Well, from the coolest temperatures in July I remember, back to July as we usually know it - STEAMY!
With all the wet weather we've had, and 3 and 1/2 weeks of company - the poor yard and gardens look bad. I went out and weeded the raised bed tonight, and the mosquitoes had dinner! They're fierce. Unfortunately, poor hubby is going to get stuck with quite a bit of the weeding for awhile as my knee and I are currently in disagreement with one another. I want to get out there, but there's not much I can do (except take pictures!).
I am SO excited. We planted this wee little Princess Diana Clematis in the spring. It was so small, I figure this year it wouldn't bloom. All my other clematis have come and gone - but Princess Diana just grew and grew leafy green leaves. Well, take a look....it's about to bloom!
It's got at least 8 more little buds on it as well as this perfect little bloom. Yippee!!
The lilies were all just planted last year (except the Stella Dora - which I do not like! They look stubby.), and this year they bloomed like crazy.
The bottom picture shows a red and sort of an orange-yellow lily toward the back, next to some shasta daisies.
My Rose of Sharon has started blooming. Does anyone know if it requires feeding? I fertilized it when I planted it 3 years ago, and have added a little top dressing up until this year. This year I didn't get to it - and I don't know if that's the reason it seems a little sparse on blooms, or if it's the weather.
By the way, as a side note...my daughter has hand picked and drowned 132 Japanese beetles!! And they haven't even begun to slow down!! Where do they come from?????
Tomorrow, I am determined to start scrapping again. I have not had a chance to just scrapbook to my hearts delight in many moons. Enough is enough. If I don't make the time, it just won't happen. My cousin has been giving me all kinds of ideas....and I want to implement them! By the way Carolyn, the card came and it was beautiful. Thank you. How do you cut such perfect circles shapes?
Each time I look at the garden, and see the new blooms, take pictures, scrapbook my garden pictures...I am constantly reminded of the creativity of God. He sure does beautiful artwork, doesn't He?