Friday, June 26, 2015

A Sunflower and a Flower Fly


Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
 
hee-lee-AN-thus an-gus-tih-FOE-lee-us
 
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Usually these sunflowers bloom later in the summer, but I have a few that have popped up early this year. 
With temperatures hovering near 100*F every day, I think they think it is August!
 
The Flower Fly is happily sunning himself, too. He's actually a teensy tiny bee with 
yellow and black stripes.
 
We call them sweat bees around these parts because they like to sting you when you're 
working out in the garden and sweating. 
 
If you're not sweating, they don't sting you. 
 
Needless to say, I don't get stung. 


What's in your flower garden right now? 
 
Flowers? 
 
Sweat bees?
 
 Anything Interesting?


~Happy Gardening~



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You...

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth Vogt
Releases JUNE 30th!!!


Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancĂ©. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

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~Happy Reading~


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Nearly Perfect Plant


I've been a bit absent from blogging as I took a trip to FL last weekend to spend some time celebrating the upcoming arrival of a new 'great' niece. There was lots of food, fun and fellowship accompanied by much laughter, and a wee bit of stepping in the big Atlantic Ocean at sunset.


When I came home, my husband and son had put this beautiful fountain in the front yard.


 One of the plants I will be transplanting into the garden area around the fountain is Sedum, so I thought I would share a picture of some I took a photo of last year.


Sedum
Sedum

Light:
Part Sun, Sun

Type:
Perennial
 
Height:
Under 6 inches to 3 feet

Width:
6 inches or several feet wide, depending on variety

Flower Color:
Orange, Pink, Red, White
 
Foliage Color:
Blue/Green, Chartreuse/Gold, Gray/Silver, Purple/Burgundy
 
Seasonal Features:
Colorful Fall Foliage, Fall Bloom, Summer Bloom, Winter Interest
 
Problem Solvers:
Drought Tolerant, Ground cover, Slope/Erosion Control
 
Special Features:
Attracts Birds, Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
 
Zones:
3-10

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My Sedums are numerous and grow both in direct sun and partial sun. They reach at least 2' tall or higher and have white flowers when they bloom. 

Sedum are truly one of the easiest and most prolific perennials in my yard. 

This type of plant makes me happy. :)

What type of plant in your yard is one of your favorites?


Happy Gardening, Y'all!   


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