I went out to take pics of my gardens this morning, and it's so incredibly hot and humid that my glasses and my camera lens fogged up!
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My trumpet vine took four attempts at a start and then three years to get it this size. Last year was the first year it bloomed and this year it's gearing up to be beautiful. I think it might need pruned, because it's growing straight up off the top of the gate arbor, but I didn't have the heart. It grows on the arbor that Jay built as a gateway into our sideyard.
So far the daisies are just beginning to open. They didn't come back as full and wild as previous years. The winter must have tsken a toll on them. I'll split them in the fall and spread them out, though, and they'll come back fine.
This clematis grows on the arbor that Jay made in the back yard. It has taken a good four years to get tall and full. I see people who have them blooming over their mailboxes in early spring, but ours doesn't bloom until June. The white one is already finished, but this one is in its heyday. The morning glories should take over when this one begins to wane. They're still climbing the other trellis on the opposite side.
In this pic you can see my thistle feeder bag. The finches love it. In the early morning and in the evening, our backyard is filled with robins, goldfinches and purple finches, mourning doves, sparrows and starlings. Last night there were narrow-bodied black birds with smallish red heads - I haven't identified those yet. We live between a lake and forested area and a creek, so that helps us attract birds.
Above spiderwort and buttercups - the color combination takes my breath away.
These tiger lilies are in the side yard, which often resembles a wild jungle. But we like it that way. In the spring, when we walk through the gate and down the side, the scent of lilacs is heavenly.
It's not butterfly season yet, but soon I'll be posting butterflies. I grow a garden beneath my front windows to attract them.
If you want ideas to reuse things and spice up your yard, check out Fast and Fabulous Ways to Decorate Your Garden over at Better Homes and Gardens website.