Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Share: Flowers

This post is dedicated to my wonderful friend Casey Clifford who's been experiencing not only landscaping project issues, but a severe drought in southern WI. Because she hasn't been able to enjoy her usual beautiful landscaping and gardening, this Sunday I'm sharing some of mine to brighten her day. (And though I think they got some rain in the past couple days, I know it's not near enough.)

I'll start with the moss roses. Remember last year when the storm blew down part of our willow tree? Well, thanks to my daughter planting some grass in the broken part of the tree, I got the bright idea of planting flowers in there instead. She wasn't too happy with me for ripping out her carefully nurtured grass (I didn't know she did it!), but it turned out real pretty. Nice bright surprise for cars driving by.

Willow tree planter...sorry Morgan!

Up close of willow tree.

Moss roses in one of my pots on the porch.

Next up is a sampling of my day lilies. I have some of the 'regular' yellow ones that are all done flowering now, but here's some of my other colors.

Next up I'd like to share the new additions to my front porch landscaping. I got the frog first, and then fell in love with the toad.

"FROG parking, all others will be TOAD"
I love this!
Yes, I am my daughter's mother--I still LOVE toads!
Ceramic ones and live ones.

Lastly, here are of some of the other pretty colors in my different pots.

Pretty in pink.

Someone else likes my flowers...see that little moth?

I took this one for the purple, but the rest are just as beautiful.

Mix of everything pot

So those are my flowers this year. Yeah, I went a little overboard, but all the pretty colors seduce me in the green house and I just have to bring them home!

I visit them as I'm watering, then unfortunately, it's so darn hot I head right back inside and don't get to enjoy them so much. I look forward to the days of cooler evenings when I can go outside on my porch and read in the evenings. (or in the morning)

Next up for me will be a ton of canning in the next two months or so to last us for the next year. Beans, dill pickles, salsa, sloppy joe sauce, diced tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce. Yum, yum, yum!

What are you up to this summer?



  1. Beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Beautiful flowers!

    I love the idea for the damaged tree - good thinking!

  3. Thanks, Angi and Christine. I have to give all credit to my daughter for the idea of the tree planter. Though she's still annoyed I cut off her access to her 'fort' and dug out her grass.

    Funny thing about the tree is my husband is a stump grinder, and here I am thinking when the rest of the tree falls over, I want him to cut it flat across so I can keep planting flowers in there. Not sure he'll go for it. :)

  4. Beautiful, Stacey! What a great view to look at every day. I love the frog parking sign. Too funny! I never would have thought of planting flowers in that tree. What an awesome idea.

  5. So very pretty. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Your flowers look so beautiful this year! I had no idea you bought so many! I don't have the freedom to plant and landscape the way I'd like (nor my husband's cooperation...LOL), but I do look forward to my petunias every spring. They smell so amazing in the evening when I step out onto the back porch. :-)

    Hope I have a good crop of beans this year. Last year was the first time I didn't do any canning in over 15 years, I think.

  7. Thanks, Rhonda! I wish the weather would cool down a bit so I could enjoy them more. As for the tree, my daughter is so smart, isn't she?

    Karysa-you're welcome. Thank you for stopping by.

    Donna--your petunias are very pretty--noticed them when we were over last night. Any landscaping around this house is all me. I built the retaining walls and anything else. Wayne usually stands back and says "Looks good." :) Thanks goes to you for getting me into the canning. It's a ton of work, but so worth it!

  8. Stacey,

    Love the flowers. You have so many of my favorites. And they look to be doing so well. I love the moss rose in the tree and I enjoyed remembering your earlier posts with your references to the storm and the toad, especially the toad. That was such a great story.

    And thanks for thinking of me and the never-ending landscape project. Now the holdup is no rain so they can't to the planting.

    We had a 3.5 minute shower on Friday afternoon. We are now is severe drought. Our farmers are in serious trouble and I'm so glad I didn't plant this year. It would be too sad to see green colorful plants wither away.

  9. Aw, man, Casey--was the rain all north of you? I was so hoping you'd gotten more. :(

    Glad you enjoyed the flowers. Next summer you'll have your stuff all planted and we'll challenge each other to a Flower-off. What do you say?

  10. Wow, beautiful pictures, Stacey. I love your frogs. And the idea of planting the moss roses in the tree is genius! Like you, I fill my flower beds with lots of flowers and can't pass a greenhouse without bringing something home with me. :)

  11. Gorgeous pictures, Stacey! The tree planter is a great idea. You have such a beautiful yard. :)

  12. Thanks for coming by Shelia and Dana! I wish my daughter would take the credit for the tree planter and be happy instead of still annoyed with me. She's 10 and can really hold a grudge. :)