Monday, June 30, 2008

My Big Green Leaves

Emma over at Indyblog, A Nice Green Leaf has got some of the garden bloggers showing some of the nice green leaves in their gardens. If you want to display some of your greenery you can make a post then go to Emma's and leave a comment.

Here are some of mine:

Friday, June 27, 2008

More Roses

All of the following roses were planted in my garden this past March/April.

David Austin 'Crocus Rose'
'Ebb Tide'
'Ebb Tide'
Buck Roses 'Mountain Music'
Buck Roses 'Mountain Music'

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Garden Companions

What do you suppose? A bee sat on my nose. Then what do you think? He gave me a wink and said, "I beg your pardon,I thought you were the garden."~English Rhyme

This guy startled me at first, I was pinching back the petunias in my hanging basket and there he was, it seemed like he was asleep as he wouldn't budge from his spot

Of course the bees have been busy all around. I'm not sure what kind of bee these are but the one sitting on the eaten up leaf of 'Altissimo' rose seemed to be asleep as well. The other one pictured is on a branch of one the alliums.

And finally here we have the neighbors cat making herself at home in my flower bed. I caught her later diving around in my compost pile. *sigh*

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ahhhh Lavender

Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram;The marigold, that goes to bed wi' th' sun,And with him rises weeping; these are flow'rsOf middle summer, and I think they are givenTo men of middle age.
Lavender and Shakespeare (Winters Tale, iv. 4)

Busy Bees..........

They love the lavender..........

These are some cuttings from my Lavender plant that I posted about last month. They look a little droopy in this picture that I took a couple of weeks ago, I moved them to a different location and they seem to be holding up better.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day - June 2008

Here is my Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post for June, Carol at May Dreams Garden hosts this monthly event. I am a little late posting but better late than never..... Here's what's blooming at Karen's Place...

Hen and Chicks





coreopsis (autumn blush)

Lily I think it is 'Lolipop'

Blanket Flower

Rose 'Ebb Tide'


False sunflower


Thursday, June 12, 2008

My Secrets Revealed!

Well maybe not so secret, but some things you don't know about me. Jane Marie at Thyme for Herbs tagged me for a meme. I'm supposed to tell you 6 things about myself that you don't know. So here it goes: Please don't judge too harshly, LOL :)

1. I am a neat freak. No my house is not spotless by any means, but when my kids or anyone for that matter, are cleaning I tend to be right behind them cleaning over what they cleaned "doing it right".

2. I love to learn new things. I am a hands on person and learn best by trial and error. If I screw it up, it's not a big deal to me I'll fix it and try again.

3. I like to watch the History channel, Discovery, and Animal Planet but I also tend to watch too much of the political news channels. I don't know why I do that, it just gets me all riled up or disgusted sometimes when it comes to politics, but there you have it.

4. My weakness is spending too much money on.... you guessed it, plants! **gasp** Let's just say when I have some extra money that I should be saving for a "rainy day" I just can't help but spend a little of it on a plant I want to add to my garden. Winter is the only time I'm frugal, but then you can shop on the internet for the next planting season. LOL

5. At the age of 40 I'm going to be a grandmother. Yes, I have a 20 year old daughter who is going to have a daughter of her own at the end of July. I have to confess that when I first found out I was not very excited. Geez ....I'm too young to be a grandmother, she's too young to be a mother, but what can I say I was her age when she was born. Now though I am excited and can't wait to spoil this little girl that will be coming into the world.

6. And finally, I can safely say I am with the love of my life Warren. I have to confess though when I first met Warren or (W.J.) as he likes to go by, that I did not like him. I mean I could not stand him. I thought he was obnoxious, selfish and not a nice person. (I won't put in here the other things I thought, lol) However, after some time he showed me his true self and although he can still be obnoxious, he is the most un-selfish, generous, loving person. But don't tell anyone, I don't think he wants anyone to know. LOL

So here are this Meme's Rules:

*Link to the person who tagged you.
*Post the rules on your blog.
*Write six random things about yourself.
*Tag six people at the end of your post linking to their blog.
*Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
*Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

I have tagged these six bloggers. I am interested in knowing more about you, but don't feel pressured into playing along.

1. Beckie at Dragonflycorner in Illinois

2. Element at My Gardening Attempts in Texas

3. Jean Ann at Gardener to Farmer in Oregan.

4. Jamie at I Love my Garden in Wisconsin

5. Matt and Jen at Our First Garden in Indiana

6. Tina at In the Garden Tennessee

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Here Come The Roses

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.- Emma Goldman

I planted several roses this spring and they are blooming already, of course the ones I've had around are in full force as well. Here are a few:

L.D. Braithwaite
(David Austin Roses)
Planted this spring.

Unknown yellow rose
3 years old

Pat Austin
(David Austin Roses)
Planted this spring

Unknown pink rose - age unknown

1 year old (first year bloom)

Mountain Music
(Griffith Buck Roses)
Planted this spring

My Grandmother's rose, my favorite and here is the history of this rose. I dug up this rose from my grandmother's garden last year after she passed away. According to my father this rose was transplanted from my grandparents farm to the house that they had lived in for about 35 - 40 years. (Mom if you're reading this correct me if I'm wrong) I planted it in the fall and it was looking pretty pitiful, I even checked on it through out the winter, I didn't think it would make it. I contacted the local nursery and they recommended feeding it some superthrive and I believe it paid off. Even though the bush is tiny this year the buds and flowers aren't. These pictures don't do it justice, the rose opens yellow, then turns pinkish and finally cream colored. I have never seen anything like it before.

Unknown cream/yellow/pink - 40 years old

I have some other roses that are just starting to bud and will post them at a later date. I just love roses more and more each day! Sunday I walked outside in the morning onto my deck and most of the roses are close by and let me tell you it smelled heavenly!