Is there anything better than...

irislover_nc(z7 nc)June 24, 2008

I was reading the great posts about the caladiums and it got me to thinkin' about what gives me the warm fuzzies about gardening.

Today, it was walking around in my gardens after my exercise(and everyone else was still asleep) and finding sweet little bees sleeping in many of my hollyhocks.

It was a great way to start the day...what about you?

Meredith

PS the moment was over when I had to grab my milk jug and flick jap. beetles into it...aaahhh, but it was great while it lasted!

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dyhgarden(7b)

My husband, greyhound and I walk through the flower garden every morning and every evening. My husband has even started talking to the birds, bees and butterflies (just like me)! It won't be long before he's talking to the flowers, too. LOL

Cameron

PS Yes, the Japanese Beetles bring great dispair with their damage to my KO roses and weeping cherry.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 3:09PM
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lynnencfan(7b/8aNC)

I absolutely love sitting on the back screened in porch with my first cup of coffee and watch the early sunlight play across the backyard and wooded area and thinking 'this is ours and my husband and I created it'

.....but what I find most rewarding is watching nature interact with the gardens. A gold finch on the BESs, butterflies on the lantana, hummingbirds in the salvias - that is what the gardens are for - I am just the caretaker....

Lynne

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 7:11PM
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carrie630(z7bNC)

I totally can relate to all of your posts and lynne - your words were touching...

I especially love walking through my gardens, especially after a nice rain (rain? what's that?)... but then I have these deep thoughts that come to me as I walk around the yard - what the heck did our Lord make Japanese Beetles for? :0/

Carrie

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 7:16PM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

Nothing like a big ol' sunflower nodding in the wind!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 11:38PM
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sryshti

The first tomato ripening. Awesome and torturous at the same time.

Great thread. =)

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 7:45AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

I'm with Lynne..up early out on the screen porch with the cup of coffee watching things outdoors come alive. How the morning sun hits certain trees and you notice all the different colors of green.

I also delight to finding a plant I know I haven't planted..that volunteer datura when I haven't had a datura for nearly 3 years. The lettuces that pop up all over the place because I dragged last years stalks to the compost pile.
Indeed, tormenting amorous JB couples with a sharp flick of the finger.
Not as satisfying as drowning them in detergent water but a much more personal attack.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 11:00AM
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irislover_nc(z7 nc)

I decided this morning that I could watch the bees on my gaura all day! They land on the blossom and the whole stem bows under their "weight". My son and I have sat out there and watched them, giggling the whole time. It must be like a canival ride for them!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 4:17PM
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puppyscruff(7/NC)

Here at Chirpin' Bird Hill, my "estate" there was a bee cradled in a pale pink La Marne blossom yesterday. How sweet!

My greatest pleasure has always been to walk through my gardens in the AM especially with my coffee. It's never the same any two mornings. It's even better than a waterfront home at the ocean. But, my fantasy would be to have the front with the ocean and the back with a fanciful secret garden. By the way, the house is a gigantic old Victorian with widow's walk, amazing porches and turrets overlooking both sea and garden.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2008 at 12:33PM
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mrsig(SC Zone 8)

Speaking of Jap Beetles, I got a kick out of something yesterday.

It had just rained and I was looking out our sliding glass door onto our deck and I saw a Titmouse bird hopping around on the deck catching and eating bugs. At one point, he flew up and grabbed a bug off my banana tree and flung it down on the deck. Yep, it was a Japanese Beetle. He broke it in two and devoured it slowly. Maybe I'm deranged, but I quite enjoyed watching that. :)

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 9:14AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

You mean there are actually predators for JB's besides humans?
The JB's here are collecting on the vitex blossoms..not a bird in sight.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 5:12PM
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