Finally ready for summer!

I have always been in charge of any landscaping we have done around our house.  My husband does a great job of keeping the lawn looking lush and weed free but he has no interest in any flowers.  That was never a problem until the last few years when I started this process of joint replacement.  So far these new joints do not want to be on the ground crawling around and our landscaping has seriously suffered.

Before1

Before2

After whining and complaining to my sister about this issue for a few months she volunteered to come help me plant.  Linda is one of the hardest workers I know.  She and Steve live on five wooded acres that she keeps in pristine condition.  This lady’s idea of a good time is a fallen tree and her very own personal chain saw.

After about five hours of shopping for new perennials, planting and putting down 20 bags of mulch, I think we are on our way to recovery.

after

Hydrangea

daiseys

coneflower

Geranium

I have never had much luck planting flowers in my window box, I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I frequently forget to water the plants in it, but this year Linda suggested I just plant some hardy green ground cover and see if that works.

greenery-window-box

I think Cleo is thankful she has much prettier things to view while sunbathing.

cleo

patio

Thank you Linda!!

 

 

 

Bits and Pieces

1.  This week’s kitchen chalkboard art.

Waiting-on-Levi

We are on baby watch!  Our first grandchild is due two weeks from today.  I am ready to take off for Houston as soon as I get the word.  So excited……

2.  I am thankful today’s high temperature was only 88 degrees with noticeably decreased humidity around 45 percent.  Our new new air conditioner will not be installed until Wednesday.  Inside the house the temperature today is approximately

7.14.13-temp-inside-house

That is better than the 87-89 degrees we have been seeing since last Tuesday when the AC decided to die.  Still too hot for me.

3.  Several years ago, maybe five, I planted a hydrangea plant with visions of beautiful blooms each summer.  This summer for the first time I have my first bloom.

FirstFlower

I have neighbors who have hydrangea plants with dozens of blooms.  Oh well, thankful to finally have one.

4.  I have been so hot this week I have actually been dreaming of these days only 4 short months ago, March 24, 2013……

backyard-after-2nd-snow

driveway-snow2

kitchen-window

House-in-Snow

That white stuff would sure feel good to me right now!!!!