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July 21, 2014

Drear and Cheer

Filed under: 66 Days of Summer,What's Blooming — Karma @ 9:33 am
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Blog posts are starting to stack up on me here! I have photos to share for both days of the weekend but I think putting them all in one post might be a little much. Here’s my post for Saturday, day 30 of summer. I’ll write another for Sunday.

The day was overcast and a bit dreary. Motivation was low. Late in the afternoon I decided to take my unmotivated self for a walk around the yard, and I’m glad I did. Things had changed since the last time I really took a look. Different flowers and such were in bloom.
These are what originally drew my attention outside. I saw a blur of purple that I hadn’t seen yet this year so I went to investigate. If I remember correctly, these are delphinium, part of my perennial garden in the front yard.

From that little garden, I walked along the side of my house to where my neighbor has an interesting variety of plantings. These lilies face my side of our properties.
neighbor lily
I’m not sure what kind these are but I found their color to be warm and inviting.

As you continue along the side of my yard and through the gate into the backyard, you’ll find my crazy concord grape vines. They’ve spread, with the help of birds I’m sure, from a little trellis they started on, up my house into the rain gutters and across into a bordering pine tree. At this point in the year, it is looking like it will be a plentiful grape season come September, if the birds don’t get them all first.
backyard grapes

Another flash of color caught my eye as I continued into the backyard. Do you remember when I planted bee balm for the hummingbirds a couple years ago? I was starting to wonder if that plant was yet another victim of this past harsh winter, but a few small blooms have survived.
bee balm

It is the time of the year for day lilies too. The bright orange of these flowers can be cheerful on the dreariest of days.

Well, I’ve finished my morning coffee, visited new blog posts from many of you, and enjoyed editing these flower photos in my Lightroom program. They seemed like the perfect shots for playing around with editing. I’ve got more to post about with Sunday’s little adventures – I’ll return later today with that post.


  1. A lovely walk around your yard, thank you. I had a delphinium once. Briefly. Husband thought it was a weed and pulled it, so I never saw the bloom. He was banned from touching anything in the flower beds after that.

    Comment by Carol — July 21, 2014 @ 10:35 am | Reply

    • Thank you Carol. I agree, husbands and flower beds generally should not mix.

      Comment by Karma — July 21, 2014 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  2. thank you for such a beautiful tour of your yards!

    Comment by Kate — July 21, 2014 @ 11:25 am | Reply

    • You’re quite welcome, Kate! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — July 21, 2014 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  3. Such a lovely walk. Thank you. Because you are a few weeks behind us, it’s a little like revisiting the past. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — July 21, 2014 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin – glad you enjoyed time-traveling for a little bit!

      Comment by Karma — July 21, 2014 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  4. Oooo Aahhhh, gorgeous color, Karma. I am particularly in love with that first elegant splash of purple, thank you.

    Comment by Kathy — July 21, 2014 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. I have that purple to thank for drawing me outside.

      Comment by Karma — July 21, 2014 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  5. The delphinium is gorgeous with that beautiful green bokeh. I’ve got to learn Lightroom since Apple is no longer supporting Aperture.

    Comment by Becky Sue — July 22, 2014 @ 7:44 am | Reply

    • Thanks Becky. I’m still just at the playing around with Lightroom stage. There is a lot I don’t know how to do, but I discovered some extra sliders I hadn’t seen before yesterday that gave me some more options!

      Comment by Karma — July 22, 2014 @ 9:03 am | Reply

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