Wednesday, June 30, 2010

EVERYTHING ROSES!!! [Click Any Photo To Enlarge]

This first photo includes the path to our chicken coup (there on the right). I'm really pleased with how fast my climbing roses are growing over the black iron trellis. I just planted them last year and the plants were very small then. Meanwhile, my rose trees (see one example in the foreground on the left) presents just beautiful and fragrant roses as well. 

These photos are untouched. Some may have been cropped (but that's all).

I'm so tickled with all the colors and variety of roses I have growing in my gardens. It's taken years of collecting plants (and accepting rose plants as gifts).

This yellow rose is one of my favorites due to the incredible aroma and just how prolific the flowers are on this little rose bush.

Not all young roses have a green tent for sleeping in the wild. This variety is special that way!

See? This next rose variety doesn't make the buds sleep inside green tents!

As difficult as it is to believe ... this next photo is completely untouched. The special effects were made just by shooting the sky in the background (and it's another atypical cold June day today -- here in Western Washington).

Look at all the character in this rose! Isn't it amazing?

This next flower, below, is called "swamp rose." It's one of the earliest varieties of roses (at least that's my understanding). This rose bush spreads pretty rapidly here in Washington ... it's a native plant! So naturally I have a few such bushes growing in my gardens.

Sorry for the blurriness in this next photo. We really haven't had much sun at all yet this summer ... hence I am working hard to just ignore the rust spots on my rose bushes (seems kind of futile to try and treat the plants when it's continually cloudy).

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Good And The Really Ugly (Bad)

Here in Western Washington (USA) we've had so much rain for May and June --my yard is just not looking as beautiful as it usually does this time of year. Consider this tiger lily, for example ... with the constant rain, slugs have completely invaded my entire yard. They really are eating EVERYTHING! (This is, quite honestly, the best looking Tiger Lily I have growing this season. See how many of its leaves are eaten away? Most of these are so horribly damaged by rain and slugs they are too depressing to photograph). Meanwhile ... I want this blog to focus on what's beautiful so (scroll down) you will see some plants that LOVE the rain!

The flower boxes I planted in late February/April are doing great! (Of course, they're protected from both slugs and rain).

Here, my pink Yarrow is in bloom and aren't these flowers just lovely?

Lavender, in my back yard, is just starting to bud! If we can get some dry weather (for a change) I'll be seeing bees and pollinating insects here; hopefully soon!

Rain means plants have been growing so very lush ... I spent more than three hours weeding this morning and there's so much more weeding to do (Where is Edward Scissorhands when I need him?) but look how healthy my ground cover plants are looking!

I have strawberries all over my yard (I use this fruiting plant as an attractive ground cover as well as have plants in my garden area). The pug loves foraging through whatever strawberries are not fenced in ... he's obviously not reached these in the pot!

Valerian Root makes beautiful delicate pink and white flowers. Usually I trim these (as I did for most of my plants) to keep the herb itself more potent but every year I let a couple of plants bloom so they can self seed for next year.

This is just the cutest little stepable plant (not very big ... about the size of my hand. The pink flowers are big as a dime).

This flowering bush that I have in my front yard has benefited from the extra rain. Unpredictable weather is one very powerful reason why I plant variety in my gardens.

This flowering bush grows on the south side of our home and makes a great privacy barrier between neighbors.

I actually grew up with these pink carnations blooming in the rockery out in front of our childhood home. I had searched EVERYWHERE for them and never could find this particular variety. Then ... lo and behold ... my little sister (who didn't remember the flowers since she's 4-years-younger) had these growing in her very own yard!) Her neighbor had given them to her and they're so prolific she had extra to share with me! {{I feel so blessed to finally have them!}})

I probably have more orange California poppies growing in my gardens than any other flower. They have self-seeded each year and just bloom EVERYWHERE. I hate pulling them like weeds because they do not transplant well but we'd have no walkways if we didn't thin these out each year.


Think I have a slug problem??? This is my rhubarb patch ... (Slugs have been a horrid problem with such wet weather.

Yes! Those are actually rust spots you see on my rose, below. And in addition to bugs eating the leaves, we've got blight on the leaves as well thanks to months of rain, rain and MORE rain!

Looks like rusty leaves doesn't it! (That's because it's rained way too much  ... my poor fragrant organic roses!) I cannot even treat them with a skim milk spritzer it's raining so often!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pink Peony ~ Just Before The Huge Lightening Storm

We've been having the worst sort of weather for June this year in Western Washington (USA). Of course: there's a Welsh saying: "Warm in January: Cold in May" (And it was ridiculously warm in January this year, so GUESS WHAT!) Meanwhile, this is JUNE already. It should be warming up. Right?

As we had a little sun out today ... the skies suddenly turned very dark. I ran out to snap photos (because cloudy skies make for the best pictures). Here's my peony!

Soon as I started snapping yard photos, however, a most horrific lightening storm began. With a very heavy downpour of rain, the thunder hit the same time lightening struck in my yard (no delay in sound).

My pug (who is usually barking a lot) was completely silent but our dachshund (whose most often quiet) was barking like nuts. We all ran into the house toward safety together! These photos are all I managed to get.

After I was in the house ... it still felt too dangerous to try and take lightening photos. These bolts were flying across the sky almost sideways. It was amazing!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Those of you who are familiar with this blog may be very surprised that I took the time to edit this photo, below, to make a political statement; when I never get political here. 

After learning that Sarah Palin's foul mouth is still creating horrific damage to our country, environment and world with the stinky things she's says to fumigate our surroundings ... I felt obliged to DO SOMETHING!  {{PLUG THIS POLLUTING HOLE!}}

The original photo for this work of art came from this article about Alaska's half-term mayor: blaming environmentalists for causing the drilling disaster. Hate to say it: Sarah's worse than an evil nightmare hag who wakes you out of your sleep as she sits on your chest, making you feel paralyzed where you cannot even breathe!  

Oh dear Mother Earth! Please tell us there's NOT MORE!  Sarah Palin Says 'Trust The Oil Industry' In Aftermath Of 'Tragic' Spill

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Invasion Of The Evil Demon Slugs (Salt Goddess Banishes Them!)

It's been raining so steadily these past couple of weeks I haven't been out in the garden much. Yet I could not miss how our California poppies are suddenly just now starting to bloom! (Sorry this is a tad blurry. I'll try to post a better photo in the next day or two when the flowers open a little more.)

Check this out. Bumble bees seem not to mind the rain too much (see it working to the right; below).

Yellow pond lilies.

Single Pond Lily up close.

Invasion of the evil demon slugs. (Can you count all of them? I pulled more than ten off this flowering plant.)

Can you hear this flower (below) saying "Thank you Oh Great Salt-Wielding Goddess. You have saved me from demonic slug possession and utter ruin. Thank you!" 

This next photo shows one of the most aromatic flowers in my gardens ... Fire Witch. (I honestly cannot get enough of this blessed aroma. It's truly divine! Wish you could smell it through your monitor!)

And finally ... a front yard yellow rose ... hardy plant that does not seem to mind the rain at all.

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