Friday, June 22, 2012

Long Hot Summer

In my last post I mentioned the really bad summer we had last year being a reason for container gardening this summer. Just to emphasis that I went out and took some photos of the yard as it is now. Notice the stumps: those trees all died in the drought last summer....6 large pine trees, 5 large cedars and several ash trees. I scanned back a ways for the first photo for you to see the other dead cedars yet to be cut down.
 



We are hoping and praying that this year will not be as bad, but with the temperatures already in the 90's in June we are expecting it to be bad again. At least we have had some rain so far. Last year we had very little rain in the spring and none at all after the first of June.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Container Gardening

I really, really need to get some flower beds made where there is full sun. The existing beds are in the shade most of the day, the ground is packed and they won't hold water. Also, the iris need to be divided and have more room to grow. I have a spot in mind to get ready for fall and in the meantime I am growing a few things in containers since we had such a terrible summer last year. At least it will be easier to water what I have growing.

The chives I dug up from where I once had an herb garden. I am also going to plant a sweet potato vine, some ginger and some garlic. I dug some dayflower vines from along the creek to put in a hanging basket, not sure if that will work or not.

I have lemon balm, oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary in one large pot, English lavender in another pot and spearmint in another.








Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Dallas Arboretum

Several weeks ago a group of ladies joined me for a trip to the Dallas Arboretum. We had a marvelous day and took a picnic lunch with us. Aside from the tram driver from hell who would not slow down long enough for us to take the photos we wanted, and who seemed more interested in the buildings than the plants, we really had a blast.

There was a glass exhibit that must be seen to be believed. I have included some photos (taken on foot by the way...).







Monday, June 18, 2012

I so want to finish this shawl....

My friend, Linda, has unknowingly guilted me into getting back to blogging.....she linked to my blog from hers....so, this one is for you, Linda! And you can find Linda here: Fabric Follies Two.

I have forgotten how long I have been working on this shawl. I love the yarn. I love the pattern. But I am so ready to be done with this thing! I like the beads added onto the edge for weight and think it will be so nice for my sister-in-law's birthday next month.






On another subject altogether....I had an afternoon visitor in the yard....isn't she gorgeous? It's been awhile since I saw a deer in the yard and this doe was all alone. Usually there will be several passing through at the same time.