Hen & Chicks
Above is a birthday gift from a very thoughtful neighbor. Over the years she has added some amazing florals to my porch and garden. I've always admired this sort of set up for hen and chicks, but always passed as I thought it was too expensive.
I have several hen and chicks growing in log crevices and on rocks. This one is like a beautiful center piece.
My neighbor professes to have a brown thumb. Indeed she sort of does, but she has a wonderful eye for adding to my collection of flowers. Last year a lavender plant showed up on my stump with a note when my MIL died.
Another year some beer and Gerbera Daisies showed up.
Flowers have a way of making me smile. My Grandmother Pearl loved flowers. Grandpa only let her have a small area for her flowers. She managed to have the most incredible flower garden in a tiny space.
Moon flowers were my favorite. I have yet to grow some of those.
At one time I disliked geraniums. But my MIL always had a wonderful mix of them on her porch or later on her balconey. I'd cut the spent flowers for her and learned to have an appreciation for them.
This year I have 3 colors of geraniums. I potted some exotic pink ones in an old pot I inherited from her balconey.
White ones in an old galvanized pail that was used to collect maple syrup by my father in law's dad.
For me this year, the flowers have it. I can be close to the house yet still outside working in the tiny gardens and watering those flowers in containers on the porch.
The Hen and Chicks I moved to the Forest Garden are doing well!
I couldn't resist a bit of playing around in the woods. The shade is nice and the breezes were warm but tolerable.
I didn't plan on a moderate drought this year, so hauling water daily to water my seedlings is an extra chore, but one I don't mind.
I had to put some 'fake' flowers in the basin of the Old Man's head. Real flowers would have withered away in this wind and heat.
In a way, I am happy that I didn't decide to do a large veggie garden this year. The lack of rain and the heat would have made the work much more intense.
My garden this time last year:
It was rather impressive.
Rich keeps telling me that he will till it. But he has forgotten that the tiller is partially broken and lives at the neighbor's house now. My neighbor has tilled for us for the past 4 years.
I just don't have the heart to ask him to do it for us in this heat.
At least if we do get some tilling done. The garden will be much smaller but I will reserve an area for Zinnias and other colorful flowers to admire.
If it were left up to me, I'd have flowers and plants to work with every day.
I have such a hard time resisting all of those bright colors.
Have a wonderful Monday.
My June week is filled to the brim with fun and exciting activities.
Who am I kidding?
It looks to be awfully hot and icky this week with a chance of humidity, clouds, maybe some rain, and chance of viewing a partial eclipse of the sun on Thursday!
Flowers....I just love them!