September 22, 2008

September has been GREAT

September is usually a month of frosts, and dying flowers! But this year, we have had rain, cooler nights, yet good days for continued growing and blooming... great for my yard! The flowers continue to bloom! :)

Click the photo below for a larger view:

I have begun work on the other sides of the house... where I have had potatoes, veggies, etc. growing, but also some very persistent weeds! But I am working on them! :)

I have also hauled in more loads of manure, and dirt! Plus adding more plants like iris, plants scavenged from abandoned yards, etc! :)

More photos to come later.

September 5, 2008

More flowers... and Mary Rose again!

Still admiring Mary Rose:

(Please excuse the gray smudging on the leaves: I pump from a river (appropriately named the Milk River by the Lewis and Clark's expedition) and whenever I sprinkle my plants, they receive a misting of sand/mud as well as water!)
I am enjoying the flowers .... the past several nights we have had near-freezing temps and it is a warning that our first frost is near!
Gem Signet marigolds:

A bee visiting a Celebration gladiolus blossom... I think he spent the night there!

Blue lobelia in a strawberry jar:

Love Lies Bleeding, an ornamental amaranthus:

Oranges and Lemons gaillardia:

White Maverick geranium:

Still rambling on about roses....

One more rose: This is Quadra... spending this first year building a root system, but I have pretty high expectations for this plant next year!

Finally!!! My only tea rose, Love, finally produced a typical bud/blossom! I couldn't fault this plant's blooming ability... it produced blossoms all summer... but I think the heat was to blame for the 'non-typical' coloring and shape! With the cooler weather we are having, this blossom performed more favorably.

And one more photo of Hope for Humanity! This rose has out performed nearly every other plant in my yard!!! I have fallen in love! :)

The above photo was taken 8/29.
I want to put my photos of this rose together, so you can see how wonderful it was!
Here it is on 7/20:

When these first blossoms faded, the plant seemed to grow literally overnight!
Here is a photo on 8/3:

And again this photo, taken 8/29:

I am a HUGE FAN of Canadian roses.... for a brief history of their breeding programs, read this interesting article on the Canadian Rose Society web site.