On to the yard. The daylilies are in magnificent bloom. If you're a long-time reader, you know that I dug about 500 starts from my old yard to bring to this one. And, I carefully separated the fire colors - orange and red - from the pastels - pink and purple - so I'd have the fire colors in the new back yard and the pastels in the front. The guys did a lousy job of loading the trucks. They got one from here and one from there and who cared. Now, that's what my daylily beds look like. Guess what? I'ved grown to love the color chaos. Kinda matches the rest of my life! In addition to the daylilies, we now have some cannas - first year they've bloomed. And, we have hopefully as many persimmons or more than last year. Last but not least is the lace cap hydrangea. I'd love to be able to grow the Penny Mac since it's named after Penny McHenry who was a wonderful friend of my mother's and started the Hydrangea Society. But, since I don't live down south, I've got to stick with the northern varieties!
We made patriotic drinks for the 4th. They were ummm, ewww. Way too much Blue Curacao. A few sips and down the drain they went.
Last, but not least, here's a glimpse of the family party. The La Brea Tar Pit Chicken Wings were a huge hit at the family party. I think everyone there requested the recipe. And, quite frankly, I was ready for an encore by about Tuesday...
Here's part of the crew digging in:
The two kids - Brooke who's my niece's stepdaughter and Alyssa who is my sister-in-law's cousins daughter, provided much entertainment. (Even though I couldn't get Alyssa to smile while she was in the pool, she did PLENTY of smiling later!)
Gabby did not appreciate John's new pool shooter.
But, John and my niece Samantha certainly had a bit of fun with the shooters.
And, who wouldn't laugh at the pair of Royal Highnies that brother Matthew sent brother John. Not quite as good as the time I sewed the elder brother John's towels together at the bottom but still humorous. I can't get the daggone thing to load up and down so here you go: