Thursday, June 16, 2011

Garden Tour Thursday

THE BIG THING:  Before we start the tour today, I would like to direct the attention of Cats and Beings alike to an idea I have for keeping Ayla (and possibly Marley) in the yard.  I've posted it over HERE.  I need some critiques.  Now on to the weekly garden tour with Iza...

IZA:  Well, I am glad I am not concerned about the fence enclosure (I looked and laffed, Ayla hissed).  And to answer some questions about the birdie the other day...  1.  It was a goldfinch an TBT really likes them.  But he says dumb ones SHOULD be eaten for the betterment of their species.  And 2.  They have fledged their birdlings by this time of year here.  We dont know if they do it twice, but they have done it once.  But he feeds them and other pretty birds and observes that there are more of them around than there used to be.  His conclusion is that his birdieseed makes more birdies than we catch, so that seems a fair deal all around (except that he is buyin all the birdieseed). 

So, we got some nice flowers this week!  Please join me in the tour...

First, we have these naughty Knautias.  They are unruly floppy invasive plants and we are thinking of banishing them.  But while we makes up our mind there are some saved in a temporary spot and they bloomed.   They do look nice close up.  But they are sorta like large red dandelions...
Here, we got our first purple coneflowers.  They will be like little superflowery bushes in a few weeks!
 This is one of the rows of Stella D'Oro daylillies along one of the garden paths.  They are repeat bloomers, so TBT will be snipping the flower stalks after the first blooms fade.
This is a differnt spot of the same ones.  It is good for design to have some repetitions in the beds.
This is a regular lily in the back of the bed.  We dont think we put it there.  Mebbe a not-so-evil skwerrel dug one up elsewhere an did that.   We have some similar ones elsewhere but they arent bloomin yet.  They are in a shadier spot.
These are more lilies, but the fancy oriental kind.  We have them in 4 spots of different sunlight, so they bloom at different times.  See, that why I say TBT is "sneaky".  He even tricks plants...
This is one of our favrits!  The Stokes Asters.  The blue is a great color.  Yeah, they dont look all that blue here.  Blame the camera.  They aint electric bloo or annything, but they are sure blooer than this! 
 The bottom one shows the color better.  But it is included so you can look at a bumblybee up CLOSE without being stung.  Miss Bee is a professional bee model an has agreed to stay in position all day long in exchange for a bag of pollen we collected for her to bring home.
And she brought a friend to relieve her posing.  Clever girl!
Well, thats it for this week!  Marley has volunteered to provide the snacks for today.  I wait in horrible anticipation...

Ok, Marley, what ya got fer us?

MARLEY:  Pond Water, cream, Niptinis (by Ayla).  Soft an chewy treats.  The Roller Trak.

AN TWO THIS PAST 10 MINUTES NOT-YET-DEDDED MOUSIES by Ayla while ya werent lookin!!!

IZA:  Oh Bast...  GO FOR IT all visitors!  We will stand aside...  Play!

19 comments:

Brian said...

Everything sure looks pretty! I don't know about that staying in the yard stuff because we're all staying inside kitties!

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Everything looks so pretty. Looking forward to seeing you at the Flower Show tomorrow.

We are banished to the inside until the beaver is caught so we don't accidentally get caught in the snares. We are most displeased and Socks & Arty managed to bust out of the garage this morning. Mommy was most annoyed that she had to run around outside at 5AM looking for AWOL cats. Maybe we can talk Daddy into building us some sort of inclosure we could get to from the garage. It would have to look nice since it would be in the front yard.

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Always a great time in your yard! Thanks again for this week's
tour!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We love your lillies! Those are the Woman's favorites!

Derby, Ducky said...

Wowza, your flowers are way ahead of ours. By maybe a month! Enjoyed the treats too.

Mum thinks the goldyfinches do multiple baby batches. Cuz the mom birds are taking nesting stuff from the holder she puts out. AND our food is going down so much faster than just a few weeks ago. More birdies mouths to feed.

The Island Cats said...

You guys sure have green paws! You garden looks great!!

Natalie said...

Your garden is so pretty and green! I especially love all the lilies. They're my mom's favorite flowers and she has tons of different kinds in her garden.

Prancer Pie said...

Your flowers are beyootiful! Thanks for the tour. Purrs

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Those R some pretty flowers, Iza! I likes the yellow ones. I wish I could taste one!

The Human read about the fence idea. She's not very handy but here's the thought she had: She wonders of clever kittehs like Ayla (and MAYBE Marley) would really be deterred by a 1' "ceiling" specially if it had good footholds. But what does she know? She just wondered if it might work better if the material was slick and smooth so kitties could not "climb" it (even upside down and backwards).

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Great flowers this week! But my favorite was the semi-alive mousies!

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

WOWZA! The garden is looking beautiful. TBT sure works hard in his retirement (as yoor assistant of course).

Happy Birthday to Ayla for today (Friday). We'll try and pop back later in case there is a birthday post.

Jacqueline said...

Lovely garden tour as always, beautiful Iza!...Good luck to TBT with the fence=we know that will be a lot of hard work...Happy Birthday to gorgeous Ayla=we'll be back for her party!!...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

The Zoolatry Girls said...

So very pretty... our ZH is quite jealous. All she's got is weeds 'n' twigs 'n' dirt... sigh.

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Happy Birthday Ayla.

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Alasandra here: I need to know how to keep Artemisia in the GARAGE. She busted out of the screen window again. Sneaky girl, this time there wasn't enough room for Socks to escape too.

I am afraid with the windows closed it would get to hot in the garage. As I type she is trying to figure out how to get out of the study window (which is closed) it's a little harder to push glass out then a screen apparently.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Your garden is looking fabulous! We came to wish Ayla a very happy birthday, though! :-)

Brian said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ayla!!!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Happy Birthday, Ayla!

And good luck, TBT, with the cat fencing idea. Only one of us runs out the door with the dogs and he managed to get outside the pen a few times. He's looking for a new escape route since the first has been blocked.

Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Birthday Ayla!
Your garden looks lovely with all the pretty flowers. Mum says that here the birds have two broods, and most years the swallows have three. She doesn't know how the last brood of swallows manage though because they are only flying for a week or two before they migrate.