Thursday, May 26, 2011

The rain has finally let up for a day so that I could go out and tend to and see what was blooming. I think if the rains would stop for a while and we could get more sun, there would be a lot more blooms...but I will take what I get.

I told you it has been raining...there are mushrooms growing in my hostas!! Not really...

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail came for supper on my lilacs ~

Whenever planting up pots, I usually buy some fillers/spillers. Variegated Vinca Vine is one of the 'regulars' around here, and one year, I thought why not put one in the ground instead of letting it die over the Winter. It is supposed to be an annual here in zone 5 - but I can hardly control the one that I put in the ground about 3 years goes crazy every year. When I would use them in container gardening, they never had flowers on them, yet since I planted it in the ground, it gets blue flowers. Interesting ~

Yellow Columbine ~

Iris, bought from Girl Scouts for a fund raiser years ago ~

Trumpet Honeysuckle Vine ~

Valerian Jupiter's Beard ~

It's time to batten down the hatches again for another couple of days of rain. We have had almost as much moisture in May as we have had in January through April. Although I like not having to water, I love to plant and dig too. One day a week of rain sounds much more better than one or two days of sun a week. I guess I shouldn't complain - my heart goes out to those that are suffering through the tornadoes and floods. It could easily be happening in SE Nebraska too.


  1. Hi Judy,
    I love your header photo! I have some wash tubs similar to yours. Is that the retaining wall you just put in? It looks great there. I like your background, too.

    Great shot of the butterfly! I haven't seen any swallowtails yet. I like the flower on that vinca.

  2. Thank you Sue. That photo was my inspiration for the title of my blog. I have two sets of wash tubs, and this one will be brimming with impatiens, as soon as they grow up. Yes, that is the retaining wall we just put up - a great improvement from the railroad ties we had in. I've seen Swallowtails for quite a few days now but we have had hummingbirds only once so far.

  3. I love that window hanging on the fence in your header photo. That's a great picture of the swallowtail too. They're such pretty butterflies.

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

  4. Hi Judy
    I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and also to say I love those mushrooms! Are they stone? They really look nice in amongst the hostas.

  5. Thank you Sue! No, the mushrooms aren't stone. I think they are terra cotta, with something painted over them to make them rough and look aged. I got them at a local antiques shop...but they aren't antiques. They are very light in weight and I carefully move them to a storage shed before Winter sets in every year. Thank you for visiting :-)

  6. I have a piece of that variegated vinca that I got from my mother in law a few years ago. .but I never knew what it was. It has yet to flower. .but it is getting quite a bit bigger this year. .so we'll see! Enjoyed your pictures. .especially the swallow tail. .I have never seen one on my property in SW Ks. .but I think they are here. .I am finally getting enough things that they feed on. .I'm hoping to see one!