My dad planted lilacs in the yard many years ago. They multiply like crazy in these parts.
I spent a great Mother’s Day with my mom and 3 sisters and many of my niece/nephews. We also took a trip to Tacoma to visit my brother’s family who just welcomed his first grandkid into the world. A nice day indeed. The array of colorful flowers that explode here every spring is staggering. This is a beautiful place year round, but especially this time of the year. This is one shot from my mom’s backyard.
Ok, i have a bit of work to do to figure out how to actually use the camera in the phone and to see if the teensy tiny phone gui is worth posting from. My first try was a bit of a fail. I have to admit that I needed to clean it up from the browser on my laptop.
Anyway, who cares, it’s Friday!
Friday. February 8th. Day 9 of the crit sit from hell. Stay tuned.
I went outside for the first time in like a week today. This is a shot of one of he pansies that monte planted a while back. Still hanging in there. Life goes on around me.
Monte went to the blood center the other day to donate. He came home with a(nother) t-shirt, and a bouquet of flowers that they were giving away to donors. It had a bunch of these little green button poms. Cute as a button….
I like how the shot looks like a little burst of sunshine on an otherwise grey day.
Yep. Another zinnia – hot pink. The zinnia patch still has some legs. Have great week!
Better late than never, i always say. We only had one rain lily pop up in our yard, and it bloomed a day after all the others in the neighborhood. Another fringe benefit, though dainty and fleeting, of the recent rains.
I played around a bit with black and white to show off the bloom, but I left a spash of color in the middle.
…AND, Happy Birthday Mom!!! This pic is for you
Austin recently relaxed the restrictions on watering that we have been under for over a year — moving from drought stage 2 to 1. That means that we can now water 2 days a week, as opposed to 1. Our days are Thursday and Sunday. We can only water before 5 AM or after 7PM on those days. We are trying to take advantage of both our scheduled days to give our trees and flowers water to thrive in this heat. It’s been a bit of a challenge since our automatic sprinkler system has been kaput for the last 2 years. So it means schlepping hoses.
This is a shot of one of the liriope plants on the front porch. I replanted these this spring because the ones that used to flank our front door were wiped out from either the drought or the freezes during the winter.
I’m trying to remember to water them. So far, so good. They’re rewarding me with lots of flower spikes. Very dainty.
The rains have been sucked up by very thirsty trees, flowers and lawn. This is a shot of one of the zinnias in the garden — a pretty fiery orange one.
I’m off of work for the rest of the week (YAY!). We headed to the lake today for a raftup with friends in Arky south. We’ve got the coolers packed, and the kayak on the trailer, and we’re off!
This is a shot of one of the zinnias out back. They’re so pretty!
The marina has many of these blooming plants that seem to thrive in the dry rocky soil. I don’t know what they are called, but I like the flowers…they look a bit like a bursting firework.
Update: 6/25 – I found out that this flower is called a buttonbush, in case you were wondering.
We headed to the lake today to spend the night. Before going we spent time in the yard watering, trimming and tidying. This is one of 2 zinnias that Monte cut to bring in the house. These were the first ones to bloom. Many more to come.
Today flew by. We took some time this evening to celebrate a friend’s birthday ( happy birthday Dave!).
These flowers caught my eye.
I encourage you all to enjoy what is left of the weekend. It’s hard to believe, but June is here!
Our mimosa tree out back is blooming. It’s had a hard couple of years with freezes and droughts. At one point we thought it was a goner. It appeared to have a split in its trunk. But, there’s still life in it. The canopy is not covered with blooms this year, just a couple dozen. I tried to capture one of the newer ones, here.