It’s past mid-summer, the flowers seem to be reaching their peak, and we’re harvesting more vegetables. Luke is especially excited about the green beans (me too)! Soon we’ll have tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers and carrots as well.
I’m amazed at times by all the different colors of daylilies we have here:
Even though our cat Samantha can’t really see them now, I still planted some zinnias in the flower boxes outside her window. You can’t see her bed in there, but she sleeps in it between the flowers on her wide windowsill. Did you see our post yesterday showing her new outside adventures? On day three of going out, she didn’t even eat so much grass that she got sick – either she’s learning her lesson or her system is adjusting to the new addition to her diet!
I was trying to capture the water droplets all over the garden the other morning as the sun came out after some rain. Even though I didn’t accomplish that, I got a rainbow of sorts there.
Here is our mystery flower for the week. I wondered if this is some kind of lily, but the leaves and the way the blossoms came out of them were more similar to an iris or gladiola. I don’t think they’re in either of those families, but I thought that might be what was coming before they blossomed. Whatever they are, they are really cool!
In further mystery, we are always finding interesting things around the property and in our woods here. You may have seen our wagon wheel against the barn, and my bottle collection (which continues to grow). Luke can’t seem to figure out what this is, and we’re not sure either!
We hope you are enjoying the winding down of summer and all it brings as well!
We are happy to be joining the Flower Friday blog hop hosted by Da DB Boyz.
Your flowers are beautiful. I am jealous of all the lilies.
Da DB Boyz says
What a gorgeous variety of daylilies and a wonderful garden to explore! Thanks so much for sharing them on Flower Friday this week!
Jakey & Arty
Happy to join – thanks for such a great hop! ♥
Sand spring Chesapeake says
What a great tour, such beauty all around
Monika & Sam says
Love all your beautiful flowers. The mystery one is especially lovely. Maybe the other mystery item is the makings of a still? I say, “Drink up, sailor.” 😁
Ha ha, I love it! We’ve seen much evidence that the previous owners of this property enjoyed their liquor, so you just might be right! 🙂
Ellen Pilch says
Beautiful day lilies.
Jackie Bouchard says
Wow, look at all those pretty day lillies! That mystery flower does kind of look like some kind of iris. But I have no idea what it is! And that thing in the woods… that’s definitely a mystery too. Rita would have had to bark at that!
Luke didn’t bark, but you can see that he was a little hesitant about approaching it!
As it turns out, it is a type of iris, though ironically named “Black Berry Lily”! I didn’t think it was because other irises come in the spring here.
Scylla, Fenris, Tuiren, YinYang & Chimera (ATCAD) says
Hi Samantha, all your flowers are simply gorgeous.
Thank you!! Love, Sam xxoo
Is your mystery flower a Blackberry Lily?
Remember, day lilies are toxic to cats, so don’t let Samantha go wandering among the flowers. Had I know the flowers were so toxic to plants, I wouldn’t have planted so many in our yard. We have removed all of them from our back yard where Raven is allowed to explore.
I mistyped that, it should say Black Berry Lily ( Belamcanda chinensis)
You are right about the Black Berry Lily, thank you! It seems ironic that when I looked it up I found out that it is actually in the iris family though. Why they call it lily I don’t know!
Thank you for the reminder about lilies. I did remember that and kept Sam away from them. One time we went out, she made a beeline for the hostas and I snatched her right up to get her out of there!
The Daily Pip says
Gorgeous shots! The mystery flower almost looks like something from the desert. Our flowers are starting to fade as well – can’t believe it is almost mid-August.
Next thing we know, the trees will be turning!
caren gittleman says
Another superb post! LOVE the direction you have taken your blog and I LOVE how you are LOVING your new home. Everything is so pretty! I am sure Samantha appreciates those flowers, maybe if she can’t see them she can smell them?
Thank you SO much, Caren!! I really appreciate your words because I was a bit nervous about taking this new direction with the blog.
Unfortunately, Sam can’t smell the flowers because that window doesn’t open. But we hope to replace that window with ones that do by next year; then she’ll be able to smell them (I’ll have to be sure to put something fragrant in the boxes).
Brian Frum says
Everything sure does look nice! I hope y’all have a grand weekend!
Jodi Stone says
You have such a beautiful property, discovering what secrets it has is so fun.
Shadow and Ducky's Mom says
Everything looks beautiful!! I’m so jealous! Sam used to be quite the gardener, but he’s become disinterested in it over the last several years.
As for that mystery item Luke is checking out, it almost looks like an old, small oil tank for an old heating system.
Whatever it is (my hubby thinks it was some kind of sprayer, maybe for spraying crops or something), I think it’s cool having it there. Hubby was going to have it hauled away with some other stuff that is around it (some kind of big crop rake and another wagon wheel) but I asked him to leave them!
Dolly the Doxie says
Your grounds are really looking nice! I think its an old fuel oil tank and the stand it was on. Our neighbor got chickens this week we could smell them under the fence next door and can’t wait to meet them. But mom is freaking out because she doesn’t think they’ll be properly cared for. Love Dolly
The fuel oil tank is a possibility! I really need to look more closely at it sometime.
Oh no, I hope you get to enjoy your neighbor’s chickens, and that they take good care of them.
that’s beautiful… a real PAW-radise!