Monday, July 7, 2014

Garden blooms

Not a lot of words today.
Except to say that summer has been awesome so far!


Just wanting to show some of the blooms from the June garden.
The month of June brought an explosion of color to Grace Gardens.
The peonies were amazing!


I need to move so many of them because some are sitting in too much shade,
so this will be on my to do list later this season.
I enjoyed the bountiful blooms so much, knowing that I won't have as many next year
because of moving some. 
They may sit and sulk a couple of years after I plant them, but I divided 
some two years ago and I was surprised but the amount of blooms the new ones had this year.


The clematis are going a little crazy right now.
I LOVE these wonderful vines!

How many are too many, I wonder?

The Idaho state flower- the Syringa ((mock orange) or Philadelphus lewisii
has just finished blooming in my garden.
Such an intoxicating scent and pretty little flower. This blooms all over in 
my part of Idaho. It grows mainly as a small shrub in the wild and drier areas
but can grow about 6' to 8' under irrigation.

Bye-bye peonies for another year!
For a few more views of what's been blooming here just click on the first photo on my sidebar to
go to my garden blog.
Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Peony Love!

It's that time again!
The peonies are blooming in the garden.

I've been going out daily and picking large bouquets for the house.
If I leave them all on the bush, I miss out on their luscious scent inside and take the chance
of a rain shower spoiling their blooms.

One of my favorite color combinations is this blue bucket with the 
pink in the Sarah Bernhardt peony.
I found this blue Laura Ashley embroidered pillow the last time I went 
to town for some shopping. The perfect summer color for my house.
It needed a pretty partner, so I made the little floral
pillow to pair with it.
Sewing anything gives me a real sense of accomplishment and makes
a pretty little spot of beauty in my home.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!
Hugs from here...

Monday, June 16, 2014

snowballs in June

Hello is your month going so far?
This month has been windy, windy, windy here in Idaho.
That's the only thing I don't like about living where I live.
This part of Idaho sees a lot of wind in the springtime and makes
enjoying the sunshine a little difficult sometimes.
I try to keep smiling through it but believe me when I say,
I don't like the wind!!!
Far be it from me to complain when so many parts of the country have
had the weather they have had.
So I will just shut up now : )
I have three little snowball viburnum bushes in the garden and this is the first year they
have given me any blooms to speak of. This year they have really put on the growth
and looked beautiful when they bloomed. They are still small and I almost wish they would
stay this size instead of the 8' they will reach when mature, because of where
they are in the garden.

They are so much like hydrangeas in the look of the blooms and I love that.

If you tied me up and tortured me to tell you which of all my plants in the garden is my favorite,
I think I would be pretty badly bruised and banged up because it would go something like this...
It's gotta be the rose---no, no, the peony
wait a minute---it's has to be the snowball bush, or maybe it's the iris
no I'm sure it's the daylily... and on and on like that.
Oh now I remember---it has to be the lilac!!!!!
and speaking of lilacs
I took so many photos of them that you will have to suffer through months and months
of photos of them. I plan on doing the same thing with the peonies and roses, so I am giving you
 fair warning that even in the middle of winter I will pepper you with mountains
of flower photos.
I love the white tulips I planted years ago, but sadly these don't multiply
and I forgot the name of them or I would purchase more. They stand so tall
and sturdy and last forever in their bloom.
For those who read this blog who are gardeners, isn't it a joy to go out every morning
and walk through to see what has happened overnight and in those early
morning hours while you slept?
I never cease to be amazed at the beauty I see. I am thankful every single day
that this garden is here and that I am the gardener and caretaker of it.
Yes, it is a lot of work, but I am home with Landon every day anyway and
it gives me something to do to enrich my life while I'm here.
Caring for Landon is a joy, and so is gardening and the two go together so well.
I have friends who say, I don't know how you keep this garden all yourself,
and I always reply, I don't know how you work as hard as you do at your job
or with your little children or your farm and chores.
I think it is in one's nature to find the thing that feeds our soul
and do it and try to do it as well as we can.
When I had six little children at home and we had our dairy, I certainly didn't have this garden.
I had a vegetable garden and canned, and canned, but
I had no time to care for more.
Now I have the time.
And so I do.
The peonies are just coming on and I was able to bring in an armload 
to put in my mother's crock. 
Does this house ever smell good!
Better than the pickles she made in it!

Wishing you all the best week ever!
Hugs from here...