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August 13, 2018

Oops I did it again!

I said in a recent post I was done with projects and it was time to kick back and relax but I found yet another project to do!
Out back is a large clump maple tree.  It has a fast sloping side down to a flat area that we travel through frequently.  We've kept it covered with mulch for years and i recently decided to add hostas to it.

I added more hostas and then even more!

My design idea is that the smaller ones below will create a ribbon like border below the larger hostas above.  In time this will be quite full and the hostas will be large enough to all touch each other.

Centered is an Autumn Frost hosta (white edged) framed with two Stained Glass Hostas (bright lime green) and just above them are some real tall ones called Angels that have a green edge and white center.  The bottom row are called Bedazzled.  I found them in little pots for around $5 at a garden center.  I'm tempted to go lower with more but I should be patient and see how this looks next year!

The big cement leaf (up on the right) was a gift from Dan's sister.  She molded a leaf in sand with cement and made them.  I usually have some water sitting in it and it gets emptied frequently.  There is a hemlock to the far right that will be moved this fall.  It started all by itself (likely from a pine cone in our mulch) and Dan insisted on keeping it not knowing what it was.  It will become way too large to stay there so it has to get transplanted.

I brought in a long hose that sprinkles the area.  It's not working out all that well but it helps.  This is an evening shot when a the sun hits it for a little while.
So Ooops I did it again!  

August 1, 2018

August Greetings and Happy 96th Mom!

Wow is the first day of August!
It's been a wonderful summer here so far and I'm looking forward to much more of it!

It's my Mother's 96th Birthday so I decided to put a little garden themed table together with her in mind.  We live 250 miles apart but I will see her in a few days.

I made this arrangement up last March when Michael's was in full swing with spring and summer florals.  I found the wooden crate there too.  My mother likes soft and feminine colors so that's the color scheme I went for.

I relocated my bistro set recently after hubby re-stained the deck.  We picked up a small rug and umbrella to give it a complete look.  Lowe's was pretty picked over but we managed to find these two pieces and I am pleased.

My mother's favorite color is blue so I used the Lenox melamine blue dish as a base.  These Pier 1 dishes offer a bouquet of summery blooms so you really can pick and choose which background color you want.

The Napkins have all the right summery colors and I chose these clay pot napkin rings to compliment the garden themed tablescape.

Since the birthstone for August is Peridot I choose the green placemats.

The sun is starting to shine on this area so I opened the umbrella.

 I relocated the planters and we flipped the big dining set to the other side of the deck.

We've been able to sit out here more comfortably now that we have the umbrella to block the sun and we're enjoying the different view we have here.

Looking back to the other end where the bistro set and planters used to be on the right.  It's a big deck 14' x 38' so there's plenty of room.  For socializing we can move some of the dining chairs closer to the bistro.

Well-that's a wrap!
August Greetings and Happy 96th Mom!

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July 27, 2018

July Garden Party

Welcome to our July Garden Party
hosted by 5 gardening friends.  

Do you like to use different objects for garden art?  I do...and this is one of my favorites- an old 1930's wagon.

An antique garden bench with some garden art objects.

This is a basket bicycle frame (somewhere under there) white Wave Petunias and Brocade Wilhelm Langguth geraniums.  I recently relocated it from the garage area.  The little bunny was from my daughter's home that she sold and now he's hanging out with me!

This obelisk has been used for many plants as well as gazing balls a long time ago.

A sweet little butterfly stand planter and a pedestal to elevate plants.

A chippy white rusty stand displaying a watering can full of Flamingo Rose geraniums and white bacopa (which is about to rebloom).  My claypot lighthouse was a fun project you can read about if you'd like to "here".  You can see a Fairy in the distance standing among some hostas!

Another Fairy peacefully content under the giant hosta.

I found this adorable miniature red wagon at Pier 1 which is actually a photo clip frame holder but I saw it differently!  I had Dan put a few holes in it so it can drain.  My little fairy Irish dancer is prancing about the White Chips Campanula- Bellflower plant.

Thank you for joining us for our July Garden Party!

Linkup is below...

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July 26, 2018

Gardens Out Front

Hello everyone!
Just a reminder that tomorrow is our monthly
Garden Party- looking forward to seeing your garden posts!

Out front of our house is a small island that we created to help with privacy from the road and to reduce some of the noise that comes from the traffic going by.

The Zagreb coreopsis have been blooming and some shasta daisies along with various cone flowers.  These pink cone flowers are called Little Annie.

Solar Flare Coneflower

This is a hosta that can handle some sun called Orange Marmalade.  When it starts out in the spring the leaves have a tinge of orange in them and then it becomes more of a lemony yellow.

On the other end of the island some phlox are blooming, more cone flowers and a Rapido Blue Campanula or Bellflower down on the lower left.

I love the fragrance of the phlox plants.

These shorter cone flowers are called Pixie Meadowbrite.  They've been great coming back year after year and work well for a border plant.

This is a hydrangea called Pinky Winky.  

The flowers start off white but will shift to a combination of deep pink to light pink with tips of white.

This is my "Forgotten Garden" as I refer to it.  It's a bit hidden because of a big blue spruce tree and it gets less attention because I forget about it! 

Cone flower


Mardis Gras Helenium (Sneezeweed) 
Deer and Rabbit Resistant and attracts butterflies!

Heliopsis, Tuscan Sun (False Sunflower)  This is considered the most compact heliopsis plant available and it also attracts butterflies.

Don't forget to join us tomorrow morning
for the Garden  Party!

July 25, 2018

Island Tropical Dining

We had rain all night and it was warm in the morning and felt very tropical so I got to thinking about putting another tablescape together with tropical accents.   I put together two arrangements to get started with.

I cut some of my ferns, and forced them into a circle then into the vase providing a way to hide the floral stems that will go above.

I have three of these candle votives that were setting on my desk and they also influenced my ideas this morning for this tropical island  tablescape.

Naturally I had to use this green cockatoo (found at Younker's when they started their going out of business sale) for my Island Tropical Dining table.  

The Flamingo had to be included too!
The floral arrangements are a mix silk and real flowers.

I created the center arrangement by layering fern fronds in two directions and added some little pink parrots (napkin rings) for extra tropical flair.

The fronds help them to stand up.

The melamine dishes are by Cynthia Rowley found at Home Goods.  The twig placemats were from Pier 1's holiday season.  A great texture for my Island Tropical dining!  I added in one more layer with the blue edged placemats (from Crate & Barrel) to accentuate the blue in the plates.  

The blue and white striped flatware (Crate and Barrel this year) added a little more of the island look!  

These green beaded napkin rings are also by Cynthia Rowley and the napkins are another Pier 1 set called Flamingo Pink Stripe.  I recently used these in another tablescape "here" designed to look like a rose.

The little pink figural hibiscus plates were found on clearance at Pier 1- wish I could have found more than 2!

Rocco Stemware by Bahia Bormioli.  Love their blue and green mix and I've gotten great use of these for a variety of tablescapes.

The sun has burned through the clouds and it's a beautiful day!

Thank you for joining me for my Island Tropical Dining!



Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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