(Outside) Flowers for Friday

It has been the strangest summer ever. A serious drought followed by record rainfall does not make for the prettiest of plants, but somehow, all the extra love and water I gave the plants actually helped.

The frost almost got my crepe myrtle and I really didn’t think it was going to bloom. I was so disappointed because look at it last year.

But somehow when it finally rained, it bloomed bigger and better than ever.

Then there is my favorite little knock out rose bush. It is the only one I’ve ever seen that is this beautiful buttery yellow color. And it changes sometimes more white, sometimes more yellow and every once in a while a pretty soft pink. I’m sure it has something to do with the pH levels in the soil but I’m just going to think of it as my magic rose bush. For the first part of the summer, it was not so magical. I don’t know if it was the drought or a disease but the leaves were eaten up with holes and it stopped blooming. I kept feeding, watering and loving and somehow it came back. Oh it makes me so happy!

I love it so much I added a clearance bright pink one from walmart and she has really taken off too!

Remember my teeny little marigolds lining the garden bed? They exploded (as did my garden- but I’ll save that update for another day) They’re doing their job of keeping out critters too!

And last but not least, a little surprise. The “flower” part is just now showing itself but here’s a happy little surprise. Last year’s pumpkin is this year’s surprise. I hope it’s the Cinderella one and that you have a wonderful weekend!

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More Flowers for Friday

Several years ago, Sarah and I took our first trip to Seattle and it was Ah-Mahzing. One of the things we both fell completely in love with was the Pike Place Market. I remember thinking that if I ever lived in a place like that I would gather up fresh produce and FLOWERS all the time.

Fast forward a few years and I may not have a daily market like Pike Place, but Murfreesboro has the best little Saturday Market around. June through October that is where I get my produce (and bacon. yummy.)They also have the elaborate bouquets like you see in Seattle, but most of the time I go simple when I’m treating myself (or when my neighbor is treating me.) For $3 I can have a simple, beautiful flowers that brightens the whole week.

Hope your weekend is as happy as a hydrangea :)

Girl’s Night In: Pizzeria Style

I live with a boy now. It’s one of the consequences of getting married. While that’s a very good thing, it does tend to limit the Girl’s Only nights so I like to try to take advantage of the few times that Robb leaves for the weekend and host a fun night with my BFF. (BTdubs, she can come over when there is a boy here, I’m just talking about those real girl’s only nights. And this way I don’t have to kick anyone out. Thats rude :))

What was I saying? Girl’s Night In-Fun! While Robb was away playing (boring) golf all weekend, I made sure I planned a night where it would be just me and my BFF.

And that meant there had to be a theme. And girl friendly food. When Sarah and I think girl friendly food- that usually means cheese, not cucumber sandwiches. We went with Margherita so that means Pizzeria theme!

I grabbed a little gingham fabric at Joann, topped it with some craft paper and picked plain white dishes and napkins. Pizzeria=simple!

A simple salad with lettuce fresh from my garden and homemade vinaigrette we can count and coloring on the table until the wee hours make for a pizza perfect evening!

Impatient Summer

Well, hello there!

Long time no see.

Um, sorry.

Yep, I took a little break and I’m not sure if it’s over. For some reason, these longer days mean there is even more to do and not all of it gets done. But I’m still here and I’m hoping you are too!

Posts are probably going to continue to be sporadic but I really am trying to share when I can. One thing I just had to show you is a little bitty something that makes me happy every time I leave and come home.

Way back in the Spring, I really, really wanted one of those grapevine planter/wreath deals for the front door and my mama found me one! I was so excited! She even bought me some really fun mossy type stuff that was supposed to spread. I planted it in some of my burlap (that was all over my table this fall/winter) said nice things too it and hoped it would grow, spread and bring happiness to all who entered. But you never saw it.

Because it died. Quickly.

I was sad.

I took it down, put it in the garage and tried to forget about the plant tragedy that occurred.

Fast forward to one of my many trips lately to Lowe’s. I have an obsession with the plants that are almost dead. They are cheap and I think I can save them. It has become my mission in life.

One of my finds were $0.74 impatients. They were actually healthy and quite pretty. I got them home and then read that they need shade. I don’t have shade anywhere, except… Do you see where this is going?

I got my grapevine/wreath planter deal out of the garage and planted my impatient in fresh new soil and it is thriving. I.can’t.believe.it.

They get some early morning sun then are safe as SPF 50 for the rest of the day. Those little tags in plants really know what they’re talking about.

And it genuinely makes me happy every single  time I see the little white blooms peaking out of the  burlap.

What’s making you happy this summer?

Who Planted This?

My little garden is growing like crazy and for some reason I just can’t seem to post an update. That “some reason” may be that I have taken approximately 4,623 pictures of each plant and that takes some time to post and because I spend too much time watching it grow. But one quick update I had to share today is what popped up in the little seed starter last week.

I don’t know what was in that seed, but here’s what “grew.”

Do you see it? Let’s take a closer look in the very back corner…

I thought I planted squash seeds on there, but that’s like no squash I’ve ever seen before. 

I don’t think we’ll be eating this particular “plant,” but it is kind of cute so I guess I’ll keep watering and see what happens.

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!