Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bloomin' Tuesday... errr, Wednesday


Waterlogged. That's the only way to describe my garden at the moment. Last week we had a reprieve before we got hit with the current deluge, so during that dry spell I planted containers and garden plants. Yesterday I was lugging those pots into my garage and covering up garden annuals so they wouldn't freeze to death. Heaven knows, they are already exhausted from dog paddling for days trying to keep their little heads above water. I know there are places in the U.S. in a serious drought situation. I wish we could share some of our moisture with them.

Meanwhile, my garden looks like an Irish countryside...


Our grass is kelly green and a foot long. We're going to have to bale it if it doesn't stop raining long enough to run a lawn mower over it. I was able to plant my impatiens in the circular area off our patio (bottom of photo below). They are finicky little things though, so I had to cover them with tarps last night, because it got ridiculously close to 32 degrees.



It's not raining this morning. I'm hoping for a dry spell, because we wanted to plant our veggie garden this weekend. The good news is I haven't had to turn on my sprinklers yet! That's huge because usually I've had them going for a good month by now. Anyway, I hope your garden is thriving!



Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye something...
blushing.


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Wishing you a beautiful spring weekend!

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bloomin' Tuesday...


Last week it rained and rained, then it rained some more. Everyone around here was getting a wee bit nervous because the 2013 flood in Colorado is still fresh on our minds. I bought a few lovelies to plant in containers last week, but wasn't even able to pot them because of the downpour and the snow we received on Sunday. {Nothing says "Happy Mother's Day" like snow. Ugh.}

This week, however, is a different story. The sun is out -- 70 degree temps during the day are expected -- and I'm itching to get my hands in some dirt!


I'm mixing it up a bit on the patio. Instead of all "Thrill, Spill & Fill" containers, I'm buying some stand-alone plants for some containers. These plants don't make it through the winter in Colorado, but we will enjoy them as annuals for spring, summer and fall. Plants like: hibiscus {above}, fuchias, and honeysuckle bushes. We can pretend like we live in the tropics with a few of those beauties on our patio!

We humans felt a little waterlogged last week, but all the perennials in my garden were in rainwater heaven. 



Several years ago I planted one little succulent in my garden. I'd always loved "hens and chicks", but never had any. Apparently hens are quite prolific because at least 30 chicks have sprouted from that mother plant. You can see some of them below...


Which leads me to another planting. A couple of years ago I used one of our birdbaths as a planter. You might remember that I planted some beautiful succulents in that birdbath...


Last week I decided to use the birdbath again for that purpose. I gathered up a few of the little chicks that have grown around the base of the birdbath and supplemented those with more succulents that I was given for Mother's Day and some more that I bought at Home Depot...




It's really the perfect spot for a succulent garden because it doesn't get watered with the other plants on our drip or sprinkler system. Succulents only need an occasional sip of water, so once a week I sprinkle them and they are good to go. I'll be anxious to see how they do this summer.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye... 
a Happy Mother's Day.


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Wishing you a happy weekend!


Monday, May 04, 2015

Bloomin' Tuesday...


I'm back! Today's Bloomin' Tuesday features just a few blooms from my garden and some blossoms that I've enjoyed throughout the last month and a half.  Seven weeks ago I flew to North Carolina to be there for the birth of our 17th grandchild. Spring was in full bloom when I arrived. My next stop 2.5 weeks later was to my son's family in Virginia. They also had a little one (our 16th) join their family, so I helped them as well. Once again I arrived at the height of the spring season. Here are some photos I took of the cherry blossoms in D.C.




After another 2 weeks I was back home for a few days before we traveled to Utah for my son's graduation. You guessed it. Spring had sprung in Utah, so I enjoyed my third spring there...


I thought that was the end of my travels for awhile, but, a trip to Spokane for a funeral was planned at the last minute last week, so we experienced a northwestern spring in Sandpoint, Idaho along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Now we're back home, and I'm ready to stay put for at least a month. One glorious month. It'll be nice to be here as my garden comes to life in Colorado...





I am so anxious to spend a little time giving my garden the TLC that it missed while I was gone. I have a feeling much of my time this month will be spent outdoors!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Friday's Fabulous Finds...



 I spy with my little eye some...
nature!


Clockwise, starting top left:

Succulent Plant Arrow
Coffee Table
Triangular Planter
Mini-Terrarium
Clock

Wishing you a spring-filled weekend!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A month long "vacation"...


Life just keeps getting more and more busy, which is just the way I like it. It's not like I'll be lounging on a beach like this,


...but I will be having the time of my life. We have a new little granddaughter that was born last week and another grandchild due within a week, so I'll be gone for a month to North Carolina and Virginia to help the mommas and pappas {and siblings} while they recover and adjust to the new little ones.

While there, I won't be answering any emails requesting free patterns, so save those requests till late April and then send them my way. My Etsy store will remain open while I'm gone.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye some...
mint.


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Wishing you a refreshing weekend.