Monday, July 5, 2010
Hot and steamy
I finished cutting the strip sets for the QOV quilts into blocks and sewed a bunch of them yesterday. It was hot and steamy yesterday so I only spend small amounts of time outside. I cut down a bunch of volunteer trees and cut low hanging branches on one big tree. In the evening I went out to fill the bird feeders and got at least 10 mosquito bites in 5 minutes. If anyone was watching me they would have wondered what dance I was doing. I was swatting and swinging!
I pulled some candidates out for the last 2 blocks on the Kaffe quilt but didn't get any cut.
This is the jungle by the porch and sidewalk. The sun was shining so bright it makes my house look white. The tiger lilies started blooming 2 days ago.
They are almost as tall as I am so I only had to duck a little to look up at this beauty. I found this species on the internet and it is called the Wild Tiger Lily. It drops its little black bulbs that form all along the tall stalks and multiplies like crazy. Either they blow in the wind or the birds carry them because they are growing on the other side of the porch now too.
The blue balloon flowers are in full bloom now. The plant to the right of the bloom is the skeleton of an evening primrose. The Japanese Beetles love them. I had never seen one of the beetles until a couple years ago and now they are everywhere. They are eating the Rose of Sharon blooms too.
The pale pink balloon flowers have started blooming now too. And, yes, that little maple tree is still there in the front garden. I am going to have to do some serious digging in this garden but I don't want to irritate my hip joint that gave me problems early this spring.
It was good to hear from a bunch of new readers yesterday. Most were anonymous (although some identified themselves in the comment) or no reply bloggers so I couldn't personally thank them for commenting, so I'll thank all of you here. I think this is a win-win situation: I love writing the blog and taking the pictures and you love reading it. Life is good!