sunset coming back from Baltimore

The leaves were changing during our latest trip to Baltimore, unfortunately the weather was rainy and overcast for much of the trip, so there were few opportunities for pictures until sunset

color change in the hills

I was however mostly pleased with this picture


Our regular trip to Cincinnati was delayed until July. Never the less we had a lovely time. Michael took the pictures at the aquarium, and they turned out far better than we hoped they would. The sunsets were mine.

The giant crabs made Michael hungry.

I didn't think lobster were supposed to be so cute.

The aquarium was running a special sea turtle exhibit, but this was in the main tank with the sharks.

I *told* you the aquarium was cool! Told you!

Alas, back home.

Still More June Flowers

More Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus). There are now hordes of these flowers, and if the wind is blowing in the correct direction, you can smell them as you sit on the porch. Lovely.

Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) This was the one to replace the one that didn't survive the winter. The one that did survive the winter may or may not come back strong enough to flower this summer.

More daylilies (Hemerocallis) If I remember correctly, these should bloom off and on for awhile. If I remember correctly that is.

More Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). This it the plant at the back of the house.


Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

Rose (The marker disappeared, so I don't know the cultivar)

"Succulent" Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum)

Lavender Orchid Double Impatiens. The flowers look like small roses. They do not, however, have any significant scent.

My favorite, Calibrachoa (Calibrachoa x hybridus), or Million Bells. What I have been reading on them says that I should be able to take tip cuttings in the fall, and if I'm really good, I can have lots of plants in the spring.
Not that I'm planning ahead or anything.

This is the Mexican Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia). I'm hoping that I can get it to survive the winter inside.

Tuberous begonia

The WVU Greenhouse was open on Saturday. So I stopped in. Got this gorgeous begonia (Begonia x tuberhybrida 'Non Stop').

My daylilies (Hemerocallis) are blooming at the front of the house.

May Showers and Flowers

Moved on from the forsythia, rhododendren, and bulbs. I'm surprised that my roses and daylillies are already blooming.

This is one of the lemon lillies that originally came from Michael's great-grandmother's garden. Michael's mom brought us several plants last year (as well as some hostas) and they seem not only to have survived the winter, but to be thriving.

The climbing rose plant ('Climbing America') in front of the house has a ton of blooms already (must be all the fishtank water Michael has dumped on it.)

April Flowers May Bring Showers

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming.

rhododendren covered with purple flowers

This rhododendron (Rhododendron "Purple Gem) is under the tree along the front walk. The maple creates a great deal of shade in the summer (as you can see by the lack of grass), but hopefully that'll be perfect for the rhododendron.

rhododendren with pink flowers

I'm typically not partial to pink flowers, but I did like these for some reason. This rhododendron (Rhododendron P.J.M.) is at the bottom of the hill, by the new lilac and the Zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'),where there will eventually be more fence. It's under the silver maple; although the silver maple is not providing a great deal of shade right now, hopefully it will be a sufficient amount for the rhododendron to thrive.


I can't believe that my irises (Iris pumila) are blooming already!