Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Plans for the 4th?

I'm doing this at work so I don't have any photos to add.  Rats!  I'm just wondering what fun plans you have for the holiday weekend.

If you have a minute or two to share, I'd love to read about what you'll be doing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What Next For Me? Bib Overalls?

Breathe deeply, the scent is delightful.

The stems with the clinging bubbles are a sight to see.

Get a load of this yellow splendor.

This is a new grouping we added this year.  A small variegated grass plant is hiding behind the mushroom.

A Japanese maple found its way home with us after shopping at K & W Greenery.

We also added a pair of these to the shrubs that surround our screen porch.

You've seen this before but I just had to show it again and mention that I painted the playground a few weeks ago.  I'm not completely done, but from the front it looks good!!

We set this planter on a few thick chunks of chopped up tree branches so we could see the flowers from inside the screen porch. 

Excuse me for being stuck on one subject for my blog posts.  Nearly all my spare time is spent in the yard, so that's where my heart is invested.

(I hope this looks the way I want it to because blogger won't let me edit my posts anymore.  Oh well, here goes!)

Monday, June 20, 2011

I'd Rather Water Elephants Than Flowers

How much water isn't too much for flowers?

It seems I tend to overwater.

Then I hold back and probably don't water them enough.

I love my yard and my flowers but I get very frustrated when it comes to keeping them hydrated.  These pictures were taken shortly after we purchased these hanging planters.  Presently, the trio doesn't look quite so nice. 

Hopefully, I'll get the hang of it before it's too late.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Swing for the Elderly

We replaced our weathered bench swing with this new model.  It's hanging from a playground we built for our son, many, many years ago.  Although, never used, we haven't had the heart to take it down so we plant flowers in the sandbox and have a bench swing where regular swings used to hang.  I may turn the playhouse into a reading loft!!

Happy Father's Day

Happy Day to all you fathers out there!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

One Strawberry Each!

Lon and I bought this hanging strawberry plant about a month ago.  I didn't really expect to see strawberries. 

For once, I'm glad I was wrong!!
Lon, Jared and I feasted on one strawberry a piece yesterday.  It's amazing how good something tastes when there's only one small morsel to savor!  

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Belated Welcome to the Month of June

I finally pulled out my datebook and set up the month of June.  Life got in the way of my good intentions!!

On the 14th, our neighbor, Bill, will add another year to his stockpile.
June 16th, my youngest brother, John Doll, will have his day.
I know on June 24th, our friend, John Weitzel, will hydrate to celebrate.
My longtime friend, Beth, will surely enjoy her special day in her own special way.


Have you ever felt this way?

Three June days to remember. 
I hope June has been good to you so far and that it improves for you as the days pass.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

After Pictures

After a pipe was replaced in our septic system, we had this to deal with.  The pile on the left is dirt and big hunks of sod.  We separated the loose dirt and sod.

The ground in our backyard had sunk in the area of our septic system.  We figured now was a good time to level the yard out.  We bought eight yards of dirt which was dumped by a huge dump truck in our driveway.  We hauled the black dirt with wheelbarrows from the driveway to the backyard.     

On Memorial Day, we were satisfied with the level of the yard so we seeded the area and covered it with straw.  Now we are watering it several times a day in hopes of having success with growing new grass.  The lid to the septic tank is under the birdbath and easily accessible for pumping. 

I'm proud of Lon and I.  We worked very, very hard to accomplish this task.  I'm sorry it took me so long to post these "after" pictures but I've been busy working in the yard.  I can't say I totally enjoyed hauling dirt with a wheelbarrow but all the other work outside has been fun.