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Monday, June 13, 2011

Taking Notice

Happy Monday!! I hope you all had a great weekend with friends and family. I sure did. I always enjoy friends and family when there’s time to gather…I am so very blessed with so many wonderful friends!

I was walking around in my garden on Sunday afternoon. Not enough time to do anything before the rain comes back…so I was just taking it all in. Many of the linked in gardeners on my Fertilizer Friday post have inspired me to try to take better photos…so here I go!

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I started snapping a few photos from the top of the stairs. There sure is a lot left for me to primp here…

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I moved the picket bench that I built. Having it on the cement pad by the door to the shed was not good for it…the kids would forget to close the door and the wind would smack it into my bench.

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It now sits here prominently on the tiny paver patio that I made last year.

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The greenhouse is now a place to sit and enjoy some time… to watch the thunderstorms…or just relax. I LOVE to sit out here in the evening.

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I added some ‘junk’ such as the old coal pail, and a few gas cans to the mix…and did my pot displays a little differently this year…so far I am happy with this idea…


I think it flows with my other display of ‘old stuff’. I added another milk can this year to this part!

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I took my iron table off the paver patio…until I find some chairs to go with it, I just don’t like it alone. I added some pots to it for now. There are a couple of the proven winner pots sitting around here too…they are starting to fill in (whew!)


I made two chairs out of the one bench that we had last year. It was falling apart and I figured maybe if I made two…and painted them white…it would make them last one more year. My painter…well she is 10… they are not yet done…she almost got fired for having more paint on the pavers and in her hair, than on the chairs…haha


It is nice to sit on the chairs and relax once and a while…it’s a great view of the yard!

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My fountain is going strong! I had to rebuild it a couple times already…the hockey games get a bit crazy out here at times! grrr *(

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The back bed in the gravel part where the new fire pit area is …looks great already!


My big bike bed…is starting to co-operate…that snow really took a toll on the geraniums. It has just been really cold here this spring…and that isn’t helping things grow!

While I was roaming around, I started to take some close ups…I never noticed some of the details before…check it out…




White Alyssum

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Blue Alyssum






I am loving my new camera!!!! can you tell??? this is the inside of the Osteospermum…


I can’t hardly wait till this pot fills all the way out and everything is in bloom!




They are so intricate!


Bleeding heart. I love these blooms!






This is my favorite photo! Portulaca






Sweet William (wee willie)


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Swedish ivy…I love the fur!

Well, I shared more than I planned…I am loving my new camera. It is crisp and clear and has lots of settings for me to peruse! I just wish I had more time to play around with it…but…that will come…all in good time.

I am off now to start another crazy busy week here at my house. One day soon, I will have things caught up…and will be all over the place chatting and visiting…

Until then…and next time…happy gardening!

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Unknown said...

wow your garden is beautiful!i am your newest follower as well. that's one thing i don't have a green thumb.

Stacy CUrran said...

Beautiful! Thank you for your comment on my chalk paint project! So happy to be following you!

Allison@FabRehab said...

OMGoodness. I'm not sure what's more beautiful...your garden or the pictures you take! Lovely!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Considering all the snow and cold weather you have had this spring, I think your garden looks absolutely stunning! I love the variety of flowers you are growing. I had never seen Swedish ivy before your post. It is neat!
I *love* your blog :D

~Ricki Jill

Vintage Restyled said...

Beautiful garden! My husband has the green thumb in the family! Thanks for stopping by, I am now your newest follower!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Great photos Tootsie!

Love those long shots of your garden, a lot of work but beautiful.


The JR said...

Amazing yard! If you are like me, you'll always have a dozen or so projects that you want to do!

The French Hutch said...

hi, your post is delightful. I love all of your outdoor spaces, Picture Perfect! Your white chairs are awesome, and you made them from and old bench. I'm impressed.
Love the bike in the flower garden, soooo sweet of times gone by. Tried to leave comment earlier but blogger wouldn't let me. T hanks for your visit.

The French Hutch

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I can't remember when I've seen anything so lovely as your yard!! Sigh. I really wish I had more $$ and time to do more with mine but maybe just create one 'vignette' at a time -- yours are all so so pretty and interesting!! It looks like an oasis where everyone would want to come and sit! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!

Becca's Dirt said...

I love your new camera too. Great photos. What did you get? I like getting to see how your yard looks and it is so pretty Glenda. Columbine is the prettiest color. Love it. And the geranium too.

Betty said...

WOW !!! Your yard looks so beautiful. An inspiration I say.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Thanks for the beautiful tour Tootsie. Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. Following you right back. Love your florals.

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady. Your yard is beautiful with all your lovely flowers !!! I love your Fountain so sweet and your Bleeding Heart is like the one I have also. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescapes.
I hope you have a Great Week.
XXOO Diane

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

thanks for the follow at the ranch. I am so happy to be following back; your garden is delightful. Love the bicycle!!

the cape on the corner said...

oh my goodness, your flowers are amazing! i LOVE the different sections and different places to sit and relax. just gorgeous!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Your garden is looking so very nice. My husbands cousin who lives in Calgary has not been able to put out her containers yet because of the cold weather. V

Lona said...

Your yard is looking beautiful Tootsie. I am surprise though I do not know why that the flowers look so good with the cold and snow you have had. I will have to check out that Swedish Ivy. Love the fuzzy leaves. The Columbine is so pretty.Your Greenhouse looks so comfy.

artis1111 said...

You realy are getting good with the camera. The flowers look wonderful in the photos. Kathy

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my, your yard is so pretty and it is also really big. Ours is the size of a postage stamp and now much more. I love the luscious grass and all of the flowers. All of your little paved patio areas are wonderful. So pretty and really shows all your hard work. Hugs, Marty

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Ok, I must be blind. I can't figure out where to follow you on fb. I don't see it in the sidebar. Help. Hugs, Marty

Yvonne said...

Wow! Such a beautiful, peaceful outdoor area to enjoy all your flowers and wonderful weather. Fantastic photos. A joy to read through your post today.

Leovi said...

Very nice pictures, capturing the beauty of these beautiful spots in your garden, delicious frames. Very beautiful flowers with pretty colors. Very pleasant. Greetings.

LindyLouMac said...

Calming my whirling mind with some blog reading this morning and this post is just what I needed, thankyou. Wonderful photos of your garden

Andrea said...

Wow Tootsie, your garden is very beautiful. The mosaic ground is so attractive with the green linings of grass! And the objects on display are 'i cant grasp for words'! Yes your portulaca is lovely, but i prefer the pansies and the unusual marigold, scene stealers. Whew!

marilyn said...

You are getting great shots with that new camera. So many beautiful flowers. I still love that bicycle best.

KB said...

Your garden is beautiful.

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Your garden is just gorgeous! If you don't mind my asking, what camera are you using? Beautiful resolution on those pictures, especially the close-ups that you took.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Everything looks so cute! I love all your different areas and the fountain. I'm going to have to find a milk can!

Anonymous said...

love it!! i will try the rock and plants by the fountain in my yard since i have one!!!

Send Flowers Online said...

You take such gorgeous photographs of flowers. Such amazing detail. I
feel as if I can touch and smell them.

Jenn Erickson said...

Wow, Oh WOW! Such a gorgeous garden and yard. There are so many magical and enchanting touches. I'm in awe of your handmade creations like those chairs and the bench! Beautiful! I love the bicycle, the ladder vignette, and, well, EVERYTHING! So much love, creativity, and beauty!

Such a pleasure to have you be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me.."!