Friday, June 24, 2016

Bicolor Marigold, Day Lily, Coreopsis, Golden Sundrop and Gladiola Flowers

Glowing post rain bicolor marigold: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" I took these photos just after a heavy rain and the flowers almost seemed to glow. The marigolds are starting to fill out nicely and I love the color combo of the bicolor red/orange and gold marigold in the top photo.
Raindrops on El Dorado day lily: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Our El Dorado day lilies started blooming this week. I love their deep red detailing. 
Red coreopsis with white edging: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The red coreopsis featured last week has new blooms but the older ones' petals are fading to white. I like how they look both ways. If I stay on top of deadheading the spent flowers we can have blooms through frost on these amazing plants.
Bright golden sundrop flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The golden sundrops are already providing food and entertainment for our native golden finches. The birds love the seedy centers of these pretty flowers.
Bicolor gladiola flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Last year's gladiola photo was nicer but I wanted to include this one to mark their first week blooming in our Maryland garden this year. The sweet peas and echinacea are starting to crowd them out so I was pleasantly surprised to see the gladiola flowers.

That's all for this week's mini garden tour. Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

Related posts:
A year ago in my flower garden: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/06/dahlias-day-lilies-daisies-and-more.html
Golden finches on black eyed Susans: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/08/yellow-finch-feeding-on-black-eyed.html
Yellow finches feeding: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2015/06/yellow-finches-feeding.html

Friday, June 17, 2016

Bee Balm, Sedum, Sunset Dahlia, Coreopsis, and Pansy Flowers

Hot pink rose petals: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" The pretty bee balm above started blooming this week. It's a miraculous survivor. Kind neighbors gave it to me three years ago. It bloomed just a tiny bit before something ate it down to the ground. Then last year a well meaning helper thought it was a weed and did his best to kill it. What little remained was eaten down to the ground. This year the foliage looks fantastic and the flowers are robust. Hopefully whatever ate it in previous years has moved on.
Hot pink rose petals: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This yellow sedum is frommy kind friend Mary. Last year she let me take three tip cuttings from her beautiful plants and, by God's grace, they rooted and spread and now I have a little group of these beautiful plants. Hopefully they'll continue to spread and flower each year.
Hot pink rose petals: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I thought the sunset dahlia had died but there's one nice flower on it and some buds forming.
Hot pink rose petals: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The red coreopsis started blooming this week (that's a pink dahlia in the background) and they have made a few babies. Surprisingly, the babies have yellow flowers.
Hot pink rose petals: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I found this tiny volunteer pansy plant hiding behind a bigger plant. I guess the shade from the large plant is keeping it alive despite the heat. I consider that another plant miracle.

In addition to what was already mentioned, our golden sundrops, lavender, butterfly bush (lavender and black knight) and snow on the mountain also started blooming this week. It's a fun time in my Maryland garden. Thank you to my kind friends and neighbors who share their garden abundance and thank you for visiting! May God bless them and you!

Related posts:
Mary's garden retreat: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/05/marys-amazing-garden-retreat.html
Little bees, big flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/06/little-bees-and-big-flowers-this-week.html
Missy's amazing garden: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/06/missys-marvelous-gardens.html

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Wildlife at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Wild deer foraging for food: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy wild Wednesday! My husband and I recently visited Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens and were thrilled to see so much wildlife, especially because we visited on a hot afternoon. The first three photos are by me and the last two were generously shared by my talented husband. We hope you enjoy them all.
Tiny red-headed reptile: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The deer in the top photo was eating leaves and definitely knew we were there as she kept looking right at us. The red headed little reptile didn't appear to see me until I took its photo.
Strategic spider on magnolia flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Can you see the tiny spider? She's camouflaged well on one of the magnolia leaves.
Wild butterfly: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2016, used with permission
 I saw two of these pretty butterflies but my husband got the best photo.
Stripey: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2016, used with permission
And this little striped reptile was too fast for me but my husband photographed it dashing for cover.

Hearty thanks to my dear husband for sharing his photos with us! May God bless him and may He bless you too!

Related posts:
Kenilworth overview photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/05/kenilworth-park-aquatic-gardens-photos.html
Amazing lotus flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/06/lotus-flower-photos-haiku-poem.html
Kenilworth flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/05/flowers-at-kenilworth-aquatic-gardens.html

Friday, June 10, 2016

Rose, Purple Coneflower, Shasta Daisy, Sweet Pea and Zinnia Flowers

Hot pink rose petals: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" The roses are at peak glory with beautiful flowers covering the bushes.
Early purple coneflower bloom: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 The echinacea (also known as purple coneflower) is just beginning it's season.
First shasta daisy flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This is the very first shasta daisy flower of the year here in my Maryland garden. 
Pink/purple sweet pea: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I'm not sure if this is year two or three for our sweet peas but from two surviving plants we now have about an eight foot diameter spread of their vines.
Bright pink zinnia flower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Last week I finally planted my giant red zinnia seeds but my kind husband bought these mini zinnias for me while I wait for the giants to grow.  It's nice to have color in the zinnia areas already.

That's all for this week's mini garden tour. Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

Which was your favorite photo? What is your favorite flower scent?

Related posts:
Bees on flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/08/busy-bees-on-beautiful-blooms-zinnia.html
Giant zinnia and more: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/07/zinnias-roses-joe-pye-weed-day-lilies.html
Butterflies on coneflowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2015/07/butterflies-and-bees-love-purple.html

Friday, June 3, 2016

Bright Yellow and Brilliant Pink Flower Photos

Bright yellow coreopsis flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" The yellow coreopsis started blooming this week and the little plant is full of sunny flowers.
Brilliant pink evening primrose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The pink evening primrose plants have spread even more and are filling out the space under our two dwarf lilac bushes. From a distance it looks like a mini hedge of pink flowers.
Bright yellow day lily: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The Stella d'oro yellow reblooming day lilies started flowering this week too.
Bright yellow evening primrose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 As did the yellow primrose. Apparently the high temperatures are good for starting flowers.
Pink and yellow calibrachoa flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I planted this little calibrachoa in early spring. It hasn't grown much so maybe I was too early but at least it's still putting out some pretty flowers.


Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoyed this week's photos. May God bless you!

Related posts:
Big flowers, little bees: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/06/little-bees-and-big-flowers-this-week.html
Day lilies and more: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/06/day-lily-primrose-echinacea-petunia-and.html
Hydrangeas and more: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/06/hydrangeas-cosmos-primrose-and-day.html

Friday, May 27, 2016

Roses, False Goat's Beard and Dahlias by Ben Wheeler

Hot pink rose: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2016; used with permission
Happy Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" My kind husband offered to take photos for today's post so hearty thanks to him for being our guest photographer this week and generously sharing his flower photo artwork! 
False Goat's Beard: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2016; used with permission
The false goat's beard is a plant he selected and is thriving in our deepest shade garden bed. 
Bicolor dahlias: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2016; used with permission
We have three of these bicolor dahlia plants. He picked one and I picked two. I also planted two new tubers this week so hopefully we'll have flowers from them in a month or two.
Red rose: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2016; used with permission
I think this is our "Mr. Lincoln" rose, a deep red rose that smells divine. A dear friend recommended it a few years ago and I loved it so much I put in another one this spring.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless Ben and may He bless you too!

Related posts:
Zoo animals by Ben Wheeler: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.ru/2015/07/ben-wheelers-zoo-photos-for-wild.html
Macaw parrot by Ben Wheeler: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.ru/2016/03/macaw-parrot-photos-by-ben-wheeler.html
Cute cat by Ben Wheeler: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.ru/2015/07/black-cat-pink-tongue-cuteness-photos.html

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Braveheart and the Sandman - Our New Kittens!

Braveheart the kitten: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This might be my most exciting Wild Wednesday post yet! This week we welomed home our two adorable and feisty new kittens, Braveheart and the Sandman. They're about nine weeks old and super cute. Braveheart is a fearless little girl who is determined to conquer every inch of her domain.
The Sandman: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The Sandman has a fascination with the litter box and lives his little cat life full throttle. His foster mom called him "Spot" because of his unsual nose markings. He's almost half a pound heavier than his sister but he scares easily and often runs to me for protection from loud noises outside. 
Super adorable cutness kitten pile: 
Copyright © Kelli Markley Ammlung, 2016; Used with permission
This amazing sleeping-cuddling-kitten-cuteness photo of Braveheart, the Sandman and their siblings is by their kindhearted and generous foster mom. Hearty thanks to Kelli for sharing her photo, raising these kittens and caring for their feral mom until they were old enough to come to our home! You, Ellen and friends are making the world a better place! Thank you all!
Braveheart and the Sandman playing: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
It doesn't seem to matter what I put in this bowl, the kittens will play with it and have fun fishing it out. Braveheart also likes to curl up in the bowl when it's empty. I remove toys that have parts that could come off (like the mouse in the photo above) when I leave their quarantine room (they have worms, which is pretty normal for feral born kittens, but means they can't be introduced to my elder cat for a few more weeks). But they have some safer toys that stay 24/7. They are happy, healthy except for the worms, and well loved. 
16 year old Baby cat's reaction to kittens: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Friends keep asking for Baby cat's reaction to the kittens. Mostly, she doesn't seem to care a bit! That may change when they come out of quarantine but for now, I try to visit with the kittens only when Baby's asleep because she has some separation anxiety whenever she's apart from me. She sat outside the door and cried the one time I visited with the kittens when she was awake. But when I came out she didn't try to get in to see the kittens; she just wanted to be with me so I gave her lots of love and all was well.

If you'd like to see more kitten pictures I've been posting daily on my Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/lovejoypeas/ It's embarassing to admit but I don't yet know how to get photos from my phone to the computer (other than by emailing them to myself one at a time) so that's why some will be here and others there. The kittens try to attack the straps on the camera so it's easier to take photos of them with the phone (no straps to attack).

Thank you for visiting! May God bless our kitties, Kelli, Ellen and the cat saviors, and may He bless you too!

Related posts:
Cute lion cubs: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/05/little-lion-cubs-for-wild-wednesday.html
Cute pouncing tiger baby: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/03/tiger-cub-launches-sneak-attack.html
Cute Christmas cat: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/12/christmas-cat-santa-and-reindeer.html