The flowering season continues, and as we head into a holiday weekend, many more blooms have shown their faces. There were several weekend mornings over the past month where I took my study materials out to the veranda on a cool morning with a hot cup of coffee. Quiet and peaceful, birds chirping and enjoying the feast of seeds in the feeder, it is relaxing and easy to concentrate. Although sometimes I got caught up in the beauty of the forest and the flowers.
Sunlight filters through the forest to the east as the sun comes over the mountaintop.
I finished 24 hours of CEUs in June, bringing my total close to the 50 I need for the year. Thank you to everyone who commented for all your support. I wouldn’t say it was fun, some of it was interesting, but I would just rather be playing. There is only so much neuropathology, cardiovascular disease, diabetes management, and psychopharmacology one can take, even as interesting as those subjects are to me. Now I only have one more course to do and four months to do it. Cool quiet mornings on the weekends and my days off helped. So did staying off the computer as it gave me back a lot of time.
In the garden, things are still blooming wonderfully, especially my hydrangea! Looking over the railing, it is full of blooms in three colors. What looks like white on the right is really a pale pink in the early morning light.
This lavendar color is my favorite, and I cut a few of these to have inside.
The daylilies continue their show, this one is just so intense with color.
And this one too.
The paler peach one with the yellow throat blooms just a few feet away.
The ruffled one is still going too. Daylilies will bloom continuously for a month or more.
The Easter lily bloomed finally, just a few days ago. Just one bloom this year, it may be done, but I’ll give it some fertilizer and we will see what happens.
The geraniums and verbena are happy, and apparently the fairy is out as he left the door open. One can just imagine what wonders await at the top of those stairs inside.
The little blue lobelia in the pretty pot is happy.
I think the white lobelia got a bit waterlogged as the container is water tight after all. I drained it out, and will be much more careful with the water on this one from here on. I need to move it into more sun too.
I can’t believe how tall the yellow lantana has become! I didn’t know it would get that tall, it is almost 2 feet. Next year I’ll put those in the front bed for some height.
Here’s my study space in the evening after work, glass of tea at the ready, books open. The impatiens are getting huge and blooming like crazy!
This verbena on the porch was lagging along, then all of a sudden took off, blooming and filling in nicely.
Out front, the local goldfinch population got the word out that the diner was open and all the barstools were taken, LOL!
The hostas came into bloom over the weekend, I love these. The foliage fills in beautifully every year and the flowers are so pretty. These are along the back retaining wall behind the garage.
These are out front, around the big oak tree.
Close up they are such a pretty purple with a variegated throat.
Here is the hydrangea from the front, spilling through the railing on the steps.
Out back, on the mountainside, the rhododendrons start pale pink opening to white. They will bloom for a couple of weeks.
In the time I allowed myself between studying and working, I have been planning and sewing on a special event to come in July. It is a Christmas in July event that will cover daily posts here on my blog for 12 days, plus the link up with a blog hop. There will be something for everyone, the crafters, the sewists, the quilters, the stitchers, the tablescapers, the DIYers, the cooks. I promise you will not want to miss a day. But, that is all I will say for now, there are more plans to finalize, sewing to finish up, crafting to do, cards to make, pictures to take and tutorials to write.
How is your summer going?