The Blue Sky Farm Summer Bouquet

| 8/6/2010 3:49:09 PM

A photo of Shirley Rodeo VanScoykAhhhhhhhh ... summer!

I've been pushing it this year since April, which makes me feel guilty, because I completely devalued spring.  In my defense, spring was a hurried affair this year, barely here for two weeks after the last cold rains of winter dissolved the remnants of the blizzards, grey and dreary in the pasture, and a heat wave arrived tempting us to wear white before Memorial Day and break out our Lawn MuMus.  Lawn MuMus are big baggy brightly colored dresses that we wear in Honey Brook when we go commando and wander around weeding or staring at livestock.  If bears emerging from hibernation wore clothes, this is what they would choose.

But now, joining the Barn Swallows and the Lightning Bugs, it's no longer ME deciding that Summer has arrived.  There is a bouquet on the table that announces it with the exuberance of debutantes arriving back to the Sorority House.

Summer bouquet close-up

Blue Hydrangeas and Orange Daylilies, or Mophead and Fulva, as we call them here.

Everyone who reads this is a better gardener than I. We don't even have to have a score card. It's not even going to be a contest. I concede. I grew up in a family where all aggression, competition and judgment is channeled into gardening. I gave up long ago in the race to drop Latin Names for species and have the first tomato of the season. I don't even CARE about heirloom seeds and grafting.  I am much better with things that follow me and beg to be fed than I am with things that soundlessly wither and die without water.  That leads me to Mophead and Fulva which you can't apparently neglect to death.

Mountain Woman
8/18/2010 2:01:52 PM

Rodeo, I'm the same with gardening and I too enjoy the thrill of wild flowers to the tameness of the garden bed. As to summer, it's almost over here but it has been a great one certainly. I know the days are growing so short already. What a great gift you gave to your Mom! I know she must have been thrilled. Always enjoy your posts.

S.M.R. Saia
8/17/2010 6:51:36 AM

Ah, Rodeo, you're speaking my language on plants! I don't think anyone that knows me would call me lazy, but like you I just don't want to fuss with them, so I like to plants things that just do thier thing largely without me. Hence my love of planting sweet potatoes, turnips, marigolds, and various other "tough" things! My new favorite this year is the blackberry bushes I planted this spring, which immediately began to grow like weeds. I love anything useful that grows like a weed. Your flowers are beautiful! Enjoy them while you can!

Cindy Murphy
8/10/2010 7:15:56 AM

Hi, Shirley. Beautiful bouquet. Here, the mopheads are fussy, and a gardener that can get them to bloom with any consistency pats themselves on the back - the plants are hardy, but exposure to winter winds, or a late freeze means no blossoms, only big green leaves. The ditch lilies we have in abundance; they are the first of the daylilies to bloom, and are generally done before most daylily varieties produce their first flower. My tough-as-nails, indestructable favorites for a late summer bouquet are PG hydrangeas (the whites), and goldenrod. Ya gotta love something that thrives and keeps going despite whatever gets thrown at it - flowers or people; its a great quality in either.

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