Thursday, June 29, 2006


Fiesta Burgandy Rose Double Impatiens Posted by Picasa

This bird flew into the side of the house. It stood there in the driveway for about 15 minutes. Bella was too busy in the backyard teasing the dogs, so she missed out on lunch. Posted by Picasa

Hollyhocks Posted by Picasa

Double Hollyhock Posted by Picasa

Sunday, June 25, 2006

A Room With A view



I love Eastern Iowa, we had fun camping out. We stayed at Bellevue State Park, which is right next to the Mississippi River. There is a Butterfly Sanctuary at the park that was very interesting. I took pictures of it with my other camera and I haven't had time to develop the film yet so I guess that part will be blogged later.



Austin and Michael were with us so that was interesting. They were both very good and neither of them got poison ivy or bug bites. JoJo did get poison ivy but she had lots of fun getting it. All together we totaled 17 campers with 9 tents. My brothers tent wins the prize for most interesting. Even the Park Ranger came down and asked him about it. He made the tent himself for the Ren Faires he participates in. He must have inherited that sewing gene that I haven't found yet.



Saturday we went to Maquoketa State Park to explore the caves. The boys and I were there a few years ago and we camped at the campground, but there aren't too many spots and you have to get there on a Wednesday or early Thursday to get a spot. Only a few can be reserved, the rest are first come first serve.



There are 15 different caves in a canyon that circles the campground and picnic area. My favorite one is the ice cave, It's a nice place to stop and cool off. I don't like small spaces so I only go in the caves you can walk in.



HB and the boys like to crawl around in all of them. They have told me about one that you have to go under the water to get to the other side. Better bring a ziplock baggy for your flashlight for that one.



We all got there at different times so when we found everyone they were on top of a hill. So we climbed it, took a while but we made it. After that I was done for the day so I took Austin to the park while they climbed in more caves.



We were going to go back the next day before going home, but it started raining around 4 a.m. and didn't stop till after JL's tent flooded and we had packed everything up. It would have been too slippery and muddy at the caves so we headed for home.



We had a great time and HB is already talking about going back next year:)

Sedum & Sempervivum Posted by Picasa

Lantana, Cosmos,& Rose Moss Posted by Picasa

Herbs Posted by Picasa

Angelwing Begonia & Kalanchoe Posted by Picasa

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Before I Go



This is what the yard looked like this week. Tomorrow we are heading for Jackson County, Iowa, to visit Maquoketa caves and Belleview State Park. Everyone is going except JD, they won't give him any time off work:(



My other climbing rose is blooming now. It is a nice rose to have, I don't even have to water it. Just trim it a couple of times a year and it's happy.



The Clematis are blooming right now too. The only one that looks good is the Jackmanii. My Henri Clematis is not happy, 1/2 of it is dying. I don't know if it dislikes the catmint or just wants to move to another spot. I'll probably move it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

My Rose Bush Has Been Invaded



My yellow rose bush looked beautiful last month, but now it seems to be languishing.



The bugs have definitely had their fill. I think the real culprit is this orange powdery stuff. I'll have to do some investigating.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


This is the book I use the most. Posted by Picasa

Peonies smell so good I love to bring them in the house. Posted by Picasa

Platycodon grandiflora 'Astra White' Posted by Picasa

A bouquet for you. Posted by Picasa