Flower of the Day: All Dressed Up Rose (Again)

Today there are new blooms on her All Dressed Up rose. So pretty! Self is really glad she decided to move it from the front yard to the back — now she can gaze at it all day through the French doors, she doesn’t even have to step out of her house.

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Flower of the Day (FOTD): Blue Hydrangea

Self looooves hydrangeas. She has about six potted hydrangeas, and two in the ground. The two in the ground are dying. The ones in the pots are thriving. Her soil is so bad.

Most of her hydrangea are white, except for one. She re-potted it last year, and it nearly died. But this year, it recovered. So here’s a shot of her blue hydrangea, on the front porch.

Posting for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC): Last Week of June 2022

The prompt for the last week of June 2022 is FLOWERS AND LEAVES.

Inspired by Cee’s close-up of a lotus flower, self tried doing some extreme close-ups of flowers around her garden. Here’s a scabiosa, it’s blooming on her front porch.

Flower of the Day (FOTD): All Dressed Up

This year, self placed three large planters just in front of her French doors, and filled each with roses.

Her Chrysler Imperial rose went into bloom last week. Now it’s the turn of All Dressed Up.

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day:

She’s never had roses this big and fat in her backyard. Location is all.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Flower of the Day (FOTD): Chrysler Imperial Rose

Self’s newest rose is a Chrysler Imperial. She bought it in February from Home Depot. The following month she was gone, and she didn’t get home again until June. It had hardly grown. But a few days ago, it produced one enormous bloom. It’s past its first flush, and it’s been very hot here on the Peninsula, but the red is like nothing she’s seen before. She’s never seen an actual Chrysler Imperial, but if it’s red like this rose, well — !

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

Flower of the Day: Wild Iris, Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, escaped the heat on the Peninsula by driving to Golden Gate Park. Found wild iris and a silvery bush (a type of lamb’s ear? The leaves are different) flowering by Stow Lake. Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC): Letter J Anywhere in the Word

Ooh! What a fun challenge!

Today, self went with a friend to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Saw a FANTASTIC exhibit of painter Alice Neel (closes early July: to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, HURRY). It was a beautiful day in the City — a much-needed respite from the searing heat on the Peninsula.

She took a couple of “J anywhere in the word” pictures: a gigantic jar, just outside the de Young, on the main concourse; the entrance to the Japanese Tea Garden; and a Japanese garden sculpture:

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Waterscapes


Self has lately been thinking of adding a water feature to her garden (though, she is worried about Lucia falling in, so maybe not until she learns to swim). Here are examples from various gardens she has visited in the past month:

  • The Glasshouses, Oxford University Botanic Garden
  • Central Fountain, Oxford University Botanic Garden
  • Central Courtyard, Christchurch, Oxford University
  • Filoli Gardens, Woodside, California

Flower of the Day: Lavender

Trying to find drought-resistant plants for the garden. A few days ago, went to the gardens at Filoli in Woodside. Loved their massed lavender. Took a picture for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day Challenge.

Flower of the Day (FOTD): Royal Trumpet Vine

This Royal Trumpet Vine on her front porch just started blooming!

Posting for Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day.

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