Thursday, June 11, 2015

Backyard today

My backyard is looking pretty nice at the moment.  I was too late to take pictures of the purple/black irises, allium and a few others as they have finished flowering already.  Sadly the flowers don't last very long.

 This is a beautiful Martha Washington geranium.  I got 3 of them and this is the darkest shade.
 First time I have bought a hanging pot of strawberries.   There are lots of flowers and quite a few berries but I don't think I'll end up with $8.00 worth!!
 Solar lilies.
 These are my solar lilies and they look gorgeous when they are lit up at night.
 My one and only flower on the clematis.  There should be a lot more in a week or so.
 This is a wind spinner that my BFF gave me for my birthday last year.  Very little wind today so it was barely moving.  Yesterday it was very windy and I thought it was going to take off!!
 This is my peony plant.  As you can see, it is huge.  I'm 5'7' and it comes up to my shoulder!  There are approx. 75 buds and will be gorgeous when they all open.  The flowers are white.  I'll have to remember to take a picture when it is in full bloom.  Sadly these flowers only last a few days.
 This is my blueberry bush.  I've had it for about 5 years.  The most berries I've had is 10!  This year it has shot up, the branches are 8-10 feet high.  All the white is fuzz (not bugs) which are turning into leaves.  No sign of any flower buds.  If there are no berries this year I'm going to dig it out and put something else in it's place.  It's too bad as I love blueberries.
 The rhubarb is growing like mad and is ready to pick.
 Two tomato plants coming along nicely.  They have a few flowers.  In the front pot are pattypan squash.  The red things are plastic spoons that I stick in to show where I planted the seeds.
 More squash.  I think these are either green or yellow zucchini.
 Persian yellow rose.  There are over 200 buds on here.  
 Very pretty pansies.
 Lots of petunias, lobelia and other bedding plants.
 Another Martha Washington geranium and more petunias and lobelia.
 Striped hosta and I can't remember the name of the ground cover.
 I think this is pink dianthus.
 Blue/mauve iris.
 Flowering succulent
 White iris.  Very dainty.
That's most of what is flowering in the backyard today.  I'll have to remember to take more pictures when things are further along.

Bye for now.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

2015 Books 1-7

An  Irish Country Doctor
An Irish Country Village
An Irish Country Girl
An Irish Country Courtship
A Dublin Student Doctor
An Irish Country Wedding
Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor
by Patrick Taylor

This is a series of books about the life of an Irish country doctor.  They are fictional but all based in truth.  The author, Patrick Taylor, was an Irish country doctor, from Bangor, who now lives in Canada.  I think he has written 10 books in the series, so far, but I have only read seven of them.  I'm keeping my eye out at the book sales for the other three.
I found these books very interesting because in the early seventies I lived in Belfast, N. Ireland for a couple of years.  The stories take place, mostly, in a fictitious village, just outside Belfast, called Ballybucklebo.  Many of the places mentioned in the books are very familiar to me, as well as the Irish way of life, as the main parts of the books take place in the sixties.
Fingal O'Reilly is the main character in the books and they cover from when he was a student doctor in Dublin through to him taking on a junior partner many years later in Ballybucklebo.

These books are very light reads and would be good summer reads.  Even more interesting if you are familiar with N. Ireland.