Friday, August 21, 2009

Show and Tell Friday

Thanks to Kelli who regularly hosts the Friday Show & Tell. It's a nice treat to see so many little treasures from far and wide.

This week I would like to share with you a hidden treasure in my garden.
But first you must see a fresh clematis blossom. (Did I mention purple is my favorite colour!) This pretty little flower is from a plant I rescued from our local garden centre. I've always wanted these in my garden but had heard they were hard to grow. Well as far as I can tell they are easy as pie! With a little TLC there are now five or six blossoms showing off their beauty.

And this little part of my garden was a complete surprise to me this summer. I had no idea when I hung my bird feeder at the corner of my deck that my aviation friends would do my gardening for me! They must have dropped quite a few seeds for so many of these sunny sunflowers to spring up. It seemed like it would be forever before they would open. (By the way, say "HI" to Gus, the big white dog.)

My thoughtful husband alerted me to the "Grand Opening" by slipping out early in the morning this past week and snapped a photo. Then, knowing I would be checking my email when I got up, he sent the photo to my inbox labeling it, "Surprise!"

Now several blossoms are opened and I can't wait to see them all in full bloom.

So now for the Hidden Treasure part of the story. Earlier this summer I transplanted some rudbeckia / echinacea type plants where they could get more sunshine to help them grow. Apparently my aviation friends didn't care for them very much because they planted the sunflower seeds all around them. Tucked beneath the large leaves are the beautiful cone style flowers. When I look at them I'm sure there must be hidden treasure beneath them.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my simple garden. Please don't forget to stop by Kelli's to see what's new.



Hootin' Anni said...

I so love the flowers!!! They're all so beautiful. And.........

HI Gus!!!

I am wondering if you'd like to stop by and view my seashell collection for Show n Tell today. I hope you can stop by if you have some time!! Have a great weekend.

Cindy said...

Love the pretty flowers, but the doggie is sweet!

Gee said...

You are lucky to have a beautiful garden. Hard work never goes unrewarded. Thanks for sharing.

Leann said...

Aren't surprises wonderful. Your flowers are lovely.

Please stop by The Old Parsonage anytime, I love company.


Lady Farmer said...

Love the *happy surprise* the birds planted for you! We had a similar thing happen when the Stellar Jays hid a stash of seeds in the moss growing on one of our apple trees. It was quite fun to have sunflowers grow and bloom out of the tree branches!
Your birds did a lovely bit of gardening for you ~ Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Julie Fink said...

i love the sunflower garden! how beautiful.

arkie said...

Beautiful sunflowers!

Dawn said...

Love the sunflowers! Makes me think of VanGogh.