Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Went To A Garden Party

Okay maybe I really didn't go to a garden party but I did go to the garden center I wanted to get to when I went down to see the family for Easter and we did have a party!

My Mom (age 91) She enjoyed the tour

A bounty of color!

Orchids are amazing

The pool where the mermaids were in my last post.  A company that puts in yardscapes must be paying to have this display at the garden center.  I saw some signage with their name.
  
We both liked this metal gazebo and I wanted that fairy but it was slightly out of my budget!

My big purchase-  4 succulents.  I have two at home 
that I plan to pot up with these.

Mom decided cut tulips were plenty so I got her a bouquet of these
fancy tulips.  I used one of her decorative pitchers which just happened
to be covered in it's own floral bouquet!

Pretty!

Easter party.  There were more people but this was the only shot with people at the table.  I blurred it out to protect the innocent!  LOL  I'm the 2nd one on the right in the floral shirt (go figure!)

On Monday we went home and stopped in Frankenmuth, Michigan 
a Bavarian themed town.


We ate at Zehnders Restaurant
It was 70 degrees- amazing!

The magnolias were starting to bloom.  The air was just right
and we could smell them- it was such a treat!

So that was my Easter weekend- turned out great! 
Thankful to see family and enjoy great weather!










 
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter and My Favorite Garden Center!

This is a gardening center back in my home town of Rochester. 
It kills me to not be closer to them, but perhaps its safer for my wallet! 
I'm sharing pictures they posted on FaceBook

 They had a Expo over the weekend and I had to show you this....it's kind of weird but I'm sure the men and the kids got a kick out of it.
Even Captain Jack Sparrow was there!

 Here are some Zero calorie Easter Basket gift ideas!!



 I hope to pick something up for my Mom.

Here are some pictures of the flowers they have ready
for Easter

 I'm sure these will be open and the place will smell
heavenly! Can't wait to get there!

A sea of beauty!
OMG I can't wait to be there!




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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunlit Sunday

Well today is the last Sunlit Sunday blog party for this year.  I've been joining the party with my other blog but I thought I would toss together some current scenes of my yard where my gardens are still hidden by the blanket of white.



My garden benches are starting to appear again
When I opened the door I could hear the chickadees tweeting their songs- so nice!

We didn't remove all the snow on the deck this winter.  As you can see we've got a ways to go yet but as soon as it's all melted I know the plants will quickly emerge.  We go from a frozen quiet landscape to full speed ahead in spring!
Looking forward to seeing what everyone will be up to this summer in their gardens!

Summer 2013
Watching and waiting!

Summer 2013
I much prefer this kind of view!

Thank you as always for visiting!!



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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Gardening Humor

I saw this on Facebook 
and had to share this!
This should make you smile!

Winter Highlights





Perhaps spring won't arrive by the "calendar" date but it's coming- I'm sure of it!! 

It's so nice to see the daylight earlier and earlier and the 
days lasting longer before nightfall!

Our area has received 183" of snow since last October.   I'm hoping all this snow has been insulating things and that I won't see a lot of plant loss.

I hope March finds you all well!








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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Amaryllis- don't "fence" me in!

I received this pot with Amaryllis bulbs as a gift in early December and I've been taking pictures as they grew.

Around Christmas




I "fenced" in the plant to keep it compact in my room and to provide support for the foliage and flower stems as they grew.   Not too charming but it worked!

February 8th


 I removed some of the "fencing"




I removed all of the "fencing" and let the plant's leaves lay more naturally.  I relocated the bamboo sticks to support the heavy flower stems. 

February 15




I've been enjoying these pretty flowers this past week.   I love the contrast of this colorful flower vs. my outdoor frozen world!
 Thank you again Teresa for this gift!
Amaryllis (or Hippeastrum) come from South Africa.
I found this article on Wikepedia that was interesting. 
I've never had any luck growing these again from the same bulbs, have you?



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