Ramblings from an amateur gardener about all things green and growing in middle Tennessee.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Things Are Lookin' Up Around Here
There's not too much going on in the garden today. Thankfully, the Japanese Beetles were greatly reduced in number when I checked on the garden this morning; however, the wisteria vines will require a little pruning to return them to their former glory.
I am delighted to report that we were graced, once again, with rain today and no matter how many times it happens; I am always in awe of how quickly things perk up and look appreciative.
It's a shame that rain gets such a bad rap, isn't it? It messes up our cars, our picnics, our hair, etc. But you let us spend a few weeks without it and we all begin to panic. Let us go a few days without snow... no problem. No frost? No problem. No fog? No big deal. Now a day without sunshine is an entirely different ball game. One day without it and we're all having withdrawals. Lack of rain takes a bit longer to get our attention. Too many days of rain also has a dramatic effect on, not only our gardens, but our attitudes as well. We're just so needy, aren't we?
But we are grateful for the rains of late and we have embraced them like a long lost, rich uncle! Check out the new growth on this rose - you can't tell me she isn't thrilled about the rains! She'll be even happier when she learns that I fixed a huge banana pudding for my family's Father's Day celebration tomorrow! That's right... I'll be mixing her up her very own banana peel smoothie because I know how much she loves them!
Here's a couple more photos from the garden today: a dancing splash of orange and my neighbor's birdhouse. I've always wanted a "See Rock City" birdhouse. Now I have one... well, almost. I can see it from my patio... so that is good enough! It even has my bluebirds nesting in it! :) This is also the house where my cat lives; sure, technically he's their cat. He was theirs before we even moved here. But he has his very own store-bought bed on my patio that he sleeps in - so he may belong to them - if you're in to splitting hairs like that! :)