I apologize for being a little late this morning in getting my post out to you. This time, it isn’t due to computer/interwebs issues like usual. I was in the kitchen making biscuits for HH.
He loves me…
He loves me not…
He loves me…
Stay tuned Friday. I have the best blueberry syrup recipe to share with you. And, it’s healthy…not going to mention the non-healthy but scrumptious biscuits, though. Ha!
What? You’ve never had syrup on biscuits? (OK, we’ll discuss that Friday, too.)
Now for what’s blooming….
I stepped out onto the porch from the kitchen Monday morning, and the sound was almost deafening. The loud and constant hummmm came not from hummingbirds but from big fat bumble bees. Very busy ones.
I’ve never heard the bumble bees buzzing so loudly! They covered this Cleyera bush of berries – or bloom buds. I can’t tell exactly what they are. What would you call them? (On closer inspection, I’m 95% sure they’re berries.)
Everything was very dry, so I got up early yesterday to run the sprinkler, watering all the bushes and flowers. After finishing, I told HH he could thank me…because I knew it would rain once I finished watering the world (of our plantings).
It worked! We had hard rain – twice. Isn’t it ironic? I’m not complaining, though. Oh, how we needed that rain!
After the second shower, I went out to see how things might have improved and to take some pictures. Everything looks so refreshed!
Around back, Day Lilies are blooming nicely beside the Vitex Chaste.
A hundred bumble bees buzzed around the blooms. Even the black swallowtail butterfly seemed happy.
Lamb’s ear are just starting to bloom. HH killed the huge armadillo that kept everything torn apart since April. They are such sneaky pests, nosing around in the middle of the night, pushing things around while everyone’s asleep!
I wonder if those creepy critters are behind the spread of poison ivy from the tree line. I’d never reacted to poison ivy or oak before, but after pulling a couple of baby ivy sprigs last month (and not washing my hands thoroughly enough, but we won’t go there today), I now have full respect.
This sprig will stay (and the dead iris leaf beside) until I can remove it without touching it. At! All!
Long-handled pliers, perhaps?
Several ivy varieties are sprouting up from beneath the Knock-out roses, but I can’t get to those in the back. I don’t mind regular ivy so much, but if poison ivy continues to be a problem, I’ll remove the bushes and all ivy (carefully) come winter.
I like the security of the sticker bushes beneath our windows, but it prohibits me from pulling weeds and vines beneath. Something lo- to no-maintenance would be my wish.
What would you plant in place of the Knock-out roses? Any recommendations – something you love having in your yard?