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!