Sunday, July 19, 2015

Summertime

Hello, Dear Ones! Can you believe it's mid July? Where has the time gone? Well, I wanted to take you on a little stroll of our yard. Grab you a drink and a cookie - this is a long post. You have permission to leave too if you'd like. But I'd rather you stay! :)
 Here is the front yard and we just love it. It has a little slope and the grandchildren just love it. We come out here and they run and play. The weather has been fabulous and not very hot. Today has been the hottest day - 90'. As you can see, we have lots of shade.
 I'm so excited to show you my new hydrangea! Just got it last week and I dug the hole for it and poked it in the ground. The blooms are so beautiful and so huge!
 Just gorgeous! I'm praying it will live! Any tips you want to give me - pore 'em on.
 Then my Coral Bells (thanks to my wonderful readers for telling me what these are) are blooming. I'm just amazed at the tiny straight up stems with those teeny tiny little blooms. These are just so dainty and the top of the leaf is green and the bottom of the leaf is purple! Isn't God amazing to put the amazing details on everything?
 Then there are the hostas! Oh, how I love these and some are blooming right now. Now I would love to say I was responsible for all of these plants, but I'm not, just the hydrangea. We've chopped so many bushes and trees from the front yard to open it up and did lots of house stuff so I guess I'll get the nekked spot planted with something next year. If you look at my first snap you'll see the bed that is bare right in front of the porch. The reddish area is rocks and we think we'll keep that and the area below will have plants one day!
 Oh, look! Mr. Precious bought me this darling little cardinal bird feeder. It was made by the Amish so you know it will hold up. But I'm so sad...not one bird has discovered it yet. We had a little chipmunk shimmying up the pole and filling his little tummy with the bird seed Well, I took care of that little booger. I rubbed Vaseline all over the metal pole. I was watching and he came back, took a runny start to shoot up the pole and he immediately slid down! He shook his tiny head and ran for his life. In about five minutes later, he tried it again. Same thing! I don't think he's been back! 



Now let's come around to the back yard! I planted a hosta garden out here! There were 'stray' hostas all over the place not doing nuttin' but sittin'. So since I'm so talented, I rolled up my sleeves, put on my gloves, grabbed my shovel and started diggin' those little suckers up! This area was completely nekked except for two plants that I don't know  what they are. I'll show you in a minute.
 Here is how it looked in the spring before all of the leaves on the trees came out. See? Nekked! Now do you see the little boy figure? He's part of an old water fountain. I'll tell you more about him in a minute too. He is sitting on a slab of concrete that was covered with a plastic liner material. When we had the fence put up last fall, I asked the guys to raise that up so we could see what was under it. They couldn't lift it. I was thinking maybe bones or a spooky something or other was buried under it. Well, I guess we'll never know. You think it could have been an old well and they covered it up with the concrete?
 Anyway, look at all of my hostas! Some are kinda small as I divided some. I did plant them close because I wanted it to fill in. I need to add just a few more to this side.
 I know you see our Texas star! We had to bring this with us and Mr. Precious has it wrapped with little lights and had an outside plugin put out on the fence so we could plug it up. It comes on each night and goes off in the morning. See behind the two trees - the wooden bear the previous owners left us. He was out in the front flower beds but I thought he'd like it better in the back yard.
 Here you see lil Melvin. He was the top of a water fountain we had and sitting on sea shells pouring water from his little urn. He had a little accident and fell off the shells and broke his tiny arm. That's okay. His little face reminds me so much of my son who is 45 years old! Man, that makes me feel old. He wore his little blond hair just like this and smiled all of the time. His name is Mel (Melvin) therefore, lil Melvin. Well, I tried to disguise that grave stone by putting little pots of begonias on it. Lil Melvin just loves being surrounded by the plants.
 Here is one of the two plants that was here. Do you have any idea what this is? It has recently sent up these shoots with the pretty yellow blooms. Look at the 'teeth' on the leaves.
 This is the other plant. I don't know if it blooms but nothing has happened yet.
 Here sits my darling Bunny Foo Foo. She enjoys her spot here among the...um, don't know but it's pretty. I think I have a little of it in the front yard and you've already told me what it was but I've forgotten! I'm getting old ya know!
Don't judge me because you see lots of weeds. I know, I know, I need to pull them but I just haven't done it yet. This yard is almost all shade. At different times of the day you'll see little dots of sun shining on the grass like the snap above. Our lot goes back deeper than where you see the fence but we just followed the flower beds and thought that would be good enough. I need some bushes for some height but don't know what to plant. This area is so new to me and I'm trying to learn what I can about plants that will grow here. You all are so helpful and I appreciate every one of you.

Well, there you go! My yard - front and back. Not much color this year but hope to chance that for next year.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Green Grass

 Green grass 'round my window
Young leaves that the wind blows
Yes, it's springtime, golden sunshine
And we're glad, my little love and I
Now that summertime is nigh

Carefree kissin' couples
Dream away all their troubles
'Cause it's springtime, golden sunshine
While the bluebirds sing their magic song
We will love the summer long
All the winter we've been waitin'
Girl and I anticipatin'
What we're gonna do with summer overdue
Now it's here, we're out together
So the weatherman had better
Do his best to make a show
And bring the sunshine out to grow the
Green grass 'round my window
Young leaves that the wind blows
Yes, it's springtime, golden sunshine
While the bluebirds sing their magic song
We will love the summer long
We will love the summer long
We will love the summer long
We will love the summer long
~ sung by Gary Lewis and The Playboys 


38 comments:

  1. Your yard is just beautiful! I'm sure the grandies enjoy running around in it.
    Brenda

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  2. Love your yard. You are one busy lady since you moved and I can see how much you love it there. Have a blessed week. xo

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  3. Shelia, I think you have made great strides in your yard. Cleaned it up and thinned it out some. Love the Hosta's in that area in the back. You can learn more about what will grow in your area and get some color next Spring!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  4. Your yard is lovely - and you know I love your pretty new hydrangea!
    Hugs,
    Jan ♥

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  5. You have really started to settle in. The yard is looking good. And I love what you have done on the inside. I believe in the old saying.. . ."Bloom Where You Are Planted." You certainly are blooming. Hugs to you, Karie

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  6. Your yard is so pretty. I love all the flowers and we have several of the same ones. I love the bird feeder. Just wait til winter, you will probably have loads of birds eating from it. If they are like the birds here they find so much food they don't seem to go to the feeders much so we stop feeding them in the spring. When we start putting out seed in the winter it doesn't take them long to find it. Enjoyed your pictures.

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  7. I love your new feeder!! That is so cute!! Your back and front garden both look so good, a lot of hard work, but well worth it and it will of course only get better each year now. You must be very pleased - you should be! xx

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  8. Well you certainly have been busy Sheila! You yard looks spectacular and I love the cardinal bird feeder. An NO I can't believe it is mid July already:( Our son leaves for College in just a few short weeks.

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  9. Your yard looks great Sheila! Love your hydrangea! I admit I am a hydrangea hoarder! :)

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  10. Hi Shelia, your yard front and back is beautiful. You two did an amazing job with planning and layout of your plants. Next year everything will be double in size. Love the red bird feeder! Yes, the summer is flying by. Can't believe we are nearly done with July already. The older I get the faster time travels!!
    Enjoy your pretty outdoors and the mild weather. We are burning up down here!! LOL
    Thanks for sharing. Love the yard tour
    Blessings, cm

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  11. I just left you a comment but I think Blogger ate it. Love the star, bird feeder, etc.

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  12. The plant with yellow flowers is Ligularia. It seems to be happy where it is. It all looks great, by the way. Some annual Caladiums might bring color into your shade. Perennial Astilbbie, Geraniums and different color Corral Bells would look good there too.
    Good luck!

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    1. Oh, thank you for that advice, Kathy! I do love Caladiums and hadn't even thought about those. Thank you for the name of my plant too!

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  13. I would never have abandoned the tour of your beautiful grounds ... do you think the birds are intimidated by the St. Louis Cardinals bird feeder? (I grew up across the river from St. Louis!)

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  14. Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Pleasant memories Shelia. I love your gardens. Your yard is so pretty, and I adore your little statues, even the bear hidden in the back! Thank-you for sharing, have a wonderful day!!

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  15. Bunny Foo Foo likes the Dead Nettle. Don't know why it's called that, not a very nice name in my opinion. But, it is pretty and makes nice little flowers. It also spreads, but is easily contained. We have both dark leaved and the lighter varieties. It does really well in shade! Love your garden, Shelia. And Coral Bells are one of my favorites for the shade garden, too. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks for popping in, Cynthia! Yes, Dead Nettle is a funny name. I've never had Coral Bells before and I'm enjoying them immensely.

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  16. Wow, everything looks terrific, lotsa hard work, I know!! Astilbe is a good shade perennial, as is geranium, a ground cover type with small flowers that blooms most of the summer. Coral bells comes in different colors, sizes, and leaf color too. Variegated eyonomous (wrong spelling) ground cover can be trained up the fence. I have winterberry bushes planted in the shade, they have red berries in the Fall, make sure you get a 'male' and 'female' bush in order to have berries!!! Also bugloss (Brunerra), tiny blue flowers in Spring and gorgeous large leaves for the rest of the year......its like forget-me-nots. There is another plant called 'toad lily', leaves like a fern with orchid like flowers in the Fall. Monkshood is a tall flower to have in the shade. And ferns, there are so many species.....Autumn fern has beautiful color. Okay, enough!!! Have a great day.......xoxoxo

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  17. So many beautiful things to see in your garden Sheila! Thank you for the lovely tour and LOVE That bird feeder so much since I am a St. Louis Cardinal fan!

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  18. Delightful Shelia.....this was fun and your lawn and garden are House Beautiful worthy....the coral bells reminded me of our garden in Maine...thanks for such a fun post!!!

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  19. What a beautiful yard...you have done so much to transform it into such a beautiful space...just like on the inside, making it YOURS! About the bird feeder...don't get too discouraged, sometimes it take a while for the birds to notice and also, don't be too sure that other little critter and his friends (squirrels) won't be able to get up the slick pole. We did the same thing and after trying over and over and sliding back down like a fireman on a pole, they wore all of the grease off and got up it in a heartbeat...lol!

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  20. Your yard looks wonderful, Shelia! I'm jealous of that hydrangea. I've had no luck growing them at all. :( I hope yours blooms beautifully every year!

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  21. Just what I needed a beautiful yard bathed in shade with whimsical and endearing touches here and there.
    Love the bird feeder!
    xo
    Jemma

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  22. It's the type of seed you put out that the birds are ignoring. Put out black sunflower seed and the birds will come. You'll always be battling squirrels and they'll clean you out. We had to build a post with a guard to stop them. If you put the feeder under a tree they'll just drop on it and eat away. They'll try and try over again. Maybe the Vaseline will do the job!
    Keep the hydrangea well watered to get it established. Too bad about the statue breaking. It looks like you are enjoying life in NY to the max!

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  23. Hi Sheila, your yard is looking gorgeous! Love how your hostas are filling in. I have that same yellow plant. Knew the name but had a brain freeze. I was glad to see that someone knew it was Ligularia. I have another yellow blooming shade plant that I have forgotten the name. Both are gorgeous. I just cut mine to the ground because they were through blooming. I do that every year and then the plant just fills back in. Thanks for the tour! Love the new hydrangea!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  24. Simply gorgeous! I often wonder how you like the weather in the north and the \gardening must be something new for you as well. And it looks like you are a natural!! Love, love everything!!

    Jane x

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  25. Oh Shelia, what a beautiful yard you have and all the lovely plants. I like all the changes that you made to the front yard. Next summer it will have filled in and you will be so happy with it.
    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely garden with us.
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  26. Shelia, lovely. It is just delightful and so green and pretty. Don't you love to see things growing?

    Have a wonderful day.

    Barb ♥

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  27. Una belleza, amo ese jardín. Lindo lugar y muy fresco. Saludos

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    1. Thank you, Shirley! Hope you're dong well.

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  28. You're garden is looking wonderful, Shelia! It takes time to get it the way you want, doesn't it? My yard has definitely taught me patience lol I love all your hostas. Maybe peonies would grow there for height? I have such a hard time with them though. They don't seem to like me, but maybe they'll grow for you :)

    xo,
    rue

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  29. Your hydrangea is stunning dear Shelia...my goodness! Your garden looks awesome, what a beautiful sight must be to wake up and see it from your window; everything so green and colorful.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  30. You have lot of place to keep garden beautiful. You have many flowering plants and the flowers on them looks very beautiful. Your new bird feeder looks so bright with attractive color...

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  31. Sheila, you have things looking mighty purty my friend. I adore the cute little bird feeder! Made me smile today. Last year my Hydrangea bloomed and was so pretty and this year it produced one flower. I was told it sometimes takes several years for it to really prosper and I just bought it last year. Good luck with it my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  32. The garden has turned out so lovely!! LOVE that sweet birdfeeder!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  33. Shelia,
    Gorgeous shady lawn, dear friend!!!
    Green, white, purple and soft buttery yellow is the color palette of our gardens!!!
    You have many of those hues in yours, too!!!
    Lil' Mel is a d o r a b l e!!!
    I love the Texas Star shining brightly in your back yard!!!
    Is there a Garden Club in your area???
    The Garden Club here on the Prairie holds informative classes
    at our local Library though out the year, free of charge!!!
    Just an idea. . .Gardeners know all the best dirt,
    plants and where to put them. . .so I've been advised!!! (wink)
    Thank you for sharing your lovely yard with us!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  34. I stayed for the whole tour and I'm so glad I did! Your yard is wonderful. I just wish I could sit with you and enjoy it while we have a nice, long chat! I read your 'report' of the chipmunk and the bird feeder. He is still chuckling every time he thinks of that little guy trying to get up the 'greased' pole.
    ~Adrienne~

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  35. Hi Shelia - I believe the first plant is Ligularia (the rocket), and the second may be ajuga, burgundy glow.

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