Wednesday, July 4, 2012

An Explosion of Blooms for the 4th

Fireworks are illegal in our city this year due to the extreme fire danger.  We haven't had any fires right here, but much of the state has burned.  Very scary!  We will go see a professional fireworks show tonight which should be fun.

In the meantime, I am loving time spent in my garden.  As I've mentioned before, June and July are amazing months.  This year we have had extremely hot weather and lots of wind--not a good combination, so some things have been slow to take off.  I'm hoping the winds go somewhere else for the rest of the summer!

The wave petunias are starting to fill out. 

The pond lilies are blooming.

The daisies and coneflowers by the pond have gone crazy.

I love the fullness of this bed.

The flowers on the ladder were hit hard by the hot, dry winds.  I think if I leave the ladder there next summer, I will run tubing up to water each box separately.  I think I need a birdhouse on the top, as those flowers aren't doing very well. 

I am generally not a fan of orange flowers, but this daylily is gorgeous!

 Coneflowers, daisies and butterfly bush are looking good.

More daylily love! 

 I bought this birdhouse from Colby Cottage in Oregon years ago.  I love how the daisies and daylilies are enveloping it.  There is a Rose of Sharon there too, but it hasn't bloomed yet.

The other day I saw FOUR adult birds hanging out at this birdhouse. I think there are separate compartments (or apartments) :)   They sure are loud anytime we are out there.  Those parents are very, very skeptical of people and animals.

Thanks so much for coming by! 

Happy 4th of July!


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  1. Your whole yard is just beautiful, but the pond is amazing! Penny

  2. Hi Pam,

    Happy 4th of July! Your flowers are beautiful and your pond is gorgeous! It's so sad to read about the fires.


  3. How lovely! Like your bird condos too!

  4. Your flowers are beautiful:) We have already had an apartment complex caught of fire by fireworks and a church burned down due to fireworks here. Very hot and dry. Great idea about running irrigation to the ladder plants.

  5. Hello My sweet Garden Sister!
    Love your yard as usual and the explosion of flowers is enough fireworks for me! It is a very scarey time for our State and I know I am nervous. The light rain is such a welcome sight! I totally understand what the wind and high heat is doing to our flowers! Spent over $200 on hanging flower baskets and I am battling to keep them alive! Thanks for sharing the beauty that surrounds you!

  6. Your pond and garden is fabulous. I so wish I had a waterfall. We were supposed to, but it has never been added.

  7. I'd love to have water feature! Looks like your garden is in full gorgeous bloom! So lovely!
    ~ KIM @ Sand & Sisal

  8. Pam! Your garden is fantastic! And I love that cute birdhouse, I "need" one like this now.
    Thank you for your visit!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  9. Wow, Pam! Your garden is absolutely delightful!! And that pond is beautiful! What a joy for you I'm sure! Love those bird houses, too! I could sit out there for hours!!
    Have a lovely Friday and weekend!!

  10. Beautiful garden Pam, love your flowers, I just cut some daisies in my daughter's garden today so bought a pot of cone flowers to take her in return.

  11. your pond is gorgeous. Did you do that yourself? beautiful gardens. found you via Fox Hollow.

  12. Looks beautiful!! It is amazing what happens after 3 years in a garden! I didn't remember that birdhouse from Colby Cottage- did Pat put the base on it?
    Enjoy your beautiful garden!

  13. Beautiful!! Can you give me some flowers? ha..ha.. Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
    Cheers, @Rachel from Garage Door Repair Temecula

  14. Wow! You're so lucky to have a pond :) Love it!
    Regards Grete, Norway

  15. Everything is so beautiful, Pam! I love the pond. One day I hope to have a yard as pretty as yours! One day...!

  16. I love your pond! We just enlarged ours and I am going to pin yours so I can show my husband. I'm trying to convince him that we need a few water plants!

  17. Wow you have an amazing garden!

    And that it! :)

  18. You have a beautiful array of flowers; I'm rather partial to coneflowers! As for the pond, it is just gorgeous.

  19. Hi Pam,
    You have a beautiful garden! I enjoyed seeing it, thank you so much for sharing.

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