Friday, April 26, 2019

What's Blooming in My Garden

Hello Spring! I really love Spring, who wouldn't when it brings such beauty to our gardens?  I'd love to share what's currently blooming in mine.

This is a David Austin Rose, named Olivia Rose Austin after his granddaughter. My daughter Kim gave me this rose , it's in it's 3rd year now and has so many blooms on it and it's gotten stronger each year, Sometimes David Austin roses hang downwards during there first couple of years until the stems get stronger. I really have gone almost totally towards having David Austin roses rather than hybrid teas. For one thing I love the look of them but they are also much more disease resistant and bugs don't seem to mess with them as much as my hybrid teas. But mostly because they have such beautiful fragrance.
Olivia Rose Austin

   This is the very first rose on my Olivia Rose Austin back in May 2016, Isn't it beautiful?

Here's the full bush ready to break forth today in all it's loveliness.

I also enjoy Knockout Roses for their ease of care and non stop blooms.
This is Pink Knockout Rose.

I do still have a few hybrid teas but they must have a few important attributes for me to keep them, like fragrance.. The pink one below is called Aromatherapy and yes the fragrance is divine.

This area below my back stairs was pretty much devoid of plants when we moved in  almost 4 years ago.

The two outer plants are the Eden roses when they were babies in 2016

Now this gorgeous Eden Climbing Rose graces the lattice, So far it has only bloomed once a year but supposedly the older it gets it's supposed to bloom twice per year.

But even if it remains blooming only once a year it's so beautiful that it doesn't really matter.

I may consider growing a clematis up through it to bring some color and interest  other times of the seasons.

This is in 2016, and my sad little attempt to bring some beauty to the back yard.

But I kept at it and here it is today, mostly roses, some sunshine ligustrum and in the back right limelight hydrangeas. There is a Madison Confederate Jasmine growing on the arbor,  it hasn't started to bloom yet.

Some i\Impatiens to bring some color to the top of the stairs.

Lemon Coral Sedum below the Impatiens.

My pretty little Autumn Moon Japanese Maple gets morning sun only, here on the deck.

I really love the bright green color on this conifer on the left called  Aurea Nana,

This is an interesting rose bush called Sunny Days, it started out yellow but after a particularly hard winter one year it reverted back to root stock and is now this lovely apricot pink.

One of my clematis vines that I have no idea the name .

Another David Austin rose called Desdemona.

More Clematis.

Not a good shot but this is Royal Jubilee a beautiful dark pink David Austin rose.

Hybrid Tea named Clouds of Glory, the scent is heavenly.

Music Box, shrub rose.

Clouds of Glory again. 

I may be wrong about this one but I think it's Bella Roma a hybrid tea, wonderful fragrance.

The following pictures are from last summer.
The purple plant is Persian Sheild mixed with Creeping Jenny and Impatiens.

A great profusion of Impatiens in a planter, this plant bloomed it's heart out well into Fall last year.

I had Creeping Jenny growing from the base of the planter. Creeping Jenny comes back every year in my zone 8b.

   Such beauty, don't you agree?

And this is what I made last year with portland cement and Elephant Ears.
So that's about it so far, I hope you enjoyed seeing my Spring garden.

Friday, March 15, 2019

A Bit of Spring Decor and Update on Toby

Just a few touches of Spring around the house in hopes of hurrying it along.

I got thiis frame with the wreath & bunny from Hobby Lobby, Placing it on a larger wreath gave it a little more presence. I added some pink flowers, carrots and a little Bless this House sign.

Added a pretty little flower arrangement, a bunny and candle to 'Spring Up' the coffee table.

This little heart pillow is something I made for Valentines Day but I liked the soft colors for Spring so I left it out.

I'll be adding a few more ideas for Spring so stay tuned.

Hope the weather is getting more like Spring in your area! I actually got outside today and planted a few things, it felt really good to put my hands in the dirt! In  South Texas you have to get out there early in the season before the extreme heat and humidity take over.
Last year my water bill was off the scale so I have been putting drip systems in and planting things that don't require lots of water.

Last of all I want to give you all an update on Toby. He is getting his last infusion on the clinical trial next week!!! He's been on it for two long years!!! He'll be monitored for an extended time and get periodic MRI's  but no more infusions unless God forbid the cancer should return. Yes the cancer is gone! The treatment he was on, Cemiplimab received FDA approval so it is now available to anyone.  He still does not have the energy he used to have because he is anemic but that is slowly improving. This whole journey has been nothing short of a miracle!

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Patriotic Quilt

I've been working on a quilt for my daughter and her husband and FINALLY finished it!
Toby helped with the design decisions so it was a group effort.

It's a California King so yes, lots of material.
I sent it out for quilting to an amazing Longarm Quilter Tamara Bobbitt of
she also does T Shirt & Memory Quilts!
Here it is on the quilting rack...

And close up....

I've just started on some baby quilts for the Grands, fun stuff.



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