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July 20, 2017

A Trip To Pitts and Phipps!

A 5 day weekender!
We visited our son, daughter in-law and grandson this past weekend in Pittsburgh and took the time to visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Throughout the conservatory there are a number of glass art pieces 
by artist Jason Gamrath and Dale Chihuly.  

I took a ton of pictures but tried to whittle it down to a small amount.
This is called Seven Paint Brushes by Dale Chihuly from his 2007 Exhibit.

Let's just wander through...

The Sunken Garden

The Desert Room, glass art by Dale Chihuly


I had no idea these could be so large.  It looks like it could crawl away!

A small Japanese Garden was outside between the buildings. 


Another Chihuly piece in the Tropical Fruit and Spice Room
Celedon and Royal Purple Gilded Fiori





These Macchia Bowls were created by Dale Chihuly located in the Palm Court


These were stunning….
Glass Pitcher Plants by Jason Gamrath




The orchid room…

Look in the center and you'll see two white almost alien like figurines known as Frabel's Longfellow's 




Entering the butterfly room…

Butterflies can be tricky to catch in a picture!



Temps were pretty high in some areas but our grandson was a champ through it all!

Another Dale Chihuly piece


Angela made four pizzas Friday evening.  With some wine and salad it was such a nice treat!  Ryan is a great hands on father which I'm proud of.  Our Grandson eats anything they give him- it's amazing.  He didn't have pizza - just a few bites of the crust.  He's nearly 10 mos. old now, is crawling and standing up next to things and attempting some walking.  He plays with his toys and is pretty content.  He's saying dada, dada and sharing a few other verbal conversations!  I last saw him in March so there were a lot changes. 😊

Our last evening was so sweet.  After his evening bath Grandpa read Joey a nighttime story (How To Babysit Grandpa) and he seemed to enjoy every moment.  When the book was finished Joey patted the book and then turned to Dan and put his arm up and leaned into his chest looking up at Dan as though to say thank you. 💜

On Monday we traveled back to Michigan to see my Mom and my Sisters, then over to see Dan's Mom at the nursing home on Tuesday and headed home.  We got a lot done in 5 days!

July 13, 2017

Gardener's Gather for a Summer Luncheon


4 gardening friends are getting together for an afternoon luncheon.  I created a gardening themed centerpiece and designed around it. 

The flowery accents on the table were chosen based on the colors in the centerpiece.  Usually my centerpiece is created based on the tablecloth or dishes I choose. 

 This arrangement was inspired by a set of garden tools that I saw on the MacKenzie Childs web site.  They wanted $45 for them.  I adore them (but didn't like the price) so I went on a hunt and found a set at Target ($19.99).  As soon as I found them I was struck at how similar the shape of the pieces were differing only by the floral design.  They seem too pretty to really use but they could be!  I staged them in a clay pot with a foam block below and stuffed newspaper around the pieces to help them stand up.  Then I created a seal with shipping tape (preventing the sand from falling through) so I could pour the brown sand mixture on top. 

 The melamine salad plates are from Pier 1 (two summers ago).  A caesar salad with warm seasoned chicken slices laid on top sounds good with a square of upside down pineapple cake to follow!

 I never imagined mixing these dishes with this tablecloth but I think it worked great!

A cool drink to enjoy on a warm day.  Some ice will be added!  

I used my real gardening gloves as an accent and I added in a small potted sunflower for a pop of color.  The large mason jar is holding faux Poppies (from Pottery Barn a long while back) and Queen Anne's Lace which is actually blooming all around here right now.

 I found this table cloth at Macy's several years ago on clearance.  It's made by Vera.  I used this on one other tablescape that I did outdoors "here" in 2012.  I think the colors worked well with the garden tool set and I love the vintage style artsy look it has.

 I chose the wicker chargers to compliment the wood box and of course their texture is perfect for a summer table. 

Thank you for joining my "Gardener's Gather for a Summer Luncheon"!

I'll be joining:
Between Naps On The Porch




July 10, 2017

Mid July Gardens Front and Back

This is one of my favorite garden areas- especially in the morning.  

Astrantia (Great Masterwort) Star of Fire.

 
On the backside of the fairy garden is a large Annabelle Hydrangea which has started to bloom.  It will go from the light lime green color to white.  Late in the fall, I cut it back pretty short and every spring it develops new growth and blooms again. 

The mopheads are so large they would fill a dinner plate nicely!

Across the driveway on the turnaround area is my "forgotten garden" as I like to call it.  I used to have a nice array of asiatic lilies but voles ate the bulbs and these tall bright orange lilies are the only thing left.  

This is the other side of the "forgotten garden".  I call it that because it's well hidden by a large blue spruce and the lilacs that I lined up to make a green wall for privacy.  It's easy for forget it's there!   This spring I dug and moved plants around that looked very disorganized.  erennials tend to move a little and not come up exactly where they started.  At this point the cone flowers are starting to bloom as well as the daylilies.

This is a "scratch and sniff" picture!  These cones smell so nice! It's called Secret Affair from the Secret series.

This plant on the left is called Helenium  (sneezeweed) not ready to bloom yet, the yellow flowers are a Heliopsis plant called Tuscan Sun.  When I started this garden bed I tried to find plants I didn't already have as well as varieties I wasn't familiar with.


I saw these variegated sedum one year and bought two.  I've never seen them again so I'm glad I found them.  I should split them up and create more of them. 

This is the prettiest shade of a melon-orange colored lily. They are doing pretty well considering this is in a part sun garden bed.   


Across the driveway is the island we built to create privacy and noise barrier from the road that's so close to our house. 

The butterfly weed plant is in full bloom.  So far I haven't seen butterflies on it but I'm not out there looking all the time either!  I have seen a fair amount of butterflies out back this year which makes me happy. 

These are a short version of Campanula (bell flowers).  I've always enjoyed their flower shape and there are a lot of varieties of them.  After I took this picture I dug them and moved them out front of the bed because they are really short.  I have no idea why I planted them behind taller plants.

The Coreopsis is starting to bloom- they make a nice showing once they get started. 

Out back by the deck in my "pink" garden.

I do love this striking color! 

Queen Elizabeth, Grandiflora Rose (late stage becomes delicate pale in color).

A sprinkling of pink.... lilies, roses, cosmos and celosia

Mid July Gardens Front and Back 

I will be joining:
Thank you Pam for the feature of my Fantasy Fairy Garden 


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