Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer will turn into Fall...

Ready for Halloween?????
My blogger friend Jeanne creates all this herself.  Fantastic.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Random Summer Stuff

While doing some cat sitting for a friend, I heard rustling in her shrubs and turned to see this.
Can you see that little thing on the sidewalk?

I should have used the video on my camera.  These little guys were way too fast for me.

Here is the parent quail, being very brave.

This little birdhouse was adorable during the past few years in our garden;
seen here during the fall after a trace amount of snow.

But during the week Kim was gone to Montana the wasps did this:

Yeah, it's something, isn't it?
Wasp information.
There's a lot of wasp spit on that birdhouse, that's for sure.
This will get dismantled during their winter hibernation, that's for sure.

Kim planted tomatoes in the cold frame this year.  They're doing well.  He had to remove the roof.

And some random pictures of our garden.

And just look at my son and his family.  Casey is doing really well post surgery.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Big Changes

My son, Casey, had a brain tumor removed this week.
So, I've been preoccupied.

The surgery took place at the UW Medical Center in Seattle.  Luckily the tumor was benign and was completely and successfully removed.  It was the size of a baseball and the surgeon figured the tumor had been growing for 15 years.  The surgery lasted 13 hours.

Two days before the surgery Casey and his fiancee, Ivy, were married in the hospital.  They had planned a surprise ceremony for that day in Boise but it was pre-empted by the unexpected quickly scheduled surgery.

My daughter, Vanessa, and I were lucky enough to be able to travel to Seattle to offer our support.

Casey has a ways to go to fully recover but his wonderful surgeon assures us this will happen.  It may take up to one year but I have no doubt Casey will give it 100%, as he does to everything.

The wedding, the surgery, and now moving to Seattle has all happened within one week.  It's been a whirlwind.  More like a hurricane.

I'm going to miss this little family like crazy.  My granddaughter was such a sweetheart in the hospital and was constantly signing, asking for her daddy.  I've been told she has been giving her daddy lots of kisses since the surgery.

My consolation is that my son is alive and well.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

June in the Front Garden

The month of June is a great time for our front garden also.  
I love driving up our driveway when I come home from work.  There is so much to see.  

Kim spread out the eremurus last year, or foxtail lilies, or desert candles, as some people call them. Here they're growing on the left of the driveway.
These plants grow easily from a bulb.  We've been lucky to have them reseeding themselves around lately.

The right side starts off with oenothera missouriensis.

I realize some gardeners hate Lychnis coronaria 'Blood Red', but how can you deny that gorgeous pop of color?

Here they are with Centranthus 'Coccineus" Red Valerian, or Jupiter's Beard, in the background.

Yes, lychnis do reseed, A LOT, but sometimes that's just what you want.  And they're xeric.
Here they are mixing with anacetum parthenium, (feverfew).

Speaking of reseeding and xeric, feverfew meets both expectations nicely.

And of course there are gaillardia in the front garden.

More eremurus closer to the house, mixed in with some yarrow, penstemon, and Russian sage.

Kim likes mullein.  I'm not a big fan, but the spikes are nice.  The neighbors Mulberry tree inserts itself onto our side.

Gaura of course, pink and white.

This nice pink penstemon bloomed this year.  Must have been waiting around for a while, we haven't seen these big pink ones in years.

Callirhoe involucrata (winecups) make a great ground cover.  They also seed around, just a bit.

Maybe digitalis goldcrest?

And I'm loving Mirabilis multiflor, Desert Four O'Clock.  Great color!

And in my last post I promised to show you our neighbors Buddleia alternifolia.
Isn't it something?
Love the shape and size.
(Ignore the weeds and the dead viburnum.  The new renters aren't into gardening.  Yet.)