While I was gone on vacation I got a wonderful surprise from Ginger (Law of the Land). I won her Pay It Forward gift a while back. She was going to bring it to me on one of her trips to Mobile, but we can't seem to get together when she comes, so she finally just mailed it. And look how cute it is............... Its a camo birdhouse!!! I love it!!! The Hunter loved it too! To those of you that don't know....the Dirt Princess is a hunter. I love to hunt (bow hunt, deer hunt, turkey hunt). I thought it was so thoughtful of her! The gifts didn't stop there.....
Bailey & Gracie (Ginger's cats) sent Kiki a gift too!!! Kiki loved it! She is sometime not fond of new toys, but she immediately took to this one and started playing with it!
I am still noticing new things around the garden since returning home
I was informed by several ladies that this is NOT a crinum, it is a Cahaba Lily. There was an article in our local paper recently about them. They grow wild on the Cahaba River here in Alabama. Apparently they are highly adaptable since my yard is far from the river!
another view of the court jester......ok, well Bee Balm
Phlox...it now has a name
Crocosmia is coming along nicely
I have many more of these to plant this fall
Plumbago is loaded
and the one that shocks me the most is this.....well these.....
I always deadhead my plants, one of those are the zinnias. I deadheaded them last year, and saved most of the seeds. I planted all of the seeds, and they are all growing and blooming. When I got too many seeds, I just started throwing the dried blooms off into the flower beds. Well look what we have here...........those seeds are growing.....everywhere!
All around the bed on the side of the house!!!
There must be 50 zinnias coming up around there. Amazing to think they came up from me throwing a dried up bloom back into the bed! I really didn't think they would come back....well I was wrong!
Ginger asked about the Dinner Plate Dahlia. She wanted to know how big it was (size & height). The bloom is very large, as you can tell with my hand next to it!
I am 5'-5" (shorty), and the plant is a good 5' tall right now
more of the bee balm.....and don't pay attention to all those weeds! They have since been sprayed
Petunias, phlox, crocosmia in bloom. The Butterfly Ginger in the back should be blooming soon. It is so dry here that all the leaves are curled up. I will douse them with water this afternoon
Breakfast at the hibiscus
remember those blue lace cap hydrangeas, well they decided to turn on me while I was gone!!!! They are now a mottled pink!
this Jurassic looking thing on the trellis....its a locust! A reminder in the deep south that summer is here
remember the leaf stepping stone my wonderful Aunt found for me? Well I finally put them out!! I put them on both sides of this bed walking up to the shaded sitting area. Actually there is no shaded sitting area right now, but one day there will be. This bed will be getting a makeover next year. Too much green and not enough blooms!
A larger shot. The grass is just now growing here after much transplanting. It was all sand...it is slowly filling in
A rose from Mrs. Brown. She rooted it for me, and it is blooming, it smells so great!
I really love that shade of pink!
budding star (see that mulch...God Love him...he is great!)
The roses are happy that The Hunter spruced up their home with that mulch, so they have decided to show off!
The Hunter and I went to the hunting camp Saturday to do a few things. We rode by one of the hunting spots and saw blackberries COVERING the field. So we got out in the 100 degree heat and picked blackberries like they were the last on earth!!!!!!
We picked until we were about to fall out and have a heat stroke...which wasn't long this time of year. The field is LOADED with them. I had on flip flops which are not conducive to blackberry picking. They picked me as much as I picked them. I am going to go back soon, wearing my snake boots for added protection, and pick away! I did make some blackberry tarts, they were pretty good. I am going to make a cobbler for my dad this weekend.