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But it sure is effing things up for others, huh? Massive storm cell that ran from just north of Waco up past OKC almost to Kansas last night. In my area, DFW, there were EIGHT tornadoes. My friends in southwest Dallas had GRAPEFRUIT-SIZED HAIL. That is bigger than a softball, y'all. That'd brain you. My friends in Flower Mound, which is near my in laws, had baseball sized hail. My in laws locked themselves in their bathroom, texted me when it was over. A tornado touched down just north of them by a mile. And my neighborhood, well, the sirens went off, I had the laundry room ready, and we were in there for thirty minutes, waiting for all of them to pass. And they went right around us. I went on my walk this morning and five blocks north of me: a 60 foot high oak tree ripped out of the ground. No rotten limbs, trunk, or roots, just that powerful of a storm. Crazy.

Fun times in the "storm cellar" (aka the laundry room): cats are miserable being trapped in there with the four of us. Smudge decides to take a poop in his litter box (which is kept in the laundry room.) My son is feeding off the nervous energy and won't shut up. Emily is complaining about people "touching her" - child, this is a LAUNDRY ROOM, not a ballroom! Get over it! #2 curled into a ball in my lap, shaking. "Is it over? Is it over? What's that sound!@? Is it over?" Thank goodness my cell phone service was good, I could track the storm as it passed. Also helpful: twitter. Man, I love Twitter. @StoneyboBoney, if you wanna come over to the dark side.

This morning, however, was GLORIOUS. Not a cloud in the sky today. Nothing but sunshine. You can practically hearthe plants growing. I took pics with my phone, so they're not the best, but they're pretty decent.

This is a new-this-year-to-me lily. It doesn't capture the vivid orange, but get a box of crayons. Get "orange" - that's it. Stunning. And look at how many flowers on that ONE stem! I planted 12 of them, I may need to line the whole place with them, they're so pretty.

Another lily, bright and vivid like I like it.

Yet another lily, and this is in front of the yellow one, and there are bright blue Veronicas in front. Primary colors are one, two, three: red, yellow, and blue!

Over by the stone walkway, 1: gulf Muhly grasses, they put out pink puffs in fall, 2: ground artemesia, non-invasive. (A kitty laid in that one), 3: aliums, and these will be big pink balls in a few more days. I also need to move them, they're too tall to be up front.

Way around the side of the house, the gladiolas are starting to bloom. They're almost black until they open, then they are the brightest, deepest red. Sorry for the crappy shot.

Wee thatch of them (I planted 20 corms, I think they need to go deeper to keep them upright.)

Nothing yesterday, then today: Rain Lily! Guess what makes them show up? 1: creeping phlox, 2: rain lily, 3 bright citron sedum

At the end of the driveway the (1) French Hollyhocks (aka Zebra Mallow) is thuh-riving. 2: blue bearded iris, getting ready to put out round 2, 3: pink skull cap, 4: my 7 foot wide, 4 foot tall rosemary shrub. (I have 6 more. They're excellent evergreens in warm climates)

The shallots are bulbing (as are the onions and garlic) and will be ready to pull in about two weeks. I need it to get hot and dry. ...that's what she said?

Aaaaaaaand this is where I'm headed. Kindle + iced drink + lounge (or tanning ledge) = ME, SMILING.

I know it's only Wednesday, but I'm living like it's Friday!


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May. 25th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
green with envy, I am.
May. 25th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
If you were green, I would plant you. Then fertilize you. (I don't know how to do come ons anymore.)
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May. 25th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
I loooooove lilies. Especially because they're so easy. Plant, and let grow. Every 5 years you dig them up, pull the babies off the mama bulb, and then you have MORE lilies. YAY.

Oooooh, I want to see that. So skeery, OKC and the Red River area seemed to get some of the worst of it.
May. 25th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)

That pool! And those lilies! So beautiful.

This weather has been insane. We're pretty lucky in the NE and I'm glad to hear that you and yours were spared. But so many others weren't. It's just awful.

Are you on twitter often? I'm on, but more to follow clever people. I'm not that clever myself.
May. 25th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, Mother Nature, you make pretty jewels for me to look at. :) Lilies might be my fave.

The weather is CRAZY. And it seems like NE has had non-stop rain, that would get exhausting after a while.

I'm on Twitter pretty regularly! And I don't cross post, or stuff like that, so you don't have to file me under redundancy department of redundancy. Heh.
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May. 25th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
With family in Missouri, this tornado season has me on edge already. We've only had a couple north of us in all the years I've lived in Austin. I don't know if we even have tornado sirens here.

Softball sized hail! That is some serious business.
May. 25th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
Can you believe that?! They had a picture on FB (locked, so I didn't feel free to yoink it) with this gnarly looking ice block, all sharp and pointy, and it completely covered his wife's hand, you could barely see the tips of her fingers. Yeesh.

I think y'all are pretty safe down there, the hill country stops most of that from happening, I believe. Lucky! ;)
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May. 25th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
My yard is a disgrace, what with the lack of lawnmower operators (I'm getting a sheep next month to take care of that. No, I am not kidding. A Jacob wether from my friend-for-generations Penny, who is still better at everything than I am, and a Sarah Palin fan, and I don't care, because she and I have the same reason for loving quince trees), and the nasty nasty weather, and because I'm building chicken housing after buying the chickens. I've got narcissus in bloom that should have bloomed in early April, and the tree Peonies have lost most of their buds to sleet storms and are just now opening the ones that are left, a month late.

Lovely, lovely stuff; I love Asiatic Hybrid lilies and their supersaturated colors, but unfortunately so do the Narcissus Flies, so I have Orienpets and Trumpets instead, none of which bloom until late July.

I cannot express the level of envy just a glance at your pool gives me; on the other hand, I have a nice double-bench trellis thingy and have set on it maybe once, and that to tie my shoelace: if it's not raining, I'm too damned busy to sit down.

Julia, was reassured to know that this spring has had the fewest warm sunny days since 1950, which means I'm not projecting that it was the worst spring I could remember.
May. 25th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yay sheep! Goats were good for that back in Utah, IDK about where you are.

Narcissus Flies? I've never heard of them! We don't have many flies/biting bugs out here, which is one reason why I love it.
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May. 25th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
the flowers are lovely

the pictures of your neighborhood though, make me homesick every time
May. 25th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
thank you! And Texas always welcomes back her own. ;)
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May. 25th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Kindle + iced drink + lounge (or tanning ledge) = ME, SMILING

If you added in sun umbrella and spf 85 sunblock, I'd be smiling too. OH, I want to be back there, drinking all your yummy wine while your husband runs about cooking meat and providing a warming fire to roast our marshmallows on. Sigh.

The garden looks amazing. You should really do a comparison photo shoot. My garden. My neighbours garden. My garden. My other neighbours garden. Psst, you will win this competition.

And ARRRGHHHH about the weather. It rained really heavily here, it was traumatic because my hair got damp and extra frizzy. (Though seriously, between you and Sue I've embraced Jesus again as my own personal saviour and will pray for your survival as his Father attempts to kill you all.)
May. 25th, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'm also going to take pictures of the backs of their thighs and then photoshop mine so I can win at that, too.

Ugh, I hate that you live in a stupid hemisphere that makes it hard for you to come drink and relax with me. BOO.

While sitting in the laundry room, #2 said, "I wonder what would happen if we prayed?" The Boy said, "Nothing, and if he did, I would be pissed because why was God trying to kill us in the first place?" LOL
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May. 25th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Pretty flowers, Stoney! Also, I want to swim in your pool SO BAD! Wish we had a pool.

My brother and his family live in Lewisville and I haven't heard from my niece yet. Hope they are okay!
May. 26th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
Should be ok - I'm the town next to Lewisville!
May. 25th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I miss my giant rosemary hedges. In the winter we'd throw a bunch inside the top shelf of the wood stove and stink up the whole house with deliciousness. *weeps*
May. 26th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I use them as skewers on the grill, cut loooooong branches to fill up a vase in my dining room, scent my epsom salts... I LOVE ROSEMARY. Om nom.
May. 26th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
Your "flares" are SO PRETTY. I've never put in any here because, well, rental. Except this is year #10! Never thought we'd be in this house so long.

You, me, twitter during tornados = sanity. We can keep asking each other if we're still there!
May. 26th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Why, Thankee. ma'am! Time to put out some hanging baskets then? :)

Man, you and Pete Delkus on Twitter (and my radar feed from NOAA) were what kept the kids chill. I'd show them that see? THey're just x number of towns over, and they're fine! <3
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May. 27th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
You didn't see that last big pic spam when we finished building it? And thank you, we think it's pretty lovely, too. :)

May. 26th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm from the Pacific Northwest, but have lived in Houston for a long time. I love hollyhocks and have planted them for the last 4 years. Last year they got rust pretty bad, but this year rust hasn't been a problem because of the drought. They always get pretty tall, but this year they grew to a whopping 7-8 feet tall. I wish I had payed attention to the variety. I have planted the ones like yours before, but these are different; the blossoms are white with maroon centers. I usually take them out around mid-June, but I really can't find out much about growing them in my climate because as far as I can tell, I'm the only one that does. Will yours take the summer heat in Dallas?

You have a lovely garden. You didn't by any chance go on the Garden Conservancy garden tour in Dallas last week, did you? I wanted to go, but last weekend was all about PROM (my daughter's graduating this year.)
May. 27th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Well, these hollyhocks are only about two feet tall, the blossoms are the size of a quarter. And mine thrive all summer long! Their common name is "zebra mallow" Calloways/Cornelius started carrying them this year, I've noticed.

Aww, no, I didn't get to go do that, we've had non-stop activities and guests all month.
May. 28th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
so pretty!
May. 28th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 31st, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
I love looking at your garden pics, even if I hate gardening myself... :-P All them lilies... Lilies are some seriously gorgeous flowers!

Also, I want to steal your pool. But I don't think I am the only one wanting that. ;-)
May. 31st, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Completely unrelated to anything in this beautiful post (and OMG is it ever beautiful! Just look at those pretty flowers! *squee*)...

But I just had to show you this. A friend of mine watched it, and my first thought was "STONEY MUST SEE THIS!"
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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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