H is for...
Holly-HOOEY! Dang, we've already done H! My hydrangeas are doing so nicely this year, too!
I think I was ripped off in the hollyhock department last year, but am very pleased with this year's display. I know they're biennial... I need to synchronize so I have a good year every year, you know?
So far, I've got a pale pink and a white blooming, and this one (coming up right in the middle of some other plant) looks promising, a darker pink. Mom complained that she's got nothing but the very, very dark ones blooming this year and she doesn't like it. I just bought a packet of seeds in that color because I do! Go figure.
Who'd have guessed that nighties would get such a reaction?! It's not like I was airin' my dirty laundry!!
Have I mentioned lately how much I love the ABC-Along? The minute Anne suggested it, I was in. I might be tardy with a post on occasion, and I might put up a little complaint about how the difficulty of a particular letter, but I have taken the ABCs to heart this year and, truly, try to make each post/letter a reflection of me. Hence, nightgowns -- on the clothesline, no less. When it finally occurred to me that nightgown was going to be my N, I was giddy with excitement -- how to shoot, when, where... It was a labor of love to gather them all together from drawers, baskets and hooks, haul them all downstairs, pin each one on the line... I renewed acquaintance with some old forgotten ones, some that need mending, some that I just can't part with (even if they might not fit at the moment). I think I overlooked only one altogether. My delight in the project even allowed me to momentarily overcome my fear of heights as I crawled out of the sleeping porch window onto the back porch roof in order to take the "aerial" shots. And then, because I was already there -- and I could (it might have been the rarefied air) -- I walked around to the other end of the porch and took a couple of pictures of the garden from there -- it's a walk-out basement on that side, so another story up (or down, depending on whether you're a cup half-full or -empty type of person), but I did it! Believe me, I never got too close to the edge and was even down on hands and knees at times. I get so lightheaded and woozy even at the thought of being up high sometimes that I feel like I'll just lose all function and control and just collapse. Thankfully, not the case that day -- way back in May! I've been so excited, waiting patiently for N's time to come. I'm so pleased. The comments (Ann, yours is going to tickle my funny bone for a long time to come!) are priceless. Thanks for taking the time to share them with me.
At right, a preview of what's on tap tomorrow... KNITTING!
You're throwing us a big curve-ball by getting the letters all out of order! Geesh, I have a hard enough time concentrating -- don't mess with my brain!
Posted by: Norma | 05 July 2006 at 11:14 AM
How beautiful! I haven't had much luck with Hollyhocks in my garden. I'm still trying but so far no luck.
Posted by: Amy | 05 July 2006 at 12:08 PM
Very pretty flowers... I can't wait to see what you have in store for N. Hollyhocks are a favorite of mine!
Posted by: Birdsong | 05 July 2006 at 03:23 PM
We had hydrangeas on the altar for our wedding. Very prety.
Posted by: trek | 05 July 2006 at 04:59 PM
I'm still giggling over Ann's comment, too. Laundry day at the convent. Hee.
Posted by: Carole | 05 July 2006 at 07:03 PM
I love your garden pictures, the Hollyhocks are fabulous. I love your N laundry pictures, thanks for overcoming your fear of heights for our entertainment.
Posted by: yvette | 06 July 2006 at 02:45 AM
Hey, hey now...let's not be hooeying the Hollies here! :-) Hollyhocks are my absolute favorite and your's are just lovely. I certainly have been enjoying your ABC participation!
Posted by: Holly | 06 July 2006 at 09:25 AM