Holiday Blast

July 4, 2009 003 (2) Chinese trumpet lily, Lilium ‘Lady Alice’ opens to begin the celebrations of the US birthday, Independence Day, July 4th. July 4, 2009 013 (2) Blushing Knockout rose, Rosa ‘Radyod’ was waving darker colors in honor of the holiday. That, or it has decided to go au natural and return to the dark hot pinky red of the original. July 4, 2009 020 (2)Stargazer oriental lilies offer a comfy bed for overworked buzzers. Even though it was midday, this bumble needed to take a siesta after so much nectar gathering. July 4, 2009 006 (2) July is marked by the blooming of the Eryngiums in the shed bed. Nasella and Belamcanda have self seeded along with the blue sea hollies. July 4, 2009 007 (2) In the effort to capture the steel blue of the seedling Eryngiums, a buzzer comes into the shot. Oh my, this looks to be a hornet. In this same area a few years ago a careless slice with the electric hedge trimmer on the Pyracantha row stirred up the proverbial hornets nest built within. They attacked and the trimmer was dropped still running as we ran inside the shed and held the door closed from the inside while the angry mob flew against the wooden door with mulitple thuds and thunks. Through the window the sight of the black and white buzzers attacking the vibrating hedge trimmer caused a shudder to travel up our spine. It was a long wait for things to settle down enough that a mad dash down the steps and into the house could happen. July 4, 2009 026 (2)Onto more exiting things. Offspring Semi and her family, Mister Semi and little LTB, aged three and eleven/twelfths came down the interstate to the Fairegarden for some family fun. The first night featured a cookout followed by some popping, whizzing sparklies. July 3, 2009 Rob 027 (2)Hooray! July 3, 2009 chatt 037 (2) Bright and early the next morning a trip to the nearby Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanoogo was on the agenda. Click here to find out about this wonderful resouce. There was plenty of interest for all ages. Mister Semi was studying whatever was in this case. If little LTB was going in, he would be shirtless. July 3, 2009 chatt 029 (2) There are two buildings containing water filled attractions in the downtown campus of the aquarium, the Ocean Journey which included the butterfly garden, and the River Journey next door which can be seen through the window. Little LTB stood still as a statue while studying the friendly flutterby. July 3, 2009 chatt 020 (2) There were fish of all shapes and sizes. July 3, 2009 chatt 016 (2) The special exhibit at the aquarium was jellyfish. There were several tanks with different species of the boneless wonders. The room was quite dark and each case glowed with changing colors. July 3, 2009 chatt 018 (2) The Jellies: Living Art exhibition combined these beautiful creatures with studio glass by four artists in lighted cases in the same space. The above art glass by Stephen Rolfe Powell was particularly fetching. To find out more about the cooperative spirit that created glass and living magic in Chattanooga, Tennessee click here.

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20 Responses to Holiday Blast

  1. fairegarden says:

    Hello dear friends and gentle readers,

    It has been a joyful and family filled holiday here. We hope everyone’s weekend was equally filled with laughter, fun and love.


  2. Joy says:

    Frances you took some amazing pictures ! I am waiting for my lillies to open along with Eryngium giganteum – Miss Willmott’s Ghost. How do you handle the lily beetle ? or do you have a problem at all with it ?
    What a cutie your grandson is and he must have really enjoyed the ‘party” along with the touring.
    I pictured the wasp episode and my god girl ! that was so funny and scary at the same time .. makes me cautious now ? LOL

    Hi Joy, thanks. Oh how I love Miss Wilmott, that will look amazing in your colorful garden. I hate to jinx it, but have not seen the beetle you battle yet. As for the hornets, we have retired the electric trimmer and gone to the hand held shears. It is good to slow down and keep a sharp eye out sometimes.

  3. mothernaturesgarden says:

    I’m like a kid when it comes to going to the aquarium. I love the Chattanooga one. The orange lilies are super. I can imagine it near a blue hydrangea. Your family grows as lovely as your garden, Frances. Thanks for sharing.

    Hi Donna thanks for visiting. We all enjoyed the aquarium tremendously, even The Financier. Something for everyone. This is the first year for those lilies so they will probably bloom sooner and get larger as the years roll by. Some are in the knot garden on teepees in the thyme quads and some are in the black garden. They would look great with a blue hydrangea, one just happens to be blooming right now too, thanks for the idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sonia says:

    Your flowers are always so impressive and beautiful! I just love the lilies!!! We have visited the Tennessee Aqaurium before and enjoyed it so much! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

    Thanks Sonia, and welcome. Your own lilies are quite lovely as well. Glad you enjoyed the Aquarium too. We had not been there in many years, before there was only the one building. It is a well done attraction, very family oriented. A happy Sunday to you too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dave says:

    That is such a great aquarium! We’re planning a trip to the aquarium later this summer or early fall for the girls. I didn’t know that there was a butterfly exhibit there, they will love that!

    Hi Dave, your family will find loads to do at this attraction. The campus is designed with all sorts of water features for children to play on, stepping stones across shallow creeks and climbing ramps. LTB had a blast, as we all did. Plenty of restaurants and an Imax theatre right there. A children’s discovery museum is down the street, we will be going back for that later. Have fun!

  6. So glad you had a fun time.
    Your lilies are lovely – and I am particularly fond of Eryngium.
    The art glass by Stephen Rolfe Powell is quite stunning.

    Hi Karen, thanks, so nice to see you. The art glass was blended into the exhibit so well, it almost seemed like more jellyfish. I thought at first those pictured were by Dale Chilhuly, some of his glass was there also.

  7. tina says:

    It looks like so much fun Frances! I’ve not been to the one in Chattanooga, but to the one in Servierville. One day we will go and must take our grandson too. LTB made your enjoyment so much better. Be careful of those hornets. Pesky things. They are doing really well this year and glad you did not get stung.

    Hi Tina, thanks, it really was. We have been to the aquarium in Sevierville too, when it first opened. This one is not that far from us. When the offspring of Chickenpoet visit again, we will take them down there too. As for the hornets, when I see black and white, I stay away. Trying to snap a shot with them around is tricky business. Or should that be risky business? HA

  8. Hi Frances, it looks like you all had a blast. We too had a good time yesterday despite the rain. My DB’s Uncle told us that the aquarium in Chatanooga was a must stop place when we next drive through there. Love your lilies.

    Thanks Lisa, glad you were able to celebrate even with rain. The area around the aquarium is great, hotels, restaurants and other attractions are all within short walking distances, right on the Tennessee River. A lovely spot.

  9. Catherine says:

    It sounds like you had a great time! The hornet story sounds like a horror movie to me ๐Ÿ™‚ I know they build nests in the ground here and I’m always afraid I might dig into one.
    Your flowers look beautiful, that knockout is especially pretty.

    Hi Catherine, thanks, we surely did. The hornet episode gave me nightmares for several days, such aggressive creatures. Both of the Blushing Knockouts have produced mixed color flowers this year for some reason. Drought stress?

  10. Love that glass. I think the jellyfish were my favorite at the Maui aquarium. The eryngiums you passed along are alive and sitting there and have hardly grown at all and I am cheap cheap with any fertilizer, as in none. I did buy some echinops with a very similar look and they are fixing to bloom. Things in that front bed full of mulch get gigantic. I’m actually happy to see the ironweed is smaller this year.

    That is some clutch you have on the back of LTB’s shirt.

    Hi Christopher, there were many different types of jellies too, mesmerizing all. I don’t think the eryngiums need any fertilizer, I have never done anything to mine. They just need a few years under their belts. Echinops died straight away for me, maybe too dry and hot here. Your ironweed was a monster last year, too cool You are very observant, that is a death grip on that child’s shirt. He might have fallen in, but the shirt wasn’t going anywhere! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Beckie says:

    Frances, how fun to celebrate the holiday with family. LTB looks as enthralled as wed did seeing the butterflies. And I love those jellyfish! The rose bloom is really an odd one-will be interesting to see if anymore do that. You may have the start of a new hybrid. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Beckie, we did have a great time. LTB loved everything, but most of all the penguins. No photos of that for some reason. Don’t know what is going on with the Blushing Knockout. Both of the bushes have sent out flowers with mixed colors this year. I figure it can’t be a good thing.

  12. Joanne says:

    Love the lilly photos. The hornet story is definitely best to be avoided. Glad you had a good family day.

    Hi Joanne, thanks. The hornets did get to my ungloved hand, it throbbed for days. Yuck.

  13. Racquel says:

    Sounds like you & the family had a fabulous fouth of july celebration. That Knockout is odd with the two-toned look, I like it!

    Hi Racquel, we really did. I wonder if anyone else with Blushing Knockout has had the color mix happen.

  14. Semi says:

    We had so much fun @ the aquarium and staying at the house. Your garden looks beautiful! That mixed rose is amazing, so festive! Love u semi

    Dear Semi, thanks for coming down. It was a good time had by all. Next year we will get more fireworks! Has your Blushing Knockout done anything like that? You have one don’t you? Or Rainbow?
    Love, Frances

  15. lynn says:

    Beautiful weekend weather-wise too for you, Frances! That sure is one CUTE little guy! As much as I love star gazers, they tend to give me they STAY in the garden here. Glad you had no mishap with those hornets…yikes, scary story!

    Thanks, Lynn. Sorry to hear the stargazers affect you, but since we never bring flowers into the house due to the plant eating cat, Hazel, the scent can be enjoyed diluted with the outside air. And look out for the black and white buzzers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Kathryn says:

    Hi, Frances. What a wonderful weekend you had! I love aquariums – and butterfly gardens!! What a great shot. I’ve looked for a similar pattern of sweater in adult size (I really like it too) but no luck so far. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Do you think those beautiful blue flowers – Eryngiums – will grow down here? I have a thing for blue and/or purple and yellow flowers. Take care. K (aka Mad Beach Maven)

    Hi Kathryn, thanks. As for the eryngiums, Dave’s garden says it will grow in zones 5-9b. If you fall into that range, give them a try. I do know they like dry, well drained soil and full sun.

  17. Janet says:

    Great shots Frances, looks like everyone had a great time on the fourth. Dont; you love the spikes on the petals of the Stargazer and the Chinese Trumpet? The Sea Holly is a great blue flower!!

    Thanks Janet, we really did, hope you also enjoyed the holidays. Those ridges on the lilies are wonderful, seen so much clearer on enlarged photos on the computer too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. chuck b. says:

    Geez, that flutterby looks enormous on the offspring’s hand!

    Hi Chuck, it seemed those large butterflies, whose topsides were a cobalt blue, were by far the most friendly around humans. Maybe due to their size?

  19. Kathleen says:

    ‘Lady Alice’ is gorgeous Frances. Your trip to the aquarium is very timely too as my niece and nephew are coming to stay and we are planning a visit to ours. I’ve missed a few of your posts but I can see your garden has continued without me at it’s usual glorious pace. Glad you had a good 4th.

    Hi Kathleen, thanks. How fun to have young family coming to visit. We all enjoyed the aquarium, something for everyone. I have missed you, so welcome back. To be honest, things have been super busy here too, with trips, visitors etc. More to come, but that is what summer is about here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Cheryl says:

    I love your gardening blog. I’m new to gardening and appreciate all that I can learn from you garden experts.

    As someone who enjoys photography too, I love your photos.

    Hi Cheryl, thanks and welcome. From the looks of your blog, you are well on the way to gardening guru yourself. Obviously you already know your way around a camera. ๐Ÿ™‚

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