Category Archives: summer

a warm shade

the snowflakes are flying outside.  when i look at this flower it takes me back to summer.  the lighter warm twinkling shades of summer.  and summer will come again.  with the faces and the twists of Asterisk.  six images…

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well fed

this time of year tends to make one well fed.   and caution is advised.  the garden will be well fed in the spring as replanting occurs.  seen is the compost pile in spring, mid summer, and fall.  the first three to the left are working piles.  add a layer of plant matter about 12 inches deep 30.48 cm.  with a layer of dirt on top.   about one inch or up to six inches deep of dirt,  depending on how much time you have to keep things moving.  keep it barely damp and age for 9 to 12 months.  empty as needed.  it is good exercise.  and the finished product is at the far right.  it is great for planting.  it is also one component of keeping a place for a more natural balance of bugs in the garden.  we use compost, organic fertilizer, and companion plantings and natural predators here.  we do not use artificial fertilizers, or pesticides.  the lawn gets sunlight, rain, and a high cutting to minimize the growth of weeds  and little else.  it is not all grass by any measure.  there is a mix of clover and what others might call weeds.  to me it is a more balanced lawn.  and it is just green mulch to hold the soil in place until it can be changed to active garden.  let’s just say it is at least close to half garden.  the lawn here is meant to be a pathway – not a putting green.  or to put it dirt simple, more time in the garden and less time cutting the lawn.  four images…

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jellybean jar

lots of flowers

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sure keep talking…

this is one of those flowers where saying as little as possible is not a bad thing.  the flower will do just fine all on its own.  Mask and Metaphor  two images

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elf in the garden

this is about a little flower – Nutmeg Elf.  it is little.  it is old.  and it has not lost its pretty.   then again neither elves or daylilies ever do.  even if some people’s tastes change.   it is also a spider.  that is a daylily with skinny petals.  so yes its pollen has made its way around the garden too.  the flower is 3 inches  7.8 cm across.  and it quickly grows into an attractive clump.  lots of pretty delicate flowers.  two images   and yes there are seedlings if you would search

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playing with pollen

that is what i do in the garden.  and this flower is one whose pollen has been played with.  if you put Smoke Scream into the search box, well be prepared for several reads.  have something good to sip for you might be busy for a while.  from one day to another the temperature can change this from a red purple to a blue purple.  and no matter the shade i find this flower and its children interesting.  try the search to see where the children of this flower have gone.  three images

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there are a couple of lullabies growing here in the garden.  this one is apparently named for an old jazz standard.  Lullaby of Birdland the daylily stands 48 in 122 cm tall and has an 8 in 20.5 cm bloom.  and for the fans of skinny flowers it is a spider.  it is a dark imposing flower with a green throat.  it is a cross of  Art Gallery Quilling × Royal Celebration.   it stands 18 inches taller than either parent.  and this summer there were some seeds made with this flower.  perhaps in time i will become more familiar with the music.  one quick listen is not enough.  until then the flower will serve as a reminder.   two images   enjoy

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a self – in the garden and in terms of daylilies refers to a flower with a single color.  Brazilian Orange is a self.  please feel free to add the obligatory pun whether using the banana joke or one of your own choosing.  the self-ish pun will also be skipped.  and we will hop onto the remaining description.  it is a round full petaled flower and the texture of petals could be said to match the flower’s name.  without further wordiness here is the flower.  two images

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this is another one with ruffles.  one of these days i must take a look at the toothy, ruffled, and otherwise edged ones and see what might be available to round out the picture of those here in the garden.  there are something like a dozen of them scattered here and there in the garden.  they are in the minority here and one or two more might help represent the group.  and it would add a bit to the variety here.   this is Ballroom Waltz  a pale pink flower with a golden edge.  strangely and inexplicably not everyone is fascinated with spiders and unusual forms.  so a bit of variety is a very good thing.  two images

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tonight is an excellent night to listen to the Lord of the Rings.  it is also an excellent night to handily beat the computer at a few rounds of sleep mode.  strangely enough these two activities go hand in hand  with find a picture and do not get too wordy.  so whilst enjoying a lucid moment and ignoring the whining of the computer for a grudge match of sleep mode now seems to be the moment of slight elaboration.  and that too would be the story of tonight’s flower.  slight elaboration.  as in just a dusting along the edge.  Unique Style   one image

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