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Monday, September 15, 2014

The First Day Of School 2014

Wow, where did the last week go?  I've been cleaning, organizing, purging, garage sale-ing, and sewing.  And somehow, it's Monday again.

My plan was to get these photos up last week.  So much for that.

Here's The Kid and The Girl on the first day of third and first grade.

Yes, there's more.
C'mon, we don't do photo albums anymore, I've gotta put 'em somewhere!

Goofy kid.

And a goofy girl, too.

Off they go...

We're two weeks in and so far so good.
They're really good kids in school.
Now if they could just transfer that over to home a little more often.  :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The End Of August In The Parking Strip

I'm gonna say that all my new trial plants down in no man's land earned their keep this season.  The only big disappointment was the artichoke.  And that's been in there for at least three years.  I dunno what happened, but it only got two this year, and the plant itself never did much of anything.  I'm tempted to yank it.

But the things I didn't have high hopes for, like my clearance rack delphinium, did great.  It put off a second surprise set of blooms that I'm super excited about.  I hope it makes it through winter. They're so dang pretty.

I wasn't sure how Phlox would do down there, but my mom gave me a piece of one of hers this spring, so I stuck it in as a trial run.
I'd say it thrived.

Remember when I was so excited to find that my Chocolate Cosmos overwintered and was coming, and then it turned out to be a random Aster?
Well guess what?  The Cosmos did make it.  It had just been swallowed up by that dang Aster.
It took all summer for it to find its way out.

I planted two new Echinops 'Veitch's Blue' bulbs this spring and the plants came up, but didn't do much.
Well looky what I found.
I've never grown them, so I'm anxious to see what they do.

The 'Goldsturm' Rudbeckia in this photo is a piece I got off the main plant earlier in the season.
It's a happy camper.

I bought this plant on clearance just a couple weeks ago.
I had never heard of it, so I'm anxious to see what it does next year.
Amsonia 'Blue Ice.'

I've always put a Pineapple Sage down here, but this year I tried a new variety.
This one doesn't get as big and its leaves are more of a limey green, my favorite.
A 'Magnus' Echinacea is in front of it.
I moved a piece of it this spring and it's FINALLY doing something.

And last, I have another mystery plant.
I have no idea where it came from and no clue what it is.
I'll let you identify it for me.

It's cute, whatever it is.
And that's it for the parking strip update.
Oh, I do have another plant down there that I put in last year that I wanted to mention.
Or, Lychnis viscaria 'Passion.'
I haven't taken any pictures of it this year 'cause it hasn't done a dang thing.
It's just sitting there.  Green.  No flowers.
It was supposed to bloom in early summer.
Am I doing something wrong?

Shameless plug alert:  
Just a little reminder that you can purchase my floral photographs in my Etsy shop.
If you see one in a post that isn't in the shop, shoot me an email and I'd be more than happy to list it for ya.
The Dad will thank you for helping to support my plant addiction.

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