Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beautiful Lilies and Proof of a Russian Invasion -- Russian SageThat Is

June is one of my favorite months, and not just because I turn a year older in June, but because everywhere I look I see the beauty of nature.

In my family I'm known as the sibling who didn't inherit my mother's green thumb.

But not so fast brothers and sisters, how do  you explain the gorgeous day lilies and tiger lilies that have bloomed in my garden the past few years?

This June they are especially vibrant.

And what about the Russian sage that is sprouting out all over?

With all the Senate committees searching for proof of Russian interference in the USA, I have proof of Russian invasion -- in my yard.



Here are photos of the Russian Sage that's taking over, although in some spots it's fighting for space with the blackberry bushes and spearmint plants.

How about you?

How does your garden grow?

22 comments:

  1. Donna--There are only a few houseplants I can keep alive (philodendron, for one). I have two thumbs, but they're both black.

    Your flowers are beautiful.

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    1. I know how you feel. When I complain that I can't grow things like my sibs, they say, "But you can write"--must be the same for you.

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  2. I'm not a plant person. My husband has better luck with them, but they usually turn into snacks for his goats. Unintentionally.

    I DO have a jade plant in my kitchen that has survived for almost 20 years. I do not recall watering it once during all that time. Maybe Hick watered it every five years or so.

    Your flowers ARE beautiful. I hope there are no goats roaming your neighborhood.

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    1. Wow! 20 years; that's a long time for anything to grow.

      We don't have goats, but the rabbits seem to like to nibble on the plants outside.

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  3. Hi Donna - love plants, sadly no garden ... one day I'll get another. I've managed to master African violets - my mother was a master gardener ... still I love seeing them and know many of the plants - if I don't I find out once I get home ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Mastering African violets is no small feat. My mom wasn't a master gardener, just a backyard gardener with a green thumb. Everything she stuck in the ground grew.
      Enjoy your day!

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  4. Hi Donna, Thanks for sharing photos of your garden flowers. My lilies and hydrangea are just starting to blossom and my herbs are thriving. My mother had a green thumb, and occasionally it seems to rub off on me. (Loved you Russian invasion reference!)

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    1. Hi Clara,
      I just bought some hydrangea plants and hoping they take in my back yard. I've tried herbs but haven't had any luck. Seems like a lot of moms were good gardeners. I still have hope.

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  5. My four 4x4 garden boxes are looking beautiful this year. My bigges problem is the blooms on my tomatoes are not setting fruit so I have some homework to do for remedies. And then there are the bindweed and thistle issues....and my reluctance to haul out the poison now that I have a dog who puts her nose in everything. I'm doing a lot of plain old-fashioned weed pulling this year. I hope you're doing well, Donna.

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    1. Hi Patricia,
      Darn those critters. Pulling weeds is one of my daily chores. I try to get out in the morning when it's not too hot and I have energy. I seem to fade later in the day.

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  6. The Russian invasion was not lost on me. I laughed out loud! My best and dearest old friend grew these types of flowers in New Hampshire. They were her pride and joy. So seeing yours gave me a warm feeling.

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    1. Hi Linda,
      Honestly, the Russian sage grows like a weed. I'm glad mentioning it brought back a good memory for you. Hope you're enjoying this pleasant weather.

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  7. Tiger lilies! one of my very favorites. I recently used fresh mint leaves for cooking and that smell! Reminded me of the wild mint along my grandma's house that we kids picked and chewed on. She also loved African violets. I have horror stories about my own attempts to grow things.

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    1. Maybe you should write a horror story about your attempts to grow things.

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  8. Lovely lilies...must be a lily year, as everywhere I look, the lilies seems extra vibrant right now.

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    1. It must be a lily year. They are even growing wild along the country roads.

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  9. My gardening skills consist of finding plants described as hardy perennials able to survive loving neglect. Any other candidates are doomed.

    Pat
    www.patwahler.com

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    1. Hardy perennials are some of the few flowers I can grow too.

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  10. Got a chuckle out of the Russian invasion, Donna. Admittedly, you had me there for a moment. How are you feeling, Donna? All going okay? Susan

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    1. Hi Susan, I added the Russian reference at the last minute. Glad to hear it got a chuckle out of you. I'm hanging in there and can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. If all goes well I'll finish chemo next month. Thanks for asking. Hope you are doing well too!

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  11. Hi, Donna. I also have a birthday in June. I don't know what Russian sage is, but I have Tiger lilies, hydrangeas,and peppermint grows in my blackberry vines. I am glad you have acquired a green thumb. Your flowers are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks! I love tiger lilies and hydrangeas, although I don't have any luck with them. Our blackberry vines are doing well.

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