Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Daylilly for Thursday

Yes, it's true.  Alaine got a new camera and I just had to start playing with it.

On the bright side, I'll now be able to take much better pictures from our garden to share with you in the future.

Happy Gardening!
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thursday Flowers and Microclimates

Today I wanted to share a couple of flowers with you from our gardens.  Both plants are located within a few feet of each other on the west side of our home.  There we have a seven foot high retaining wall located about twelve feet from the house.  This long tunnel can get quite windy at times!

Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta
The first plant is a Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta.  It is planted next to the house as part of a larger perennial bed.  In this picture it is getting full sun during the late afternoon hours.

Morning Glory, Ipomoea sp.
The other plant is a Morning Glory from the genus Ipomoea.  While the Black Eyed Susan is getting full sun, the Morning Glory pictured below is in full shade.  The sun is a little west of overhead which produces the shade from the nearby retaining wall where the Morning Glory is planted.

In reality, both plants receive about the same amount of direct sunlight each day.  However, it's still interesting to note the different microclimates each plant experiences in your garden at different times of the day even though they may be planted quite close together.  Keeping an eye on the environment in your garden can help you locate those areas that may allow you to grow plants that need a special conditions.

Happy Gardening!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Springtime in the Rockies

Springtime in the Rockies

Spring finally arrived this year!

This is the first post on this new blog.  No matter when you are reading this, I hope you enjoy your visit.  We are a family of four living on a small farm in southeast Idaho.  Gardening is one of our passions and we are happy to share our experiences with you.

Please bookmark and plan to revisit our blog for some wonderful images and tips from our gardens to yours.

Happy Gardening!