Sunday, February 22, 2015

Today's Flowers ~ Daisies~ 022215

I planted some daisies out front in my garden, next to the lavender.  I went back last weekend and bought 2 different kinds of lavender, but their blossoms are quickly fading.  The daisies, however, are still in full bloom.  I love their cheerfulness, don't you?  Today's Flowers for February 22, 2015.  Here's the link:   http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garden update 021515

I've been busy working on my garden this year.  Last year, I didn't even have a garden.  I didn't even plant sweet peas.  I was either too sick or too tired to plant anything.  And, with the drought, we all cut back on our water use.

My total water bill is only $20.00 per month.  It is expected to rise with the continued drought here in California, however.  And, this year, I DO have a garden.

I have a sunny area on the wooden fence between us and our neighbor, so I've planted California poppies, cosmos, and sunflowers along that fence.

Then, in the front yard, I went to Lowe's and Home Depot and I bought lavender, daisies, snapdragons, stock, phlox, and some kind of Tacoma stans which is orange.  From my neighborhood nursery, which is more expensive, I've bought 2 kinds of verbena, 1 jasmine, and various seed packets.  I now have zinnias, chocolate flower, butterfly flower, and Rudbeckia, as well as Tithonia seeds to plant.

So, here's what I have so far:




 Damn cat wandered into my photo!  He likes to drink in the garden, as do the birds.  The birds just ignore him.  He's 17 years old and senile and they all laugh at him!


 I LOVE lavender.  I'm going to plant it every year from now on!
 I love my daisies!  They are so sunny and cheerful!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lavender in my garden~Today's Flowers`020815

I have 4 lavender bushes that I purchased here in town.  They are out in my garden and I often see bees and even hummingbirds enjoying them.  I LOVE to go out early in the morning or in the afternoon and take photos of them.  This is the first time I've ever planted lavender and I believe that from now on, I'll have some in my garden!  I'm enjoying the lavender also.  I love how the sunlight hits them at different times of the day.  Today's Flowers for February 8, 2015.  Here's the link for Today's Flowers:   http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/



Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter garden~January 2015

I'm planting my winter garden and I'm also planting some wildflower mixtures.  American Gardens has a bee mixture, a butterfly mixture, and a songbird mixture, so I planted one of each.  Today I went and bought their California flower mixture, so hopefully, in about 6 weeks, I'll see some results.

In the meantime, I've filled in some spaces with some colorful lavender, phlox, alyssum, and a couple of types of sylvia for the little hummingbirds who come to my feeders throughout the day.  They really are enjoying the shrubs!

I snapped my camera just as this dove came in for a landing!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

More flower pics

I want to take as many photos as I can because the weather forecast is for temps in the low, then mid, then HIGH 90's next week.  It should be 99 degrees by Friday.  Ugh.  So, my sweet peas will be DONE by next weekend, I'm afraid.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sunflowers

I currently have 6 sunflowers that are blooming.  One is past its prime and soon will be a nice feeding station for finches and sparrows.  But, the other 5 are doing quite well, if they survive today's winds...






And yet more sweet peas







They are past their peak now.  I'll go out this morning and take more pics.