Happy Independence Day, Dear Friends!
This is the day we celebrate
what freedom means to all of us
here in America!
Except for our beloved Native Americans,
most Americans can trace their
ancestry to those seeking freedom
and sanctuary from all over the world.
In honor of our country's freedoms,
I have added five patriotic
touches here and there.
My Dear Father made the 'Watermelon Man'
The cherries are Washington State grown.
When Ramblin' Man and I were newly married,
we rented a tiny cottage in the middle of a cherry orchard
in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
It was a magical place, not only in the springtime
when the cherry trees were in bloom,
but also when the cherries were ripe.
The farmer gave us one tree to harvest
in exchange for watching the orchard.
This little tree had the most
delicious cherries we have ever tasted,
before or since.
We began our family in that little cottage
and every time I buy cherries,
we are reminded of that special time
in our lives.
Craft store flags in a galvanized bucket
of baby's breath make the 3rd patriotic scene.
The grain sack pillows
have red stripes.
Step out onto the deck and I will show
you my 'Kitchen Garden'
decorated for the 4th.
Here some 'kitchen' drawers
have been planted with sweet alyssum
and red verbena.
These are heat lovers.
It has been dangerously hot
and dry here in Washington State,
and we are under constant fire watch.
We have had no measurable rain
since early May and it has
been in the 90's all week.
We will be staying home on
the holiday to keep watch
on our pets and home,
so I wanted to make things festive.
Our own private celebration :)
I painted all the pots with exterior
porch paint one hot afternoon :)
My baker's rack has a blue enamel
I used it on my stove until
a large, heavy herb jar fell onto it
from a shelf above and left a big round chip!
Oh, I was upset,
as I loved that chubby teakettle -
it was a gift
from my daughter.
But I can continue to enjoy
this kettle's portly charms in
my 'kitchen garden'.
The octagonal window
illuminates the stair landing inside.
Both the plant stand and cast iron
medallion were found at
a local vintage market a few years ago.
Patriotic flowers in red, white,
I planted 'Crystal Blue' lobelia
in a blue ceramic pot.
My basket of miniature roses
provides a few fireworks!
The cheery red verbena reminds
me of fireworks, too!
These are newly planted, so
are not in full bloom yet,
but when they are, I will
give you a peek!
As long as I keep these well-watered,
they don't seem to mind the heat.
When the sweet alyssum are in full
bloom, the air will be filled
with their honey scent.
I have one more patriotic scene to show you.
Let's step down off the deck
and around to the side of the house.....
Here it is shady and cool and
I can grow impatiens on the
ledge below the living room window.
The pots become wonderfully mossy
here after a few years.
I love red flowers against our chocolate
We can see these bright beauties from
I thought they would look so festive
with a few little flags.
The Mr. has taken a few days
off from his rambling ways, so
we are going to enjoy a simple
I hope you all have a wonderful 4th,