It’s as black as night outside right now, ready to storm. Before it got dark, I got out and took some pictures in the yard I wanted to share with you. This is one of our Rio Samba rose bushes with Impatiens around the base. We have two other Rio Sambas, but for some reason, their leaves are turning yellow. I’ve sprayed them with fungicide plus all purpose rose bug killer, hoping that will help them.
I love the red roses on this bush. It seems quite happy at the moment.
This is one group of phlox. I love these. They come in a lot of colors. We have a lighter pink shade and this one. I’m afraid if it rains hard, these will be beaten down.
I have to tell you about my stupidity of the day –
I checked my veggie garden and noticed the plants weren’t getting enough water. My husband came out to help me trace the water from the outside rural faucet we have out to the garden. It turned out that I had forgotten about a “Y” connection of hoses we have and it was turned the wrong way. The water wasn’t going anywhere, much less to the garden! We fixed it and tested it. On the way back to the house, Mother Nature rained on us….
I did two sessions of weeding in the trio of 8′ long brick planters that are between our front yard and our driveway today. I thought I would take advantage of the cooler temperature and overcast sky to do some good outside. Of course, the MINUTE I walked out there, the sun came out in full force…
I came in dripping twice, and then called it a day. I’ll try to do more tomorrow. I wanted to share some nice flowers that are blooming now, though. This is a burgundy lily. It’s all one bloom and knocks our socks off each year when it blooms.
This is impatiens on the front porch.
Deep pink phlox
“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.” – John Lennon
This nice bunch of lilies is almost finished for the year. It looks like a lily bouquet to me, and I love the rich color.
Last year, once the summer was in full swing, I sprinkled a bunch of zinnia seeds in the planters. Not many of them came up, so I was really surprised to see volunteers all around the planters and across the front yard!
I don’t know what this plant is, but it’s perennial and it seems to really like it in this planter.
Phlox and periwinkles.
Two colors of impatiens, plus phlox about to bloom and iris.
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
I showed you pictures of the new plants I planted on our deck. I took some pics a couple of days ago of the flowers I just planted in the rest of the yard, plus a couple of others I wanted to share with you. The planting is all finished now, with the exception of nestling some hummingbird flowers seedlings into the deck pots –
My husband’s clematis. This year they’re really giving us a nice show.
On one side of the front portch, we have fuchsia impatiens, neon orange impatiens, phlox, and some iris. We have an evergreen bush on the other side of the porch in the same kind of tall planter, the fuchsia impatiens, some phlox, etc.
I did this mosaic gazing ball a couple of years ago. This pot is on one side of our driveway. I planted some periwinkles around the edge of the pot.
One of four gerbera daisies.
Lavender stripy petunias.
‘violas’ or what I call bright happy pansy type flowers.
Periwinkles in our emu planters, plus phlox and periwinkles in the pot at the bottom of the pic.
This pot is on the other side of the driveway from the one above.
The ‘thing’ at the top of this pic is an old computer. The birds like to build nests inside. The flowers are fuchsia purslane/yubi/portalaca, and then we have phlox and periwinkles in the square planter.
The temperatures have FINALLY gone down a bit and we can breathe when we’re outside. Another 10 degrees down or so and I’ll be in heaven. It says my “perfect” temperature about three days a year here in Arkansas. :0)
I worked in the yard a bit to celebrate the gorgeous day.
I took some pictures of the things still in bloom, enjoying each one. I thought that you might enjoy them, too.
My husband’s clematis is enjoying a second bloom.
We have one group of phlox still blooming.
Impatiens in two pots on either side of the front porch.
Mostly white hydrangea with a blush of pink.
I hope that a trip around your yard makes you smile, too!