Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Friday, July 2, 2010

VACATION: A Tiny Glimpse of Retirement

Hello from Utopia!  Tomorrow starts my first full day of 9 days off work!  What shall I do I ask myself?  It stretches out before me seemingly without end.  We're travelling to St. Louis for 3 days next week.  Hope to take in the Arch, Botanical Garden and maybe see the Bellefontaine cemetery plus anything else we have time for.  I saw a garden show about the St. Louis Botanical Garden and it looks like my kinda place.  Since the humidity has been lower I am back in love with my garden again.  I have been enjoying some late season blooms and garden views. 
Phlox "Peppermint Twist"----

Hydrangea "Cityline Paris"---

Watermelon "Sugar Baby" is definitely my baby and first attempt at growing watermelons- ever!

Is "cottage garden" a synonym for "eclectic mess??"  I sure hope so.

Pond - I like to keep my tropical looking plants segregated to this area.

I think the Tiger lillies look like fireworks (how appropriate)!

These orange daylillies are real troopers and the most vivid orange.

The spring house depends on foliage for interest right now.

This white rose was a "foundling" 2 years ago and started from a cutting.  It gives a shot of coolness right about now that is desperately needed. 
So whatever your 4th of July holiday plans are...make sure you get out and see what's blooming in your garden.  Like fireworks..those blooms are  here today and gone tomorrow in a flash!


  1. Enjoy your vacation - I know you will! Where did you find the Cityline hydrangea?

  2. Bluestone Perennials mail order. Have you ever ordered from them? Very good quality plants. This is supposed to turn a red color..lets see if it will.

  3. You are so witty...I LOVE reading your blog!!!! You should be a writer for a garden magazine. Have fun on your vacation!!!!!! We'll be here waiting to hear of your adventures, and see the beautiful pics when you return!!!!! xoxoxoxoxox

  4. Your first saying below your header is too cute. I hope you have the best time on vacation and see lots of sights in St. Louis! Your garden looks fabulous.