I love taking close-ups of them. Each one is so different.

 

Cleo flowers have started to bloom. The first shots were blurry or you could not see them because of the stuff in the background. Later I got a piece of purple construction paper and held it behind the flowers. I think this helped to see the detail of the flowers.

 

There was this poppy with another bud hanging above it.

 

As well as this very large poppy.

 

This cute little pink impatiens trimmed in white.

 

One of the last gladiolus a yellow with orange center.

 There are just two more canes left to bloom.

 

 

There were some creatures in the flowers this week too.

A plump little bumble bee.

 

A grand daddy long leg or harvest man spider.

 

And this furry creature laying in the catnip jungle just taking it all in.

 

This Week’s Flower Photos

 

Here are the photos that were added to My Flowers page this week.

First up is the shot of the cosmos and petunias. They are going crazy. The one cosmos at the front had 4 blooms all on top so he couldn’t keep his head up. After this photo was taken we had some rain he is practically laying on the ground now.

 

I found a white impatien. The first pic ended up being a side view.

The second pic is a better front on view.

 

This is the third cane gladiolus to bloom. It was one of the cool pink trimmed, with a white center.

 

This is the first marigold to bloom. It is the volunteer plant in with the gladiolus’s corner.

 

Just another pretty pink petunia.

 

This pic shows how wonderfully Cleo is doing now. She has some very beautiful deep red leaves.

 

The evening after I took these photos we got a pretty good rain storm. I went out to check the flowers and found the first yellow cane of gladiolus were beaten down to the ground. It was ok just water-logged. So I cut it, the other yellow cane, and the pink cane. I put them in a vase with Miracle Grow water. Now I can enjoy them indoors while I am on the computer as they are on the table right in front of me. 😀

The Wild Flower Bed Is Full Of Surprises

 

Almost every day I find something new in the wild flower bed. I looked at the picture I took of the box and it says there are 17 varieties of flowers in it.

 

I am going to describe some of my recent flower photos in a bit more detail. Some of them are not from my flower beds. They are some of the “wild flowers” (one man’s weed is another man’s flower)  that have found their way into our yard from the horse pasture. 🙂

This is one of the pasture wild flowers. He is a fuzzy leafed plant for a while then he starts to grow stalkier. Then this stalk gets a bunch of little flower buds all up and down it. I have no idea what it is, but it is pretty at this time of year. After the flowers have  bloomed and died the whole plant turns brown and dries out. Then you see dead ones all around the pasture from last year.

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Then there are the uncultivated wild sunflower plants everywhere. This one is growing between the yellow squash and cucumber hills against the fence along the junk pile. It was the first flower to bloom on it.

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I have gotten some pretty neat shots of the volunteer cosmos and petunia in the bed in front of the deck.

This is my favorite of the cosmos. I captured a lady bug taking a nap. 🙂

 

This is the first white cosmos so far. Most of them are a light pink to dark purple.

I didn’t notice the little bug in the center of the flower when I took this shot. When I looked at it on the computer I saw it and the flying ant-like bug above the flower too. I love it when I catch things flying around the flowers.

 

 

Here are some of the petunias.

They are ranging from light pinks to dark purples also. No white ones so far.

 

I am finding bachelor buttons in different colors. Most are purple with a few pinks thrown in.

Then I came across this one. A white one with purple center.

 

Then there are these orange and orangish pink ones. I think some of them are poppies, but I am beginning to think some of the ones on the pink side might be impatiens.

 

 

They kind of look like the ones on the impatiens box.

 

Yesterday I found this little gem. I have no idea what he is. I am thinking it might be a black-eyed susan type of flower or maybe some variety of daisy. I have no clue, but it sure is pretty.

 

Oh, I now have baby cucumbers! They are so cute at this stage!

Rinse and Repeat

 

We have had a couple of days of good rain again followed by some warm days. So you can not even tell that I had weeded the junk pile flowerbed, cucumbers, yellow squash, or the peppers. It looked just like this again.

 

My plan for today was to water everything with some Miracle Grow but I had to do some weeding again just to find where the peppers were. I began in the junk pile marigold bed I wet it down with a bit of plain water. I don’t think I have mentioned before that of all the gladiolus bulbs I planted only the previous years came up. So out of over 100 bulbs only a little over 20 came up. I planted them, watered them, and then we had four days of rain. You are only supposed to water them when you first plant and not do it again until you see them break the soil. So the bulbs just got water-logged and rotted away. I also may have planted some of them too shallow so the rain washed the soil off the tops of them and then they got water-logged and rotted. I tried to blame the gophers at first but when none came up in any of the beds I changed my tune. Also I did find some squishy rotted bulbs when I was doing weeding. So that is why that is just the junk pile marigold bed. Oh, and the impatiens did not come up on the west end of the house either. I don’t know what their problem was. They are a shade liking flower and it is pretty shady there.

So anyway I watered the junk pile bed, weeded it and then watered it with coffee ground water. I have a bucket that I put the coffee grounds in, I rinsed it out and poured the water on the marigolds. I then weeded the cucumbers and the squash hills. I did the peppers next, you could hardly see my little guy in the corner, I planted him even though he didn’t have his 5 leaves yet. He is hanging in there though.

Now that everything was weeded. I got the rake and loosened up the soil around all the peppers so the Miracle Grow water would have a better chance of soaking down to the roots of the plants. I also loosened the soil on the hills. So with green watering can in hand everyone got a nice good drink.

Two Days of Yardening in Row May 30

As you know I got a bit side tracked in my plans yesterday. I was able to get those plans finished today.
I started the morning by planting gladiolus bulbs in the corner of the deck bed. The box of wildflower mix I sprinkled on the south side of the deck is doing well and sprouting like crazy. The moonflower behind Ricky Racoon is still alive. I did not plant anything on the west side of the deck as last year’s flowers self seeded and are starting to sprout. I cut Cleo back and she is doing well now too.

I then moved over to the south bed by the back steps. I planted a row of gladiolus behind the decorative stick between the two deer skulls. I had an assistant today. The neighbor’s little black kitty came to help or maybe she just wanted some petting. I was happy to oblige. I sprinkled a box of marigolds on top when the gladiolus were all planted.

With her assistance this bed was planted in no time at all.

I moved around the corner to the west end of the house bed. The kitty helped a wee bit with this bed then she ran off to do regular kitty stuff. I planted a row of gladiolus about four inches from the house the full length of the bed. I then sprinkled the top with the two boxes of impatiens. That completes the planting of the flowers. Now it is just wait and see what comes up.

I still have the pepper seedlings to transplant outside, but they need to get one or two more leaves before I do that.

The mini rose-bush is doing excellent, so much so that he had to be repotted into a bigger pot this morning. I also added a shish kabob stick to help hold up that big beautiful flower. He now has 3 more buds waiting to blossom.