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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Happy Wednesday

Just inside from checking on what isn't flowering in the yard and that is quite a bit.  The Japanese beetles are healthy as they are eating well.   Will travel out in a bit to pick up some 7 dust.   I will not be eating the plants so a little sprinkle will at least keep them from being devoured.
This mallow hibiscus ( I believe it's called) has this one decent flower on it.  I pulled the other ones off riddled with holes from the beetles.  This plant has followed me to two homes in 20 years.  Hardy plant.

I don't think these can be killed or eaten by anything.   Black eyed Susan as I call them is a flower I can count on to come back even more so every year.   The Japanese beetles must not find it tasty.

Steve's windmill he purchased from Lavender Farms in Glen Allen.  You can see that no air is moving.   Not good.

Red Hydrangea.   Been moved and shocked so much,  I have yet to see it bloom.  Maybe next year.

Zinnias starting to bloom on fence line.

So pretty with the specks of red -candy cane zinnia

I finally finished painting my butterfly chair Steve gave us for our anniversary two years ago from Lewis Ginter Botanical gardens.   I love this chair but it's going in the garage this year for the winter.

Next year I believe I will plant all squash in pots. This one was planted about a month ago and it's doing well.   I think squash does better planted later in this area.
Dad always planted squash in early June.

Shady now,  but will be having trees removed soon from this area.   Makes it too hot.    Pines draw heat and they have to go sooner rather than later.  Will plant something else a little prettier and has a dapple shade effect, although there are about 6 dogwoods here in this area already.

Chocolate mint likes the sun room a little more than the intense heat outside.  The chocolate flavor definitely comes through with this plant.

Another fella Steve purchased,  he cannot pass up these novelties and the grand kids love these as well.

In the office window.   The gladiolas put out a few blooms this year.

Black eyed Susan's peeking through the fence.
That's it for now.


  1. Looks like you do have some beauties blooming now... Love Glads and also Zinnias. My Mom used to grow them --but I never have...

    The beetles are loving our Roses this summer too. Grrrrrrr..... In fact, after our very mild winter last year, the bugs everywhere are worse this summer... Oh --how I am not a lover of Summer (except for the pretty summer flowers)....


  2. That is a gorgeous butterfly chair! I've never tried the chocolate mint, silly question but do you cook with it? And that red glad is so vibrant, haven't grown them in years. I think you garden is lovely and the black-eyed susans peeping through the fence is darling.

  3. What a totally cool chair. Love the shape and the color! Your flowers are looking great and I love the windmill. My mind started going 90 miles an hour wondering if I could make one of these! That is a fall or winter job though cause welding is a hot job. Great post.

  4. It's so hot and humid, Betsy, but your flowers are liking it! The Japanese beetles are all over my wisteria. That's never happened before! Stay cool. ♥


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