Monday, May 20, 2019

from the yard


I mowed the yard today...well, I got most of it mowed before Roger realized I was mowing.  He insisted on mowing the rest....so I cut out some dead vine from my wisteria.  By the time I was done and had cleaned up my mess, he was done and we sat outside a few minutes.

It was 55ºF here today and cold breeze blowing....not quite off an iceberg but in that neighborhood.  After he cooled off, he got so cold we went in...but I had had my phone right inside, so had grabbed it and took a few pics from the yard before we headed inside.  I cannot tell how many irises I have of the above color.  They all came from one single bulb I bought at a yard sale.  I bought blind...she did not have their colors labeled.


It is a pretty iris but given a choice I would probably have picked another color.  But as many pretty flowers as I get I am not complaining.


Then we have this clematis...


It has  not grew up the trellis as much as usual...it only has two or three blooms up where they are easy to photograph.


The rest are hugging the ground, like the ones above.  I guess I normally train it up the trellis, but did not get it done this year.


And here we have the wisteria.  The wisteria my mom had had flower pods that were longer and looser?  I don't know how else to describe them.  I don't know if  these are so short and plump cause they are bred for a colder growing zone of what.


Either way, I think they are beautiful.

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Tomorrow I go to the dermatologist.  Say a prayer that she can take care of everything.  And that none will be skin cancer.  I know most people don't think much about basal cell cancer, but if you had seen what my father-in-law went through with just plain old basal cell you would take it more serious.  I am not consumed with fear as I was the first time or two I went. 

If you are out in the sun a lot, wear sunscreen!    No one in my family had had skin cancer, so I never worried about it.  I just didn't take time to wear sunscreen, and working at the orchard, I was out in the sun almost every single day.  And even back in childhood, we were always outside playing, or doing something as we grew up.

Now I get up and before I head out the door, I put on my warpaint....most people consider make-up their warpaint, but I consider my sunscreen my warpaint. 

How I wish I had taken time to wear sunscreen.  I might have saved myself a lot of time and dread.





14 comments:

Ruth Hiebert said...

The flowers are all so pretty. Each iris has beauty, but I understand how you might have wanted a brighter one.Love the Clematis and Wisteria. I do wear at least some sunscreen every day, but never used to.It just was unheard of when I was younger.Hope the visit to the dermatologist goes well.

Karen said...

Really pretty flowers. That clematis is such a rich color. I love them all. Such a cool breeze here today. Nice and sunny though.

Small City Scenes said...

I have the same color Iris that my eldest daughter gave me. I always wanted the deep deep purle that smells like grapes---maybe someday. A lade down the road had boxes of roots at the end of her driveway giving them away. She said thay were dark purple so I took ten roots and forgot to plant them but they are growing up anyway but no buds. Oh well---next year
MB

Ginny Hartzler said...

Your iris is gorgeous, and such a soft color. This IS the color I would choose!! Gorgeous and intense clematis. But the star of the show is the stunning wisteria!! Your pictures are sharp and amazing. I will say a prayer for you tonight, Phil has had melanoma, basal, and pre-squamous.

Nancy Chan said...

Whatever the colours, your flowers are beautiful. I once had a clementis plant which has tiny white flowers but was later given to a friend. Pray that everything will be fine with your skin checkup.

Sandra said...

maybe it is not climbing the vine because it is to cold, 55 is pretty cold for blooms but perfect for cutting grass. I am with you on the color and not picking it, but it is beautiful. prayers for a no issues at all visit to the dermatologist. the thing about skin cancer is it is fully treatable as long as we go and give them a chance to find it.
I have in the past 10 years had 6 skin cancers removed, 3 squaumous cell 3 basilcell, and numberous little precancers frozen. none of them were a problem, a few days for them to heal..

happyone said...

I've said a prayer that all goes well at the doctors.
I put sun screen on EVERY day!

The blooms are beautiful.
A friend gave me a small wisteria plant last fall and am happy to say it survived the winter. It is just a little thing and I'm hoping to train it to grow on along a fence. Hopefully I'll have some nice pictures to share one day!

Michelle said...

Your flowers are gorgeous.

Laurel Wood said...

I prayed for your dermatology appt. These are such pretty photos of the flowers in your yard. Just beautiful!

Judy@newenglandgardenandthread said...

Best wishes that tomorrow's appointment is downright boring and when you walk out it is all taken care of. :-) Your flowers are gorgeous. I love Iris and any color is fine with me. I also have a clematis that is the same color but no wisteria so thanks for sharing yours.

Granny Marigold said...

Your flowers are pretty especially the delicate Iris.

I hope the dermatologist has only good news for you.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Such pretty flowers!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I'm catching up here. Doc appts have kept me away the the computer. Glad the spots were not cancer. My FIL was always having them removed. I have a dark complexion and have never used protection and can probably count on one hand the number of times I have burned. I grew up in Michigan City and lived at the lake. I hope that doesn't bite me in the butt.

Gosh, you have blooming flowers!! My Iris have buds. My Clematis is just starting to climb. We have them a new support. I'll probably show on the blog when they are presentable. I want to add to them, but have not been able to find new plants that are worthy of the price the garden centers are asking. My favorite places have closed when the owners died. I keep a diligent eye, though.
xx, Carol

Jeannie said...

The iris looks to be a color similar to many around here. There is one color and it is in the yards of so many people. I think it has been shared and shared and shared then the people sell their house and move away - the irises remain.
Jeannie@GetMetoTheCountry