June 1, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day - June 1, 2009

"It is better to be a young June-bug
than an old bird of paradise."

-Mark Twain

These "young June-bugs" really know how to have fun and enjoy the moment. It's hard to get all three of them to stand still for a picture, so I told them to jump. Phillip & Caitlyn got into it but Joseph was not about to be told what to do.

In this photo, Phillip is jumping with all his might, head thrown back and eyes closed. Makes me think of this quote by Vladlen Kuznetsov.
"Close your eyes - and open your eyes.
You have one second.
This is all your life.
Is this long enough or just too short?
It depends.
Every one has it different."
Enough about the June-bugs.

The Dwarf Korean Lilac bushes that grow next to our deck are close to being in full bloom. We're glad they're near the house where we can enjoy the fragrance. There is nothing not to love about the DKL; easy to grow and maintain and beautiful.

I read recently that the lilac is sometimes referred to as the "apple pie of shrubs." That's certainly true here in Wisconsin.

Jumping right from soft lilac lavender to bright orange. My son and his wife have both a cornfield and natural areas bordering their 3 acres. In the spring of 2008, Phil planted some wildflowers in the natural area and had some nice success considering he did nothing but sow the seeds. This orange flower is the first to bloom this year and we don't know what it is. Can't find it any of my wildflower identification books. Any ideas?

Thank you to Carolyn at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers' Muse Day. I always enjoy it and hope you do, too. Carolyn has been busy preparing for and hosting Spring Fling which was held this last weekend. I'm looking forward to reading about it and enjoying all photos.


  1. Kids have fun no matter the directions they are given ? LOL
    Love the quote ! .. and the orange wild flower .. what a beautiful shade of orange !

  2. love the pics! The kids look great, even the one who didn't want directions. Your shrubs are beautiful! And the wild flower, a lucious color. Hope you figure out what it is.

  3. I don't know what that flower is either, but it sure is pretty.

  4. I love Phillip's complete abandon. You can almost feel it just looking at this picture.

  5. Hi Donna, your lilacs are gorgeous! I just planted some brand new, small bushes this spring, so nothing 'big' in the way of blooms,this year...hopefully maybe they'll put on a 'little' show for us next year?!

    I don't know about your mystery flower either...but it's pretty. Unless it's invasive and will take over, it's probably a keeper! Since it's a wildflower-and doesn't look like it's in a main garden area, you probably don't need to worry.

    I enjoyed the "One Second" quote...it's so true.

  6. Hello! Kids make life so much fun...keep us young and hopping, too! Nice orange flower and you can't beat lilac for great color and fragrance. gail

  7. GardenJoy4Me & ArtCricket2, there's a little something to admire about kids who don't always follow the directions. Free thinkers!

    Brenda, I don't think we'll ever know the identity of the orange flower. Maybe it's a weed!

    Lindalou, I don't think I could jump like that when I was a kid.

    Jan (Thanks For 2 Day), I'll be looking for your lilac blooms next spring.

    Gail, there are so many great fragrances to be found in a garden and lilac is one of the best.

  8. Hi Donna,
    I've been enjoying catching up on your posts while waking up this morning. I wonder if the orange flower is a wallflower. The blooms look like them, anyway. I like wallflowers, they are keepers. Your grandkids are too. LOL Great photos!


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