What a whirlwind of activities!!
School is now officially OUT. .
And summer vacation is IN!
We have been to play day for Devin. .
Preschool graduation for Camille (complete with the caps and a processional). .
And though the weather hasn't been perfect for gardening. .
We are getting some of that squeezed in!
We had nearly 3 inches of rain last weekend after high school graduation. .
See how my back yard looked after it came in a torrential fashion?!
We also had hail with it. .
But not as large as the hail that broke through multiple panes of my greenhouse the week before!!
We have had quite a bit of rain this spring. .
and cooler temperatures than the last two years at this time. .
So, we are hopeful for a break in the drought pattern!
The rains filled my pond to the brim!
And the pasture pond that belongs to our neighbor!!
It's been a while since there was water there. .
And it was a beautiful site for sore eyes!
We enjoyed a little pasture tour the one beautiful evening we had. .
And found some great wildflowers. .
that I don't even think we saw last spring!
This is what I love about Kansas when it is nice. .
Big, wide open spaces. .
and super blue skies. .
The yucca plants are nearly blooming. .
I will have to go out this weekend and see if I can capture a photo. .
They are SOOO gorgeous in full bloom!
The yard is starting to explode with color too. .
I have been hard at work planting, planting, planting. .
and watering, watering, watering. .
over the last several years. .
But THIS year. .
Things finally seem to be coming together. .
and it is looking like a garden instead of random plants and bushes!
Two of the three honeysuckle bushes survived. .
I thought they would be fragrant. .
but they aren't.
I was going to yank them back out. .
but they have a nice dense habit, that will be good for wildlife. .
And they do produce some red berries, that always seem to get eaten. .
So they will stay. .
not to mention,
I am liking the upright structural element that they are finally providing in their garden spots!
The spirea that I snatched from my mother in laws hedge are ready to bloom. .
and the dwarf spruce trees in the background are turning that wonderful shade of 'new-growth blue'. .
The spiky foliage in the foreground is a red hot poker, and I noticed in the last couple days that it will be blooming soon too!
The iris are blooming. .
This peach one is probably one of my favorites. .
I don't think we had ONE iris blossom last year. .
But the plants are loaded this year. .
I even found this pink and white bloom. .
that I think came from my friend Sally. .
I've never seen it before!
The Russian garden is looking pretty pathetic. .
but better, after Grant spent some time weeding out the cheat grass!
I was pretty surprised to find this long, tall bud in the Texas Red Yucca plant. .
The surprising part was, that the same type of plant right next to this one. .
which is about quadruple the size of this little guy. .
Has NO blooms yet. .
It should finish opening any day now. .
And is more red than the pink color it was at the beginning of the week when I snagged the photo.
THAT should be a hummingbird magnet for SURE!
My other hummingbird magnet. .
The orange honeysuckle. .
is blooming and climbing up the structure. .
but I haven't noticed any hummingbirds coming near it. .
Maybe this weekend as I have time to sit, I'll see one!
The neighbor said she has seen several already.
Nellie Moser clematis is blooming. .
And so is the primrose plant that I got from Garden on Sherlock Street last spring. .
Speaking of GonSS. .
I was hoping for a real live tour of her Garden tomorrow. .
That was. .
until Miss Thing ended up with the stomach flu this evening. .
Now I'm just hoping for a little sleep tonight. .
and that the Lysol and Clorox will effectively protect the rest of us!
Sickness wasn't what I had on my agenda for the weekend. .
It is what it is!
in between some cleaning tasks. .
and a little gardening. .
I hope I'll find time to just sit still. .
And enjoy all nature has to offer!
Hope you have time to do some of that too!!
Enjoy your long weekend!