Monday, June 17, 2019

As Storm Clouds Gather

Another busy week at the Garden Spot. Our first party for the summer will be Saturday as we host a picnic to honor my dear friends at UNC who unceremoniously had their contracts terminated. Those of us who are retired and had worked with them for years felt the sting of the unfair terminations, so we decided to celebrate our friendship and honor them in a way that only friends can do: with love and appreciation.

Anytime we have a garden party, we want the garden to look spectacular! Everything is very late this year. The roses are just beginning first flush, and I do enjoy them. The water lilies are really behind thus not providing much over for the fish. Mr. Blue Heron continues to visit and does his flyovers. Brady sees him, and will certainly run him off. My mom always said that peonies should be ready by Memorial Day, mind usually bloom the week after; they are just beginning to bloom. The columbine will finish up and have put on quite a show this year. They will be past prime by the weekend.

June is also hay cutting. I was too busy to take photos, but we did all ourselves this year except for the cutting. A neighbor bought a hay baler and the Head Garden pulled it with is vintage Case Tractor. I should have a photo of that somewhere. The Jennifer and her girls picked up the bales, loaded them in the horse trailer and stacked them under the eves of the barn, but got really tired really fast, so called her aunt and cousin for reinforcements. The hay is beautiful this year. It got cut, dried, and bailed in only few days without getting rained on. 

As storm clouds, gathered in the late afternoon, Jen was in a hurry to get the hay picked up as the Head Gardener moved to the next average to cut the next field of hay.

🌬 June Storms

June in Colorado brings the thunderstorms. Saturday on our way home from Ft. Collins after supper, I noticed this thunder head building and recognized a familiar emoji in the clouds. I kept snapping iPhotos of the cloud and we had fun watching the face of Windy Man emoji form. Once I downloaded them to the computer, I discovered that the photos were really beautiful, showing the landscape of where I live, how green and beautiful the fields are with a goodly amount of rain. 

Watch emoji form. 

Have a great week. Linking with Angie for Mosaic Monday.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Hello, the thunderstorms seem to be common here lately. I am sorry your friends lost their jobs, it can be shocking when it happens for no reason and quickly. Your flower mosaic is beautiful, I love the waterlily. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week ahead!

  2. You sure can get some amazing panoramic scenes! I love looking up at the sky and seeing all the different cloud formations! Beautiful photos!

  3. Despite the storms the hay is good - every cloud has a silver lining and all that!
    Wonderful photos Ann, hope you get a few sunny days ahead now.
    Wren x

  4. Pretty storm clouds. We sure need some of that rain. - Margy

  5. Ann - so glad you were able to get the haying done before the rain came! Your garden may be later blooming than normal, but it is still lovely and I am sure your guests will enjoy it as much as all the participants in Mosaic Monday. Sometimes I am surprised at the beauty of my own photos - I am focused on one particular element of the photo, and then when I look at them on my computer, I get the "big picture", and it is grand! Sorry to hear about the terminations - I hope your party is successful! Thanks for linking up!

  6. Such wonderful photographs you've shared.
    Thank you.

    All the best Jan


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