Sunday, August 15, 2010

Meteor Showers

In case you aren't nerdy and in the 'know' like us, the yearly Perseid Meteor shower, which is what the picture above is from (that I got from this website), was last week.  I have fond memories of not only seeing this at Girls' Camp in the Wind River mountains in Wyoming, but also at home with my family on the lawn at night, under a pile of blankets.  So, for several years now (like 6) when this time of year rolls around, I've been dragging Jon outside, up random canyons, somewhere that we could get away from the city lights to see a few meteors.  He went, begrudgingly at first.  Now that we live in Eagle Mountain (read: the middle of nowhere to anyone from "the valley") and there are far less lights, it's him that is filling up our air mattress, grabbing a blanket, and heading to our backyard so we can lay out and watch for the meteors.  The best time to see them is always somewhere around 4 in the morning, so we usually aren't out for that, but we probably saw at least 10 good ones in the hour or so we were out.  Then, the mosquitoes zeroed in on us, the air mattress had leaked enough that I was starting to touch the ground, and I started dozing, so we headed in.  I am so good with living in the middle of nowhere!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Plant Pride

Ok, maybe not pride, cause that's bad, right?  But honestly, we like our garden/yard...a lot. We enjoy working in it, and it definitely isn't winning any yard-of-the-month awards, but I love this time of year when you see so much of your hard work pay off! So, here are a few pictures of some of what I've been enjoying:

On my deck: Geranium and yellow calibrachoa...and a chicken :)

Also on the deck, red Mandevilla climbing the railing.


Wave Petunias we grew from seed, very pink in the sunset.
Fuschia flower in a planter under the deck

Carpathian Harebells--now that's just fun to say!

Our pumpkin plant...I think it's planning a takeover...

My Impatiens and the little Hosta that could after being eaten by slugs last year.
Corn patch, we will have some ready to eat any day now
Sunflowers that grew from seeds from last year's...the tallest ones we have

Two of the other varieties we have, an orange and a purple

One of the orange ones...I like these ones better as the bloom gets more mature

  Our Becky Daisy. That's really what it's called, I didn't name it!