Lovely day yesterday, visiting beloved friends in the afternoon and then having a perfect dinner with others in the evening. We are so fortunate.

Look at this? Could it be more wonderful? Roger Blakely and Ceal Allen's home. Just stunning.


And I'm honored, beyond words, that Roger and Ceal would have one of my photos in their home. I love them so.


Then a gorgeous dinner with our beloved Boo and Doug. Or Doo and Boug as Ernie sometimes calls them. He does amuse himself. An admirable trait. It just feels like being home when we are with them.


In garden news, our yard is the worst it has EVER been. Weeds, weeds, weeds.

I have yet to pull out my diseased coneflower. Does anyone know if I am ok to plant more coneflowers, or will the disease be left in the dirt???

I didn't plant enough zinnias this year. Only one row! I was going to plant more behind them but got behind between Ernie being gone and rain, so I weakened and just bought some cosmos from Prairie Gardens. Usually, I plant cosmos from seed, but I was lazy and just threw these in. The thing is, the damn things don't grow. It's incredibly odd…even when I've planted so-called dwarf cosmos, they always get huge. These things just sit there.

Not my best gardening year. Oh well.

I like my little Bachelor's Buttons despite the surrounding weeds.


Today will be quiet. I have to spend some time working to get everything set for when I'll be out of town this week with the Big Boy.


3 thoughts on “Friends and Flowers

  1. I had the asters yellow in my garden. I didn’t pull out the plants and they either died out or were eventually cured. I have normal coneflowers this year in that spot. I think it took a couple of years to get to this point.

  2. It sounds like ‘aster yellows’ is a bacterial infection. So, removing the plant should be enough. Usually it’s fungus that remains in the soil.

  3. I take back what I said about it being a bacterial infection–I learned some new things looking into this (thanks)!
    “Aster yellows is caused by a tiny organism called a phytoplasma, similar to a bacterium. The phytoplasma is carried from plant to plant by aster leafhoppers, which feed on the sap of the plants.
    No treatment is available to save a plant infected with aster yellows. Aster yellows is best managed by removing infected plants from the garden to minimize spread. Management of the insect vector is not usually feasible in a home garden.”
    So…it sounds like definitely pull out the infected plant(s), and see if anything else happens. The insects may or may not be around, it’s hard to say, and no treatment seems to be recommended.