Even St. Francis doesn't look too thrilled anymore. At least this year you can see his head.
We won't be moving mulch again today either!
No words. I just have no words.
Oh, but isn't it pretty? And at least there isn't 5' of it like last winter.
Warm and cozy inside. We are certainly blessed.
We had some dying trees that were going to fall on the barn, so we hired these guys to take them down. Amazingly talented and maybe a little bit crazy.
It was like watching a ballet seeing them work together. Since my 6' ladder is too high for me, you can just imagine how in awe I was.
Just the mess to clean up now.
Lots of firewood.
The tulips know spring is right around the corner.
Looking not so overwhelming. I need to plant here in a month.
Some of the heather that survived the winter in bloom. What a lovely site! I'll be planting more of the hardier varieties soon.
The ducks were so happy to get outside and play!
(left) A temporary hoophouse for the overflow. (right) Peonies peeking up.
Blooms! Grape Hyacinth.
I'm trying to get as much done before the surgery as possible. Jerid tilled these beds for me. They look great!
I sure hope I don't miss the tulips in bloom!
A tulip photo from last year. Oh so lovely! These tulips are huge and tall. I went in for open heart surgery on 4/24 and got to come home on the 29th. I didn't miss the tulips!
I couldn't have pulled this year off without my family. May 16th they all came to help me plant. Dad (above left) tilled. Kathy cooked a feast for everyone.
Aunt Laura and her grand baby Ava. Dirty knees are a sign of good help!
Not only did they come to work, but they brought food! What a feast we had!
Aunt Polly planting dahlia tubers.
Aunt Nancy plants, Jerid gets another bed ready. And so on and so forth.
Aunt Donna slaves away while Uncle Larry supervises. (Poor Uncle Larry has a nasty concussion but came to help anyway) We sure got a lot in the ground today! I am so grateful! Thank you guys.
Muscari still in bloom.
Lily of the Valley. Every day something new is in bloom.
Honeysuckle bush makes a great filler even when it's not in bloom.
May Nights, Spanish Bluebell, Bridal Veil, Crimson Clover, Sweet Pea Vine.
Iris in the rain.
I am in love with this Paula Faye peony.
We got a few clematis blooms this year. Next year they should really take off.
Mock orange. I can't wait until this grows up.
Paula Faye again.
The peonies are really starting to come into bloom! I started storing buds in the cooler today.
Baptisia and clematis.
More and more peonies everyday! I *love* peony season.
Wisteria. They smell so good walking by!
This is the most wonderful bouquet of the year!
Helleborus ready to go in the ground.
Sarah Bernhardt Peony
I was told this is where the fairies live.
The darker pink peonies coming into bloom.
I have a love/hate relationship with blanket flower.
Peonies and phacelia. A to die for combination.
Bouquets ready to go.
6-13 They just keep coming in all their glory!
Charlie keeping guard against all evils.
Hydrangeas coming into bloom.
Amazing Grace rose. Someday I am going to grow roses well. For now it's a just a battle between me and the Japanese beetles. I won this time.
Peonies that have been in storage waking up.
Blackberries. Lovely filler.
Shhhhhh. Don't tell grandma I'm stealing her firewood business.
Who remembers Vanna White from The Price is Right? Oh, how I love this child.
Crocosmia and sunflowers.
I finally got the walk-in up and running properly. How did I ever live without it?
8-2 Here come the dahlias!
Irish Poet is new to us year year and definately a keeper.
A red salvia that makes a good cut.
8-3 Purple majesty millet.
My hero! That's a huge sunflower munching vermin she's having for lunch.
Flowers coming out of the cooler.
The best hops are always the highest! I don't do heights, so bless my brother for getting these down.
For two years, or a quarter of her lifetime, Grace has wanted to kiss a frog. Finally. Now were is the prince?
Grace is getting to be quite the bouquet maker.
So happy the Aunts and Uncles were able to enjoy some of their hard labor! Aunt Donna, Uncle Larry and their granddaughter.
Aunt Nancy. How fun this day was!
Uncle Larry looks great in those dahlias!
One of the ladies on bug patrol.
This was a gift from Susan at Passion Flower. I was little kid excited when it bloomed! I have always, always wanted to grow these. Thank you Susan!
Katherine Seeburger from The Peony and the Peacock.
Pat's new toy! Oh boy, what a beauty! It will make life so much easier.
I think this one is called "Fire magic"
"Bride to Be" dahlia
"Sea Oreo" dahlias
Dusty Miller. A lovely silvery green filler.
Lighthouse salvia with broom corn in the background.
9-22 Lisianthus. Pretty as a painting.
The hydrangeas turn a gorgeous green this time of year.
A beautiful bumble bee. They are so funny when they pass out in the flowers at night. They look like little drunks.
Lisianthus still holding strong!
Fall is upon us. Mini pumpkins for vases.
Wow did I get carried away with the blue mist! I have about 100' of it. I love, love, love this plant and so do the honey bees.
9-26 Cafe au Lait dahlia flanked by Sterling Silver. Yep, I am sold. I've ordered a ton of tubers for next year.
We'll be growing a lot more of the forget me knots next season. I ordered seed in pink and white too. Lovely flower!
I am playing with the idea of growing cotton as a cut. Right now we just grow it to show the kids.
Another keeper. This is cup and saucer vine. From what I can tell, the vase life is somewhere around "indefinite". Love the purple the best and adore it's tedrils.
Last year photo. I sure hope we have another late season, but this girl is wearing out.
Late Season Bouquet.
The last flowers of the season.
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