A purple July

Posted by Francesca

Sharkey and I took a break from taping our new baking show - ha-ha! We went outside and stopped to smell the flowers. We noticed that many flowers in Martha's garden are various shades of purple. We'll have to ask her about that.

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Sharkey, look at those amazing purple blooms in the shade garden.

1 Sharkey, look at those amazing purple blooms in the shade garden.

Martha said they were astilbe flowers, but don't you think they look an awful lot like fluffy squirrel tails?

2 Martha said they were astilbe flowers, but don't you think they look an awful lot like fluffy squirrel tails?

Here are some more purple blooms.  I think these are the bell-shaped flowers of hosta.  Did you know that white hosta flowers smell sweeter than lavender ones?

3 Here are some more purple blooms. I think these are the bell-shaped flowers of hosta. Did you know that white hosta flowers smell sweeter than lavender ones?

Ah-ha!  Here's another purple bloom.  It looks like an hibiscus flower!

4 Ah-ha! Here's another purple bloom. It looks like an hibiscus flower!

It is, in fact, Hibiscus syriacus 'Bluebird' and hummingbirds are very attracted to its flowers.

5 It is, in fact, Hibiscus syriacus 'Bluebird' and hummingbirds are very attracted to its flowers.

And look at these violet flowers just covered with bees!

6 And look at these violet flowers just covered with bees!

It's a 'Double Violet' Rose of Sharon.  Do you remember in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath that Rose of Sharon is a major character?  It's a pretty flower and a pretty name.

7 It's a 'Double Violet' Rose of Sharon. Do you remember in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath that Rose of Sharon is a major character? It's a pretty flower and a pretty name.

Oh, wow!  I guess the purple allium have faded away.  We'll have to wait till next year to see them again.

8 Oh, wow! I guess the purple allium have faded away. We'll have to wait till next year to see them again.

Comments (7)

  • Hi Francesca and Sharkey: Look at all those pretty flowers. Did your mom teach you the names of those flowers or did you read it in a book. I'm not to good at reading books yet. Watch out for those bees though. UGH! Momma said we should always take care of the bees or we will all be sorry, so I never bother them, but just look at them from a distance.

    Yet another day of scorching temps and humidity. Daddy said he got really overheated just taking the trash container to the street this morning and after my walk. He had to get in the house quickly and get a big glass of water. He is okay now. In another couple of months, momma will be home with me and daddy is retiring too at the same time. Wow! Can you imagine all of the attention I will be getting?????

    Basil - Hope you and Tasha are doing okay today.

    Well, it is time for a nap. Take care everyone. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Now this is really the way to start my day; lovely ladies smelling the lovely flowers in Martha’s garden. I have a few humming birds around my house, but not many flowers; guess it’s too hot for summer flowers. We have mostly springtime and fall flowers. I think I’ll take my walk, have breakfast and then a nap before helping daddy put down the flooring in the dinning room. Should be finished in a couple days. Mommy and daddy don’t work on the weekends; need the rest I guess. Anyway, have a good weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Ladies,
    You are lucky you didn't get stung by a bee, what with all that smelling of the beautiful flowers. My Mom's favorite color is purple and she loves all the lavender/purple flowers also. We have lots of lavender in the flower garden and she loves it when the lilac bushes bloom.

    You all will be proud of me---I am taking such good care of Tasha. She loves it when Mom and I fix her poached chicken and hard boiled eggs. She ate 3 big chicken breasts yesterday, but today she is a little full and not eating much. Keep cool everyone and have a great weekend.

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Good Morning F & S

    You sure do have lots of purple flowers. Sharkey watch out for the bees it hurts when they sting you.

    We have lots of hostas at our house they surround the cool decking around the pool. Dad hates the flowers so mom cuts them as soon as they bloom. We also have lots of wild ferns and fountain grasses. Mom likes to mix up the colors.

    Well mom and I sure did get a scare this morning. We were out back watering all the plants on the deck and we needed to water the flowers planted in the fountain in the pool. I like to climb up on the rocks and check things out while mom waters. I was minding my business smelling all the flowers when a big snake came right at me. Well I've never seen my mom jump so high. I didn't think she could move that fast. She grabbed me and ran - it was a big one. Dad said it was just a garden snake that it wouldn't bother us. Have to say scared the Frenchie S*&@ out of me!!!

    Get ready for another hot weekend tomorrow it's suppose to be over 100. I plan on staying indoors with Dad mom will be on the golf course at 8:30 - the woman is crazy!!

    Have a great weekend everyone - keep cool!

    Zoe

  • Lovely purple flowers...I never seen the astilbe before, or maybe the color..hmmm..saw you pups on "THE VIEW" but with all that 'female chatter' it was hard to follow, they talk over each other on that show...geesh! mommie Martha looked good... you Frenchies and G.K. were such good dogs just sitting there, bravo!

  • Does all that wonderful purple in the garden inspire you to bake something purple??

    Maybe a lovely plum tart!

    Happy Weekend!

    gail

  • Hi Girl Friends&GK, I sure did enjoy seeing all three of you on "The View" yesterday! You did a great job dealing with all of those busy people. Your blog today looks like a fun time. Just like you, I like to smell everything. Those purple flowers sure are beautiful! We have some nice new lavendar plants that Mom got at Costco the other day and some other blue flowers that I'm not sure what they are, but they sure are pretty. Hope you have a great weekend. Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

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