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Boy howdy, did we get our rain yesterday. 70 mph wind, an inch and a half in a half hour at my place. The water came so hard and fast that it was blown through a small gap in my back door's weather-stripping, so we had a lot of that water in the kitchen. o_0 Time to replace that stuff, I guess. But everything outside heaved a HUGE sigh of relief from our unusual for us heat. (Which means it was freaking HOT, because this is Texas. If the locals tell you it's hot, it's gorram hot.) Big pics under the cut - what's new and blooming in my garden.

Here's the front view from a few weeks ago.

And click here for the full-size view of this morning. (I didn't want to resize it and lose some of the detail. Click on the picture for the BIG pic.)

This is a gladiolus I stuck out back along the fence line a few years back. It's so red it's black. <3 These get NO supplemental water or extra care. I literally stuck the bulbs in a few inches, covered them, and left them to Mother Nature. Have I stressed how great bulbs are for care-free planting? (Edit: I'm sure I'll hear crap from those of you with squirrels. Cut pieces of chicken wire and lay them over a patch of bulbs before covering them up with soil.)

Over in the new shade bed (when it gets a bit bigger, I'll take pics) the caladiums are coming up. This is a bulb (actually, a corm) that you do have to dig up and store, unless you live in the tropics where it never dips below 60. This leaf is the size of both of my hands, btw. That's variegated flax lily on the upper left.

This is another type of caladium (just sprouting) + oxalis + ajuga + Felix. :D I <3 my garden kitty.

Here's a closeup on the echinacea (purple coneflower) that I put in this winter. There are bees buzzing all around this stand all day long.

Oh, how I love bluebells. I think this pic almost does the color justice. They are almost the color of a purple crayon. Gorgeous and drought tolerant and get bigger every year.

This is the red plant growing next to the blue bells. It's another bulb, drought tolerant, carefree, pest free. "Lucifer" Crososmia. Again: PLANT BULBS.

This is a day lily that has traveled with me from house to house. I've divided my original four inch pot into *counts* eight stands of day lilies that are a good three feet thick, each of them. They stand four feet in height. Day lilies are a great carefree flower. (Are you noticing a trend? I like sticking plants in and then sitting around looking at them, you see.) This particular flower came almost to my shoulder.

I bought a "dinner plate" hibiscus a few years back. They weren't kidding. That's my hand next to the flower. A lovely plant, sits in the back ground (put white plants in the back - it's the opposite of interior color scheme) and puts out flower after flower until first frost. The whole plant is a good 6 feet tall, dies to the ground in winter, then comes back every May.

Some phlox a Master Gardener buddy gave me. She gave me a chunk of root, I stuck it in the dirt three years ago, and now the stand is a good two feet thick. Bees and butterflies LOVE phlox. Be sure to plant it (if you live in the south) where it can get some air around it, or you'll get powdery mildew and it'll look sickly.

A huge picture of a huge flower. The girls planted these (unbeknownst to me) this early spring as a Mother's Day present. <3 They're a good 5 feet tall, and still growing. See the little friend? (It's really a pest, but there's enough greenery to share with the likes of him.)

Oooooh. I love this. Again: it's a bulb (Tiger lily.) I stuck it in the ground, and promptly forgot I planted it until it bloomed. Yay bulbs! :D

Later today I'm going to tackle the new stone pathway I'm trying to put in out back, now that it's not a bazillion degrees outside. Then I'm making this ceviche recipe. Things I love: shrimp, citrus, and avocado. Hopefully later I can write the damn conclusion to this Missionary story so I can start posting the damn thing.


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Jun. 18th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Your garden is amazing.

<3 those girls!
Jun. 18th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
No, YOU are. #2 and I were talking about you on our walk earlier and how coolit was that you were a Doctor. :D

<3 <3 <3
Jun. 18th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
I love your garden posts! all the pretty pictures and fun captions. Your Caladium, is that as large as it will get, the size of your hand?

I remember my grandma had caladiums along the side of the driveway that were as big as table chargers, lik ealmost a foot long and nearly ten inches across. HUGE things they were.

The bluebells, daylillies, and the phlox are my favorites of this bunch. I envy your mad skillz, yo.
Jun. 18th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
The pink and green caladium gets over 14 inches long, so the size of TWO of my hands. The lighter one only gets 8 inches or so.

I loooooove the bluebells. They were hard to find for a while here - people kept digging them up from the roadsides.
Jun. 18th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think the double daylily is one that was developed (as long ago as the 1930s) by Herb Dickson, of the Chehalis Rare Plant Nursery. He lived on into his nineties, when I met him, and part of his plant collection went to Plethora of Primula, including the parent stock of that plant, a reblooming Hemerocallis asphodeline, and a very double tiger lily- if you want either of the latter, let me know, and I'll talk to April at PoP.

Julia, I can't remember what else I bought from him, but it came with the dark blue columbine and a double white which are the parents of the bad children coming up everywhere in my messy perennial beds
Jun. 18th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Do I want plants? Julia, it's like you don't know me at all!!! :D

Hell yeah! Tell me how much to send you, and I'll cut you a check ASAP!
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Jun. 18th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Jun. 18th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yes you are. ;)
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Jun. 18th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Heee, I think of Peter Pan when I see Tiger Lilies. :D I looooove them.

*squishes you*
Jun. 18th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Felix looks so much like my Sam-aroni who died a while back...it made me smile, just like all the other pictures. Flowers are so uplifting. <3
Jun. 18th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
(It's really Darthanne. See what happens when I try to get cute with Latin? EVERYTHING GOES WRONG. *cutz*)

I think Sam is my favorite cat name EVER. (I had a Sam once, too, and she was the sweetest little thing.) Oh, kitties. <3 <3 <3
Jun. 18th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
So purty, reds and oranges and purples! Awwww, DARTH-ANNE! <3
Jun. 18th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
I loooooove all the colors. <3! And THERIOUTHLY. How cute is my Keeler? J, when she sees me come out to the garden, she makes the TEENIEST of "mrow?s" and then hot foots it over to me, to act as Custodian of the Mulch, or whatever lofty title she has for herself. :D
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
They are all gorgeous! But my favorite pic is of your watch cat. She looks like she's saying, "Don't even think about setting foot on my property." HEEEEEEE.
Jun. 18th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Isn't she hilariful? I heart her, Lynne. She lulls you into false security with her sweet teeny face and "I so sleepy!" eyes and then POUNCE!
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
This is all just beautiful! I love the color combination of the bluebells and the day lilies. The girls planting flowers for you for Mother's Day is wonderful.

Ah, rain, I remember it raining here months and months ago! We didn't get a drop from that front, and our chances keep lowering. At least we have some cloud cover today, but, still, I am wilting. It's not pretty. One good thing about the heat, though, firing up the smoker and keeping the temperature level is a breeze. I smoked salmon and baby back ribs yesterday, so it's smoked salmon salad for lunch! *looks on the bright side* That ceviche sounds fabulous.
Jun. 18th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I love how gorgeous those blue bells are against the yellows and reds. Their color is so vibrant in real life. (And how cute is the sunflower planting? My sweet kids...)

I'm so sorry y'all didn't get any rain. But another tic in the "good" column: it's 90+ and 92% humidity here today. FEH. (Ooooh, save me some lunch - I'll be there shortly. *G*)
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous!
I feel the need to get my hands dirty.
OOh and kitty!!!
It's so much nicer then one of those crazy little garden gnomes.
Jun. 18th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Go get those hands dirty! And then fix yourself a mint julep when you're done. Mmmm, that sounds good, actually.

KITTY. She keeps all the critters at bay: the French bull terrier down the street, the bunnies, mockingbirds, small children... *G*
Jun. 18th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Amazing pictures. Patty loves them too. And I may steal that ceviche recipe, because I also love shrimp, citrus and avocado. Thanks for the heads up on the caladiums by the way. The package we got them in said that we wouldn't need to dig them up here, but now I know we do.
Jun. 18th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Hello, fellow gardener! And don't steal the recipe, have it! *G* DOesn't that sound so cool and crisp on this hot, muggy day? YUM.

Oooh, yeah to the digging. Unless you're in southern Florida, they'll die and not come back. Wait until they die to the ground come Octoberish, and dig them up. Cut off the stalk, wash off the dirt, and lay the corms on some paper (newspaper, paper bags) until they're dry. Put them in a paper bag in a dark closet until time to plant them next April/May. (It needs to be in the 80s before you can plant them, or it'll be too cold at night and they'll poop out on you.)

After a few years of doing that you'll end up with lots of babies when you go to dig them up. ;D (And this same process goes for those lime-green and purple sweet potato vines - except you'll dig up the actual potato!) <-- not edible
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Jun. 18th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Your garden is beyond gorgous! I hate caring for flowers, so they would probably just die on me. :-P But looking at others, that I like! You so should make headers and banners from this pictures! :-D
Jun. 18th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
If I wasn't such a lerp with making icons and banners, I would! (I can barely take decent pictures with an automatic camera. I R LAME.)

And thank you very much! It seems we have a symbiotic relationship. *G*
Jun. 18th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Awww, so pretty! Bulbs rule. *garden envy*

LOVE those daylilies. I used to have the most gorgeous yellow lilies, but when I tried to separate them, I guess I killed them. :( And, of course, I haven't been able to find that color ANYWHERE since.
Jun. 18th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
I. Love. Bulbs. You just stick 'em in the ground, voila!

I'm surprised you've not been able to find your daylily! They're coming back "in vogue" and you can't shake a stick here without knocking them over. I wish you luck in your pursuit!
Jun. 19th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
I love your garden posts. I don't think I commented on the last one, but always so lovely. Thanks so much for sharing the sights of summer :B

Also, we got buckets of rain here (MA) (and very loud thunder with very big bolts of lightning \o/) and wind *hides you* but it was needed. It's been a bit showery here ever since, and I swear I could hear the plants sighing their relief.

I love thunderstorms, and the smell afterwards was just heavenly.
Jun. 19th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad you like them, thank you!

Ooooh, I love electric storms. (And thank you for hiding me from the wind. It seeks me out! *cries*) There's not much in this world that smells better than the outdoors after a good drenching. <3
Jun. 19th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Great pics. I adore the border you've been in, it's a great combination of plants.

My echinacea just got it's first bloom yesterday. Such a great plant.
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