Flowers, Weeding, BOB, and Sully Too

 

As the summer progresses more flowers have started to show their colorful faces. Although this year they are a bit on the short side. All the cool, cloudy, wet days have slowed their roll. The ones that do bloom are cute and pretty.

This was the first little petunia this year. It was hidden a bit by the weed grass.

 

This small white cosmos was in the same area.

 

This was an orange California poppy.

This small common poppy.

 

Several different colored cosmos.

 

The Bachelor Buttons will not be out done.

 

Two Pretty in Pink Poppies
It always seem that when the poppies bloom they look there best on a windy day.
I have to hold them but that still didn’t keep the petals from swaying in the wind.

 

The first golden tickseed.
It was already starting to fade from being wind blown.

 

The second little petunia after that bed was weeded.

 

This flower is one that was a late bloomer last year. Also it may have been late because when things were first sprouting I thought it was a weed. Once the weeds got taller I did not see it. So a lone field larkspur plant with purple flowers survived last year.

 

This year I again sprinkled this same wildflower mixture. I again was pulling this plant as a weed when things were first sprouting. Somehow this guy hid himself away amongst the taller weeds from my grabby little fingers this year.
I again have a lone forking, rocket, or field larkspur plant but this year the flowers are pink. I was also able to get better photos as he is right along the edge next to the railroad tie border.

 

My final flower is not an on purpose flower. It is actually that carrot I let go wild.

It has gotten quite tall and has several branches with many flower heads.
It has many insect visitors including this busy bumble bee.
I had a heck of a time just getting the three shots of her.

 

Now on to the weeding.
I weeded the west side of the deck bed. That is why I was able to find the second petunia a few days later.

 

I got the south bedroom window bed weeded too.

 

The can peppers and the south side of the shed were weed also.

 

 

 

 

David decided to take the water heater out of BOB. He said once he got to looking at it, that he thinks this was a replacement heater. He doesn’t think it was properly hooked back up as there were wires that were not even hooked in to the heater at all. (see photo below for wires)

The water heater removed and some of the copper tubing.

 

David eventually wants to put one of those electric tankless water heaters in BOB. We don’t really need hot water at this point. We don’t need it for showers since we took out the tub/shower and will be taking those at campsites and RV parks that provide showers. We can just boil water on the portable camp stove for doing dishes for now.
He also removed all the extra copper tubing (as you can see it is laying on the ground in the above photo of the water heater) for the propane that went to it ,the furnace and the refrigerator. Those have also been removed in previous remodels. After he got the tubing out he was able to find some end caps at ACE hardware to seal off the ends.
Now that all the extra propane lines were capped off, David wanted to make sure the propane tank worked properly and still provided gas to the stove and oven in BOB. The propane system is in proper working order. David was afraid that he may have to remove the tank and figure out a different propane system for the stove and oven.
Wooooo Hoooo! I don’t need to use the camp stove for boiling water or cooking. I also now have a working oven to cook in. Nick was glad that the oven works too. He wants me to be able to make my cheesy rice dish.

 

I was able to get BOB’s bedroom back in order.

 

I will finish off this post with Sully pouncing on one of the bijillion grasshoppers we have this year.

 

 

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!