Friday, June 23, 2017

Little Leaf Linden - Ah the Sweet Smell of Summer

After weeks of dire predictions of rain and wind and nothing happening, we finally got rain and wind.  Lots of rain in fact.  I have watched clouds roll by to the north and south whilst watering my yard.  This morning I went out to get the newspaper in between the raindrops and this wonderful aroma assaulted my nostrils.  The little leaf lindens were blooming.  Enjoy the photos.  Alas, I do not have smellovision.

 A bee, undaunted by rain, enjoys the nectar too

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunshine Yellow

I spent yesterday afternoon with my grandson at PBS Kid's Live.  I got to see Barney perform.

Charlie enjoyed it.  I'll spare you the videos of the noise.  We also saw, Daniel Tiger, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why, Clifford and Nature Cat.  And took lots of pictures.

Once at home I decided the grass needed cutting.  Yes, I cut the grass even though I am pretty sure that is what caused the hives.  But since grass pollen season is coming to an end, I am hoping for the best.  I still am itching, but at least after using the lotion it eases up in a short time.

Closer to eight o'clock in the evening, as the sun was going down in the western sky, I looked out of the kitchen window and saw these wonderful pictures of the flowers in the late sun.  Here is a view of my kitchen windows onto the north gardens, taken early this spring for a post I never wrote.
And here are some of the flowers that opened yesterday and today in the garden.
Daylily 'Happy Returns'  I love how the sun was hitting the flower and making it look like a mini-sun.
Rocky stonecrop sedum growing by the bridge.  This plant was given to me back in the 70's by a co-worker at the hospital.  It has spread over much of the back garden.
Flowers on heliopsis.  I had four of these, but this spring only one plant emerged.  I am blaming the moles and voles for their demise.  I started these plants from seeds back when these gardens were put in around 1974.  Again, the sun is going right through them.
Oriental lily 'Connecticut Yankee'.  Last year the rabbits ate all the buds.  This year they made it.
Hosta 'Inniswood'
Daylily 'Golden Prize', which opened this morning.

And there you have it.  Sunshine yellow flowers for a day that is supposed to bring rain.