Saturday, June 27, 2009

SHARE/GARDEN & PROJ365...MAMA'S HERE & PLANTING FUN



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JOINING
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SARAH ...join us so we can see your pictures, too!!

This past week DD and I met my great-niece, sister and mother in a close-by city for lunch...then had an afternoon visit.

We enjoyed our time together...little Katie is getting SO BIG...she's really a handful of energy. You'd never guess she's a congenital heart patient, would you?!!

(CLICK ON EACH PICTURE FOR A MUCH-LARGER VIEW)
Her little personality is anything but LITTLE...it's rather BIG...and she loves to hear herself laugh. Can you tell? She is so alert and is very much watching everything that is going on around her. Quite often she is in her own world of discovery and doesn't really want to pay you much attention while she investigates, pokes, giggles, or dances. (Her next heart surgery is July 7, so please keep her in your prayers as she undergoes this FONTAN heart surgery)
We went back to Katie's house to spend the afternoon catching up with one another...little bit is usually the center of attention and is NEVER a stranger to the camera. However, she wasn't into having her picture made with us and she didn't care too much for being picked up by her MawMaw either :)
Earlier in the week I had visited the garden center at Home Depot and picked up several new plants, annuals and perennials as well as some herbs for my back porch.
I decided Friday was the day to get it all moved from the nursery containers into my containers and into my island.
Starting with the containers for the back porch first, I was pleased with the herb garden. Now, if I can remember to keep it 'watered'... maybe I'll have some really fresh herbs to use while cooking...and some mint for my peach tea!
Next came working on my three-pot trellis. It is small but looks nice in the corner of the deck...the portulaca should do well in the hot, southern sun and later give me lots of pinks and oranges ... I'll take more pictures later as it begins to produce more color. It was SO HOT while I was digging in the dirt and scooping up the potting soil...I had to stop three different times to go inside for a 'cool down' and 'water break'. It was well over 100* and it didn't take long for me to get 'overdone'.

In addition to the back porch, there are two cement urns on our front porch and a cement basket by the garage door...I always struggle with the flowers in them...the cement soaks up the moisture and I have a hard time keeping the plants watered. So, this year I found 'drought-tolerant' plants and 'moisture-secure' potting soil...we'll see how it does. Hoping I have better luck this time...anyway, I should soon have oranges and yellows sprouting from these little osteopermum.
In the front island, the recent heatwave has caused my colored flowers to draw up and slow down on the producing...so I got some new color. Two new rudebeckias...Black-eyed Susans is their best-known name...I want them to get really big and spread their little seeds all over the front area of the island so come next year I won't have to buy them again. My angel trumpet bush is holding up so far and later in the summer I should have big, yellow trumpets sprouting again!

My side-yard sprouted a new hosta that came up on its own...and she is now blooming with some beautiful, purple pride. I love the color they put out this time of year...I just wish they had a longer lifespan.

What have you got growing in your yard this summer??


19 comments:

amy@the frans clan said...

i LOVE you picture collages!! so creative!

Mocha with Linda said...

Your pictures are great, and the way you put them together is stunning!

Dena said...

Great pictures and I wish I had your green thumb. My husband jokes that I can even kill a silk plant. ha!

sara said...

what a little cutie that one is!!!

Remembering to water is an issue for me...so anything that can get watered by the sprinklers or rain and grow by its self is what I have in my yard! :)

Deborah said...

Love your three-pot trellis! And your Black-eyed Susans are stunning! Beautiful garden. **blows kisses** Deborah

Lisa said...

Wow...I'm totally impressed. I like your garage planter...everything looks beautiful!

Sue said...

Wanted to say thanks for stopping by to see Bette's garden. We love being entertained there! Your Black Eyed Susans and purple blooming hosta are beautiful. The colors are so vibrant. I hope you have good luck keeping the plants in your concrete planters alive. Don't forget to water them and your herbs like I forget to water mine! tee hee Sue

ChrisC and JonJ said...

I love that curved trellis you have!And the cement urns.They're fabulous!

Carrie said...

Wonderful post...your collages are very pleasing! I enjoy seeing your planters...they add so much to the garden.

Martha said...

Love your pictures -- your garden should be lovely this summer.

Bonnie said...

Hi Deborah,
Your garden pictures are beautiful! Hope the herbs add wonderful flavor to your food! Thank u for stopping by my blog to see my little roses too.

Kim said...

Yes, the collage photos are very cool!

The lettuce in our winter garden will be ready to start picking in another 10 days to 2 weeks! Yippee! Not sure how long the other things will take, but everything is coming along well except the swiss chard. Only one seed germinated.

Noticed today that two rose bushes have new buds ready to bloom. Crazy!

Our anniversary getaway was cut short. I'll blog all about it in the next couple of days. But we enjoy our adventures whether they work out or not :-)

jerseygirl211 said...

Thanks for your visit to my blog, I enjoy meeting new people. We've been getting a lot of rain here in Delaware. and it seems to have taken the 'bloom time' away from our flowers. It's also left us with a whole lot of bugs, keeping us from being able to sit outside and enjoying our yard as much as we'd like too. We smell more bug spray than the fragrance of the flowers. :( Thanks for sharing.....

'D'

Greg C said...

My garden is starting to look rough with all this heat we have been having. We have to water daily. We have a lot of bugs this year too. Biting flys are really bad.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I'm in the hotel, so for some reason I can't see your pics, but I'll catch up when I get home! Miss ya!

2Thinks said...

Ohh looks so beautiful! Your pictures are fantastic!

Thank you for being such a faithful reader of my blog. :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great pictures...I really enjoyed this post...need to make some time to catch up on blog reading.

Remember that Tuesday night, tonight, I will be drawing for the June giveaway...a $75.00 "Card Box"!
Every comment counts for an entry. Plus in thanks for all the prayers said for my family this month...I am going to add 3 other special "surprise gifts"! So there will be 4 bloggers that get blessed this week!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Gracious, you are one photo-taking woman! Beautiful work and story here. Thanks for sharing. On another note, I need some type of computer program or on-line program that allows me to put framing around pictures. Can you recommend one?

peace~elaine

Crown of Beauty said...

Lovely flowers! I loved looking at what you are growing. The herbs, the three pot trellis, the black eyed susans, the purple hosta... all so lovely. I have white hosta in my garden... and so oregano and mint as well.

Thanks for sharing this summery post. The greenery that is so alive lifts up the spirits of your readers!