Canada Garden: 07/05

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Happy Anniversary

This is Judson and Rachel's first wedding anniversary. They were here a couple of weeks ago. It was so good to see them! We are very proud of them. They're going to school and working and building a life for themselves. Of course, we miss them something awful. We're hoping to make a trip to Lexington soon to see them. Love you both!

Wedding Pictures

This was my favorite picture from the wedding. It was warm, but not extremely so. A very sweet ceremony with family and friends.
It was a beautiful wedding and such a fun day. I can't believe it's been a year.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Frankly Floral Art. . .the Wright Way

The Dana-Thomas House Foundation showcased 30 floral artists this weekend. The arrangements were stunning. My mother-in-law Vivian went with me and we both loved it. I want to go back again tomorrow, with pen and paper and more camera knowledge (see following posts).

Front Entrance

All of the designs at the front entrance were by Steve Brickner, of Chesterton IN. A lot of the arrangements included branches, copper wire, exotic tropicals and hanging floral tubes. One of my favorite ones in the house mixed orchids and other tropicals that were beyond belief with ordinary , common-folk garden zinnias.

It's Dark in Here

They never allow pictures in the house. Except this weekend, when cameras were allowed. Yea! Except, NO FLASH. Well, I didn't know how to turn off the flash. So I took this shot with my finger over the flash. You know, that doesn't really eliminate the flash entirely. And they warned they'd throw you out if they caught you flashing. So I refrained from taking any more where the light was so dim. This is taken from one of several music balconies in the house--where the musicians would be playing while people were in the party rooms below.
This was on a landing with lots of those gorgeous FLW stained glass windows. Here's V. As you can see, the arrangement is taller than she is. I took several shots of this one since it was in a place where I didn't need a flash. And then my memory card was full, and I also don't know how to delete previous shots while the card is in my camera. Obviously, I need a lesson or two.


These are newly rooted cuttings from some of the shrubs in the backyard. The debate: should they be planted outside this fall, or should they overwinter in the basement and then be planted next spring? Big decision. . .

Thursday, July 28, 2005


Most of the daylilies are gone now. Next on the daylily-to-buy list is something that blooms really late.

Goldfinch and Sunflowers

Mama sent this to me today. Wish I could have been there.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Bonica and Tidal Wave

Well, I guess we take the bad with the good. I've asked the folks on the hosta forum at gardenweb for advice on the hosta problem. In the meantime, the front bed is beautiful.

Sunday, July 24, 2005


I got tired of being depressed about the crown rot, so Mark took me to Taco Bell for supper tonight. We left the house at 6 pm, and granddaddy's thermometer read 100 degrees. The sweet autumn clematis is shading the side of the porch and growing up onto the roof. It loves this hot weather.

Situational Depression Due to Crown Rot

It's really too ugly to photograph, but this is the state my beautiful Halcyon is in today. Another hosta, one of the ones that PJ gave me, is completely gone, with nothing left standing except the bloom stalks. I researched crown rot last night. Some sites say to use bleach, boiling water, dig up the soil and replace it, blah, blah, blah. Sounds like there's no good way to get rid of it. We did spray fungicide on it this morning. And I may spray some bleach as well. I just hope it doesn't keep spreading. 103 degrees today--which is probably something crown rot LOVES!!! We are supposed to get storms on Tuesday night, then Wednesday's high may only be in the 70's.

Halcyon (In Better Days)

I shouldn't have gone back to look this up. Now I'm even more depressed!


Judson and Rachel came to see us last weekend. Their little dogs, Cookie and Gumbo had a great time running through the yard. Here's Gumbo, hiding in the forget-me-nots.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Peggy's New Birdhouse

She'll have to tell us where she got it. I love the blue knobs. Looks like some sort of flat plate at the bottom of the taller piece. What is that?


Lots of plants are beginning to wind down, and more than a few are wilting in our 100 degree heat. This is a shrub that's just starting to put on it's show. It probably needs more light than it gets, but it still manages to be beautiful.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

White Flowers

Grandma always liked white flowers. There's lots of white out there now. Becky daiseys, David phlox, and a big white butterfly bush just past the Sun Democrat box. It is very hot these days. 98 degree forecast for this weekend.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Back Again

Mark, once again, is my hero. Our computer problems are no more. This is our Sun Gold cherry tomato. It's trying to take over the garden. For now, I am trying to save it from Mark's pruning shears. So far, so good.

Bright Lights, growing up through the chocolate joe pye.

One of the last couple of blooms for this daylily. Makes me sad to see them going.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Computer Problems

Our computer has a major illness right now. I'm surprised that I've been able to post. We should be getting a new hard drive on Tuesday, so if there aren't many new posts between now and then, that's why. I told Mark that I have a public now, and my fans would miss me if I'm not here; so he's trying to keep us up and running. This is a shot of the butterfly bush this morning. The guy at Best Buy gave me a quick lesson on macro focus, and it's great. Didn't know we had such a thing.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Thank you Dennis

Everything has perked up since the rain moved through. I do realize that other people had to go through a hurricane, so it feels a little selfish to be thankful. This is Little Grapette.

Envy Zinnia
Stargazer Lilies, with hyssop in the background.

Red flowers don't show up well on my camera for some reason. This is a good bloomer, with a little white stripe through the petals.

No need for words here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Apple Barn

My favorite place for flowers and produce. Gail and her staff do such beautiful work and they always make us feel welcome. I can't wait to go back again.

Monday, July 11, 2005


This is a little volunteer that came up in the middle of some pink coreopsis.

More Silver Tidal Waves. Those are Kathy's daylilies and purple conflowers in the back. The Bonica rose is resting right now.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Today's Garden Tour

Rooster Sculpture

The yellow daylily blooms here are HUGE!

This was an especially nice bed with red daylilies and hostas.