daylily, hemerocallis

Another Stroll Through the Garden

Instead of my usual work time, this Saturday is going to be filled up with cabers, kilts, and clans (NOT of the KKK variety) at the Portland Highland Games. But before I take Finn McSpool to celebrate his Celtic heritage, I thought I’d deliver this most recent tour of my garden to the Blogosphere.

First off, my favorites….daisies! Okay, I know that orange one is technically a coneflower, but it’s daisy-like. And just to add a bit of creepy irony to this picture, these daisies are growing in the bed where I buried my dog Daisy.

How about a closer look at those Shasta Daisies….

shasta daisy

And the coneflower….

coneflower, echinacea

More spots of brilliant color in the garden right now include my big puffball of a hydrangea (seriously, this is the real color, no adjustments!)….

hydrangea

And some bright pink daylilies sprang up this year, which is a nice change from all the yellow ones I normally have…

daylily, hemerocallis

The veggies in my side yard are getting very jungle-y. I think I even spotted Mowgli and Bagheera in here the other day….

Speaking of jungle vines, it looks like this will be another good year for my grapes….

And best of all, my melon plant got knocked up! I’ve never grown melons before and with Portland’s very cold and very wet spring this year (aka “never-ending winter”) I thought these plants would never amount to anything. But there it is, a bouncing baby melon. Grow, baby. Grow!!!

Honesty in the Garden

As with the hydrangea picture, unless my iPad camera just isn’t picking up colors properly, I try not to fiddle too much with my garden photos in an effort to be a bit more “real.” If you appreciate this, then be sure to stop by the Snail of Happiness to read a post inspired by yours truly about honesty in the garden (the virtue, not the plant, although she may have some of those too).

The Showdown Continues!!!

If you haven’t already, please please please with an extra dollop of honey on top, cast your vote for your favorite cover mock up for my upcoming book.

Of the six candidates below, two covers are currently neck-in-neck in the polls and your vote could be the deciding one. You can leave your choice in a comment below, or drop your ballot in the survey form (and read a bit more about the covers) at Book Cover Showdown. 

Which one most readily grabs your eye?

See You in a Few Days

I’ll be back next Wednesday with a crafty new project I created from a piece of junk (no, really) and next Saturday I’ll be showing off Finn’s photos from the Highland Games. To tide you over until then, here’s a peek at Finn dressed up and ready to go in his kilt. And, as you can see, he’s set for the caber toss.

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8 thoughts on “Another Stroll Through the Garden

  1. crawcraftsbeasties says:

    What an enviable floral display! That hydrangea is really quite something… Time for me to up my own horticultural game, I think! How did Finn get on at the Highland Games? I still can’t get over how sweet he looks in his bespoke tailored kilt! 😍

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  2. Sheila says:

    I know how hard it can be to decide on a book cover and just voted. What a beautiful garden – I don’t think I’d get any writing done at all if I could go out there and visit those flowers! That’s so nice that the daisies are there to greet you.

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    • painterwrite says:

      My flowers say thanks for the compliments! Luckily, I can’t see my garden from my “office.” Although, maybe that’s why I tend to migrate out to the kitchen table (that looks out onto the backyard) so often! And many thanks for voting. 😋😋😋

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