more of june…

by grace on July 12, 2017

boat ride!  so far the pontoon boat has been running great; i think this is the first year since we’ve had it that it has managed to keep running this long into the summer.  hmm, better not jinx it.  the water was really high in june, and the yuccas were in bloom.

these flower shoots are called crocosmia.  i guess they have them here in the US, but i had never noticed them until we went to ireland. i planted lots of bulbs, and some of them are slowing coming up.

i planted them all in places where i’d dug up my lilies which got eaten by deer every year.


i liked them so much when i first saw them at the Powerscourt Gardens in Ireland that i took a picture of the sign, so i’d remember them.

this is what they look like in bloom.

anne wareham also had lots of them in her spectacular Veddw House Garden in Wales.

wow, i hope we get to go back there sometime soon.

so it’s only taken me two years to finally plant some.  not bad, for me.  plus they’re supposedly deer-resistant, so theoretically i won’t have to dig them all up in a year or two.

here are a few shots of the moon, which has been looking spectacular again.

it was unusual to see a white pelican; i only remember seeing them on the lake in winter.  maybe this one realized that our lake is so packed full of fish that he decided to make it his permanent residence.

randy bought these wonderful solar lights which clip on the edges of his umbrella.  i’m tempted to buy some, except they’re kind of pricey at pier one, plus i’m pretty sure they’d somehow get broken on our deck.  as things do.

right now as i sit here on my couch it’s 92 outside but feels like 107.  yeah, kinda ridiculously hot & humid.  welcome to july.

ok then,

mrs. summertime hughes.





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John Kingdon July 16, 2017 at 5:36 am

Hi from just up the road from Veddw again (here, “just up the road” means less than two hours away). The Crocosmia label looks like “Solfatare” which is a bright yellow form. If you’ve got the red “Lucifer” it’s a fair bit taller and a bit more vigorous.reaching up 3-4 feet in it’s second year. It’ll also spread out in a few years to fill that bed. All the varieties flop over like mad towards the end of flowering though so you’ll need some support if they’re not surrounded by stiffer plants. I use peony supports around mine.

Meanwhile I wish my garden pond was as big as yours! 🙂


grace July 16, 2017 at 8:28 pm

hi john! i did get the red lucifer crocosmia, and we just had some rain today, thank goodness, and the plants are getting bigger and bigger…i guess they won’t bloom til next year, though. thanks for the info about supports – peonies would be perfect, because the deer also don’t like them.

the lake is fantastic and we’re really lucky to live here – but then again, we don’t have beauty everywhere you look, like you do in wales! we hope to get back there next year, which seems like a long time from now.


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