I still have alot of cell packs with flowers waiting to be planted. I'm working on it a little at a time. Every year the same question comes up and plagues me:
WHY CAN'T I ...
REMEMBER TO ...
Truly, it's pathetic.
These are oriental poppies, originally from my brother and sister-in-law's first home. They had a big round planting of them there, and when they finally moved, I snuck over and got a start for myself. Poppies don't like to be transplanted - they prefer to begin from seeds - but these took off anyway! It's so much more fun when a plant has a history instead of just a seed packet or plastic identification tag, isn't it? When I see these in my gardens, I think of those early days in the marriage of my brother and his wife. I have been blessed to have plants given to me over the years by friends and family, so when I walk through the garden, I think of these dear people when I see their plants.
Hardy geranium - thanks, Sue!
Garden phlox - thanks, Sandy!
Peonies - thanks, Patsy!
Lily of the valley - thanks, Mom!
Hardy begonia - thanks, Jayne!
Zagreb coreopsis - thanks, Helen!
Spiderwort - thanks, Marilyn!
My Dear Husband set up these branch teepees for me this season. I was so excited that I found myself clapping as I followed behind him and My Youngest, who was helping. These sturdy and TALL frames will hold beautiful vines which are my favorite flower of the summer season. I've already got some Heavenly Blue Morning Glory seedlings going on this one, which will be easy to see right outside my kitchen window. I've got these starts from a seed packet from last year that I kept, and I'm waiting for some sprouts from some seeds that come out of a very old HBMG packet. The artwork is so lovely on those really old seed packets! I'm also considering sending some apple gourds up this one also, since it's such a strong frame.
But check out this bad boy in the far flower beds! This teepee is at least 15 feet tall! I'm planning to send hyacinth bean vine up this one, and maybe some miniature bottle gourds. If I can get them to sprout - no luck in this last year. The seeds were given to me by an old fellow at an antique show in Shaker Village. What a dear man, he gave me seeds for miniature bottles and for wrinkly gourds, too. His wife didn't want him giving things away, but I'm afraid I was glad to get them anyway!
I don't have a place for these this year, because of the gourds, but thought you might enjoy the photo. This morning glory is called "Flying Saucer".
Love plant names!
I always thought it would be wonderful to set up a teepee, covered with vines, that the boys could use as a real hide-out. Never did it, though! See one made for children with hyacinth bean vine - here.
The 50th Wedding Anniversary Party went well - What a long weekend we've had over here! Here comes a few photos of the day, so bear with me. It was a church hall party - a simple, family gathering where you see people whose names you can't quite remember. Absolutely no one was wearing stilettos and many ate several pieces of cake without any cause for embarrassment at all. People laughed really loudly and re-told old family stories, and some shed a few tears. The cake table looked nice -
These flowers were taken from my garden, to save on cost. Purple iris smell so purple-y! It's almost like smelling candy, it's so strong a flavor/scent! Snowballs from the snowball bush hold them up straight. My niece made this photo extra pretty.
Look, it's my guys! My Middle Son, My Wonderful Husband, My Father-in-Law Who Loves Me, My Youngest, and My Oldest Son. What a handsome bunch of men! My Youngest is red in the face because he's been running in the gym. The other boys had on nice button-up shirts, but lost them somewhere while playing in the gym, also. Oh, well.
This dear little girl had just too little supervision. And she loved the cake. Do I need to say more, or can you see how wet her tiny finger is? Oh, yes, and she loved the chocolate-covered strawberries, too - just the very first bite, though. She didn't like the rest of each, and was throwing them away. I steered her toward grapes. From the fruit bowl. Pick your battles, right?
Because these were TOO delicious to throw away after the first nibble.
I know you think I let her pick grapes out of the bowl with her already-wet fingers - but I didn't. I happily stood there and scooped out red (NOT green!) grapes for our Cake Table Princess. Later, I found the plate with ten (NOT nine!) grapes laying on a church pew nearby. Tricky little Princess!
I found this fascinating, and just too tempting to pass on as a photo op. Everyone else was watching the wonderfully weepy anniversary video. I was too. Really.
Some days all I get done is the home schooling, treadmill, some cleaning, a little laundry - the usual. It seems like I don't have time to get anything extra accomplished! Like open that Etsy shop...
Anyway, yesterday I had an 8:30 a.m. appointment with my rheumatologist - I had to leave the house by 8:00 to make it on time. Didn't have to get up any earlier than usual, since I'm up at 6:30 getting My Oldest off to high school. Since I was out and finished by 9:30, I stopped by Old Time Pottery to hunt for something to make my bed "new" without going all the way and buying an entirely new bedding set. I found these colored pillowcases ($13) to add a boost to the fluffiness factor, and two shiny silk pillows ($16 - a splurge) for some ooo-la-la! I think that might be French... Stopped at Sam's real quick and got supplies for - - -
THESE! Started dipping berries after dressing my bed with ooo-la-la and prompting the progress of my diligent (!) students. They ended up helping dip these practice batch of berries. Tomorrow morning I'll be dipping 8 pounds of berries for my father and mother-in-law's 50th wedding anniversary party. Hope I can be finished by noon! (biting nails...) But don't they look Awesome! And they do taste divine! I'm trying to figure out how to embellish them with some white chocolate swirls, or maybe a tiny "50th" icing-ed on to just a few. Maybe if I use that icing that turns rock hard after setting? hmmm (more nail biting...) I'd appreciate any tips on this process.
Can you believe that in the midst of all that, I turned out this pan of yeast rolls? Yes, I've put my cape on and I feel the breeze now! I was a super-hero yesterday!!! The boys were laughing at me as I put the pan in the middle of the schoolbooks and took this photo. OK, the breeze in my cape is a little less as I confess that these are made from frozen bread dough. Gosh! All you 'real' bread people kill me with your yeast packets! ugh! But getting fresh bread AND lessons finished - just amazing in my world!
And that's not all folks! I left for a research study on cleaning products (ha) at 5:00, having prepared a full meal for the family, got $50 cash at the end of the study, went straight out to buy annual flowers for my planters, and (panting for breath) .... went to meet my Domino Pals! Where I almost won and ate too many Milano cookies - yum. oops
You might want to touch my cape ....