Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The story about to be told is true, graphic, and not for the faint hearted or weak stomach!
I am keeping my little 8 month old grandson today, and he took a long morning nap. I was happily catching up on my blog reading, and when he woke from his nap and played in his crib. I don't like to jump up (not to mention jumping up is hard on these old bones) and get him out of the bed as soon as he peeps, so I let him play while I continued reading.
When I got him after about 10 minutes, I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked in. He was sitting up in bed grinning at me when I opened the door. He had pulled his diaper off (one of the pitfalls of Velcro closings!) and had poo smeared all over the sheet, his face, and of course his hands!
What to do? I did not sign up for this!!! I pulled off his shirt, and carried him (at arms length) to the tub and sat him in it as I turned on the water and adjusted the temp. Rinsed him off, soaped him down, rinse again. Then I filled up the tub and let him soak until I could get all the "stuff" out of his fingernails. Wrapped him in a towel, took him back to his room, diapered and dressed him, and let him roll around on the floor while I stripped the bed, wiped it down, put on clean sheets. Are you ready for bed little man? I am!!!
He certainly enjoys his food!
The Tomato Thief left a few--all green, of course!
I thought this tendril hanging down was so graceful and pretty.
Are you getting an idea of why I am Morning Glories in Round Rock?
The sunflowers are so bright and cheerful.
I wish computers came with Smell-O-Vision, because there is nothing so sweet as the smell of a rose (except lilacs, which I can't grow).
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Sorry this is so blurry, but the wind was so fierce when I took this shot a couple of days ago. This is a Floribunda called Eutin. Even in this heatwave, it is putting out blooms!
The Lantana laughs at the 100 degree weather! It is also a butterfly magnet.
I am not sure what this is--I'm thinking a Gerbera. It came off a sale cart at the nursery because it no longer had it's tag. Charlotte wanted to rescue it, so it is officially her plant, which is why it is in a pot. This fall when Charley is no longer attached to it (I hope), I am planning to plant it in the ground.
That pesky wind wouldn't stop long enough to get a good shot of the lantana. As you might have guessed by the earlier shot, I have a lot of it. Another Austin gardener, whose blog I enjoy reading: east-side-patch, hates it. But I figure, go with what grows, and I can always depend on lantana to give me color right up to frost.
Euvolvus, Blue Daze
I just love this flower even though it is an annual, I love the blue blossoms that continue throughout the summer.
I'm not exactly sure what kind of mum this is. I got it on the half off cart at the Round Rock Nursery (I love this local nursery for the variety they stock), and it didn't have it's identification tag any longer.
Plumbago has the most beautiful blue blooms. I have a memory garden in the corner of the garden where I have all the blue flowers I can find. Funny story about Bocephus the Wonder Dog. When I was planting one plumbago, Bo was taking off with the other still in it's nursery pot. He was getting ready to eat it when I caught him and took it away. So far, he has left them alone, and they look beautiful with the Blue Daze and Balloon Flowers I have in the blue garden.
Here is a better shot of another Eutin. I try to buy only antique roses because I think they are hardier and are less prone to diseases and pests. I don't baby them at all. I just throw some compost and mulch on them every spring. I don't water or fertilize, although, I am thinking of giving it a little fish emulsion if the heat doesn't let up soon.
This salvia is huge. When it goes dormant, I am going to have to cut it back this fall. It's threatening to take over the back yard. I have a pretty little Mexican Marigold Mint next to it that is getting crowded out.
Libby has the only sure fire way to keep cool in this heat! Don't you just love her freckles? She and Charlotte have been going to Camp Invention this week and going to the pool in the evenings when the sun is going down.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I am not a very good photographer, but can you make out the bumble bee in the Cinderella pumpkin blossom?