Summer entertainment

I visit our little pond several times a day this time of year.  It’s a way to relax.  I love to count my fish….yes I am simply entertained!

I have found the perfect plant for the containers in my pond….Creeping Jenny! 

Note Aubree’ s painted frog choreographing the fish dances.

Jeff’s heron stands guard over the fish….

Goldfish, shubunkin, koi…..

Pond with goldfish….backyard escape.

Debbie and the Beanstalk, part 2

Update on my purple hyacinth bean experiment.  

I planted tiny little starts of The Bean next to hibiscus’ that perished over the winter, leaving me a unique support for the aggressive climbing Beans.  The original photos are followed by today’s photos of the plants.  The originals were taken June 7.  Just over a month ago.



The vines grow about six inches a day.  I wrap and tie the new growth around the hibiscus sticks daily, but I missed while we were up north.  Now I have two to three foot vines to wrap….

The results are not the topiary forms I had hope for with a skinny trunk and growth above…obviously The Bean would not cooperate with that.   Will update again in August when The Beans are in full bloom.  In the meantime you will find me in my PJ’s on the deck in the early morning tying up vines.

Livonia Garden Walk

Jeff, Codi and I toured  several  local gardens last Saturday.   

Such a perfect Day to enjoy the hard work put into these gorgeous places!

An artist was in the structure, plein air painting.

Charming area, but no sign of chickens in the coop.

Tricolor beech….all season beautiful color.

Codi loved hanging out in the gardens, eating a cookie or two. 

This garden was especially artistic.

I am in love with this plant…rose campion.

Fireworks on a stem!  Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday!