Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quiet Around Here

It was a quiet, uneventful July 4th at our house. For the first time since I can remember my husband and I did not celebrate the 4th at the lake. All the kids were either at the lake or had other plans so it was just us two. We just took it easy getting up late and working around the house. Had pizza and wine on the patio to celebrate the day. No BBQ this year.

I spent some time among the flowers admiring all the colors and pulling weeds. I thought this yellow golden rod against the magenta bee balm was stunning.

I fertilized all my pots and admired how my red, white, and blue pot was showing off. I will soon have to replace the pansies with something else as they don't do well in the heat.
My rose, Hot Chocolate, is being such a showoff this year. This is my second try with this particular rose. I planted the first one in a bed with the other roses and it didn't thrive. It seems to do better by itself in full sun.

Lots of green tomatoes on the vine. Can't wait for BLT's and tomato and mozzarella salad with some fresh thyme. All we need is a little sun. Seems like we have rain coming for the next three days. So unusual for Missouri in July. But it also means I don't have to water all the flower beds and lawn.
Hope all of you had a safe and fun 4th.


~Country Lady~ said...

Hi Stella! Your 4th of July sounded heavenly. Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous. I wish we had some of your rain. This is a terribly dry and hot year for my area of the country. The flowers are taking a beating in the brutal temps!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Stella. Oh, I love that rose of yours. How beautiful!

Shelia said...

Hi Stella! Oh, it's nice that you had an easy laid back holiday! Good to change things up a bit sometimes! ;)
Oh, your garden is so beautiful. That's about the prettiest rose I've ever seen! Looks like you've got lots of tomatoes about to give you a good harvest!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful yard and garden. That rose is quite the Diva -- wanting her own space. But wow she's so lovely and has that gorgeous name. Hope you get your needed heat -- those BLTs and tom/moz salad sound so good. Tomatoes are done growing here -- the nights are too hot for them actually. (I can't wait to get on the road again and spend some money in farmer's markets up north!)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

PS: The laid-back holiday -- and the pizza and wine -- sound perfect to me too!

JEANNE said...

Hi Stella, I just commented on your post previous to this one.

Our fourth was quiet too because our grands and my brother all had gone home before the holiday. It was fine. the break from chaos was a good thing. Smile.

Your flowers are gorgeous and the roses are a stunning color. You sure know your way around a camera.Smile.

Our tomatoes are just beginning to start ripening. We are doing container gardening this year and it is going great. Everything is on the deck and the critters do not seem to find them. O happy day.

Have a great week.
Hugs, Jeanne

Chatty Crone said...

Your flowers are beautiful! Great pictures. Happy 4th to you. sandie
(I had a laid back holiday too).

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful flower garden!

We didn't have BBQ for the 4th either, we had ro-chicken, potato salad, and baked beans, etc. We also had Subways on Monday! Easy holiday!


Marfa (Crafting Marfa) said...

Stella, those roses are gorgeous! They took my breath away. I didn't do anything for the 4th of July either. It was a washout. It rained all afternoon and evening!

Anonymous said...

Yum! Pizza and wine sounds good. Your flowers are just beautiful!