20 June 2016

Excitement in My Garden

Yesterday was Father's Day and we had the kids over for a bbq.  As we sat on the deck, somebody noticed a wasp nest hanging from the wall-mounted light near the patio doors.  Thankfully it was still rather small but still we timidly kept an eye on it as we ate outdoors on the deck in the warm late afternoon sun.  Every now and then a wasp would enter or exit the nest which was unnerving to me.  Much too close for comfort!!
the remains of the wasp nest

Once we'd all eaten and retreated back indoors my husband did the brave thing. Not waiting until nightfall when the wasps should be sleeping, he snuck the patio door ajar and whacked the nest off in a sweeping motion away from himself.  It flew across the deck and now sits in the grass by the fence.  Needless to say he retreated indoors quickly.  The wasps buzzed around for sometime.  Only a few mind you, but still!!

It reminds me of an occasion approximately nine years ago when one of our sons, on a dare, decided to attack an enormous wasp nest hanging on a friend's neighbour's garage.  He did so with a hockey stick and quickly jumped into the car but the wasps were just as quick and angry!!  They got in with him and stung him several times.  Poor guy!  I was there and could hear his cries of pain as they sought revenge upon him.  Thankfully he is not allergic and I can guarantee he will not do that again!! Sometimes, teen sons do not heed the advice of their parents and have to learn the hard way. I wonder why it is so, not just sons mind you.  It does give one stories to tell though.

Around the garden today the Annabelle hydrangeas have grown to large proportions and their blooms will soon be opening into large enormous balls of limey-white blossoms.  I love these hydrangeas!  This year I must get some supports for them before the wind or rain causes them to flop.  Generally they will anyway from the sheer weight of their blooms.

The Red Prince Weigelas have been blooming for a few weeks now.  If only the hummingbirds were in around to enjoy them!  The perfect red tubular flowers beckon!  

The alliums and osteospermums are happily blooming in their pot.  The potted tomato plants are beginning to flower.  This year I added crumbled egg shells to the soil and planted marigolds around the tomato plants.  

In another pot kale, oregano, basil seedlings, and thyme are flourishing. Mint and rosemary sit nearby in their own pots.  I've decided this year I must divide my chives.  They've been growing in the same pot for years now and they've gotten so big they tend to flop to the sides.  I let them flower this spring, I usually don't but because the bees love them I did this spring. I've since chopped the blossoms off.

We've had so much rain lately, which I think is heavenly to work in as I work at a greenhouse and a portion of the area in which I work is half a greenhouse, open on one side.  No breeze can reach far enough to cool it on a hot day.  I'd venture to say it's at least 10 to 15 degrees hotter there than it is outside in the open. That's why I love the cooler rainy days.  Others may complain but not me!  I'll take that any day.

Here are a few shots, taken during a break, of what's blooming out in the perennial area.





Asiatic lily

Asiatic lily



"Amethyst in Snow' centauria

Marguerite Daisy


Karen said...

Beautiful flowers, Shirley! Oh, those wasps, scary and annoying. I'm glad no one was stung yesterday. :-)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, you have some beautiful blooms!

Happy Summer ~ FlowerLady

Shirley said...

I am too Karen!

Shirley said...

Lorraine, thank you! I must pay your blog a visit soon. It's been too long.


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