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Aug. 23rd, 2009 @ 12:14 am The weeds are winning...
Current Mood: happyhappy

, originally uploaded by HIDDEN IN THE CITY.

While we were in Maine, all of the flower beds are inundated with weeds! The soil is dry due to the endless hot temps and dry days... Needless to say, the blooms are GORGEOUS! Daylilies apparently LOVE hot humid weather... and we are seeing perfect blooms on our rebloom scapes... so, even though there are fewer blooms... the majority of them look perfect :)

Maine was stunningly fabulous. The weather was just as hot, just as humid. The point was to relax which is what we did... walking everywhere... relaxing in the pool enjoying watching families from Quebec play with their children... two to four years old... lovely beautiful French babies... loving parents playing together in the sunshine. Time actually slowed down for a change... Wish I could make that happen again :)

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Aug. 14th, 2009 @ 09:34 pm Peak has come to an end...
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful

, originally uploaded by HIDDEN IN THE CITY.

The clean-up has begun... Two out of three beds are completely cleaned up. A bit more work needs to be done prior to planting out the seedlings from this year...

Bed #3

Bed #3

We are taking a much-needed break to Maine before taking on the gardens again. As much as I love this farm... my body is tired. The beauty continuously keeps me moving forward, but aches are warning signs... and I need to keep my body taken care of.

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Jul. 23rd, 2009 @ 11:40 pm Torn...

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I am so torn... My days are spent learning and that should be enough...

Trouble is, we have such beauty all around us... and the blooms march on without me. Thankfully today was rainy... and tomorrow there is a 50% chance of rain. I want to be able to focus and not wish I was out in the garden...

When I am home, I am greeted by beauties such as this one!

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Jul. 18th, 2009 @ 12:30 am Red bed
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Red bed

My heights are finally appearing to be organized...

The red bed was my primary focus when the season started~ now that the bloom season has commenced, it appears that my work is paying off. I am desperately trying to focus on hybridizing~ but the culling chores have truly sapped my energy and body capabilities. Arty was instrumental today in keeping me focused (and prevented me from giving up!!!); Hopefully a good night's sleep will allow me to see the yard with new eyes?</p>

Red bed
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Jul. 9th, 2009 @ 01:58 am Reds!
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

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Our red bed has been vastly altered this year... I have finally smartened up and moved plants around based on height (duh!)

Directly after this... I received several plants via trade from my dear friend, Becky, in Michigan. Luckily, I was able to give them room to grow.

Well, now that time has passed and the plants are started popping... I realize that my new seedlings captivate me more than the ones I first saw bloom four years ago... so the change commences again.

All of my reds that are blooming that captivate me are being flagged for the red bed. I am moving the older, but still lovely, seedlings to the back, back yard to line the property... the best of both worlds...

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Jun. 26th, 2009 @ 11:58 pm Daylilies and ducklings...
Current Mood: contentcontent

The sisters..., originally uploaded by HIDDEN IN THE CITY.

Life is good!

Playing with the ducklings, weeding gardens, taking pictures of daylilies~ life is filled with sumptuous moments :)

Summer is finally sinking in. As difficult as it is, I am adjusting to the open schedule that summer lends us... moments like these are so lovely, that they have to be devoured...

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Jun. 24th, 2009 @ 01:36 pm So the season begins...
Current Mood: contentcontent

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Last day of school... and I get to come home to this :) Truly a lovely surprise!

I am saddened by the end of another year, but thrilled to see babies begin blooming. This was this bloom's debut, looking forward to it and all of its' siblings putting on their show!

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Jun. 22nd, 2009 @ 10:17 pm First day of summer...
Current Mood: complacentcomplacent

It was raining here... again. We have had rain for endless days now. Its holding the daylily blooms off until I get out of school, but the Japanese iris made their debut despite the weather...

I am thrilled to be starting summer break, but at the same time I am sad to see the school year end.

Wednesday's agenda:
Garden between raindrops.
Eat a fabulous salad with fresh juice.
Paint all night :)

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Jun. 2nd, 2009 @ 12:37 am Hostas
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied

Our newest bed ~ created in order to allow these babies the best chance possible for a happy life. I have ordered three new ones from ebay buyers to supplement this row. We will be adding ORANGE MARMALADE, STRIPTEASE and RAINBOW'S END as soon as they come in later this week.

The past few days of sunshine were pure bliss. My true happiness lies in working with nature :)

The daylily seedlings are slowly getting planted... our tomato plants (greenhouse) are ripening... I will take pictures tomorrow of their beautiful fruit.

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May. 23rd, 2009 @ 11:57 am BLUEBIRD BUTTERFLY ~ Stamile
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Potting up the seedlings from this one... I will bring them into my classroom come fall~ then bring them home once the greenhouse is opened next February.

I am totally excited about each of the crosses I made~ I only wish that I could have produced more seed from them. I guess that is what I will work on this summer :)

I figured that by taking one of my favorite crosses and potting it up would be a better decision than last year. Last year I planted out all of my favorites... which was lovely except for that I wasn't able to see any first year bloom anyway... and that once I ran out of room in the garden, I potted up my last cross and that is what came with me to the classroom. This way seems better... hope so at least!

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