Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Watching TS Emily–Blooms after a rain


Good morning everyone ~ We are keeping our eye on Tropical Storm Emily.  Yesterday they showed her path with a possibility of coming right at and over us, as a hurricane.  This morning her path is moving along the coast and she is staying a TS, so hopefully she’ll just head on back out to sea. Rain is expected over the next few days and for that I will be grateful. God’s watering the earth is much better than my hand watering.

Yesterday morning I took my camera out after we had had a nice rain and before it became unbearably hot and humid.

These are blooms of the Pandora vine.


I love this pattern looking from above of Mother-of-millions. The grey/greens and silvery blues are nice too, with a hint of flesh color.



Self-sown Celosia bloom is a bit top heavy .




Chrysler Imperial rose.


A tropical grouping of potted plants in our screened area.


I love this heart shape. I love hearts, love collecting them, usually seen them all over the place.  But, I did not see the heart shaped cloud in the photo I posted a few posts back.  Once it was pointed out to me I couldn’t get over how I had missed it.  But I had been so impressed by the light and the clouds that I missed the obvious.


Spicy Jatropha.


The next three pictures are of my shed’s garden with the wonderful crepe myrtle in full bloom right now.  She gets top heavy too and starts to bend over with the weight of watered blooms.





"Even the smallest landscape

can offer pride of ownership

not only to its inhabitants

but to its neighbors.

The world delights in a garden....

Creating any garden,

big or small, is,

in the end,

all about joy."

Julie Moir Messervy


Happy Gardening



Bernie said...

Here's hoping that tropical storm doesn't intensify and become more threatening. At least the rain is welcome. Gorgeous blooms, especially on that Mother of Millions bloom head.

Rebecca said...

Happy to hear the potential of this hurricane is minimal. I SO enjoy seeing the "mad" combination of vine & flower in the last 3 photos...and am instructed by your earlier comments not to overlook the obvious in my own surroundings...

Stacy said...

I absolutely love that second photo! It looks like a snowflake that has come to life! Just gorgeous!

Sunray Gardens said...

Lovely blooms and wonderful photos.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Karen said...

I'm behind in visiting, too many visitors, here, lol.

Love the mom of millions photo, what an intricate design. Your roses are so lush and full and huge, just beautiful. I also read your post where you showed us around the area, wow, the rich sure live well, don't they? But then again, they have the headaches of worrying about all their property and vandalism and gated entries and sentries and this and that. On second thought, I think you and I, with our little cottages, are much happier!

Still, it's fun to look at the grand edifices they build. Amazing, amazing.

I'm so glad to hear you've got an extension on your job for a bit, that's wonderful news.

Enjoyed the tour through your neighborhood, I've never been to Florida; though I'd love to see the Morse Museum someday as they have the collection of all things Louis Comfort Tiffany. I'll be back soon, I have a blog friend from Texas visiting us today, how exciting! We've never met except through our blogs. It's a small world.

Vetsy said...

Yes I too hope that hurricane runs right out of steam and pass everyone by.

I love the Chrysler Imperial rose,Pandora vine, and the lovely heart shaped plants.

Sissy said...

New to your blog, but love your gardens! I do hope you don't experience problems from the storm. Perhaps it would be kind enough to bring rain to Texas, where they need it so badly!

Lona said...

Glad to see you are getting some rain for your garden. I just love the beautiful Butterfly in your header picture. I would love to see one. The Crepe Myrtle looks so pretty and full of blooms. Have a wonderful week and stay cool.

sweetbay said...

I love those Caladium leaves! I'm sorry to hear about Prosperity and here's hoping that you just get some rain from Emily.

Anonymous said...

Such gorgeous photos, feast for the eyes Flowerlady. Thank you so much



Ami said...

The rain has been so welcome! I am glad that my rain barrels are full again. Love, love that Pandora vine! I have been considering to plant at least one crepe myrtle in my tiny garden, just need to find a right spot :) Yours is gorgeous!

Susan said...

Hi Flowerlady...So glad to hear you're getting some rain. I do hope the TS brings us lots of rain this weekend...we can use it.

Like you, I also am a collector of all things "heart" shaped. I've loved hearts for as far back as I can remember. So, now I can see that I'm in good company. Have a wonderful evening.

Marti said...

Your garden is gorgeous. I know the rain makes the rest of the day horribly humid, but at this point I'd take it just to have a bit of water on the yard.

organicgardendreams said...

Flowerlady, I hope that TS Emily has left you alone except watering your plants gently! I love your Mother-of-millions plant! I don't recall ever seeing one before, it is so pretty, as is your crepe myrtle tree. Thanks for another great post!

NanaK said...

Rain is truly a gift from God to a garden. Hope you enjoy plenty of the good rain and none of the bad stormy winds. Your photos of the drippy blooms are precious.

Seven Gates Farm said...

The mother of millions is very stunning. Love that. Your crepe myrtles look really good. Glad you got the rain. I know we all need it. Hope you don't have to batten down the hatches for tropical storm Emily. Will be watching the storm and thinking about you. Debi

Miss Gracie's House said...

That crepe myrtle is absolutely gorgeous! Hope the storm is mild or misses you altogether...stay safe!

L. D. Burgus said...

Your flower shots are all so wonderful. I like the growth around your shed. I was thinking of you two when they were predicting things coming your way. I am glad you will be safe.

tina said...

I hope you get some rain and not damaging storms. That would be a great gift indeed. Your garden is beautiful especially with the dew on the flowers. I think that mother of millions really neat.

Jenni @ RainyDayGardener said...

Looks like you'll just get some good rain with Emily! Your blooms on the mother of millions are so beautiful! I hope the rain gives you some relief from the hot and humidity, but is gentle enough not to do any damage :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, I always appreciate your comments.

Grace said...

I sure hope Emily stays out at sea and you get just that mild rain. Your garden photos are lovely.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

My year old garden
suffering from the heat
it is almost gone.