Eeek! Black Flies...
Well, the plants have been arriving since last week so over the last few days I have been struggling with getting them all planted. I have to admit I still have quite a few still to go in the ground. Seems somehow my brain managed to forget about May being black fly season! I went outside and promptly had blood running down my legs from where they bit me! Yes, yes, stupid for not wearing long pants but it was 80 degrees! What was I thinking? Grrrr.
I am so allergic to their bites but I learned when we first moved to New Hampshire the more you scratch black fly bites the longer they last and ITCH!!!
Soooo, this is the gadget that went on over my cute straw hat, finally, except the mesh net I have is green and boy I can tell you it gets hot in there pretty darn quick... but no bugs! It is kind of un-nerving t o look out at all the bugs pelting themselves against the net trying feverishly to get to your face and other juicy parts! Eeek!!!
You know, I honestly try to see the reason and place for everything but I swear - black flies... no purpose except to make everyone miserable if they dare tread outside without looking like they are ready to walk on the moon or going into a hazmat area!!!
The photo of the bicycle right and at the beginning of this post are for an idea for a spot in the back of my garden by some trees and one of those old stone walls that are reminders of the old farming days here in New England. I am even thinking about emulating the white picket fence for the bicycle to lean on... love both photos - the tangerine orange color as well as that mustard color really roll my socks up and down! What did we do before Pinterest?!
I have had some nice surprises already this spring though... a peony I rescued last fall has actually taken to the spot I put it in and there are stems and leaves coming out everywhere! It is exciting too because I don't know what color the flowers are... it apparently had never bloomed in the space it was in previously! Fingers crossed.
The buds just coming up
Wouldn't it be fabulous if the flowers turn out to look like this? In case you're wondering this peony is called "Pink Parasol Surprise"... hmmm, now that I know about this peony I think I am going to have to get one - it will go nicely with my "Strawberry-Vanilla" hydrangea I just planted. I seem to be on a pink thing this year...(source for purchasing Contrary Mary's Plants and costs $24.95 US
I'm also looking for some stones to make pathways in the garden but they are kind of pricey. Even thought about making my own... but the thought of 60lb bags of Quickrete coupled with bugs and warm temperatures cured that thought quickly. Aren't these cool mosaic stones?! Of course mine will have grass or some cute flowering ground cover growing in between the stones - who can afford purchased mulch?!
A little garden art goes a long way so I've been cruising around
Pinterest for some ideas and thus far...
I don't know if I would place a pretty mirror like this out in the garden
but is pretty and the reflection...
Cute little vignette... hmmm
Perhaps it wouldn't be too difficult to build an arbor out of branches for the wisteria
that I might add is on back order until the fall!!!
Well I guess since it's raining out I have a reprieve from the bugs and can do a little dreaming...
Oh, my studio de-stash is over, sold almost everything I put up and my studio is back to the order and neatness I like... pictures coming in the next post
For now, as always Hugs and thanks for popping by for a visit!