Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thrifty Color Theme

It seems I have developed an  obsession  for white dishes this week.

This white pitcher was my most expensive purchase at a yard sale for $6.

I think it was worth it.

This little teapot was $4 and goes well with my mama's J & G Meakin Classic white, that she lets me use!

I picked up the classic cow creamer for a dollar. I know everybody and their dog has one of these, but I didn't. Speaking of dogs, I added this little guy to my dog collection.

Sometime I will have to do a blog on the dog collection, maybe next fall when there is nothing going on outside.

Here is a dollar wooden gobbler, another collection. Martha Stewart, years ago,  once showed a Thanksgiving table with her collection of turkeys, and I started collecting turkeys. (wow, I left that wide open to those who know me)

Four dinner plates, only Gibson, dollar apiece at the thrift store, but I like the pattern.

Simple candlestick, but easily mixed in with tablescapes. $1.00.

Gosh,  $20 and I entertained myself pretty well this week.

I am joining Diann at

Daylily Peak is Coming

Continuing my passion for daylilies, here are a few more to show you. These flowers just on't get any easier to grow, and you have new blooms everyday.

Beautiful Edgings
 I have different daylilies staggered  to get early, mid and late season bloom, so I have about a month of bloom from them.

Final Touch
                                                                      NOID seedling
They just bloom their little hearts out.
MoKan Butterfly

Strutter's Ball
Key to My Heart
Ruffles on daylilies are my favorite feature.

Awash With Color

Mary Todd
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Monday, June 27, 2011

 Summer Flowers

I worked in the yard off and on all weekend. Bushes are starting to be on 50% off here, so I ran around to different places to find some. I had a privacy fence put in about 2 years ago, and some of my huge bushes had to come out. It has taken me a while to build the landscaping back up. The snowball bush had been about 8 foot tall by 8 foot wide. It had to be cut to the ground when the fence was installed. It sure didn't take it long to bounce back.

I planted four hydrangeas. I have only had one hydrangea, and it hasn't done well. I am thinking it is not enough water. I have plenty of shade for them.  So after all the bushes were planted, I secured a soaker hose in the line of bushes and covered it with mulch. Any tips on hydrangeas?

I know the Annabelle hydrangea grows well here, but I couldn't find any.
I also picked up a Viburnum Summer Snowflake. I have had good luck with viburnums in shade.

Here's what's blooming today, mostly daylilies.

This is Flutterbye

Chicago Flapper

Little Business is only about 3 inches across.

South Seas really are this iridescent coral.

Daylilies, cone flowers, and Asiatic lilies.

Don't these look like a flock of geese? I call them goose heads, but they are really loosestrife. They make me smile.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Triumphator

The word Triumph means: 1.a significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory. 2. exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.

SO I guess naming this oriental lily TRIUMPHATOR is pretty accurate.

These lilies really have light, sweet fragrance, too.

They start out trumpet shaped and then open up almost flat and the color lightens up.

They grow about 4.5 feet tall on very sturdy stems. I took this pic the morning after a thunderstorm with wind.

They are as big or bigger than my hand.

This one had a little pink freckle on the right. Isn't nature fun?
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Second hand season continues...

Today I am joining ALISON for the



Shall I show you my favorite find first or last? First? Ok.

It looks like a silverware chest, but not lined and a bit musty. It is sitting in the driveway to air out before I paint it chippy white.

My next favorite is ANOTHER birdcage.

It looks like someone started to paint it white, but I am thinking ORB spray paint.

Got two name brands here. The glass tray is Mikasa and the bowl is Pier 1.

These two items, I don't think I'll have to do a thing to. I can see some little pots of succulants in the carrier.

This little cutie has bees all over it and is kinda a ORB already.

It's going to start getting hot here soon, then the sales will be over.

Miffed CAT

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Screened Porch

My porch in the back is screened and has storm windows. I would call it a "little of 3 seasons porch" in Kansas.  A little of spring, a little of summer and a little of fall.

The house plants get a vacation on the porch. Two big redbud trees shade the porch, so there is no direct sun but just the right amount of light.

Mama and I made the cushions together.

We did lime green paisley and dark blue denim.

bottle collection in the porch rafters

The round tablecloth I made from a drop cloth, and Mama made the topper.

You can barely see Oliver in his "vacation cage". He blends in nicely.

Here' s your chair, please stay awhile. Here's the view out the windows.

You can see the hosta bed from here. And I planted those two redbuds 26 years ago. And the tree behind the picnic table is the one the girls had their tree house in years ago.

You can see some of the flower beds from here.  I'll save the flower beds for another post.

I am joining Kim for her Deck and Porch Party