Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday

It seems this week shows the yard still in transition from the spring flowers, to the summer flowers.

 The geraniums on the front porch are filling in

Miniature Hollyhocks
The large variety is starting to bud

The Phlox will be blooming in a week or two

All varieties of my hydrangea bushes are loaded. This is my Nikko Blue
My Annabelle hydrangea is doing great, last year the groundhogs chewed it and all that left was sticks! I see no groundhogs this year...maybe they were finally afraid of Heidi?

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Astilbe among the hosta and ferns

New Dawn Climber on the cottage

Picasso Petunia

Time to sit and have some lunch

Have a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday!

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Circle of Life

Here is a picture of my Great Grandparents
Nina and Andrew
The picture was taken on Memorial Day. Mama and Pop were headed out to their parents graves to decorate them with peonies. Mama has a large bunch in her arms to take.
In the part of the country where I live, it is tradition on Memorial Day to decorate the graves of our families by taking flowers out to them.

The "twins" are the Grandchildren of Mama and Pop. So this weekend they headed out to do the traditional thing and decorate the graves. They went to 1515 to get some of my peonies that were  blooming. First they went to cemetery where their parents are buried and where Mama's parents are buried. They said the peonies on her parents grave were blooming and beautiful so they picked some and brought peonies to Mama from her parents.

So Mama had her Mother's peonies on her grave


the peonies from 1515

Were place on Mama and Papa daughters grave, my Grandmother.
So how nice to know my flowers were decorating my Grandparents grave.

It was so nice for the twins to do this, since I am not home to do it myself. And it was really thoughtful to have my peonies from 1515 on my Grandparents graves.

They weren't out in the pickup truck like Mama and Papa, but I can see Susan and Sheryl with the armful of peonies..........just like their Grandmother.

Happy Memorial Day
I honor my family who served in the military, from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm on this day.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Most Precious Pink I Treasure

First, let us say Happy 3rd Pink Saturday Birthday!! Thank you to our hostess Beverly for giving us our weekly pink fix!

So I wanted this to be a special post...my most priced pink I cherish.

It is in this bag......

My Pink Wedding Dress!
It has not been out of the bag since May, 1998.
It has a long train also but it is all buttoned up.

 Can you see it is a pale pink

The lining is pink
It probably wasn't a good idea to have a pink bow of roses on my buttocks....BUT I love it!

The back
I would pick it out again today

The bottom
My veil, yes pink roses!
Here you can see the pink lining better
The veil is lined all the way around with seeded pearls
The applique bodice

My Mom had a beautiful Pink Suit
Pink bridesmaid dresses and pink rose bouquets with pink ribbon
The picture of Mr. Sentimental and I that hangs in our foyer.

I hope this post was worthy of such a special birthday!
Happy Pink Saturday!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday a Neighborhood Tour

I have taken you on tours of the neighborhood around 1515, but not at our house. I should of done it in the spring....but I was taking Heidi for a walk and I thought "take the camera". I don't know about you, I have trouble taking pictures when my 70llb German Shepard is pulling me! The houses were built around the turn of the century.

My next door neighbor...it's a love hate thing. Love her dearly but it is like living next to Martha Stewart!! She built a potting shed herself when she was 7 months pregnant....get my drift! I could not ask for better neighbors, honestly!!
They house has so many more architectural details than mine...sighhhhhhh.
Her side front yard on the side. Hi Rosie, Hi Shelby, Hi Casey. They always go wild when they see Heidi!

2 doors down they have a huge wisteria arbor going up to their front door. It did not bloom much this year? Sometimes people come to have their Senior/Prom pictures taken with it.
The "turret" house we refer to it. The layout is just like my house, but once again ALOT more character.

2 blocks away a wonderful little tea room. It has been in Victorian Home Magazine. It use to be a Doctor's home years ago.
Side yard that leads to an outdoor shaded patio, lovely!

Home again, I realized all the hanging baskets are on the ground. It rained yesterday and Mr. always puts them down to get rain water........I told him yesterday I think they are on the ground more than up!

Heidi's babysitter lives next door. Like I said I am blessed to have these neighbors, we are the last to move on the block and that was 16 years ago!!
View across the street

The Iris's are faded and the peonies are at the end, not much new blooming

My miniature Hollyhock blooming
Garden Gate
My New Dawn climber starting to bloom on the Cottage
My Annabelle hydrangea, not chewed to the stems this year, thank goodness!!
Ferns are HUGE this year.
Fountain clean and ready
The squirrels have not dug up my pots on the front porch yet!

Hope you enjoyed the neighborhood tour. I grew up in a small town on the main street. I am so glad I found this house years ago.......we garden together, we drink wine together and we celebrate life's good and bad together.  We sit on the porches and watch the kids ride their bikes, people walking their dogs and life go by. I can walk to my bank, car repair, jeweler, church, hairdresser and for a bite to eat. Living in an older neighborhood close to a downtown suits me so well.

Joining Outdoor Wednesday

PS I have tried to leave comments today and it continually takes me back to sign in although I am already signed in. I even tried to tell Susan our hostess what a great variety of hosta she has but I can't! Aggravating!!