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May 30, 2014

Bon Weekend!

Wishing you all a good weekend! 


 Isn't that the cutest container! 
I found it at a garden center and with my husband's past having grown up on a diary farm I couldn't resist it.  It's actually ceramic.  They finished it so nicely you'd think it was metal!  I chose petunias because I felt they have the right country casual look I wanted.
In the center I put one of those new Supertunias.  They look just like the New Guinea Impatiens except they can take full sun.

See the white flowers in the center- and this one comes with variegated leaves.  It should get taller and fuller and be a nice combo as the summer kicks in.  The Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny or Moneywort) will drape along the sides and cozy it up!

I'l be planting a few more things and trying to get more done outside this weekend.  Hope yours is grand!



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May 29, 2014

Giveaway of note!

With Father's Day approaching I thought I'd share this new giveaway from Ron at  

This give-away has a retail value of $359!
 It's being offered by NOLA Couture through Ron's blog.
  You get to select two ties, a bowtie, an adult and a child's size belt, a clutch w/wristlet, a cap/visor, and a dog collar all in your own choice of fabric.

I'm not being compensated but I thought it was such a nice give-away I'd promote it!  I'm entering too!

There is an excellent "post" Ron did the day before that shows the interior of the store and the products they sell.  I like the bowtie with the Ice Cream cones (my daughter's boyfriend loves wearing bowties)!  If you can't use them all yourself they can be great gift items!

As Ron would say- Cheers Ya'll ! 




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May 27, 2014

Bits 'n Pieces

I mentioned in my "post" about the living room that I went to a Pottery Barn outlet for the first time.
In February I did a "post" and talked about a picture I liked with a white pitcher full of lemon branches.  Well I walked into the PB outlet and there they were!  Since I live in northern Michigan- there's no chance of growing my own lemon tree so the faux will have to do!  The vase is also a PB score.


Our daughter was visiting this weekend and noticed my window display and while we were out touring the countryside and wineries around here she spotted these little pigs and bought them for me.  She liked their Tuscan coloring and knew they'd fit right in and she was right!

My daily view

A couple of weeks ago I ventured into an antique/re-sale shop and stumbled across this salt glazed crock/vase with Rochester Hills on it.  That's the town I grew up in Michigan and I decided this was meant to be and for $7 I couldn't leave without it!  I used to collect salt glazed pottery in the 90's and sold off a bit of it.  I kept a few special pieces and now I have one more! 

I came across this jar I couldn't resist at a store while we were touring this weekend. 

I was in love with the thick embossed rooster on the front.  I found a sales person (I suspect the owner) and asked her to show it to me (it was in an awkward spot and I wasn't comfortable getting it out)  As she was handing it to me she says "I can make you a great deal on it" and she drops $20 right off of it- so it became mine!  There were three of them and I suspect she'd had them for a while and wanted to move them.  I haven't picked a spot for it but you know I'll get around to it!

I have tulips blooming so I cut a random bunch and brought them in.
They are pretty late this year.
So there you have my Bits 'n Pieces!

I'm joining
Ivy and Elephants for
What's It Wednesday


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May 26, 2014

Memorial Day and Gardening

Memorial Day



and Gardening
 I've been working outside more than inside lately.  I've been planting my annuals.  If you have a moment click one more time "here" and visit me at my other blog. 

 I'll be joining



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May 24, 2014

Morning Pics and Annuals Planted

Happy Weekend Everyone! 
I decided to pop outside in the early morning a shoot a few pictures.  I thought this tulip looked rather artistic in it's closed form.  As soon as it warms up a bit more it will open.

The daffodils have been blooming and I've started fussing more with my fairy garden.

I decided to use some brick pavers leftover from something we did a long time ago as a foundation for the cement cottage.   I'm just beginning to fuss with it and haven't finished but I'm pleased that I chose this spot because I can see it more readily and even from my kitchen window!

I only have a few tulips this year.  Between the rabbits that got them last year and some vole activity I had in the years before I guess they've dwindled.  

I just love the Jack Frost Brunnera.  It's reliable and the little flowers are the sweetest. So far only the one is booming but I expect that will change soon.  The Hosta are all on their way up and the Coral Bells are coming alive.

The flower always makes me think of Forget-Me-Nots.  

I picked up some new planters from our Sam's Club. They look like expensive iron planters but their not!   I've got some Fuchsia and Alyssum planted in them.  I chose this Gartenmeister Fuchsia for it's height and of course the hummingbirds love it.

This is the other one I got.  It's low and wide so I planted it with a very traditional combination.  I hope I like it as it grows.  I put a lot of Dusty Miller around the edge and I know they can get kind of big so I may have to trim them if they overwhelm the Geraniums.

I saw a hummingbird race to it but I don't know if there is anything they can get from a Geranium.

Last fall I picked these sphere planters up out in Pennsylvania.  I've got a moss basket for it and some flowers which I hope to plant today.

These are the flowers for the spheres.  More Fuchsia and some Bacopa to fill and spill.

The morning sun highlights things so nicely.  As you can see the Sweet Woodruff is well spread around the side of my host hill.  The trees are still leafing out but not full yet.

These are the impatiens I chose for this year.  The tag calls them "violet".  I think their hot pink coloring will show off nicely.

The Creeping Jenny or Moneywort fills in everywhere.  I may snag some and put some in with those sphere planters.  I think if I drop some cuttings in water for a few days they'll root (I hope)  There are some Painted Japanese Ferns in here too but you can hardly see them.

My original fairy garden weathered the winter pretty well.  I haven't done anything with it yet.  I've got to get after some maple seedlings that have started to grow in there.  Our yard is riddled with tons of them this year.

These don't look like much yet but in a few weeks they should start to fill out.  I've got some Caladiums,  Begonia, Euphorbia Diamond Frost and violas in them.  These sit out near the water fountain.


My moss basket liners are tired.  I'll retire them after this season.  I planted geraniums here and a couple of Sweet Potato Vine.

This is new for me.  I did a bedding planting in the area where the boxwoods were removed.  I've got some deep purple/blue supertunias, white geraniums and African daisies planted.  Can't wait to see this fill out.

Back at the house I re-used a planter from last year and potted it up with Lobelia, Pink Bacopa, Ivy, Pansies, and Impatiens.  It should be colorful and showy in a few more weeks.  The hummingbird already found the Fuchsia!

A hot pink Geranium surrounded by these adorable striped Superbells- should be cute as it gets going!

I planted Bubble Gum Supertunias in the garage planters.  Can't wait to see them fill out!
All my annuals get a generous dose of Osmocote when I plant.  Annuals love to be fed and I find 
the pelleted fertilizer is a reliable way to feed.  I also use some new Garden Soil each year that comes with a bit of fertilizer it it too. 

Not too exciting yet, but again once these fill out they'll be colorful. 

Lastly I chose these soft orange Begonias to be in my window planter by the kitchen.  There is some Browallia that will come up behind and Sweet Potato Vine that will drape across the front. 

We've been having some great weather and the night time temps haven't fell below 45 lately so I took my chances and planted the annuals.  We often get a surprise late frost in June so I may have to run out and cover things up but I've done it many times before.

I'm still fighting the lasting affects of that darn cold I caught.  I'm beginning to think it's also dragging on because of some allergy related issues.  I checked our area forecast for pollen and it's pretty high right now.  I've gotten more done than I expected, but it's been so much harder this year.  I even put my back out for a few days last weekend so I've really felt constrained.
Ok enough whining!

Have a wonderful weekend and those of us here in the U.S. have a great
Memorial Day and always remember why we celebrate it.



 

May 22, 2014

Patriotic and Picnic Like for Memorial Day

I'm reposting this because I haven't had 
the energy lately to do everything I want.

Wishing everyone a great Memorial Weekend!

A simple patriotic table for two. 

Patriotic and picnic like

 I selected flowers and branches for filler from my yard and garden to create my centerpiece.

 Tulips, daffodils, and cherry tree blossoms

 These gorgeous red tulips resemble roses in their depth of color and shape

 The sun came out long enough for me to snap a few shots in between the rainy weather we're having right now.

 This tall handled pitcher is made of tin and decorated with berries.   I wanted to suggest a picnic atmosphere with fruit and vegetables.
I have two narrow glasses inside of the pitcher.  One is upside down to support the 2nd one that is resting on it to hold the flowers.  I didn't trust that the tin would hold the water and I needed to create a way to get the flowers up higher.

 These Homer Laughlin diner style plates added to  the patriotic picnic feeling I wanted.  The checkered design is repeated in the napkins and a tablecloth underneath.

 I criss crossed two square tablecloths since
they were the only thing I had that suited
my theme. 

The corn on the cob dish added a splash of color and helps suggest a classic picnic food item!

 I added a little sparkle to the napkins

I can carry this theme outdoors if the weather permits on 
Memorial Day 

 Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a 
great Memorial Day!

Remember to honor those who gave
their lives for our country.  

Let's also remember to say an extra prayer for
the people of Oklahoma that have suffered
such devastating losses this week after the
tornado swept through their area.
   
I'm joining 

Cuisine Kathleen for her
Let's Dish Patriotic Challenge  


Between Naps on the Porch
for
Tablescape Thursday 

I'm once again joining
Between Naps on the Porch 
 

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