The Chorus

Our dawn chorus is sadly dimishing. Today it didn’t begin until 4:50 am and barely lasted 15 minutes. The birds that participated gave it their all but it is noticeably quieter and shorter. I’m still recording on some mornings, though.

Summer, Summer, Summer

Coreopsis rosea ‘Heaven’s Gate’
(texture by Florabella Textures)
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Another beautiful day, like yesterday and the days before.

I’ve spent a lot of time watering and trimming and preparing a new bed for my lovely Gaura lindheimeri ‘Pink Cloud’. I just adore this plant. The two I had in containers last fall didn’t survive the winter and although I swore not to buy more plants until I’ve planted everything that’s still in nursery pots, I just had to replace these. I happened to have a chunky coupon at the local nursery so got three nice healthy plants. Now I’m preparing their bed with extra loving care. I really want them to make it! Here’s a photo from last year. They are like fairy plants. Their other common names are “Whirling Butterflies” and “Bee Blossom”.
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Gaura lindheimeri ‘Pink Cloud’
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Badminton update: D: 16 matches G: 16 matches
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Clematis ‘Rosemoor’ Redux


Clematis ‘Rosemoor’, originally uploaded by georgiannalane.

As per my previous post, I have been attempting for several weeks to faithfully capture the marvelous colors in these flowers. Plum, burgundy, purple, magenta and more – all in iridescent, velvety petals. It may be the most beautiful flower I’ve ever seen.

And it comes with a valuable lesson. I planted three of these very expensve clematis nearly two years ago. Nothing happened. They were spindly and dried up things. I nearly ripped them out but my husband said to give them time. They survived our rough winter and suddenly began growing two feet a week. The challenge became to get enough trellises up fast enough. And then they opened with these breathtaking blooms that nearly bring tears to your eyes.

Lesson learned.

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We are having more glorious weather. Day after day of sunshine and breezes. :)
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Badminton update: D: 14 matches G: 15 matches
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