I had a little surprise Tuesday morning when I looked out my window…
Daisy wasn’t sure what to do. She’s never been this close to a deer before.
by: Rose Terry Cooke (1827-1892)
Fair and peaceful daisies,
Smiling in the grass,
Who hath sung your praises?
Poets by you pass,
And I alone am left to celebrate your mass.
In the summer morning,
Through the fields ye shine,
Earth with grace divine,
And pour, from sunny hearts, fresh gladness into mine.
Lying in the meadows,
Like the milky way,
From nocturnal shadows
Glad to fall away,
And live a happy life in the wide light of day.
Bees about you humming
Pile their yellow store,
Winds in whispers coming
Teach you love’s sweet lore,
For your reluctant lips still worshipping the more.
Birds with music laden
Shower their songs on you;
And the rustic maiden,
Standing in the dew,
By your alternate leaves tells if her love be true.
Little stars of glory!
From your amber eyes
No inconstant story
Of her love should rise!
And yet “He loves me not!” is oft the sad surprise.
Crowds of milk-white blossoms!
Noon’s concentred beams
Glowing in your bosoms;
So, by living streams
In heaven, I think the light of flowers immortal gleams.
When your date is over,
Peacefully ye fade,
With the fragrant clover
And sweet grasses laid,
In odors for a pall beneath the orchard shade.
Happy, happy daisies!
Would I were like you,
Pure from human praises,
Fresh with morning dew,
And ever in my heart to heaven’s clear sunshine true!
“Hay! Was that about me?”
A favorite hobby of mine is seeing what I can grow in a pot, anywhere from little flowers to perennials, veggies and herbs, all the way up to shrubs roses and trees. Some things work, some things don’t, but that’s the fun of it.
Here’s some of this seasons projects…
Herbs in pots and tubs~ your standard basils, chives, rosemary, catnip, green onions peppermint, chocolate mint, camomile, sage, stevia, parsley-flat and curly, thyme got lost somewhere in there… no pun intended (or maybe it was… ). Strawberries on the side are in their second year and I have them caged to keep the ‘Devourer of Gardens‘ out of them. The hens and chicks and the blue spruce sedum are there because I thought they looked good in that spot.
close up of hens & chicks and blue spruce sedum (pink flowers belong to the spiderweb hens & chicks). This container is on it’s second year too.
Hosta in a pot. ‘Red October’ second year and doing beautifully.
Tiny Tim cherry tomato in a galvanized bucket (I grow these every year). It only gets 15″ tall and has 1″ size tomatoes on them. I’ll update this one later with the tomatoes. It’s one of my most popular tomato plants and I always run out fast.
Banana Peppers in a galvanized bucket. Just one of the many pepper plants I grow in a pot.
(The tree behind it is an Amur Maple I grew from seed-beautiful little tree that only gets 12′ high).
My favorite this year.
I planted Purple fountain grass, two purple potato vines and a white ‘Million Bells’ Calibrachoa in a garage sale plastic urn.
the window box is planted with a variety of romaine lettuces.
An assortment of flowers and herbs~ a Dwarf Korean Lilac, the Tiny Tim tomato in the middle, mandevilla vine, Pineapple sage, moss rose, variegated sedum, and blue spruce sedum starts.
|Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom, Vintage Wine, Cuore De Toro, Martino’s Roma|
|heritage raspberries ~ everberring|
|No… I’m not begging….|
|Self sown Echinacea or Coneflower|
|Blackberry Lily finally bloomed|
|More self sown coneflowers ( I’ve got these everywhere)|
|Diablo Ninebark ~ Physocarpus opulifolius ~ newer leaves on stem tips
|Blanket Flower ~ Gaillardia|
|new buds on blanket flower|
|Honeysuckle reblooming ~ Dropmore Scarlet|
|Wormwood ~ Artemisia absinthum|
|ARTEMISIA ‘SILVER BROCADE’|
|Lambs ear doing well|
|second round on the Kmart rose|
|Wha’cha doing mom?|
|Bleeding heart, Dicentra spectabilis|
|The tart cherry is finally fully bloomed!|
|Even Daisy was enjoying the sun!|