Saturday, May 26, 2012

Flowers, and a Visitor

Here's a view of a few of the things around the house today. A centerpiece/napkin holder, using small pots of succulents, peonies, and my grandmother's old baby bottles:

A nice view of the deck with the pond in the background:


Strawberries used for oramentals, rather than edible:

Mixed hanging pot:

Orange million bells:

Persian shield and sweet potato vine:

Don't know the name of this new-to-me petunia, but I love it:

The pond with the new dye color (for algae reduction):

Look closely, and you can see the visitor, just as he was taking off!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rufus & Abigail

Rufus & Abigail returned to the pond this year. We thought there weren't going to be any goslings again this year (last year - none; prior years - three or four), but yesterday we spotted them strolling along with one little Junior.  Unfortunately, they seem to be in the mode of hiding Junior from the paparazzi.

The pond is looking terrific this year.  Here's a broader view of what you see above:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spring Planting

It appears we have our spring deck and porch plantings done.  There are a couple of things coming in the mail that will be fit in, but the "mandatory" (ha!) work is done.  Here's how things looked today in early morning light.

A view from the loft door, looking west:

For several years, we've done a potted palm near the laundry room/pantry door.  This year, we got a new one; they seem to add so much to the space:

Love the petunias in this purchased mixed pot - look at the pretty purple centers with green edge:

In the back corner, a cape honeysuckle; on the table between the chairs are a mixed pot (purchased) and a pot I planted with coleus and sweet potato vine:

This mixed pot was just too glorious to pass by at the nursery last Sunday:

A couple more pots that I put together.  We've bought the bulb for a big elephant ear plant to go in that porch corner:

The mixed pot in oranges under the sun was purchased, I put together the others.  They will fill in sooner than you realize:

My little herb pot (the grill is to the right, out of the photo).  Molly has already "trimmed" the basil with her killer tail:

The lower deck; succulents on the little bistro table, some mixed pots to the right:

Purchased hanging pots above the deck garden:

Another view.  It seems we always do moss roses in the low pot on top of the hose reel.  This year, I really do plan to separate those hosta:

The succulents:

A view of the lower deck, looking toward the upper deck, complete with Cosmo and Molly in the photo:

At the east end of the house - a New Dawn rose, through a shabby painted bench, and a couple pots on either side:

The low garden outside the sliding door has one of my mother's sugar pots with a new yellow brugmansia, sweet potato vines in two colors, and some coleus:

Also on the east side of the house, out in the lawn - another of my mother's sugar pots, planted with a palm, a bunch of lavender, and a few petunias:

On the front of the house, another New Dawn rose, with a new-to-us trellis.  The rose put out so much new growth this spring, we had to get something to hold it up:

Another view of the lower deck, with the enhanced stone wall:

Pots and rockers on the front patio and porch: