Tuesday, September 10, 2019

In The Poconos This Flower Bud's For You!

I have always been amazed when I first see a flower bud starting to form and then see the beautiful final result.  Just as no two flowers are alike ... neither are the buds.  How about a little photo magic?
                     This is a Nasturtium bud with just a tiny hint of color.

This is a Nasturtium bud further along. Now let's see ....

the pretty lady in full flower. I love Nasturtiums! They are bright, cheerful and when they flower they last for quite a long time.
Best of all, they are edible!

This is a annual Somniferum poppy bud. Lauren's Grape to be exact. Poppies are pretty amazing to begin with. The buds start off tiny and slowly begin to grow out and then upward. Some poppies, like perennial Oriental poppies, have fuzzy buds and leaves. The leaves of the Lauren's Grape poppy are smooth and soft. 

This is Lauren's Grape in all her glory.  I had been dying to try growing this particular poppy. I love mauves and purples, and I was so happy with this one. It is absolutely stunning don't  you think? Sadly, the flower petals seem to begin falling almost as soon as the flower opens. A stiff breeze or a drenching rain only makes these poppies fade even faster.

It's not a bud, but the seed pods of Somniferum poppies are almost as beautiful as the flowers. The pods have started to dry out now and I have been collecting the seeds for next year. 

This was my first year growing Moonflowers. When the buds begin to form they are really quite strange looking. At first, I didn't even realize that the buds on the right were actually moonflower buds.

After I did some research, I learned that the bud continues to evolve for quite a long time.  The bud pictured here was about 2 1/2 inches long. I was so impatient for this one to open. 

Oh, but let me tell you  ... it was so worth the wait! 
It's funny though, although they are described as opening after dusk, for me they seem to open whenever they felt like it! My very first one opened about 4:30 in the late afternoon. Others at 7pm. Some between 8 and 10pm. Some even later. Come morning when the sun begins to shine brightly they begin to curl inward. On cloudy days, I noticed that they stayed open well into almost late afternoon.  How about 2 more buds?

Know what this is? I bet you do!

It's a French Marigold!

How about this one?

Heavenly Blue Morning Glories!

                                                               Hope you enjoyed the BUDS.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

It's almost September In The Poconos! Summer Won't Let Go!

Can you believe it? Almost September.  My Pocono garden is definitely winding down. I made quite a few changes this year. I eliminated garden beds ... planted some flowers that I started from seed ... and have less flower pots than ever before. I have to say, I am really enjoying  the results. 
Sometime in March I had sowed some Shirley Poppy seeds into a pot on my back deck. They bloomed in June in shades of red, white, and pink.
Planted last Spring 2018, these pretty purple Foxglove bloomed well for me this July.
July also brought beautiful, fragrant white Oriental lilies
pink Stargazer Oriental Lilies that were planted last year.
It's late August and I love my pretty, and always dependable, tall garden Phlox. Even snapped a photo of a Monarch Butterfly enjoying them, too.
Blooming snapdragons in August. First time I'd grown them in years.
Hollyhocks have been blooming since July and still hanging in there.
Catnip is bushy and still blooming … on and off.
And I had decided to try growing tomatoes this year … Big Boy!

Yep, it has been a great Summer!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Hint! He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. Can You Guess One Of April's Birthday Flowers?

                                         Happy Birthday April babies!


and Sweet Peas are your birth month flowers.

Daisies signify innocence, simplicity, cheerfulness, and playfulness. You might automatically think of white petals with yellow centers as the epitome of a ... daisy. Yet, flowers in the daisy family of Asteraceae are many ... and come in myriad of colors, styles, shapes, and heights. Take a peek at the photos below of flowers in the daisy family. You may be very surprised.
Yarrow or Achillea


                                      Echinacea or Purple Coneflowers
                                         Tithonia or Mexican Sunflowers
                                      Bachelor Buttons or Cornflowers
                                     and Dahlias to name just a few.

                                                             Now on to ...
                                                            Sweet Peas!

Sweet Peas, from the Genus - Lathyrus Odoratus ... are fragrant, annual climbers that can reach 5-6 feet in height. There is also a "bush type" plant perfect for flower pots. These lovely flowers represent ...

                                                or delicate pleasure.

                   And a Happy April Birthday to all!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

2019 It's the first day of Spring In The Poconos. Hurry up! Go get an egg! What?

Today is March 20, 2019. Spring has sprung. Finally ... The Vernal Equinox. The 1st day of Spring. Equal hours of daylight and darkness. Well, sorta. Actually, the daylight outlasts the darkness. Either way, all I know is that today marks the end of Winter. Yay!

   The arrival of Spring also heralds in other momentous events to behold.

Once again Spring flowers are in bloom. Unfortunately, not here in the Pocono Mountains til mid-May.

Once again, our beech trees are green with new leaves. Nope. Not til the end of May in the Pocono Mountains.

Lambs are being born by the first day of Spring  ... nowhere in the mountains of the Poconos. Late March perhaps in the more western or southern areas of PA where it is much warmer.  

    and ducklings are exploring their new world ... in June in the Poconos.  

Now for the most exciting thing about the first day of spring ... and it has nothing to do with weather, location, or temperature. 
Today's the day you can make a raw egg stand on end all by itself! It is only possible to accomplish this astounding feat twice a year ... on the first day of Spring and the first day of Autumn. Hurry up and go get an egg! You don't want to miss this opportunity. Be the first to amaze all your friends!

Hmmn ... you really got excited about this, didn't you? I bet you definitely were going to try it. Well, it is true. You can stand a raw egg on its end.  Only ... you can do it any day of the week and any time of the year. It's all about trial and error. Texture and shape of the egg. And a steady hand. Don't have a nimble fingers? Use salt as a base. Make a small mound of salt on a flat, hard surface and carefully position your egg on it until it's perfectly balanced. Then gently blow the salt away. Ta-Da!

Believe in the myth. Sometimes it's more fun than the truth.
-Jane Rutkowski

Posted photos from Pixabay and morgueFiles.


Monday, March 18, 2019

March Madness In The Poconos And How To Look On The Bright Side

Hmm, what can I say? The calendar might say it's almost Spring ... yet, it doesn't look or feel like it.  But I do know it is ... coming.  That's why Patience is a virtue.

The hungry deer are fed through the Winter
 so there will be healthy Mama does and new fawns in the Summer.
I winter sowed seeds in January
so I will have seedlings to plant out by late Spring.
I planted tulip bulbs late in the Fall
so I will have beautiful flowers to enjoy in May.
I potted up some amaryllis bulbs inside in late December
so there would be beautiful flowers to enjoy indoors in March.

And when I see my first Robin ...
then I will know Spring is really here!