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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Burlap Bag Planter

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Hi, there!
I found these burlap bags in the garden section of Walmart. They have a drainage hole inside and make wonderful containers for plants, either planting directly or placing a potted plant inside. 

I love the texture of the burlap and how it contrasts with the greenery of the fern! And the handles make it so convenient to transport it anywhere .

For now it is sitting right next to our front door on the porch along with the evergreen in the urn and the geranium in the metal plant stand.
On the other side of the front door is another urn planted with an arborvitae evergreen:

Against the stone facade of the house, the combination of the greenery and annuals looks beautiful:

Summer greens:

This is a view of my front porch from the curb:

 A row of taller arborvitae evergreens make a natural privacy fence from the road. Morning sun bathes the evergreen trees:

A view of the pillared light post from the porch:

The pink impatiens contrast beautifully with the yellowish green of the landscaping bushes:

Blue ceramic pots 

of various sizes

overflowing with pink impatiens

......verbenas and yellow snapdragons

August is upon us 

and few more weeks left to enjoy the beauty of summer annuals

before we bid adieu to the glorious days of summer

Thanks for stopping by! I would also like to take a moment to thank these beautiful ladies for featuring my Summer Garden in their wonderful weekly parties filled with inspiring projects and ideas. Do stop by and visit them if you get a chance or join the parties just for fun!

Linda @ Coastal Charm
Jann @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Christina @ I Gotta Create
Sandi @ Rose Chintz Cottage

Thank you ladies, you make me smile!

~ Hugs, Poppy~

Partying at:

Stone Gable: Tutorial Tips and Tidbits

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Container Gardening on the Deck

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Hello, dear friends! Happy weekend to all you! 
It has been an unusually hot and humid summer for us this year. It rained a little bit overnight, but we really need a downpour!  Although I like container gardening, this year I had to keep up with watering the containers instead of depending on mother nature. I'm trying to stay indoors most of the time with the A/C running until the evenings when it cools down a little.
I love container gardening! In a confined space they pack a lot of color and texture. When filled with beautiful summer annuals,  they add instant color in any corner of the deck or patio:  

I am always on the look out for different ceramic or terracotta pottery, and I have fun planting them with an array of blooms. Here, I stacked these white and blue ceramic pots of different sizes to create a flower tower:

I like the contrast in color between the vibrant pink impatiens and the white ceramic, which has a hint of aqua:

Low-height white glazed pottery filled with a combination of yellow snapdragons, pink verbena, and blue lobelia adorns a corner of my deck:

I love the lacy and delicate look of blue lobelia:

They look so beautiful with the sun shining on the blooms:

The fleur-de-lis makes a pretty garden accent:

Adding accents is the most fun part of decorating, whether indoors or outdoors:

A scrap of cotton fabric with a key design stamped on it becomes a garden tag for the galvanized tub planter:  

The chalkboard makes pretty garden plant markers:

A closeup on the garden marker:

The galvanized beverage tub painted with a coat of Rust-Oleum Gloss White is transformed into a Frenchy garden container:

I love how it has the look of French enamelware:

The French script on the front of the tub is found HERE  @ The Graphics Fairy and the method used to apply the image is found HERE  (my decoupaged French pots)

Container gardening is so much fun! I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at some of the containers on my deck. Thanks for the pleasure of your company. Your visits always make me smile!

Happy week to all!

Hugs, Poppy

Partying at:
Stone Gable: Tutorial Tips and Tidbits
Fine Craft Guild Party

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fairy Tale Summer Evenings

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 Enchanting summer evenings have always captivated me! I love puttering around in my yard, inhaling the smell of freshly mowed grass, gathering the freshly cut flowers for a beautiful summer bouquet, or simply walking barefoot on wet, dewy grass as dusk gently falls upon the horizon.
My perennial border is in full bloom, and I'm having so much fun playing in my garden:

"I love the daisies' dance. All the meadow over."
~ Majorie Pickthall~

"Hearts they have of shining gold,
Rays of shining whiteness:"

"Blow, O blow you happy winds,
Singing summer's praises:"

Loving the simple elegance of the beautiful Shasta daisy as dusk slowly descends:

Soft candle light in old mason jars create a fairy tale romance in my garden:

I love blue Mason jars! Any place, any time, any setting, they beckon me:

They look magical in any vignette or tablesetting:

No garden setting can be complete without a little birdie singing a sweet melody:

A little votive burning under a metal cloche renders a dreamy setting:

The simple basket is a recent garage sale find for only a quarter. I applied a coat of gesso to shabby it up a little, and the embossed chipboard tags from Michaels craft store got a coating of chalkboard paint as well:

Love how the chalkboard tag looks with the white flower basket:

The brown kraft paper cones make perfect little posies of daisies:

Click HERE to find the template for the paper cones:

I had transplanted this lavender bush from my front yard last year. I'm happy to say it is doing very well this year in its new location:

Nestled among the Shasta daisies:

My summer favorites:
Summer twilight through the countryside:

Simplicity in summer whites:

Romance of a candlelight:

I hope you liked spending time with me in my summer garden.  I have enjoyed the pleasure of your company and loving comments. Hope you will stop by soon and say hello :)

Also, my heartfelt thanks to Kathryn @ The Dedicated House for featuring my daughter's Graduation Party: HERE
And Debra @ Common Ground for showcasing my Patriotic Tablescape: HERE
Thank you, ladies you make me smile!

~Hugs, Poppy~
Fine Craft Guild Party