Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Another week has zipped by


It is a warm, cloudy, and ‘still humid’, Tuesday afternoon.  I did work outside this morning and I have to say it was nicer outside than it has been. I weed-whacked the paths around my main garden, did some trimming and weeding too and raked up a bag’s worth of debris. I still have the west path to do, I did all I could do for today.

For the past couple of mornings, the mocking birds have been singing and singing, that’s definitely a sign of fall coming. The sun is at a different angle and that’s nice too.  I am so glad summer is just about over.

Here’s what I did today. It might not look like much to you but, the paths were all overgrown.  The brownish paths are roll roofing that we laid down in 2007. It’s cracking up now and hopefully this fall/winter/spring, while the weather is cool I can lay new roll-roofing over it. I think it will take me about 3 rolls, which is around $36 a roll. (I just checked and it’s gone up $3 since the last time I looked. The rolls are 3’ wide by 36’ long.) I did this in the first place so that I wouldn’t have to weed-whack paths. It worked for a long time.

This is looking west, 5 lane road is to the left in picture, about 12’ from the gate. Patio is on the other side of hedge on the right.


This is also looking west towards the main garden.


This is a little pathway between house  and east sidewalk of main garden.


East sidewalk.


Main path looking north.


Looking south.


The next three pictures are the paths on west side of garden. Another day for this project.




Roses are putting on new growth and are giving me blooms. This is ‘Granada’ below.  I love this rose, and Granada was a favorite city of ours in Spain. 






This is ‘The Paul McCartney’ Rose


I love this ‘Tahitian Gardenia’.  Technically it is NOT a gardenia, but that’s what it is called.  The flowers are huge and the scent wonderful and it has been giving me blooms since spring when I bought it.



This caught my eye the other morning from where I sit at my computer.


Here are some more of my needlework creations.




I’m going to crochet a beaded edging for this.  It just needs a little something more. I did the embroidery probably 3-4 years ago.


This piece I made by sewing down a piece of old lace with beads onto black felt.  I then embroidered the heart onto it.


Fresh picked ‘Tahitian Gardenia’ and ‘Mr. Lincoln’ rose on my desk with a nice picture of some garden, somewhere, on my monitor. The pictures change and inspire me.


That’s it for now. It’s time to fix some supper.

I hope you all have a love and peace filled week.



Life is too short to worry about stupid things.


Trust God.

Enjoy life.

Don't let the little things get you down.

Nicky Gumbel

P.S. I want to thank you all for your kind comments about what would have been our 45th wedding anniversary. I can’t stop celebrating love .


eli said...

I love your pathways ~ and the natural look of your garden. There's character at every single turn . . . every nook and cranny. I just love it!

Ruth Hiebert said...

I am always amazed at the green growth at your place. I guess the different climate makes everything grow more lush. I love the roses as well.

Maryann said...

You have been busy for sure, such a lovely tranquil looking garden. It looks like a place aI could sit and enjoy and enjoy all day long. hope you have a wonderful evening

Susan said...

I love the cozy, jungley feel of your garden. I do hope that summer's heat and humidity are about to let lose of their grip on us. I look forward to the upcoming fall season. Take care!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Lorraine, You have REALLY worked hard in your yard... I love the dense green growth all around... Reminds me of the mountains when we hike or drive back into the mountains!!! Love lots of GREEN--and you have it. One thing which caught my eye was your ferns. OH how I love ferns like that..

Your crochet work is fantastic---and of course, I love your roses.


gld said...

When I see your pictures I always think that you live in your own small jungle! I appreciate the work that you do. I can't imagine having all the green lush growth that continually must be kept in check. You do a fantastic job.

Beautiful pictures as always.

Jeri Landers said...

Your entire garden looks like a cozy Secret Garden wherever you stroll. I never thought of laying roofing paper on the paths, is it keeping the weeds at bay? It may be cheaper that the weed barrier paper I've been buying and probably more effective. Love your delicate little cloth gardens. Jeri

Marti said...

Your garden is lovely. I'm a big fan of paths, especially ones that wander around and have surprises at every turn. I can imagine that keeping growth under control is a full time job in Florida. I think the whole state would turn back into a jungle if everyone left for a week.

Carla said...

Everything is so green in your garden. My is so dry from this drought and now we must cut back even more on watering.

Your flowers are so pretty and really brightened up my day. I love the hearts too. You are so talented!


lil red hen said...

I really like the embroidered heart!

Your place looks peaceful and inviting; hard to imagine a highway so close by. The "Tahitian Gardenia's" bloom looks like a velvety pinwheel.

shirley said...

Your ferns create such a peaceful cool atmosphere in your garden. Always love your roses and am impressed you know all the names. That gardenia is so beautiful, the perfume must be delicious.
You have been very busy creating your lovely pieces.

Gayle said...

All the green in you special haven is so beautiful... overgrown or not. Many blessings to you special lady. I've missed you.

Julie said...

Your gardens are lush and so tropical! Beautiful roses! Love all your stitcheries! There is just something to that...stitching...what is it? It calls us in! It's LOVE! Good thing to celebrate!!!!! I am doing yard mowing and loads of laundry getting ready for a short trip tomorrow...but leaving hubby home with Doozey. Don't want him to have to do the yard while I am gone!
xoxo- Julie

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

You have created
a paradise...

Balisha said...

I love your "Garden of Eden" I always think of that when you show pictures of your gardens.

Rebecca said...

I read and agree with all the comments above, Lorraine. I'd love to move in next door to you and wander your paths with you...It really is a welcoming, charming place. Just my style.

I liked the glimpse of your desktop....and (of course) all your hearts. So intricate. So beautiful. ♥

Georgianna said...

Everything looks so lush and beautiful, Lorraine! You're doing a marvelous job. And your roses!! Just exquisite. I imagine you'll have blooms well into November or later.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.


Kit said...

Ooooo. Your needlework is lovely! Kit

Terra said...

Your garden and its paths have a touch of tropical paradise to them. A Tahitian Gardenia must smell delightful.

Darcie said...

Hearts, roses, gardens, needlework, beauty...words that I always think of when I think of you. Beautiful pictures...thanks for sharing.

Claire said...

So wish I could scratch-n-sniff the wonderful blooms in your beautifully abundant garden! Thanks for visiting and always leaving a lovely comment - makes my day, so thank you :)
Have a blessed week x

M.K. said...

I'me very late in my blog reading, but I loved the tour of your gardens, and I see (from the last photos of paths) what you mean about clearing them out, and how nice that roofing material worked. Bravo! The "gardenia" has a lovely swirl. Thanks for sharing :)