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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Garden Day Sunday

Good morning:)


Morning Glory Grandpa Ott

Today isn't really Garden Day. Actually, it's National Grand Marnier Day. I just didn't feel like imbibing in any alcoholic beverages this morning. I thought it might be just a tad healthier to take in some garden pictures. It's been a while and after all, we just celebrated National Piña Colada Day and National Daiquiri Day is a hop, skip and a jump away. (July 19th:) Anyway, I'm off to a new flea market today and you know what they say about drinking and driving; don't!


Canterbury Bells

The Silver Moon Flea Market is about an hour away from where I live and I just found out about it when I was getting my hair cut the other day. According to Kelly, the girl who cuts my hair, "it's a spectacular flea market filled with all kinds of goodies!" I sure could use a sunny flea market day because it seems like it has been raining for weeks around here. The forecast looks promising:)

Two weeks ago the rain came down in buckets, or it seemed anyway. The entire yard was flooded. It was like I was on my own little island. Thank goodness the water receded almost as quickly as it came.

I had some clean-up in the garage but I was more than thankful to say no thank you to the local fire department when they came to see if I needed the basement pumped. Whew! It was close. My "pretend" turtle seemed to enjoy it though:)

The garden has been going on about its daily business of growing and blooming. This is the view from the back.

Do you remember the Tree Lilies from last year? Marion just had to have them. As promised in the catalog, they seem to be growing more than a foot a year.

One day they will be taller than me. They are already taller than Marion but she's all of four foot:) I'm almost 5'2' and shrinking fast, lol...

Not only do they look heavenly as they umbrella most all of the other plants in the garden, their scent is simply intoxicating.

There's a "plain ol'" lily in front of the shed too. However, it's neither plain or old. We just planted it last year and it seems quite comfortable in a container underneath the former robin's nest headquarters. We haven't decided if it should join the others in the garden.

There hasn't been as many butterflies as usual in the garden this year. I was talking to one of the local landscapers in the neighborhood and he was telling me the reason may be because we had a late Spring freeze. I wasn't here for it because I was in Idaho with Michele and the kids.

The bees are out in droves though, always a good thing if you learn to just let them go about their business:) Hopefully, the Monarchs will lay some eggs in the Milkweed this year. How could they resist those cushions of orange?

Last year I transplanted one teeny tiny Bronze Ornamental Fennel in the back of the garden. It grew and it grew! Not only did it grow, it seeded little baby Ornamental Fennels all around its base. I'm going to leave them for now but I can tell already they are going to need new homes. Oh where, oh where? I love this picture of the Ornamental Fennel. I just took it yesterday right after it rained, again:) I can't even begin to describe the aromas you encounter as you approach the garden. It's truly amazing!!! (there are so many more fragrant plants I can't even show you now:)

As you can imagine, I haven't been able to "play" in the garden as much as usual. Quite frankly, my heart hasn't been in it this year and the weather certainly hasn't helped. The last health "report" I received from my sister Maria was a bit of a day brightener. She's been out in Idaho with Michele and the kids for the last month. She reassures me that Michele is doing as well as can be expected and that her spirit is still positive. She is done with the first round of chemotherapy and will be starting her next round of chemo treatments mid August. There will be four more of those which should end, good Lord willing, at the end of September. The doctors have been working diligently keeping her blood count up but, her body doesn't seem to be cooperating. Maria told me she's been cooking up a storm hoping that Michele will find something that agrees with her and build up those white blood cells. Finger crossed and prayers welcome:)

Tabitha and Noah are handling things well. Maria said when she isn't cooking with the kids, she's playing with them! They stopped at a local Mexican restaurant to get a bite to eat after a day at the water park. I'm sure Maria was delighted to just "chill."

As for "we" folks in Pennsylvania, we don't have much choice but to sit back and listen to the rain. As soon as there is a glimmer of sunshine, we head out to the fountain for a quick dip! Well, the birds do anyway:)

Thank you for joining me this Garden Sunday. Hopefully I'm at the Flea Market buying all kinds of goodies. Who knows, I may just be going back to Idaho in the next coming weeks and I don't think I'll be going to any flea markets while I'm there:) Have a wonderful day everyone, Louise.

53 Nibbles:

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Indeed, a glorious morning in your garden, Louise! I sure wish mine looked as nice. Such pretty colors! You are right about the rain - now all our greenery needs is a bit more sun to start growing. One thing that doesn't seem to be inhibited is the weeds! I'm heading out East to pick blueberries while we have a ray of sunshine this morning! Enjoy the flea market and sending good thoughts for Michele!

Edith C said...

I can imagine how lovely the smell your garden is giving you each day. You are so blessed with such a beautiful beautiful garden!

What's Baking?? said...

I love your garden, Louise. All of it! If I have a garden like yours, I'd never want to leave my home..so beautiful. Love all your pix, Louise.

Nee said...

Good morning Louise,
What a beautiful garden , I could spend the day just enjoying the birds singing and looking at the beautiful garden .The Tree Lilies are just lovely... seems like I can reach out and touch the Canterbury Bells and yes the Ornametal Fennel will need a new home . Enjoy your day at the fles market ... returning home you can sit in the garden , relaxing and enjoy the wonderful sights .Sending very good vibes and thoughts for Michele.

SissySees said...

What a lovely garden! The close-up of the turtle is lovely, and I confess to coveting your lilies. Yet again, the deer ate mine before they bloomed, except for the Tigers. Grrrr.

Prayers and crossed paws from the Woods. It's a joy to read about such a supportive, in this together family.

Gloria Baker said...

Good morning dear Louise!!! Lve your garden and your pictures, love the flowers, the Little birds all look awesome!! Hope you have a beautiful and glorious day LOL
xxxxxx

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
Your garden is simply gorgeous! How I wish I could spend the day there, looking at your beautiful fountain and your 'pretend' turtle! The blooms are so beautiful, it makes me kinda guilty for neglecting my garden these few months! Blame it all on the super hot weather and hazy air! Yeah, my laziness does not count one bit! Haha!
I'm glad that your daughter is coping well with the chemo and hopefully her blood count would rebound soon. Am keeping her in my thoughts and prayers for a smooth speedy recovery.
National Grand Marnier Day? Wow, perhaps I should take a tiny sip before going to bed, it's 11.22pm now in my side of the world! :)

ivy sew said...

Louise, those flowers are so colorful and amazing. You have green fingers too, Great!

yummychunklet said...

Love the garden photos!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Such a lovely garden! Next to looking at pictures of food, flowers and gardens are my favorite. ;-) When we lived in Florida we had a butterfly garden, and the monarchs would strip the milkweed bare - not a leaf left. It'd all grow back, though. They'd usually lay their eggs on other plants, not on the milkweed (often on parsley, for some strange reason - maybe because that was planted close to the milkweed?). Have a great time at the flea market, and when all your driving is done, do enjoy a drop of Grand Marnier!

Nellie said...

Lovely gardens, Louise. We see very few bees around here, and are always very excited when we may glimpse a stray one. Enjoy your Flea Market day!

I Wilkerson said...

Thanks for the garden tour Louise--I remember when you put that fountain in! Your "turtle" looks right at home in the rain water and your plants are certainly big and lush. I am still waiting for most of my lilies to flower since we are just a bit behind you...

Amelia said...

Hi Louise, wow... you got a very beautiful garden and those flowers are really gorgeous and spectacular. Thanks for sharing all your very well taken photograph. You got a very nice. Love it!

Have a nice week ahead. Regards.

Mae Travels said...

Your water-drop photo is stunning!

I hope your daughter's remaining treatments and recovery go really smoothly. Your sister sounds like a wonderful helper!

Janet Rudolph said...

What amazing photos. I love your garden, and if I lived closer, I'd definitely take some of the fennel. Hugs,positive thoughts and prayers for your daughter's speedy recovery. Thinking of you all.

Suchismita Majumdar said...

What a lovely garden and what gorgeous flowers...am a big fan of flowers but unfortunately I have to buy mine and here you have a whole garden full of flowers...really impressed :-)

lena said...

hi louise, who needs house perfume when you hv such lovely fragrant plants all over?? i would love to walk in your garden and imagine waking up every morning to the most sweetest scent on earth! you are shrinking? LOL! i might too in years to come..!!

Mich PieceofCake said...

What beautiful blooms Louise! I wish I lived near you and can enjoy this gorgeous garden.

Cheah ~ No-Frills Recipes said...

You do have green fingers. Your garden is so beautiful and I simply love those flowers. I do enjoy your garden tour, Louise!

Linda said...

Morning Louise...
What an enchanting garden YOU have!!!
Everything is so lush and HUGE!!!
Thanks so much for visiting...
Your Milkweed looks different than mine...mine is pink!
We actually saw some Monarchs flitting about them, last weekend at the cottage...

Have a great day!
Another steamy one here...

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Katerina said...

Louise you have some beautiful flowers in your garden! Thank you for the tour it was so colorful and picturesque!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your garden is splendid and looks ever so peaceful. A wonderful place where time stands still. I wish I could sit ther and relax...

Cheers,

Rosa

Tina said...

I am happy to hear things are progressing with treatment for Michelle. Sending best wishes!!

Pretty photos here and I sure love the flowers.

Guru Uru said...

Your garden looks utterly perfect my friend, beautiful job :D
I would sit in it forever and just dream!

Cheers
CCU

P.S Because of my exams, I will not be commenting for around 4 weeks – see you afterwards!

Marjie said...

I do hope you found wonderful things at the flea market! Maybe even some more friends for your turtle? Glad ot hear that Michele is doing as well as can be expected, and that Maria has the kids keeping busy and happy.

Well, we got a week of hot sunshine, didn't we? It might rain this weekend, though. And August is typically dry, so we will be wishing for a couple of days of that rain to pep up our gardens.

Kathy said...

Oh Louise, I will keep Michelle in my prayers. Chemo is a tough road to hoe, but she will get her strength back. If you e-mail me with your address, I will send you a cookbook called "Eating Well Through Cancer". I used to work for a doctor and it was given to me by one of our reps.
By the way…your garden looks gorgeous!

Akila said...

omg... what a beautiful clicks of the flowers and tortoise in rain... nice one..

Lidian said...

Lots of hugs and good wishes - have just been catching up with you and your blog..And also, those are gorgeous photos. Good thing you have lots of bees in your garden, we hardly see any here in Ontario, which has taken a toll on our (admittedly tiny at best) raspberry crop. And thank you for visiting Kitchen Retro :) I hope to post about once a week, am mostly on Tumblr/FB these days

xxx Lidian/Laura

Barbara said...

Your garden is chock full of beuaty, Louise! Such lovely photos!
Pleased to read Michelle is doing well...I have a good friend going through the same thing and her last report was good.

Mary Callan said...

What a beautiful garden!! So enjoyed the tour :)
Mary x

Pattie T. said...

I know how it is to not have one's heart in things. It's been a tough road since losing my mom last February. I've been in this house for a year and a half and have little to show for it by way of a garden. Other than what I have in containers (that are doing well, and blooming mightily thanks to our rainy weather), I really have no garden to speak of. When I see pictures such as these I just sigh. Beautiful. I'm envious. Continued good thoughts for Michelle. Sometimes intervention is needed to get that white count back up. I needed it, and things worked out fine. It is an unpleasant situation to be in, but important to remember that it is temporary and life will eventually return to normal.

Angela/Soap Mom's Kitchen said...

Hello Louise, your garden is amazing and beautiful. Those pictures really made my day. I feel a little better just looking at them. It is always wonderful to hear from you. I will be praying for Michele and hoping all goes well. Stay well.
Hugs,
Angela

Juliana Levine said...

I love the pictures of your garden...I so wish I had the space for a garden...and the bird taking a dip in the water fountain is just so cute.
Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures and hope you are having a lovely week Louise :D

Zoe said...

Hi Louise,

For you, everything looks so beautiful and cheerful at this time of the year... Ours are so dark and grey :( I missed my US trip...

Zoe

Alida said...

What a wonderful pictures Louise! Those flowers look so beautiful and really well kept. You have a lovely garden. Take care X

~~louise~~ said...

Well, T.W. we are finally getting that sun we all wishing for and the plants are loving it. I, on the other hand, am shriveling, lol...

I do hope you had fun Blueberry picking. Will you be sharing?

~~louise~~ said...

It does smell lovely Edith and in the evening the Nicotiana fills the air with more heavenly scents.

~~louise~~ said...

Oh thank you Jen. It would be wonderful if you could join us for tea:)

~~louise~~ said...

My day at the flea market was not as good as expected, Nee. It was wonderful to come home to "play" in the garden. I have been getting many compliments about the tree lilies from my neighbors. it seems they can just about see them from over the fence. I can only imagine how tall they will be next year!

~~louise~~ said...

Although we don't have deer plowing through the garden, Channon, I am getting just a bit frustrated with the damage the squirrel family is causing. I hear they dislike Irish Spring soap. I will be buying some! I could try sending you some tree lily bulbs when I divide them in the Fall.

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Gloria. The garden is really blooming this year and it smells delightful!

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you enjoyed your visit, Ivy...I don't know about the green fingers though, lol...

~~louise~~ said...

Thanks Yummy...

~~louise~~ said...

I'm working my way up to a Butterfly Garden, John. Perhaps I should plant some Parsley by the Milkweek because it doesn't look like the butterflies are liking it too much this year. And yes, the flea market was a disappointment but the Grand Marnier was NOT!

~~louise~~ said...

No bees, Nellie? Why?

~~louise~~ said...

I really love the fountain, Inger. I do believe it was my birthday present to myself last year! Little did I know how much the birds were going to enjoy it!

~~louise~~ said...

I wish you could spend the day in the garden too, Joyce. It really brings so much joy and relaxation. Now, if I could just get my Pineapple to blossom, lol...

Thank you for your sweet thoughts for Michele. I will pass them along:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you so much Amelia. I'm delighted you enjoyed your visit. Pop by anytime!

~~louise~~ said...

I was so proud of myself for getting that picture, Mae. I'm just warming up to my new camera:)

My sister has since returned home but Michele tells me she was a huge help!

~~louise~~ said...

I can send you some seeds, janet. The fragrance is amazing and I have recently discovered you can use it in cooking too! Prayers welcome:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Suchismita. I am truly delighted you enjoyed your visit.

~~louise~~ said...

You are more than welcome to join me in the garden any day Lena. Even in the winter!

~~louise~~ said...

I wish you did too, Mich. We could have a Garden Party!