I almost think I need a "refresher" as I sit at my computer today ~ it feels that long since I last posted. What can I say? Life got in the way this month. The garden is still going but definitely waning. Stressed from heat and lack of rainfall not to mention the small issue of me being focused on other things ~ like flea marketing. The watering can on the far right was purchased on a recent venture:
Anytime I find one for less than $15.00 I consider it a "deal" ~ this one was $14.00! Finding it prompted me to pull out a few others from my collection for a little photo shoot. My favorite of the session is pictured below:
Isn't it comforting to see that blooms, like people, can still look spectacular when a bit past their peak?! (I had a birthday while I was absent too ~ can you tell I'm feeling a little "old?!")
What else have I been up to (besides not blogging)? Oh ~ the Fair ~ where my daughter and I had two very different agendas. Hers focused on fun:
mine on chickens!
I can't remember the name of this breed but I loved the feathers covering their feet. We visited on the last day and found many of the chickens (even some grand champions) were for sale. Good thing I didn't have a coop or a few might have found their way home with me!
A surprise in the early August garden was finding 'Naked Lady' buds (Lycoris squamigera) when I'd forgotten ever planting them:
The buds turned to blooms:
and were all over before I ever got around to sharing. Same with the lilies. Below 'Black Beauty:'
Also totally over.
Occurring several summers now, Amaryllis bulbs blooming out of season. This year 'Novella' decided she couldn't wait until winter:
At least she's still in bloom so I don't feel like a complete garden dropout.
One other (sorta major) thing that kept me from blogging ~ a week long visit from my niece. We covered a lot of ground and kept so busy, I'm surprised I remembered to water my containers. She's gone now too so hopefully life will return to "normal" and you'll see more of me here & on your own blogs! It's been a great break but funny how it feels like I've missed some friends. :-)