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September 2, 2021

Welcome September, Flowers, and a Tribute

Hello everybody!  It's been a while since I posted.  Several different things have had my focus.  First off our daughter came home and spent the summer with us.  She lives in Arizona and thought she'd spend her summer up here in northern Michigan.  Dan and I attended a baby shower, a wedding shower, then the wedding oh and we had Garage Sale!  

In between I kept up with my gardening and just took the time to relax and enjoy the summer.

This is a "head" planter I found at Home Goods early this spring.
I planted one Double Impatiens called Burgundy then found a nice little vining plant called (Tri-color Bolivian Jew or Callisia Repens Variegated/ Turtle Vine) that I just kept breaking off the replanting around her head. This was earlier this summer...

...and this is her today!  Quite a head of "hair" wouldn't you say!

I think she looks like Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl!  LOL

I got this galvanized watering can planter last year at Tractor Supply.  I potted several "Calliope Medium Dark Red" Geraniums and have been real happy with their flower production.

I planted a bunch of "Redhead" Coleus that turned out to be a wonderful color framing the hydrangea.  I'll repeat something like this again!

These phlox were heavenly.  They are called "Cotton Candy" and are beautifully scented!

I mixed this planter up with a peachy pink variegated impatiens, a Bossa Nova begonia, and a Curly Cherry Ming rex begonia.  There's a white caladium peaking out there too but it hasn't amounted too much.  

These sedums have produced a wonderful shade of pink flower the the bumble bees love them!  There are three on the flowers.

These "Playtime" lilies were stunning.  During our garage sale at the end of July everyone visiting were commenting on how pretty there were.  Lots of people took a tour of my gardens, I enjoyed it!

These "Muscadet" lilies were lovely!

Out front these "Baja" lilies really performed.  They've lasted for a month and offer a reddish orange very large flower with yellow centers.  I'm quite happy with them.  In the background are "Tuscan Sun" Heliopsis

These "Carbonero" lilies are fantastic.  They are quite tall but sturdy.

I got two of these planters and planted them with "Sunrise Rose" lantana and sunflowers.  The lantana attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Such a happy flower!

Out front I put out a seasonal flag and my island is blooming away.  The flag is by Breeze Art Studio M called Sunflower Snippet.  I'll switch up to a fall flag soon.

  Finally... In Remembrance
I lost my mom early in August.  She turned 99 on August 2nd but died on August 3rd.  This is an older picture we used but in my mind I will always remember her like this... She was born and raised in Detroit in 1922 at a time that Detroit was great vibrant city.  Married in 1941 just as WWII was coming on in the U.S., then they moved to a suburb of Detroit and remained at that house for 63 years.  Dad had passed in 1991.  Mother to 4 daughters, grandmother to 9, and great grandmother to 7.  She was a great seamstress and always made our dresses when we were little kids (back when the schools required girls in dresses).  She made wedding cakes in the early 60's and then got interested in doing ceramics in the 70's.  A loving mom who was devoted to her family and gave us a christian upbringing, and lots and lots of family gatherings that we hold dear.  There's so much more I could say, but you get the picture.
Love and miss you Mom 💜always.


  1. I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. They just don't make them like that anymore.

  2. Hi Liz! Oh, I'm so sorry about your little mother. What a lovely picture of her. She sounds like she was a strong accomplished lady! I know you miss her.
    No one has prettier gardens and flowers than you! Oh, those hydrangeas framed by the coleus are gorgeous! How I miss my hydrangeas from when we lived upstate. Well, Liz, you know I stopped blogging about a year ago but I just wanted to come back. My old blog was so messed up somehow - my pictures are all gone and I can't even delete it. So...I started a new one called 'My Note Songs'. Hope you'll pop in sometimes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Dearest Liz, I'm so sorry about the passing of your mother. She sounds so special. There is a hole that can never be filled when we lose our parents.
    Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous! You have a real talent for pairing just the right colors together. You have had a very busy and trying summer. I'm so glad your daughter has spent time with you especially this year. Take care of your heart, my friend.

  4. Glad hearing from you again, Liz! Your garden looks beautiful and you certainly know how to grow lovely planters. So sorry for your loss! Your mother was a beautiful and amazing talented lady! I know you are cherishing your memories of her!

  5. I am sorry for the loss of your mom. I lost my mom last October. Hard to believe it will be a year this October. Your flowers are gorgeous this year. I love all the colors. Your head girl from Home Goods looks amazing. I love that. Have a great holiday weekend. Glad you enjoyed having your daughter home with you this summer. xoxo Kris

  6. Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman, Liz. I'm sure she had to be filled with motherly pride at the beautiful work you do in your garden. I loved hearing about her and I'm glad you have such lovely memories to hold onto during your grief. Even when a life is long or the grief expected, it is still quite a loss. Sending love and hugs your way.

  7. Liz, sending you a real big hug in sympathy of your mother's death. She sounds like a woman of outstanding character and talent, of the greatest generation. It makes me sad to see that generation leave us, and I wonder their thoughts of the world they left behind. They lived through so much. My mother was of that same generation, just two years sooner than you mom. May your mother rest in peace.
    Your flowers are outstanding! That coleus border was a real winner beneath the hydrangea, and the playtime lilies beautiful. It's always good to hear from you, and good for you spending your summer without obligation to anything other than your choosing! Happy September!

  8. My condolences on the loss of your mother. She sounded like a lovely lady and I know you miss her. Your gardens are a blessing and a comfort. Thank you for giving us a tour.

  9. So very sorry for the loss of your Mom. She sounds like a wonderful lady. Blessings!

  10. Hi Liz,

    I am so, so sorry for the loss of your mom. Your tribute to her is just perfect. When I read it I thought that she was one of those good-to-the bone people whose daily contribution to her family and community helped make our country the wonderful place it used to be. I so hope for our and our children's sake it can be good again. I know you will miss your mom, and you were so blessed to have her.

    Your garden and flowers are gorgeous! I've rarely seen such healthy-looking specimens. :) They have obviously had lots of TLC and I'm glad you are able to enjoy them. It's nice to see you back, Liz. Have a great weekend!



  11. Beautiful photos of your mom. So sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. The flowers look amazing, so bright and fresh. The coleus is fantastic. I have that very same Butterfly lady vase. Absolutely love her and the flowers you added look so pretty. Big hugs.

  12. Liz, my deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful mom. She sounds like an amazing woman and mother. Sending you a big hug! I'll be your mom was proud of your gardening skills. Always enjoy the photo update. But, I love the flowering head! Reminds me of my Apollo planter, but I'm very limited in the amount of dirt/plant it can hold.

  13. That is an incredibly touching and beautiful tribute to your Mom’s memory, Liz. I know she led a very productive and creative life (which she passed on to you!), and she is undoubtedly resting in peace knowing she raised a wonderful family and has a great legacy. Even when we expect the end, it just never settles right with us. Moms are unique in what they provide in every aspect of our lives. I’m sorry she is gone from this earth, and I thank her for bringing you, my special far away friend, into my life. Happy Fall to you.❣️


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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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