Last year I never got around to putting out flowers as I spent the several months in recovery from the knee surgery. By the time I was able to do so, it seemed pointless as summer was almost gone. Yesterday was a beautiful day, though, and I hopped in the car and went flower shopping. It was quite the task to clean up the flower pots and pot the new ones, and I found myself running short of both potting soil and planters--seems that I have lost a few to breakage in the last year or so. Looks like I will need to go shopping again today in order to finish.
I have two large planters waiting for the zinnias and impatiens, but not enough potting soil. One would think while I was filling up my basket with flowers and herbs yesterday that it might have crossed my mind that I would need a medium in which to plant them, but noooooo......
I love to be able to go out to the front porch and snip fresh herbs during my summer cooking. I also bought some bee balm, which I have never used, but liked the sound of its name. One is supposed to be able to brew tea with the leaves, and the plant produces a flower that attracts bees. I already have more than enough bees in my yard due to the honeysuckle and the wildflowers that proliferate this time of year.
I noted the first bloom on the magnolia Wednesday evening as well. I finally figured out how to feed the birds without luring them in for the cats. I put the feeder tray inside a wire hanging basket. It provides protection for the birds should the cats leap up from the ground (as I saw them do last year, and thus, stopped feeding the birds...but I missed them). By hanging it on a smaller limb toward the outer edge of the tree, the cats cannot get to it from the tree itself. Voila! problem solved.