Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Garden June 2015 ~ Flower Photo Heavy!

I've been cheating on my blog with my garden. Or maybe it's the other way around since the garden came first. Poor thing!

Either way it's been masses of work but I feel like it's now winding down into the "all I need to do is water" phase. It's always amazing to me how fast plants grow and how my boring wintery landscape becomes so beautiful in what feel like a blink of an eye.

Globemaster Allium
I've been able to fuss less because this is now it's third year. So the weeds are sort of in check, everything is planted. Most everything that was going to die is dead... That sort of thing. We ended up removing 89 trees from our yard. We only have a quarter acre and part of that the house sits on so it's not like my yard is huge! The previous owners just didn't want to see any of their neighbors and planted fast growing, shallow rooting trees. They had to go for so many reasons not the least of which was we didn't need four crashing down on our house in a windstorm. When I talked to my neighbors, it had already happened twice before we moved in.
But the removal of the trees meant the entire dynamics of the yard shifted. Yes, there was still plenty of shade but now there were also hot dry areas. Pretty much everything you see planted in these photos was planted by me. After I had dug out more tree roots than I ever care to see again in my life time.
Red Pygmy Dogwood bracts
So this year has really been a year of refining my haphazard planting styles, being relieved at all the work I don't have to do again and just enjoying everything as it flowers.
Everything changes so fast now. This is the difference a week and a half makes! Hey, presto! Color!
It's even bigger from the winter awful brownness.
Ewwww! January!
I also have a fascination with daylilies. I went a little crazy over the last few years buying up different kinds. I should probably make a whole separate post for them but I can't resist popping a few of my favorites in here.
Aztec Gold
Barbara Mitchell
Other than gardening, I've been hitting up birthday parties, attending baby showers and waiting for the mailman to show up.

Can I just say that baby girls are the most fun thing to shop for ever!? I mean, I think it's more fun to shop for baby girl clothes than it is to buy makeup and skincare. Ooo! Haha! Seriously, all those pink frilly dresses... /swoon  No gender neutral stuff for me! Or the babies I'm buying for.

I'm not kidding, I've got five friends who either just gave birth or are about to. I think there's something in the water around here.

I've got so many reviews to write up and I have a giveaway planned for the Scentbird Limited Edition Pink Case. I've been meaning to do it for ages and I think it will go up either today or tomorrow.

It's supposed to be 100 degrees here on Saturday. I think that might break a record. It rarely gets that hot around here and never in June. Normally it rains until July 5th and then the sun comes out. Oh, Seattle.

I think we'll be home all summer but I sure wish we had a vacation planned. We were going to go to Germany in May but since our fence collapsed we replaced that instead. I'd love to swing it in October but I think we might wait til next May for the big European trip since accomodations would be difficult around Oktoberfest. We are thinking we might just road trip somewhere fun instead.

What about you, any vacation plans?


  1. BEAUTIFUL garden!!! love, love, love!!!
    I'm working on vegetables this year, so if I can make those live, next year I will get more flowers!!

    Renee C.

    1. Ooo! You'll have to let me know how it goes. I only have raspberries. Every other vegetable I've tried has died. Even carrots! I didn't water them enough or I planted them in too much shade (not thinking about the shadow cast by the house), or the slugs got them. So slug bait. That kept the slugs away but the rabbits/deer got the rest. I need a greenhouse type thing to keep them all safe and that's on my list for next year. :D

  2. I'm stuck on 89 trees! 89??? I have a 1/4 acre lot with a house on it too, trying to imagine 89 trees on it is blowing my mind! It's like you were in the middle of your own personal forest. Anyway, gorgeous flowers! 😍

    1. That's a good way to describe it! It was our own personal forest. :D My neighbors said the owners were from the midwest and didn't know how fast trees actually grew around here. Which is hilarious except for the fact that we were the ones that had to remove them. Ah, well. It looks much better now :D And thanks!