Canada Garden: 07/09

Friday, July 31, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Five whole years! Blessings and many many more happy years.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Love Story

On My Own Time Art Exhibit; Springfield Area Arts Council ; Gina Growe, Artist

My Favorite

How could you not fall in love with this love story?

Another Container

The hummingbirds have been feeding from the black & blue in this container. Even while I'm out in the garden, so I get a close up view. They perch on that little curly willow stem and it just makes me stop and hold my breath. They are amazing!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Promise

This year I made a commitment to my driveway pots. I would water them every single day (unless it rained) and I would feed half-strength every week. They are beautiful this year! I hope it is my formula, but I have this little suspicion that all this nice mild weather
may have helped too.

Monday, July 27, 2009

It's Me, Grandma

V and I were at Penney's shopping yesterday and we ran into a friend of hers. She said she received a call last week from someone who said, "Hi grandma! It's me." She assumed it was her grandson.

The caller proceeded to tell her that he had just had an auto accident and was stranded in New York because he had to pay for the damages before they would let him leave the state. V's friend was suspicious and said no. When she called the police, she was told that they had recently taken reports from two other victims of the same type of scam, both in her same tiny village of Rochester.

So if someone calls and says "hi it's me grandma", you could try to help the police catch them by getting a phone number or an account number and reporting it. Or, you could just be a mean granny and say h*ll no, I'm not sending you any money!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Red Lime

Mama gave me these seeds to plant. I think they were called Red Lime. Why don't I keep the seed packets? By the time the seeds have sprouted and bloomed, I have always forgotten the name and where they came from. Anyway, I LOVE these! Each one is different. By the way, the flower arranger is from The Farm. Very reasonably priced and perfect for just a few blooms. Made by a local potter too.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Lori!

Wish you were here. We'd go through the garden and then shop all day!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Design Ideas

Mama had Jean Bremmer paint this old stove for me years ago. The painting is wonderful. But I'm a little tired of the blue on it. So I sent a picture to Ask Kari & Kijsa for some design ideas. We'll see what they think. I could just paint the blue parts black. That would make the other colors pop. Or maybe I will just keep it the way it is. I wonder if Jean Bremmer is still painting?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fruit Smoothie

Beautiful, HUGE, orange and red zinnias growing at The Farm.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday Zinnias

I planted green and white benary's giant this year. The white ones are a little ahead of the green ones. And mama gave me seeds for red limes. They are just beginning to bud and that center is RED! Can't wait to see them in full bloom. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Black Pearl Bybee

I love how the black pearl pepper goes with the Bybee flower pot. I bought several of these pepper plants this year, and the rest are all in combination pots. But I really like the "monobotanical" look of this one.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Red Hot Orange

Have no idea what the name of this one is. But Red Hot Orange would be a good name, don't you think?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Book Review

Just finished Still Alice by Lisa Genova. My mother was right. I couldn't put it down. It's a beautiful story about a 50 year old Harvard psychology professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Highly recommended.

Bowling Ball Garden

Our newspaper is presenting a series on free spirits. I have a bowling ball here somewhere. It's pink, if I remember correctly. I'll have to do some digging and find it.

Sunday Breakfast

featuring blackberries from The Farm. Eric picked these yesterday. He and Gail have been so nice to me. These are without a doubt the nicest blackberries I've ever had! I feel blessed this beautiful Sunday morning.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Look a little familiar? This piece was originally done with bright pink silks, but now reworked with The Farm's beautiful dried flowers. Much nicer!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Composite Lily

I had such a good visit with my mom and sister (and Jeff too!) this past weekend. I'm so thankful for the computers and cell phones that keep us connected over the miles.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

More Daylilies

Some are starting to fade out. Gayle at the Apple Barn told me to cut them down when they've finished blooming. Her source says they will come back up and bloom again. Even if they don't bloom again, the foliage should come back fresh and pretty again.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Book Review

Finished Home Safe the other day. That's Elizabeth Berg's new book. The main character is a writer who lost her husband and then wasn't able to write any more. Really liked it. Quick read and much better to read just before bed than the last book (Columbine, which probably triggered a few bad dreams). Still Alice is next. Let me know what you're reading!

Monday Monday

Just a little trio of lamb's ear-covered boxes with some decorative wire. The Kent Beauty Oregano is from The Farm.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Fourth!

This one is called Ezekial. Loved the name and love the daylily. It's almost black, and the yellow/lime green center just glows.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


what is happening with my white coneflowers! I LOVE them! Have no idea why, but hope they stay that way. They make me think of the green envy zinnias, which are about a foot tall now and several weeks from blooming yet. This was a beautiful night in the garden.