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September 17, 2018

Sunny September Mornings!

Sunny September Mornings are the best!

I buzzed outside early this m morning to capture a few sunny morning shots.  I pulled out the vining plants that were beneath these geraniums and it looks new all over again!  Geraniums like the cooler temps that we've been having too!

The zinnias are wonderful to look at!  These colors seem perfect for the fall season!

My phone camera had a hard time with the ultra bright sunlight on this zinnia-  it looks a bit cartoonish but it's real!

The celosia is really doing well.  The sun was hitting it perfectly and it looks a bit like a flame!

My fall wreath in contrast next to the summery basket of flowers!

The sun reaches through the trees spotlighting things.   The limelight hydrangeas are starting to turn pink and then they'll go brown but not for a little while longer.

These Bandana Red Lantana have been spectacular all summer!  No maintenance either!

This plant draws butterflies!

I have really enjoyed these nonstop Mocca orange begonias.  I definitely want to grow them again next year!

Again my phone camera struggled with the intensity of the sunlight on the flower- just gorgeous!

Behind our property it drops off along a big hill and goes into a large field that goes on quite a ways.  The sun is lighting everything but the woods surrounding us creates a canopy of shade.

There was a dew on everything since the evenings have been dropping into the mid 50's to low 60's at night.  The benches and stones are often wet so it's not always inviting to set out here this early.

These wax begonias did great- no maintenance other than water and some fertilizer.  Can't go wrong!

Another brief moment of sunshine was falling on these impatience.

This is the other side of it.  The foxtail ferns have all but disappeared into the menagerie of plants!

From the house I watch the sun dance across my hostas.

Thank you for visiting!


September 13, 2018

Fall Welcome Wreath

2 years ago I put this Welcome Wreath together using an older wreath I had on hand as seen "here".

I came across this wreath at JoAnn's for half off ($20).  I liked the orange flowers which will catch the eye from a distance. This will be sandwiched between the storm and entry doors so I can't really add much.  
If you enjoy a more elaborate wreath you should check out the Halloween wreaths that Debbee from Debbee's Buzz created- she's really talented! "Here" is a link to it.

I de-wired the welcome part from the owl welcome sign on the other wreath and added it to this one.  The bright green just happened to go well with the some of the accent leaves on this new wreath.

I hung it on a nail that was already on the outside wall but I will transfer it to the entry door soon.  I got a new look for a low buck and I donated the older wreath with the owl.  Win- win!

I still have the wreath with the blue hydrangeas on the door for now as seen "here".

This is a link "here" to my "Autumn Woodland Wrapping" wreath I put together last year.  It has an adorable fox on it.

I guess I'm wreathed out for now!


September 11, 2018

Sunflowers and Slow-Cooker Chicken

I've been lazy about posting things from my home lately.  I put this area together a couple of weeks ago.  I like to use sunflowers as decorating with the late summer to fall transition.

I found this chicken on markdown at Pier 1.  Had my eye on it and decided to go for it. 

I kept the blue and white plates up and added these new red dishes with sunflowers.  I re-used my metal cylinder for some faux sunflowers.  

I have some very large white dishes from the same manufacturer that I've used in the past.  I fell for these red ones and ordered them on Amazon.  If I can I like to do something different each year.  The little chicken wire candle votives are old- from Pottery Barn quite a few years back.  I had slipped a pieces of a sunflower in the bottom of them and there they've stayed!

The corrugated tin cylinder was from Pottery Barn 1 or 2 years ago.  I added the burlap and twine to give it a little more substance. 

I found this cute checked planter with sunflowers on clearance at Pier 1 a little while back.  

I need to do a tablescape and use this!

I could have sold that white rooster about 20 times now.  Each year some contacts me through my blog about wanting to buy it.  I found it at Cracker Barrel back in 2013.

I'm not quite ready to warm up to the fall tones completely but it won't be long!

I made a dinner using the crockpot on Sunday and my first Apple pie this year!
I can definitely recommend the recipe and here is the link:

Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey-Glazed Chicken and Vegetables

My images aren't as perfect as theirs but it was as delicious as I hoped!
I used 6 chicken thighs instead of 4 and increased the vinegar and honey a tad because I also had more potatoes and carrots in the pot.

I made it just as they said and we loved it.  The recipe calls for pouring the liquid into the pan and reducing it which I did but it didn't thicken up much.  Either way it was a nice Sunday meal!

I used one of those plastic molds to press on the pie dough. 

Thinking of the "Big Apple" today and remember 9/11.
God Bless all those who perished and those who came to their rescue.


September 9, 2018

Hosta Shuffling, Turkeys and Limelights!

Well- here we are in the late summer heading for fall very quickly!  The impatiens have really spread out and until we have a frost they'll stay about like this.  Our evenings have been cooling into the mid 50's so we're already having those crisp mornings!  

I guess I should say I am never done with projects.  I bought a few more hostas (yes I did!) and decided I needed to make a change with some of the ones I have.  I dug from this area and moved a group of hostas to the other side and also relocated a few in this area.

Not a great picture but you can see the ferns on the right side earlier this summer.  They are a pretty accent.

Unfortunately the ferns are on the decline at this time of year and I decided that I needed to reduce how many I have especially since each year they are traveling into more territory and now infringing on the hostas to the left..  I dug out all of them in this 6 ft. wide section which was no joy.  It took a lot of digging because they have runners that can go quite a ways and pop up.  Just about when you think you are done there's more!

I took several hostas from that area I first showed and added them to this curved wall area.  Sorry it's so messy but that's how it goes.

On this side I put in a new one- the taller dark green one that is just about centered here is called "Hump Back Whale" and it's going to be quite a big one when it matures.

Here's a close up.  I found it at a garden center that was offering 40% off and it was a huge plant already so I'm tickled about that.

I dug up a few more of the hostas and set them in a row so they'll make a nice display next year.

These are the other two I bought on the discount.  They are called "Albiqua Drinking Gourd" I really ravaged the area.  Stepping on the ground cover and digging.  It'll all be good next year!

I bought some mums a couple of weeks ago.  We've had so much rain and little sun so they're just now starting to show their colors.  I bought them purposely with no open flowers to get the most time out of them.  There's an orange toned one, lavender, deep burgundy and yellow.

The wild turkey's have been visiting a lot lately.  I snapped these pics from the bedroom window so they're not real high quality.

I always think of that movie "Field of Dreams" when the baseball players come out of the corn field and then when they go back in they disappear.  These guys do that too!  All of a sudden one comes walking out and then more follow.  You just don't see them until that moment and when they go back in they seemingly disappear!  

I came out to get the mail and had to snap a picture of this Limelight shrub.  It always performs so well and doesn't mind our harsh winters.  


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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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