Monday Morning Blooms: Wild & Clumpy (11July2022)


As July 2022 is moving along, I noticed that my little flower garden areas are unique this year.
They are a bit messy with more height than I am used to.
I like the height and messy feel – not what I expected – but it sure has its own beauty. And I needed this change and marvel at the natural kind of clumpy and wild feel.

The unruly flowers reminded me of life! Sometimes life is unpredictable, clumpy, and messy – but each day still has much beauty to behold.

The snapdragons I bought this year are a “rocket mix” and I didn’t realize some would reach 48 inches!


Last winter, I bought some “mystery bulb packs” (from holland) on a major clearance sale at a local store. I think the overstock related to the pandemic pause and backups.

It has been fun seeing what comes up from the mystery bulb packs – like this surprise dahlia:

This is also why there is a wild and clumpy feel to the garden. Bulbs were tossed into a container and covered with soil. Then we waited to see what unfolded.
Maybe a few containers are over crowded but it is all good. It is a little annoying (at times) but We can go for a different look next year! 


It has rained on and off the last few days. Providing time for light reflection while coming and going.

I see a cross in this bloom. Reminding me of faith, hope, and strength. Reminding me that God is with us and this is where my hope comes from.

The Sunday-stills theme this week is  

#rubyred

so I took some photos to share with Terri and that challenge.

In closing, this next photo shows the first Rose of Sharon bloom for 2022.

My neighbor’s Rose of Sharon shrubs have many blooms right now.
However, I had to cut mine back twice this year (years ago I had some shrubs that grew too tall – they then became leggy and had branches split). Cutting back the shrubs delays the blooms but offers better health in the long run.

I am sure we all got that life analogy, right? Sometimes it feels like setbacks keep cutting us back – but they can lead to better health in the long run.
Pruning has much value!
So let’s keep this in mind as we face challenges and setbacks- we can’t bloom all the time and there are times we need to pause and maybe recover from the pruning or life lesson!  

#FOTD


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74 thoughts on “Monday Morning Blooms: Wild & Clumpy (11July2022)

  1. How fun to order flower mixes and be surprised when they grow, Yvette! The dahlia is gorgeous, and all the florals are beautiful. Your rain (jealous!) makes the flowers so pretty with the droplets! A stunning array of flowers!

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    1. Terri – it has been fun to see what comes up but I think some of the bulbs are duds (or need dormancy and will come up later – which perhaps is another analogy – we can’t bloom all the time eh?)
      And a thanks to you because I have been walking by these flowers all week and after your challenge post came out / I grabbed the camera and went looking for “red” – and it was garden delight (even tho I sometimes don’t like the wild aspect – it feels like a bad hair day with the “teased” look – lol)

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        1. Hi Terri – that heat can be ferocious – and in our area Otis the summer humidity that can be a challenge – but thankfully cool days at the week’s start

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    1. Hi! Such a good point about the over-manicured garden and the time it takes – and it can also feel cold and uninviting – so cheers to causal and a little messy
      💮🌸💮☀️

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        1. Same here – have learned a few hacks over the years to prevent weeds rather than pull and pull.
          And this year I actually got a few bags of mulch with “weed prevention” because we had some invasive weed collect in last year’s mulch. It was a big help.
          🌿🍃🌱

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  2. That’s the wonderful thing about gardens, Yvette. They are forever changing. I get so attached to favourites, but when their time is over I have to look elsewhere, till they come back again…or not! Have a great summer!

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    1. Hi restless Jo.
      Your comment had a beautiful little synopsis of the seasonal experience with gardens
      And by the way – the wildflowers and nature you highlighted in your post about Chachopos was wonderful! Wiled and messy blooms along those hills with all that history
      ☀️😊🍃

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    1. Hahahaha
      Thanks for the laugh with the haircut!
      And lady sighs – I am trying to see the beauty in the bent over snapdragons and cluster piles!

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  3. Oh so many flowers blooming and growing tall in your garden, Y. So lovely to hear and they all look so colourful. You must have been taking care of them very well. It’s winter here over in my part of the world and it’s been a really cold and wet one. I grow herbs like basil and looks like they aren’t going to be surviving. At one point they were pretty tall and I had to cut them so they kept growing and stayed healthy. Hope you are enjoying summer, Y 🙂

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    1. Hi Mabel
      Thanks for the visit – your basil
      Sounds like it did really well this year. And one thing we do with ours (before it all dies down in winter) is we make pesto cubes and freeze them. Then we have pesto for a while – we use a silicone mold and add the pesto mix to for the cubes!
      🌱🌿
      And the flowers in these little garden areas require little attention now / the hard work was at the start – as I am sure you know / because the container, soil, compost, etc
      And some need deadheading (but even that is optional) and then We have a few veggies in a raised bed in the back – and that takes a little attention once established and growing.
      And summer is going very well so far! Not a busy traveling season for us and looking forward to home time!

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      1. Yes, I think my basil did well this year up until winter hit. It was sprouting so many leaves at one point. That is great you got to make pesto out of your basil plant. Pesto is always delightful.

        Agree the hard part about growing is the start. You got to get the soil and it potted right, basically set it up right and make sure its comfortable in its spot.

        Enjoy your summer and home time, Y. Sounds very relaxing.

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    1. Hi Norah
      I wonder what they added to those hybrid snapdragons to get them that big (or was it my compost tea?)
      And the pruning analogy sure is a common one yet maybe one we also forget
      🙏🌸🌸

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    1. Hi Jacqui- I didn’t know they would get this high either and not to complain – but they are bending and some are in a spot that I didn’t want that much height.
      But I will enjoy the change and enjoy the slightly messy beauty

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    1. Hi JT
      Well with drought you do what you can do – and many times that means nada!
      And I have changed what I grow to be more native to the area – makes it easier
      💮☀️

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  4. I love your purple cross flower. Your garden is so full of blooms and I can hardly coax a bloom out of mine. My tomato plants are barely putting on tiny tomatoes. AZ is much harder for growing than California – like from 0-10.

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    1. Hi Marsha – I wonder if you will have more success with plants in the fall?
      And even tho there is wildness – some items are not doing well.

      I have a clematis that is stalled and a climbing plant that is only a third on the trellis
      But I guess the best part is just doing what we can each seaso
      💛😏

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      1. I don’t know. These are all in pots and some of them are perennials, so they will stay there. I may have to bring them inside for the winter. I don’t have any major plans for a fall planning.

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        1. Hi Marsha –
          I have no idea for fall – not at all!! but last night I noticed it got dark outside a little earlier and that reminded me diner is moving along and Fall will be here before we know it – – I don’t do much for fall because in Virginia the summer stuff keeps going
          I used to get mums but stopped a while back
          🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

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        2. I planted mums in California along with lots of other stuff. Today we are having a lovely rain during our monsoon season. All the plants are getting a gentle drink.

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  5. I love all of your flowers and metaphors Yvette! Sometimes it’s good to bust out of the bowls and be taller and messier than expected. Sounds like a haircut is in order for some!💕😂😘

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        1. Hahahs
          And speaking of gardens and growth – ou recent poem “you reap what you sow” just inched its way up to the top of favorite poems of yours !
          I left you a comment there and Cindy – just love the way you used garden metaphor to motivate and coach
          🌿🍃🌱🌲🌳

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        2. ooooh that’s so nice to hear. Thanks so much my friend. I’ll have to have a look if I missed it?! Hugs and love Yvette. You and I have to use those teachable moments when we can, that’s for sure! 💖

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    1. Hi Miriam
      I bet your snapdragons add a nice touch to your garden (even tho for some reason when I think of you – roses always come to mind because you have shared about them – well other flowers too but the rose comes to mind )
      And in the book about Jack Reacher there is a line where he said the Snap dragon is his favorite flower

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      1. I have about 20 rose bushes, Yvette. Yes, you’re right. I posted many roses. The snapdragon is done and I planted other flowers in their spots. I have zinnias for the summer. They are sturdy and easy to grow.

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  6. I like your beautiful array of flowers Yvette – I used to take such pride in my garden, then lost my perennials in the first Polar Vortex. You had a lot of luck with the mystery bulbs. Those Snapdragons were beautiful standing so tall like that. I like the photo of the blooming cross and the droplets after the rain. I have taken pictures on the rose petals, so shimmery … a peaceful morning after the rain.

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