Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Flower Jars, Painted Pots, and Roses, Roses, Roses


We have had very cool and damp
weather lately, so I have been inside
more than I like. 

To brighten things up, I have created
some sweet Flower Jars
from things I had on hand. 


I saw this idea in the latest issue of 'Romantic Homes'
magazine. 

I copied and cut some vintage labels from a 

I have several of these books - all copyright free! 


Simply layer over a small round paper doily
and tie in place with garden twine. 


The middle jar is a balsamic vinegar jar :) 


The flowers came from my potted Narcissus
on the deck. I planted these last Autumn. 

They are wonderfully fragrant. 

We had some strong rain which toppled some of 
the blooms, so I brought them inside
and made the Flower Jars to display them. 

My salad garden in the tubs is starting to sprout :) 


Just one of these little beauties can scent 
a whole room! 


I ordered these from 
www.vanengelen.com 

This is a company that sells Dutch flower bulbs. 
I have been very pleased with everything I have ordered. 

The catalog is filled with the most wonderful varieties, 
some very rare, with excellent descriptions
and growing requirements. 
It is illustrated with beautiful pen and ink
illustrations. 


These were 'The Fragrant Narcissus Mixture'. 

I wasn't sure what I was going to get, but 
it has been a lovely surprise to see all of the different 
varieties that bloomed over several weeks. 


I planted most of them in the front garden, 
and they filled the air with their beautiful fragrance. 

I ordered 100 of them and had some leftover for the pots
which I planted 3 weeks later. 


I also ordered Camassia bulbs, which you can see are in
full bloom now. These were planted alongside the Narcissus, 
which are done blooming. 


This Camassia is a pale, lavender blue. 
They are almost fully opened here. 
You can see the dried flower heads of the Narcissus
which I need to trim :) 

Camassia comes in many shades of blue and white
and I will plant more of these beauties this Autumn. 

They are tall and require moist conditions. 
Their native habitat is damp mountain meadows. 


I painted some clay pots
to give away as gifts on Mother's Day. 

I used exterior latex, inside and out. 

Do you like my new, tiny potting bench? 
It is the perfect size for my deck
where I do all of my potting. 

No more messing up my deck table! 


I planted Begonia in lovely coral shades. 


I added pale green and white, Creeping Charlie
to spill over the edges, but forgot to take a photo. 


This tiny garden spider takes a drink from 
a water droplet. 


In other gardening news, my roses are blooming! 

This Rugosa Rose has a very strong and lovely fragrance. 

Every time she blooms, we must visit her daily to 
experience her classic rose scent. 


She and her sisters grow in the bramble hedge 
between the back lawn and the house. 

Here I grow highly fragrant Sweet Box, Viburnum, 
(which are done blooming), with tall 
'Fireweed', also known as Rose Bay Willow Herb. 
These have lovely purple blooms in mid-summer. 

Foxglove (just seeded), Forget Me Not, Buttercup, Purple Vetch, 
Birds Foot Trefoil, and Yellow Archangel, 
bloom at their feet. 

I also have a wire trained Evergreen Blackberry
along one side, too! I get delicious berries every fall. 


You can see the sloping land. We have very few level places
as we are on the South side of a little mountain. 

The house sits behind an old cedar grove in front
 and is half hidden from view.
We did not log our land and prefer
living in the native woodlands. 

We use ground cover and mowing to keep things 'civilized'. 

A Big Leaf Maple provides welcome shade in summer, 
as this is the 'hot' side of the house. 


Directly below the deck I have herbs in whiskey barrels. 
Here Chive blooms. 

The Archangel needs frequent trimming, 
but it looks lovely growing around the barrels
and keeps the ground weed free. 


A 20 foot strip of lawn separates the bramble hedge
from the deck, although it looks like 
it is growing right against it! 

Some succulents are enjoying the sunshine along the deck rail. 


This is the view of the roses from the deck. 
You can see the Snowball hedge in the background. 


The first roses along the arbor are blooming, too! 


'Joseph's Coat' with her multi-colored blossoms
and delicate, citrus scent. 


This is a very special rose. A white, scented Rugosa. 

This garden is my Mother and Father's Commemorative
Garden and this rose was planted in honor of them. 

I planted it for my Mother, originally,
but it bloomed for the very first time
on the day my Father died. 

Now, this year, it has bloomed for the very first time
on the day my first Grandchild was born. 

A message from the Angels ? 


Thank you, Dear Friends for your sweet visits
and
Thank you for your lovely congratulations
on our new little Grandson. 

I will share his name here - Ethan Gabriel. 

Do you think the Angels approve? :) 

xoxo

I have more exciting news - my daughter bought 
her very own tiny dream cottage! 
(Under 800 sq. ft.)


Here she is on a recent visit. 

You can see how happy Weenie Baby is
to be with her! 



This means that my two little house-guests, 
Weenie Baby and Peanut (gnawing on a treat), 
will be joining her soon in their very own home! 

First there is the painting to be done inside, 
(I am helping her in the evenings), 
and then the moving - this weekend. 

Once the floors are re-done and the back fence
deemed secure at their new home, 
my two little pup-guests will be leaving :( 



I will then be looking for a companion for Whitey Bear, 
since losing Champ in January. 

Although nothing much happens around here
most of the time,
when it does, 
it all seems to be at once! 

So bear with me, Dear Friends. 
I will need to catch up on visiting you
as soon as I can. 

In the meantime, here is something 
I will strive to do....

"The greatest gift you can give another
is the purity of your attention."
-Richard Moss-

xoxo 

I receive no compensation from any product or
company that is mentioned in my blog.
My blog is strictly a labor of love. <3
xo
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Monday, May 18, 2015

A New Arrival


Hello, Dear Friends, I want to introduce you to
 the newest member of the family, 

'Baby E' ! 

We are truly blessed. 

Our first Grandson.


Mother, Erica, and child are doing well. 


Father, too! 


Son, Gabe shows off 
Baby E to proud grandparents, 
Jeff and Jayne. 
Their expressions are priceless! 


8 lbs. 10 oz.

Strong and healthy. 


Holding my first Grandchild! 

So incredibly happy! 


Baby E holds Ramblin' Man, Grandpa's finger <3


Aunt Heather says 'Hello' !


Aunt Jennie gets a turn.


Uncle Dustin, too. 

Check out that contemplative gaze,
with hand on chin :) 

xo
He knows he is going to have some fun
with Uncle Dustin!


Some chubby cheeks for 'Gramma K' to kiss!


Baby E is welcomed home.


The nursery.


Where the 'dirty work' takes place :)


So sweet xo





A very happy place!


Tiny shoes....


Tiny clothes....


For a tiny bundle of joy!


Sweet dreams, little one.


We are so blessed that you are here!

xxoxxoxx
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