Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A day in the life...

...of an Alien?

Ok, maybe it was just more like 10 minutes in the life of...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wordless Wednesday~


I see you...

Ah...what a life!

Well...almost wordless.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Daylilies Galore

For those of us that LOVE the genus Hemerocallis...we look forward to the month of July. It's peak bloom time in my zone 6 garden, and this year the display is spectacular! I've spent a fortune on sprays to keep the deer at daylilies are on their list of top 3 goodies. But, still...there are mornings when I'm out mush-mummy-ing and just break down in tears when scapes are stripped bare.

Like this beautiful clump of Scarlet Orbit under my garden sign. The morning after this photo was taken (thank goodness!), nothing but naked stems! Makes me soo mad!

Love this Dallas Star! Courtesy of friend, George, the Vermont Gardener (see side link)

I've only collected a few spider forms...this is Peacock Ribbon

The ever popular Bela Lugosi

Wineberry Candy~one of my faves! It's been blooming like this everyday for the past two weeks...from just one clump!

Mid-July and pansies are still in bloom! That's Blackberry Candy above

Bright up to it's name

Pure and Simple...another fave

A centerpiece that will last but a day...

Packing up again and this time, heading off to the Happiest Place on Earth!
I'm sure there will be pictures of Disney gardens coming soon. Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Quiet Splendor

Once in a rare while, I find myself with a free afternoon. A break from the everyday duties that fill my calendar. What should I do?! For garden nuts like us, it's a no-brainer! A garden tour, of course!

Forty minutes later, I'm here! A beautiful woodland garden created by Leonard J. Buck and Zenon Schreiber. A 30-yr. collaboration that began in 1940's, encompassing 29 acres with a 2.5 mile walking trail. They designed the garden by feel and eye, with no plans on kind of gardening!

Just a $3 donation gains you entrance into paradise...can't beat that! Let's go, shall we?

Already a split in the trail...let's go this way! With the huge canopy of trees and the sun hitting just so, it was the perfect day!

Aptly named Primrose Path...

A lovely place of eternal rest

MUST add this 'Hartlage Wine' Calycanthus to my garden...anyone grow this?

Amazing that I had the park all to myself! So, naturally, I had to wander off-path to capture some hidden views..Shhh!

Even the huge outcroppings of boulders had gardens tucked in them. quite the muddy feet for this closeup

Let's rest a bit...

A fews hours of much needed soul re-charging, it's time to head back.
Don't worry, we're not lost, just follow the trail of snow...

Japanese Snowbell, that is.

So when you need the world to fade to quiet, pencil in a few hours of peace in your calendar. And don't forget to invite me!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

When in Spain...

Do as the Spaniards do...take a siesta!
Otherwise you'll fall asleep at the dinner table. I speak from! Our four days in Barcelona went by in a flash, but, I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Our flight course took nine-hours, plus the 6 hrs. ahead of my body clock didn't help.

I was too excited to nap and witnessed this beautiful sunrise.

Spring at it's peak so the timing was perfect!

I took so many photos of buildings and statues that my neck was kinking up...within the first 2 hours!

How would you like to have this flower market in your neighborhood?

We took amazing cathedral and museum tours but, of course, my favorite...the gardens! Wisterias are not highly scented but I would love to add this vine to my garden.

I snapped this mountain of monuments from the freeway. The dead are very much alive in these hillside cemeteries.

We came across this very famous Farmer's Market!
Anything you could possibly want!

From fruits to

more fruits (I bought those kumquats)

From eggs...

to sheep heads! Appetizing, huh?

Isles upon isles of the freshest catch.
Some I recognized

and some I didn't.

Within two blocks from our hotel was this famous landmark, Casa Batllo.
Designed by renowned architect Antonio Gaudi. The balconies were designed to resemble skulls. More on him later...

Loved watching these sidewalk artists

The Mediterranean! Beautiful but quite empty...except for us tourists.

Atop a park

Here I am at Gaudi's GIANT temple, La Sagrada Familia. Construction started in 1882 and continues to this day!

Hope you enjoyed this too-long-a-post of photos. Be warned...I have more to share! 'Til next time, thanks for stopping by!