Thursday, March 3, 2016

Time Flies!

I found my sweet old blog after many years of absence!  Fast forward SIX years!

 I love these variegated petunias I find @ Calloway's every year!

Hung this door outside several years ago.  It's already getting rickety.

 Grandma's 'Flags" (Iris')

 Four O'Clocks!

 Porch Swing Pergola

 The Harbinger of Spring

 Another shot of my swing pergola!

 Water Barrel
 Honeysuckle vine grown from one sprig
from Nancy's garden.

 Irises from my garden

 Love these overalls from Silver Dollar City

 Backyard Wheelbarrow

Celeste Fig Leaf... got this tree at Maldanado's
in the Hill Country 

Cardinal feeder

 Front yard iris'

Bridal Wreath bush

Another shot of grandma's and A. Doris' iris'

Sweet bottle tree

 Baby girl tried her hand at gardening.
Better luck next time!  :)

I love these little guys! 

 The whole yard smells of this honeysuckle!

 Dressing up the porch swing!

Jerusalem Sage... RIP!  Lost last year.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Birds, birds everywhere

We had the most wonderful vacation in Florida this summer. My sister lives in this little pond community and my favorite thing was watching all the wildlife. It was amazing. The Egret above is named Erwin and he follows my brother in law around like a puppy dog. He knocks on the door with his beak to tell them he's hungry! They had a feeder laden with beautiful wild parrots. The tropical flowers were over the top, but I was so busy shooting birds. My family counted...I took 42 shots of different birds...

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Well, we had a couple of crisp Autumn days last week and leaves began to change and then, ***poof***, it was back to almost 90 degrees! My poor plants don't know WHAT to think! I hope you have had a great week and a wonderful GTS! Below are a jumble of photos that somewhat reveal my week...and the POT!

Remember me wishing for a garden gnome??? Well, she didn't magically appear,
but a few bucks and bribes did bring her around. All of those daffodils you see eventually got planted. I hope...

The reservoir hole and pot for my fountain. We got lots of holes dug on Saturday,
but none of the projects completed. Besides this hole, we dug holes for the arbor that will be in front of the screened porch and for a stained glass window that will hang in the garden. It should be cool when completed, but nothing much to photograph today.

The POT!
Here's the pot that I wrote about last week. I bet you were expecting bronze or gold the way I carried on, but it's a great pot. It's quite large, although you can't tell here. I'm guessing it's about four feet around at the widest point. The shine you see is from the flash; the color is a ruddy brick matte color. It has a wonderful patina. It will be awesome with water running out of it.

Though not gardening related...

this is our nephew, Jake with his coach after they won their playoff game. They are undefeated. I think he played well, considering I don't have a clue how this game is played. All I did is pray the entire time that someone didn't fall on him and crush him!!! He made the winning touchdown! :)

Way to go, Jake!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Field Trip! Dallas Farmer's Market

Hope everyone's having a wonderful GTS! Even better, since we get an extra hour. The downside is that it gets darker sooner and THAT makes me grumpy. Last week I wrote how I *might* work on getting a pot for a fountain and this is my field trip for the hunt to find one. I did find a beautiful one, but that's not what this post is about. The thrill is in the hunt !! Walk around Farmer's Market with me...

These guys and their dogs enjoying the gorgeous day.

One fruit stand in a sea of gazillions

Okay, okay...this is what I was REALLY here for, all the cute stuff in the shops!
Here's one idea for a pot fountain. It's not what I ended up choosing.

This bike is so cute. For a mere $199.99, it can be yours!
Guess I'll have to come visit it here. :)

Same shop that the bike was in. Can you imagine all this amazing stuff
under one roof? Not your typical 'farmer's market', huh?

One of the garden markets.
They have an HUGE inventory of plants.

Pots, pots and MORE pots. Aren't they wonderful?
But, I didn't find my pot here.

Tipsy pots. I was first introduced to these on the
Potting Shed Lady's blog.

On this very busy day, there was one brief moment where no one was
walking down this path. It was so pretty, free of all the people.

The pumpkin patch

Not the usual photo for a gardening blog. I don't EVEN like the city,
but I looked up from the market and here this was! It's pretty incredible.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Happy Fall, Y'all...and Happy Green Thumb Sunday, too!

My new project this fall has been taking out appx. 60% of my front lawn and replacing it with a huge bed. It's more of a peninsula than an island, as it backs up to my walk path. A big challenge I am facing is that it's 25% shade and 75% sun. Towards the back (where the big Pin Oak stands, it's almost dense shade. In the front, lots of sun. I planted a Pond Cypress there. I went out looking for something small and multi trunked and came back with this puppy. I loved the wispy leaves and the way they moved in the wind. I also loved the 50% off sale! :) I will plant the circular area around the Cypress with loads of daffodils. Hope to get them in the ground tomorrow. See all the Liriope around the perimeter of the bed. There's a story there... I heard rain was coming in the next day so I decided to plant them up in the moonlight (at 11 p.m.!). As I was planting the last one, my legs begun stinging and burning. I was covered in fire ants. I have a gazillion bites on my right leg. Ugh!!!

Antique wheelbarrow filled with Autumn Ferns. They are so pretty.

I bought this Bear's Breech during a splurge in the Spring. It got so huge, it consumed my screened porch. Finally, I moved it off the porch into a shady area and promptly forgot about it. I went 'shopping' for plants in my back yard for my new front bed and found this surviving Bear's Breech in the middle of a bed of Mexican Petunia. Anything that tries that hard to live deserves a chance. It's now in the shady part of the bed.

A close up of the newest tree in our plant family. Isn't she the cutest thing??

I wish a plant gnome would show up tonight and put these puppies in the ground...

Bags of cedar mulch sit quietly in the background waiting to put the whole bed...
to bed! I think I can...I think I can....
I went to Shades of Green Nursery this afternoon looking to become inspired and decided that a wonderful fountain tucked in the bushes behind the Pin Oak would become a perfect addition. I started introducing the idea to my hubby slowly and, by golly, I think he's gonna buy the idea! I also bought a wonderful Mexican Bush Sage to out in front of the Lantana. I just love that place!