It’s August Already

Newly opened stargazer lily, photographed at midday with Canon Powershot A710IS. Couldn't resist the colors and scent.

Newly opened stargazer lily, photographed at midday with Canon Powershot A710IS. Couldn’t resist the colors and scent.

My gardening rules include all flowers need to have scent to be included here. The thing about this rule is it makes it a butterfly and hummingbird garden too. One of my favorites for outside scent is the stargazer lily, this far north it just started blooming this week.

Stargazer lilies in the blooming catmint

Stargazer lilies in the blooming catmint

Also great is phlox

Phlox, good scent - tends to spread.

Phlox, good scent – tends to spread.

and bee balm.

Bee balm, mint family (just about all the mints are blooming now - thyme, oregano)

Bee balm, mint family (just about all the mints are blooming now – thyme, oregano)

The cone flowers are just starting to open and the hydrangea are also beginning.

Some of the leaves are starting to turn dark burgundy red, especially on maples in boggy areas.  Grasshoppers are thick in the tall grass, jumping in clicking waves. The milkweeds are blooming emitting their lovely scent, I feel bad about weed-wacking them out of the pastures. I watch for monarchs, but haven’t seen hardly any. Bull thistles are over 6 feet tall, spiked leaves and spiked purple blooms, I’m cutting them down like small trees, jumping back to avoid impalement. The horses like to gingerly eat the thistle blooms, feeling with their lips and then pulling their lips out-of-the-way to bite just the purple flower head off.

I heard a cardinal singing a spring song this morning (weird) then flying an odd pattern as if he didn’t know where he was going. There is a bat hanging on the outside of one of the east side of the house shutters (that’s weird too), he’s still there now four hours later, I think he’s sick or maybe dead? The deer are eating our Brussels sprout plants and bean plants in the garden much to my husband’s irritation and despite organic repellents. This year there are lots of small toads and frogs in the yard, probably because we have had such steady rain (no periods of drought). The last time I remember seeing as many was back in the 80s.

The pines I planted this spring are 50/50, up ’til this year I had a hundred percent survival rate on transplanted pine trees (I don’t count the ones the horses ate). Sham always likes the taste of pine needles.

Sham - no small pine trees in the immediate area to munch on.

Sham – no small pine trees in the immediate area to munch on.

These flowers that are opening now are the last of my blooms and will carry out the season … the northern summer is almost over.

Hurry, hurry, hurry and gather flowers while you may….

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About jeaninerenzoni

Camera toting, dog trainer, cat trainer, horse trainer, flower gardener, book reader, always finding something new to be interested in and research. My newest undertaking is my new pup and all the training that goes with raising him. I must get back to painting watercolors in my art room. Finished and looking for new ones in the library's DVD collection. About me ... Dog trainer for over 40 years, multiple obedience titles on many dogs, showed in conformation, ran a grooming shop, trained lots of people and dogs. Also have a BS Nutrition, CRD, CTM, AKC CGC evaluator, was NAHQ, was licensed in life/health insurance, long-term care consultant for 25+ years, Covey facilitator, team trainer, project manager, R+ trainer for people, etc ... you could say I believe in qualifications variety.
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