Thursday, July 30, 2009

What is it?

While mowing the front yard, i ran across this flower. Pat can't identify it and you know i don't have a clue. We don't know if it's a weed or a native plant or what. It is a nice looking flower so we need your help.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Flowers in pots

The flower pots really come to life towards the end of July, especially when it's rained almost every day for the last 2 weeks. I can't name any of these flowers except the impatiens. I can barely keep track of the back yard, and that stuff keeps coming back. Pat puts new stuff in the pots every year. Once again Pat has the best flower pots in the neighborhood.

Finally got him

I've been trying to get a pic of this white butterfly (or one of his ancestors) ever since I got the gardening and photo bug. The problem has been that this little guy doesn't lite anywhere for more than a second. By accident we found something this butterfly likes to rest on. We let the cilantro go to flower. It looks really cool and attracts butterflies and bees. I had to lean over the deck rail to capture the dragon fly.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hosta flowers

With who knows how many hosta plants in the back yard, you can guess that we have a lot of hosta flowers. And I mean a lot! About half of our plants are flowering. The rest will flower through August. When a plant flowers all depends on the type of hosta, how much sun the plant gets, and a bunch of other things that I don't understand. The flowers range from near white to deep lavender. The flower's shape ranges from a cup shape to a trumpet shape. During the day there are a bazillion bees in the back yard. Fred catches them for a snack. it's kinda of fun to watch the bees sting him while he's chomping down on them. Boy there's going to be a ton of dead heading.

Day lilies

We started planting day lilies almost as soon as the snow melted the first year in Ohio. They were your generic orange day lilies you see on the side of county roads in Illinois and Ohio. No, I didn't stop and dig any out, not that I didn't think about it. We were going to catalogue the different kinds we have for the garden club plant sale. But since we've quit the garden club, we don't have to adhere to the garden police rules. We are going to dig them up this fall and move them around because they are getting too crowded. Besides we need our sweet peet fix.