Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Fever

This time of year I'm just itching to get in the garden and plant flowers!  April 15st is our last frost date in Oklahoma City so I have at least three weeks before it's "safe". 

Late frosts are common here so I do try to resist the urge to plant outside but I do start planting hardy annuals in pots in March. 

Forsythias, geraniums, stock and lettuce look great in a pot together.  They are easily moved in the garage or covered up to protect from the cold. 

While I'm waiting I love to go back and look at my garden pictures and remind myself what worked or didn't in the past growing season.

I have tried and steady plants that I always go back to each planting season because they do so well.   Lady in red salvia is one of all time favorites.  This drought tolerant plant can take heat and blooms all summer long and is a hummingbird magnet. 

Impatiens,  johnny jumpups, moneywort and  
stargazer lilies  are planted
 in one pot and give me color throughout the season.  

Patio pots filled with herbs and annuals. 

Window boxes planted with moneywort, impatiens and sweet potato vine in the shade 

and geraniums, moneywort, lantana and
 verbena in the sun. 

This week my daffodils are blooming along with my 
tulip magnolia tree.  

 I can hardly wait until April 15th!  Yes, I've got 
Spring Fever!

What are you planting in your garden this year?

Happy Spring!

I'm linking with 

Beverly at How Sweet the Sound's 
Pink Saturday 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bayview Arbor

We are sitting at home with an ice storm outside.
 Christmas is behind us,  the tree is down and back
  in the attic and I'm yearning for 
Spring already! 
One of my favorite things to do on a winter's weekend is
 to revisit our vacation destinations
 through our photos.  It's an escape from the cold dreary days that seem to linger in January and February and reminds of  the places we love.

Our visit to Whidbey Island in Washington  included
  a stop at  the well known Laburnum Arbor
 in the Bayview Farm and Garden Center.

I've seen photographs of the arbor in garden calendars,   books and magazines and thought it must be in a large botanical garden somewhere.  When vacation planning I discovered the arbor was growing in the middle of a retail garden center outside a charming town we would be visting.   

We hope to revisit again when the laburnum is in full bloom but here is a picture of my hubbie under the 
arbor in July.  The laburnum also known as 
'Golden Chain Tree' blooms in the spring.  The trees have been trained onto an arch support.  When looking at the photos I originially thought these were prolific vines.    

 I would love to be a loyal customer if we lived nearby.  
The selection and quality of their plants was impressive.  The staff was so helpful and knowledgeable, even giving me advice for my garden in Oklahoma. 

I'm a hydrangea lover and wish I could easily
 get these varieties at home.
This is 'Bobo'

The panicle hydrangeas are stunning!

The Flower House Cafe within the  garden center 
 serves homemade soups, sandwiches and 
wonderful coffees.   

The garden center was a delight to visit in July with so many beautiful flowers and plants in bloom. 

The dahlias were huge and throughout Whidbey Island I noticed dahlias growing in gardens and in bouquets for sale at farm stands.


Hope you enjoyed the armchair tour of Bayview on Whidbey Island.  The area is beautiful with so much to do and see. 
 It's so worth the journey!

 Peace out and stay warm and safe!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Decking the Halls

I finished the tree yesterday and today I set our Christmas table. 
 I love leaving the dining table set during the Christmas season as it encourages us to eat more of our meals in the dining room.

I purchased this set of dishes years ago at Target and they are some of my very favorites.   Designed by Tracey Porter these dishes are heavy and great for my family.

A Tartan tablecloth cozies up the table and I placed some silks and a candle in my dough bowl for an easy centerpiece. 

The red goblets are my go to stemware this time of year.  We purchased them at an antique shop in Grapevine, although the goblets are not vintage. 

I still have a few more things to decorate but I was able to get so much done this weekend.
How's your decorating going?

Wishing you all a very
Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Critter Proofing

 I love fall!  
The colors and flowers of fall just make me happy. 
 I planted a fall pot for the patio and purchased a few pumpkins for the porch but needed to critter proof them before setting them outside.  

We have squirrels, skunks and opossums that love to 
come by for a meal.   I have found that a coat of Mop & Glo makes my pumpkins not only pretty but less attractive
 to all those fall critters.
When the wax dries I follow it up with a coat of bug spray that I reapply if it rains. 

The critters don't like the smell of the spray and 
don't bother the pumpkins.
Thought I'd pass along my method of critter proofing pumpkins.

Happy Fall Y'all  !!