Thursday, June 30, 2016

Garden Tour Thursday

IZA:  Welcome to this weeks Garden Tour.  I have some nice flowers an stuff ta show!
The Stokes Aster that I showed ya the first one bloomin last weeks have got their act together and bloomed all at once.  TBT says they look a lot bluer ta him than they do ta US kittehs.  *I* like them cuz they seem indestructible, buggy-free and seem ta live forever.  They are older than I am.
And ya saw the first Coneflower opening last week?  Well, they are ALL bloomin happily now and should fer a couple months at least.   We are all really fond of sturdy perennials that bloom fer a long time.  No new werk each year!
The wildflower bed TBT threw seeds around on is finally flowering.  I was worried last month when there was just "one here, one there", but there are more flowers and types and colors each week.  nd since pollinator bugs like all those flowers, it looks like it may be a success.
This is another in the wildflower patch.  Its Queen Annes Lace.  It may have grown there on its own, since we have it around in the yard.  But it fits in.  Good butterfly catapillars like it.  And since the QAL and the 'pillars are used ta each other, both do fine.  Like, who doesnt want MORE butterflies?
This one is a surprise.   Its a regular lily, but it is one of many growing where they got dumped by TBT (even he doesnt remember why) many years ago in a shady place.  They like sun, but they are hard ta kill and have slowly expanded into some sunlight and THIS year one is blooming.  TBT promises ta rescue them and put them in a happier place!
These are some Astilbe that live around what used to be a 9' pond.  The pond has been dry for YEARS and they get no special watering or attention, but they are determined to survive.  TBT says he has a purrfect place for them where some red ones are growing and WILL move them this Fall.  They have never been so healthy before.  It must have been the wet Spring and June that made them do so well.  
The Hostas are blooming too.  The flowers arent much nor last long, its the leafs that are good in the deep shade.  But I admire the flowers when they are there fer a week.  And DO look at all the nice ferns growing around them...
We almost missed the Coreopsis blooms.  They bloomed the day after last weeks tour and are almost gone now.  They may be getting too much sun on the deck with the couple of trees gone and it gets hotter there now.  Ive told TBT he has to remember to adjust for such changes.
Since we are up on the deck now, here is a picture of a Caladium leaf unfolding.  I thought that planter was almost dead, and TBT was ready ta dump all the soil loose to replant it, but *I* saw a small shoot coming up and told him ta wait.  That Caladium OWES me, MOL...    BTW, that was Marleys inside sleeping pot all Winter.  So it got no water fer 8 MONTHS, and it still survived as soom as it was outside and gor rain!
THIS planter we knew had Caladium bulbs in it, so we just waited.   There are 4 shoots.  It was inside too all Winter, but no one slept on it.  BTW, ya may notice there are small flowers in the planter.  More about that next time.
And here is a view on our Nip Patch from above.  There are as many plants as  I have front toesies and they are 3' high now.  Fortunately, some have fallen over to make GREAT rolling-on!  Oh the sensuous vapors after rolling.  Oh the fine smells of my furs.  Oh the attention I get when I come inside and Marley and Ayla sniff me...

OH, sorry, I get a bit distracted there.  Feel free ta roll on them (and nibble) yerselfs!!!
Since we are up on the deck, lets have our snacks and treats INSIDE today!  Fer several reasons!  First, TBT harvested that Kohlrabi plant I mentioned last time, and Marley wanted ta show it off.  I'm not all that impressed, its just a small solid cabbage in the middle of a plant.  But Marley thinks it is really neat, so I indulge him.
But now lets have some treat (poached chickie breast minced with bacon) and Niptinis (fresh made with our own Nip from outside).  But also, TBT has taken 3 wand toys off the shelf and is waving them all around!  Go at them friends!!!


OMG, he has kibbles in his pocket ta toss around too...

Thank you for coming on my Garden Tour this week!

22 comments:

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Darling, if I promise to stay outside, can I come over??? I won't rest my head on your silken tum since I am *infested* and all, but those Nip plants do look sooooooo tempting....

Also, the Human says to TBT that these shelfs is soooooo old (1907) we think they mighta use-ta have doors (prolly glass ones) but they is long gone. Sigh.

MeezerMews&FrecklesWoofs said...

You sure do have lats of purrty plants and blooms!
We have some the same but ours are not quite ready to flower yet...of course we area bit behind evfurrything here being further north.
Meowmy trimmed some catnip...and Pipo went nutzo when she came inside...but Minko sniffed and looked at her as if to say: Where it it?? MOL!
You have a pawsome array of treats and toys today!

Megan said...

I hope that Caladium remembers to thank you for saving it from certain death!

Megan
Sydney, Australia

Lone Star Cats said...

Nice flowers!

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

What pretty flowers you have right now! But of course, my favorite is the nip!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We love Stokes Aster, ours is spreading and we are thrilled. All your flowers are very lovely and we agree hardy flowers that come back every year are the very best.

Now we has some wand toys to play with. Thanks for waving them around TBT.

The Whiskeratti said...

A lovely garden. But we kittehs know the truth... without the three of you to direct TBT, it would not be half as nice.

The Menagerie Mom said...

These pretty pictures sure make me wish that I had even the semblance of a green thumb. But, I don't think that will ever happen. Well, fun times to all of you!

The Island Cats said...

All of your flowers look so pretty! Thanks for the tour today...now let's play!

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

We think that one potted plant survives on Marley fur all winter and that's why it's so awesome!

Flynn said...

You have lots of pretty flowers blooming. The Queen Anne Lace is very pretty and delicate. Of course the nip is my favourite though.

dezizworld.com said...

MeOW Dat's a lot of great flowers ya'll have there. You have lots of color and hidin' spots too. Enjoy and have a great day.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

Brian said...

You garden it looking quite nice. Seems the only thing we are growing this year is kittens!

Terri said...

What lovely flowers in your yard. You kitties are obviously good landscapers. Around here, those orange lilies are often called "ditch lilies". They grow any and every where.

Looks like a marvelous evening at your house with scrumptuous noms, niptinis and play wands!

kittycaperz said...

Wow! What a beautiful garden!!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Excellent tour, your nip patch puts ours to shame. All your flowers are beautiful. Our Queen Anne's Lace are not blossoming yet. Last year we ate them- I coated them with an egg/flour breadcrumb mix and fried them- they tasted like lemon.

Pretinha said...

Iza você fez um bom trabalho salvando aquele Caladium!

William's Kith & Kin said...

Wow, what a bounty! We like the one Marley hatched, too. :-)

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

You have such variety in your garden! Do caladiums have to stay indoors all winter that far north?

Just Ducky said...

Wonderful tour. Mum says spots that used to be really sunny are now shade and sun. The trees grew! So she has to adjust things too. That is why our sun lovers and shade lovers are close to each other. They each get enuf of what they like to grow!

Punapippuri said...

Äiti is so envious of the garden - especially the kohlrabi (she is with Marley on that one).
And we would love that nip patch. Amazing what gardens can produce.

Katie Isabella said...

OH! Mom and I BOAF loved the tour and she's not above a nice Niptini herself! We'll both be over if she busts my tunnel wide open trying to get in and succeeds.