How My Garden Grows

It’s been so rewarding to see all the blooms in my new garden explode with color in the last few weeks.  Luckily, we are getting quite a bit of rain this year so that helps even though I have an irrigation system in too.  Maybe my water bill will go down soon. My front yard really has completely changed and all those beautiful plants are filling out too.  Growing a garden is an ongoing process and one that I’m excited to watch.  I do need to get myself outside to weed and keep things tidy and I will do more of that in the fall when it’s not quite so hot and humid.

front porch urns

I love these urns filled with Sunpatiens and sedum.

sunpatiens and sedum

Vivid pink and green is a great contrast together.  Those sedum really are drought tolerant.

1blooming gardenias

My gardenias are busting out with blooms right now too.   They smell delicious!

blue hydrangeas

My fave blooms are the hydrangeas.  Beautiful blue hues leaning towards purple on some plants, they are really showing off right now.

hydrangea blooms

hydrangea collage

Ahhh, hydrangeas….how I love your blooms!

queen mum agapanthus

Those pretty Queen Mum agapanthas are coming to the end of their blooming cycle, but they sure have been pretty.

landscape beds

Everything is looking full and lush thanks to all the extra water they’ve been getting.

curved bed

This garden should be very established by the time fall rolls around and next year will be an even bigger growth spurt.

blue hydrangeas (2)

I sure am enjoying all the blooms and beauty that I see out my front door every morning.

front porch

What a blessing the new landscape has been.  I am loving every bit of it still.

red white and blue planters

I even have blooms on the back porch with my red, white and blue pots and red geraniums going strong.

How’s your garden growing?  Are you enjoying blooms at your house?

Fine Jewelry from Gemvara


What woman doesn’t love the real thing?  Fine jewelry that is! I have always loved jewelry even though I don’t have a lot of the really expensive stuff, there have been occasions that I’ve treated myself to some nice pieces.  When I was in Italy over 20 years ago, I bought a pretty gold chain in Florence that I still love.  And later bought a beautiful gold bracelet that I still hold dear.  … Read More»

July Thrifty Treasures


It’s the end of the month again and summer is flying by!  That always seems to happen and before we know it, September will be here.  I’m having a fun summer, are you? Here are a few of my fave thrifty finds from June’s party, so enjoy! You can’t beat old stained glass windows and Helen and her Daughters found this one at an Elberton, GA estate sale. You also can’t get too many … Read More»

Feature Friday: Lauren Liess Designs


Of all the up and coming designers out on the internet and in magazines these days, Lauren Liess is probably my favorite. It’s been so fun to watch this young designer in the DC area, grow and evolve in the last few years since I’ve been blogging.  She’s a super talented designer and mom of 3 boys and has such a great esthetic in how she designs and decorates a space.  I absolutely LOVE her rooms … Read More»

Painting Straight Lines on Stairs


I can be the world’s worst procrastinator sometimes.  After spending 6 months on the renovations of my house (can you believe we were hard at it 2 years ago!!), I was seriously tired when I moved in here in October 2012 and really didn’t want to pick up a paint brush again for a long time.  One of the projects that I finished in January of 2013 was installing the runners on my stairs and before I … Read More»

Summer at the Biltmore Gardens


Earlier this spring in April, I got the chance to see the Biltmore gardens dressed in their spring blooms of tulips and I knew that the garden would have to change with each season.  And of course, summer brings even more breath-taking flowers and colors at Biltmore gardens.  The Biltmore folks sent me some beautiful pics showcasing the beautiful blooms of summer at the Biltmore estate, so I … Read More»

Making Homemade Salsa


With the fresh tomatoes rolling in right now from my dad’s garden, we have an abundance of those red, ripe juicy fruits of summer at this time.  Homemade salsa is absolutely one of my fave things to make and I wouldn’t even attempt making it without home grown tomatoes.  There’s nothing fresher and tastier this time of year! I searched online for a good recipe and had an idea of the ingredients … Read More»

Feature Friday: Our Vintage Home Love


There is a never ending supply of beautiful homes in blogland, all styles and tastes.  Today’s feature is Diana with Our Vintage Home Love.  She and her family live in a house built in 1905, quaint and charming, just as you’d expect from a Craftsman exterior such as this.  Come along for a fun tour of Diana’s home, I think you’ll enjoy her vintage style! Is this not just adorable?  I love … Read More»

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