It’s mid July, time to see what’s going on in our gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloomsday.  It’s also Fertilizer Friday!

I have a lot blooming,

 

so it makes it hard to believe my yard and gardens are showing the stress of very little rain

and extremely high temperatures.

   My grass is brown in spots

and some of my plants have given in to the heat and lack of water.

But most are doing great!

 

So those are what I am sharing today,

 the resilient plants that continue to flourish despite the conditions.

 

So I have a few empty spots that would normally be lush and full,

but that’s okay because everywhere else is alive with color. 

Somehow that makes it seem a little bit cooler outside.

Happy July!~”Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”  ~Russel Baker 

  

Visit May Dreams Gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloomsday for July 

ffAlso Visit Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday

                   

web-may-13-137To spite our crazy weather here in upstate NY, plenty of flowers are starting to show themselves. web-may-13-124

 One day it’s hot~ like 80 degrees, and the next it’s in the 30′s.

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There’s been a lot of wind and rain as well. 

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 The last couple of days have been rainy but not really cold so the whole garden seems to be coming alive. web-may-13-0421

I shouldn’t complain because we have had some really unseasonably warm days too.  web-may-13-0191

I think that is what makes it so hard to go back to frosts and freezes. 

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Luckily we live in the city and have a fenced in yard so my plants haven’t had much damage.   web-may-13-1271

A couple more weeks and we should have clear sailing( I hope).

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Today was a beautiful day so we got out there, mowed and weeded and finally filled our raised beds. web-j-004

Tomorrow I am off to buy plants ~ then it will really feel like gardening season.  web-may-13-1861

 

 ~Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.~Dave Barry

Visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Blogger’s Blooms Day.

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My husband picked an orange off the tree for me yesterday, and I thought what a nice thing to talk about for Blooms day.orange tree

Too bad he picked it in Los Angeles instead of our own New York back yard.  He was there on business and brought it home for me as a treat.  If I can’t have sunshine I could at least taste a bit of it, he joked.  Anyway, that said, back to reality. 

 Instead of luscious oranges hanging from the tree waiting to be picked,treesback fence

 I instead, have snow. web-shoes-0581

 And plenty of it.

 

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Although, a few days ago, before it snowed, I was  delighted to find one brave soul hiding in the mulch that probably wishes for spring even more than I do. 

bulb sprouting  There were also buds on several of the shrubs.lilac bud

Maybe spring would arrive early after all.~  Hey a girl can dream can’t she? 

How I long for those crocuses and snowdrops to pop out of the snow and declare that our wait is close to over.  But that is not to be today.   So in order to show a bloom or two I had to head indoors and to my surprise, there they were, just as I had hoped (except for the- outside on a spring like day- part) My forced Crocuses starting to sprout! web-new-242

 There was also a Christmas Cactus just beginning to bud. web-new-257

So there are signs of life here at my house.  Signs of life that are definite and predictable, even if they are mostly inside.

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 Also there are flowers with gorgeous colors to brighten up any dull winter day sitting right on my table and my windowsill.  They are my Valentines Day presents.  web-new-236

 So I will stop whining and embrace the beauty that sits right in front of me and share it with all of you.

 And keep hoping for spring. 

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  I have one more little sprout growing in our family garden to show on this GB Blooms day. grandaughter!

 

Our first grandchild will arrive this summer.  My son and his wife just got the ulstrasound and found out it’s a girl!  What could be better than that?

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 ~I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring.  Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?  ~Edward Giobbi

Go to May Dreams Gardens and see what is blooming everywhere else on this Garden Blogger’s bloom day.

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