Thursday, July 1, 2010

First day of the Seventh Month

It is hard to believe it is July already. The older I get the faster time seems to be going.

It wasn't too bad out earlier, so right after breakfast I went out and mowed, 8-8:30, and I was becoming soaked but I decided to do a tad weeding and trimming. Kids across the street started letting of firecrackers and that took the joy out of what I was doing so I quit for the day.

It looked like rain and there was thunder in the distance but it all went around us. I have to hand water to keep things surviving. I'm allowed two days to use the sprinklers. I don't water grass, or driveway plantings either, it survives or it doesn't.

Here are some pictures taken this morning.

Happy zinnias.

Blanket flowers

Crepes being lit up by the morning sun.


Passion vine blooms.

"Rest is not idleness,
and to lie sometimes on the grass
under trees on a summer's day,
listening to the
murmur of the water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is by no means a waste of time."

John Lubbock

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Floridagirl said...

Gorgeous, exotic blooms, Flowerlady! Love that schizopetalus! And your gaillardia is the coolest I've ever seen. I want one of those....

Antique ART Garden said...

Yes, humidity is reigning ever present, very early especially. came back from my morning walk, and was a wet , sopping mess of a woman. I still liked hearing about the kids popping fireworks in early preparation for the 4th. Only kids can enjoy loud popping and bangs, but that is part of life right...passage for the young is enjoying LOUD ! ? take care !! Gina

Susan said...

I love handwatering plants...especially with a garden hose. It gives me a chance to stand there and observe everything that's happening in that particular part of the garden.

Gayle said...

I couldn't imagine having to limit my watering and having things possibly die. I would find that very frustrating. We sure could use some of your sunshine. It's been raining for days now.

Dave said...

The photo of the red hibiscus is facinating. Do you know it's name?

FlowerLady said...

Florida Girl ~ I'll have to see about seeds from these gaillardia. The hibiscus is really neat isn't it?

Gina ~ Kids can handle loud bangs and pops, but not me. I never did like that sort of thing. The funny thing is, soon after I came in they quit.

Susan ~ I love hand watering too with the garden hose. There is something soothing about doing that.

Gayle ~ We've been on water restrictions, even though we have a well, for a couple of years now. We can hand water though, and we can use drip irrigation mornings and evenings, but regular sprinklers are only allowed two days, mornings and evening both days.

Dave ~ the name of the hibiscus is Hibiscus schizopetalus ~ Coral Hibiscus, Skeleton Hibiscus, Chinese or Japanese Latern, or Fringed Hibiscus.

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Have a nice evening or morning or day, wherever you happen to be.


Lyn said...

Hi FlowerLady, thank you for the quote, it is so true and I'm going to print it out for myself as a reminder.

By the way, I just think God bestowed upon you such a gift of growing beautiful flowers.

Have a lovely evening.

Rebecca said...

The quote is calming and true, I believe.

We will be needing to water very soon -- seems impossible after so MUCH rain earlier.

Today I'm taking some time to sing with "old folk" in a nursing home and then an outing with a blogging friend. Thankful for the break in humidity and cooler temps over the past couple of days. Bracing for a return to heat and humidity....

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a fantastic Hibiscus! I love Passion blooms.They are so unusual and lovely. I have never saw that type of Blanket flower before. So pretty.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend. Hope you do not have to work through it.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Flowerlady,
I'm not a big fan of fireworks, either, but our son and daughter-in-law love them. I imagine I'll be inside with our grandson and 6 year old niece who doesn't like the loud noise of fireworks, either. She talks non-stop, though, but we'll get through it. We may all be inside, though, because it's supposed to rain.

You have some lovely blooms that are surviving the heat. I'm needing to do some watering, too, even though we had lots of rain in June.

Have a great holiday weekend!