Friday, July 22, 2011

Early Morning

The weather is getting better, after a grueling almost 100 degree day Wednesday we were treated to only the 90's on Thursday.  Maybe we're getting used to it or something but it didn't feel all that hot, though the humidity was still icky. 

Carl and I were off and running on Thursday morning to join our local hosta group on a bus trip of fantastic gardens in Door County.  (More on those gardens in my next post.)  We had to be on the bus by 7:00 AM, so we had to leave home by 6:30AM.

Before we could leave there were dogs to walk and feed, chickens to open the coop for and fetch fresh water, the cat needed his breakfast and the potted plants needed their daily dose of watering.  Carl was up by 5AM and down the road walking the dogs and I was toting water to all the pots.  Too many pots, according to Carl.  He says I need to cut back on them by about half.  Yeah, next year. 

I'm not a Morning Person.  At all.  I am a Night Owl,  but since I was up and ready to go so early, I thought I'd grab the camera and take some pictures for Fertilizer Friday.  Early morning pictures are a relative rarity for me; heck, early morning anything is rare for me lately.

When I looked through the viewfinder I saw that the camera had instantly fogged up.  The humidity was still very high but I kept wiping down the lens and got some pictures before it was definitely time to go.

The back yard through a foggy lens
The Riverbed from a bunch of vantage points.

I didn't know which shots turned out so I stuck them all in this post. 
The 6' tall lily was just starting to open.  (The name escapes me again, blame it on the heat we've had, I told you my mind was melted.)
These are views I normally photograph around sunset, so today I managed to get some reflections in the pond from the opposite direction for a change. 

'Heavy Metal' panicum grass, Bristlecone pine and 'Indian Summer' rudbeckia along with Screech the Cat Thursday morning.

It's late (after 1:30AM) and I wanted to have something to share for Fertilizer Friday, so I'm just gonna dump a bunch of pictures here and strap on the ol' CPAP mask and call it a night.

Head over to Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday to see fanatasic flowers from all over.

Gosh, I'm tired tonight.  Not my usual yakkity-yak self.  Maybe after a good night's sleep, I'll make more sense.

(Hey, I can always hope, right?)


Tootsie said...

oh girl...that is one gorgeous post! I love the curves of the riverbed gardens...and that little gazebo in the first photo...oh how I wish I could be there in person!!!
I am not a morning person either...but seeing my flowers always takes the edge of the crabby that is me in the morning! lol

I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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Sue said...

I can't get over how much I like the combo of the pine/grass/rudbeckia. Wonderful!
Glad you came through that hot spell okay. The gardens look great!
I'm envious as HE@$!!!

Zoey said...

Boy, the rudbeckia sure makes for striking photos. I think early morning is the best time to take garden pics. Your whole garden looks beautiful. Loving the river bed, too.

FlowerLady said...

Your gardens are so wonderful Karen. You all work so hard with them and it shows. They are a work of art and heart.

I really love those rudbekia. Wow.

Glad you had some 'cooler' weather.

I am a morning person, so I'm usually in bed and asleep around 9.

Love Screech. it's always neat seeing him in your pictures.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Rosemary said...

Everytime you show the gardens I am truly amazed at the size but more so at the skill you show in the layout of the beds,the flower colour combos , and the features scattered so carefully..Would give anything to be a night owl early bird here.....

Randy Emmitt said...

The Indian Summer black-eyed susans are everywhere there, I kill them. Guess they need more water. I know about those pots, Meg has so many on our big deck I can't sweep it off, no edges to sweep the mess out.

So you got some of our heat, we get 2-3 months like that, today maybe 102 degrees.

Darla said...

Your grounds are always a joy to see. Such beauty Karen.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! Do you water daily? Your property is so gorgeous. I just keep coming back to look at it. We've been having 100 degrees, too. Stay cool!

Jester said...

If you hadn't already told me, I swear your gardens were on 50 acres! It absolutely jumbles my brain at all the work you do, and to do it in this impossible heat....YOU GO GIRL! You & Carl are amazing!!! I have someone willing to give me & deliver some boulders (YAY ME!) but then I have to figure out how to move them where I want....just when I thgought I could finally get some big rocks! OH HELL Someday I'm coming for a visit I swear!!!!

Junebug said...

Oh Karen, as usual your flowers are gorgeous, your pictures are beautiful. Thank you so much for my morning walk through the garden. Oh yes, I do have coffee in hand.

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Lady you are amazing...I can't believe how big your garden is STILL...and yet you have time to take garden group tours...please share your secret to obviously creating extra hours in the day.

I really enjoyed visiting your garden early in the was like seeing it again for the first time with different lighting and shadows.

Hope you got a good restful night.
Blessings Kelsie

Sall's Country Life said...

I envy you and your beautiful yard,more so after every visit to your blog! And now you are going to Door County! I could just sit here and cry!

Lona said...

Wow! Wow! Karen your garden is so beautiful. Girl all that work is paying off. I hope it cools down soon.Have a wonderful weekend.

Shirley @ The Gardening Life said...

I'm glad you got in some shots to share with us for Fertilizer Friday/Flaunt Your Flowers. Your garden is amazing. Looking forward to photos of your hosta tour.

HolleyGarden said...

Your garden is just gorgeous, and the flowers seem to not have minded that 100 degree weather! I completely understand about getting up earlier than usual then feeling a bit tired later. We are truly creatures of habit! Your garden has such a park-like look and feel to it. Perfection.

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

Wow! What a garden! I can't believe how big it is. I'm so impressed. Your colors are beautiful and so is the composition. Thank you for the wonderful tour!

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

Wow! What a garden! I can't believe how big it is. I'm so impressed. Your colors are beautiful and so is the composition. Thank you for the wonderful tour!

Tufa Girl said...

Definitely beautiful in the early morning light. My hot garden always looks so refreshed and pretty in the morning... then the heat comes... so I enjoy the morning the best. I especially love the drifts of rudbeckia in the quarry garden.

Bonita Jane said...

WOW!!! I just stopped in after seeing your link at Fertilizer Friday. What a magnificant garden you have! I can't wait to explore more.

Betsy said...

What a gorgeous garden. I am so glad you share it with everyone, I have twice gazed at the beauty and will a third. Look forward to your next post.

Toni - Signature Gardens said...

Gorgeous, as usual. I'm not a morning person either, so I can relate. But it does make for some pretty garden shots :-) Those tall lilies look like the 'Triumphator' Lilies I ordered online, only to find once they opened that they had sent me the wrong variety. Bummer. Take it easy in that heat! I'm "used to" it and it still zaps me!

Meg said...

I do hope lots of people get to spend time in your glorious gardens

When will you be hosting a Bloggers Garden Tour? Maybe Hubby would let me come and drool in person although he would probably be afraid of all the new ideas I would come home with and projects for him to do.
Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend! Fondly, Meg

Lana from Farm Life Lessons said...

Okay - I'm already addicted to your blog. I live in the Greater Houston area of Texas, but my husband and I have owned almost ten acres of land in The Big Thicket forest for years...we're trying to get moved there within a year and your pictures give me such inspiration for part of the land. I am thrilled to see the pine trees surrounded around the perimeter by hostas. I don't know if I've seen such beautiful, flowing gardens. Love it!