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August 15, 2017

Evening Garden Stroll and Kitchen Dining

Hanging on to summer….
I changed the bottom shelf by adding my new miniature MacKenzie Childs colander.  I've been waiting since June for it when they had a sale.  

It's too cute!

I spotted this bird in my little closet of deco items and thought why didn't I have a bird next to the bird house already!  So now I do!  That is a Jim Shore bird house I got at Lowe's a while back- I wonder if they still offer something like this each year?

I had ordered this large pitcher from MacKenzie Childs wit the same pattern as the colander but I received it a lot sooner than the other.  I have a smaller green pitcher with a green background but this white is my favorite.

I've kept the kitchen dining setup the way I showed the changes I made "here".  

This is the following planter earlier in June.  

I moved it about 6 ft. over from where it was.  It was getting too much evening sun and wasn't producing many flowers.  Sorry things look sloppy on the ground.  We've had a lot of rain and it disturbs the dirt and mulch.  The green algae starts growing so easily.

The wire metal form helps support the plants and all but disappears in the process!

I planted white ones in the center but they don't show unless you look deeply.

I also stopped adding additional fertilizer.  I read that slow release fertilizer is all you need so I'm good with that!

This  Angel Wing caladium is really doing well.  I only grew them once before but I had put them in the ground near other plants and they kind of disappeared and never got this big. 

I planted this fairly late but it's coming along nicely.  The butterflies love the lantana. 

The hydrangea tunnel.  I've trimmed the hydrangeas several times to keep the pathway open but now that the limelights are blooming they tend to lean over so we'll have to walk on an angle through there now!  

I took these in the evening so the color is a bit dark.  I've had this limelight hydrangea for at least 10 years.  I cut it down 3 years ago and then it grew taller.  I wanted to shorten it but I got the opposite result!

I'm going to do another cut-back this fall and then next year I need to keep it trimmed back through the season so I can keep it shorter.  

The blooms are huge on this and they're still filling out.

You can see the lime coloring better in this photo and then they turn white.

Black-eyed Susan's are prime right now.

My cone flowers are still blooming but nearing their end.  The Shasta daisies are all but done too.

These are so cheerful like daisies!

The orange marmalade hosta has gotten pale but still looks good.  Cone flower is called Sombrero "Salsa Red"  It starts out a vibrant red and shifts colors as time goes by.

The phlox are still blooming- such a pretty fragrance!  The cone flowers are loosing their color.

This rose of sharon shrub (hibiscus) is finally blooming (takes so long!).  I hope there will be more flowers popping out.  It's getting more and more shaded in this area which may affect it's flowering in the future.  We have two King Crimson trees growing nearby plus another maple to my side and two huge blue spruce that are all adding to the shade factor.  If you could see through the shrubs you would see the fire department that was built there about 8 years ago.  

It did not take long for the berries to be discovered on the new shrubs we just planted.  That makes me happy!


  1. Hi Liz, Your kitchen is beautiful. I love your transitional look with the MC treasures. Love the plates and the sweet Jim Shore birdhouse is perfect with the colors. Your garden is stunning as always. Wishing you a great week. xo

  2. J-E-A-L-O-U-S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just jealous as I can be!!! Girl, you have not just a green thumb, but a GREEN BODY!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the colander, too! I would make up excuses to use it daily. Sheer happy! 😀

  3. Beautiful garden photos, Liz! You have such lovely flowers that are so healthy and happy. Your limelight is just gorgeous! The inside and outside of your home is decorated so tasteful--I love it all. ♥

    1. Thank you Martha Ellen- I am blessed with a great location and good soil! Glad you like the inside too- it seems to evolve all the time!

  4. Love your beautiful flowers Liz. So pretty. Love the inside flower motif too.

  5. Your gardens are lovely! Our new gardens are coming along but I always love visiting yours!

  6. Hi Liz, love seeing your blooms and your beautiful gardens. I like how you have the metal frame over the planter to provide support for the gorgeous plant. My gardens have come along this year and I hope to keep expanding them each year. Your hydrangeas are just stunning.

  7. Good Morning, Liz - just getting around to reading this post. Everything is beautiful! I simply love your gardens and just imagine myself strolling though with you. I like to do evening photos once in awhile too.

  8. Your flowers are gorgeous, Liz! I'm drooling over your limelights and hope to plant some this fall. I love your plate shelf with the new colander. So cute! Love the striped plates paired with the floral, too. Happy day! :-)


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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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