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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


It's been a hot muggy day and I know that I shouldn't complain after all the cold and rain we've had but I have difficulty working in the heat and humidity. I need frequent breaks and I get fatigued  and I huff and puff.  A good excuse for me to come in to check on blogs while the fan cools me.  During the summer I think more about  Petals than Wool. For me they each have their season just because I can't do both ay the same time.

 I got a bit more done on my brick border and I worked until I ran out of bricks. Hopefully I'll be able to get some tomorrow at the brick yard.  I use recycled landscape fabric that I saved from another project a few years back to put under the bricks.

It's hard to see the brick with the long grass. I need another 56 bricks to get me to the end. I'm not putting any in the back because of the hedge and lots of surface roots. The hedge has been neglected since my neighbor moved. It definitely needs trimming in a bad way.

Saturday we had a wicked downpour and I thought that it would have flatten pretty much everything but surprisingly it wasn't that bad. One of my peony, the darker pink was heavy with blooms and all flopped over but the lighter pink fared better.  It needs better support for next year.


I had a good support for the big one but still even thought all the stems were tied some flopped over in the rain.

It flattened my chives.

One of my clematis has a broken branch

I think that this is a William Baffin rose.

This is a Grootendorst and is just starting to bloom.  Very hardy rosebush and quite thorny.

This bright  yellow flower closes at night and on overcast  and rainy days. They are called Sundrop.  I got a plant from my sister in law from Ottawa many years ago. I've dividd and planted in mass and have given away a lot.  I've got them planted in several places in the back yard and it lights up the yard even on an overcast day. They are just starting to bloom and in a few days it will ablaze with yellow. I'll post another photo when they are in full bloom.

Here they are just starting to bloom and in a few days they will be ablaze with bright yellow flowers that brighten the backyard. I'll try to think to take a photo of it in full bloom. Gee I wish I had the time and energy to cut my grass today. It's supposed to rain tomorrow.

Believe it or not these are serendipity flowers that just decided that they like to grow on my rock steps. I did not plant them there.

That Sedum Acre is growing everywhere, even on my rock wall.

Here most of these flowers are self seeded and they spread by themselves. I used to plant petunias on this rock wall.  Now you understand why my blog goes by the name OF PETALS AND WOOL.  I have petals in the growing season and wool in the colder seasons. They are my passion and joy. I hope that you like my ever changing gardens. That's the beauty of having something always in bloom until I get tired of caring for them and then I welcome the cooler season for a rest and grow a few house plants inside.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. They mean so much to me.  JB