thunder in the mirror I wanted to take some photos of an old oak mirror I was going to sell on Ebay so I brought it onto our deck, in the sunlight.  My dog, Thunder was mesmerized by it. thunder in the mirror

I am not sure what he was thinking but I think he liked what he saw. Thunny smiling





Can you blame him?


this explains alot!


I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.” – Samuel Johnson

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This summer brings a new building with all the challenges of moving and expanding, meanwhile keeping business going seamlessly.   

 Carol and Pete are the owners, and if anyone can manage this fete,


they can ~(no pun intended). 

 They have brought it from a dining room table business

 to what it is today. 

The new building has two warehouses as well as much needed space for offices and shipping,

not to mention a growing staff.  

 Carol’s shirt says it all. ..


Rosy the Riveter’s quote.. 








“We can do it.”

  That’s the motto around here.

 When I think of Hydrangeas I think of old fashioned gardens. 

To me, they spell romance and warm summer days. 

Mine are all very young  but I was able to get enough to fill a vase  this year. 

 It ended up in my bedroom. 

It is so fulfilling to see flowers from your own garden right before you fall asleep and as soon as you wake up in the morning,

especially when they are hydrangeas! 

~”Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet
in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer”~
-  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Visit Noelle at Ramblings from a Desert Garden for July’s Monthly Garden Bouquet

Scenic Sunday

I didn’t have anything garden related to show for vintage thingies thursday so I thought I would share something that would spark a bit of humor in this bathing suit season.l 

 I found this picture among  a box of photos that I purchased from an elderly gentleman at a neighborhood garage sale.  I got a kick out of this one.  They look like they are having a fun time.  Boy am I glad they have come up with better swim-suits.  I am not sure which is worse, the mens or the women’s although full coverage for men may not be a bad idea.  The women could use a bit more support and I don’t mean the kind the one girl is wearing rolled up to her knees.  The swim hats the girls are wearing are a hoot.  I just wish I knew the story behind this picture.  Or maybe I am glad I don’t. 


“The human race has only one effective weapon –and that is laughter.”~Mark Twain 

Visit Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thursday

 It’s mid July, time to see what’s going on in our gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloomsday.  It’s also Fertilizer Friday!

I have a lot blooming,


so it makes it hard to believe my yard and gardens are showing the stress of very little rain

and extremely high temperatures.

   My grass is brown in spots

and some of my plants have given in to the heat and lack of water.

But most are doing great!


So those are what I am sharing today,

 the resilient plants that continue to flourish despite the conditions.


So I have a few empty spots that would normally be lush and full,

but that’s okay because everywhere else is alive with color. 

Somehow that makes it seem a little bit cooler outside.

Happy July!~”Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”  ~Russel Baker 


Visit May Dreams Gardens for Garden Blogger’s Bloomsday for July 

ffAlso Visit Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday


bunny planter

~ mixing my love of plants and pots and whimsey~ froggy planter

 you get these really fun planters.kitty planter

 I love stopping at a garage sale or skimming ebay and finding one of these treasures. 


duck planter

 ~”Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination”.  ~Mrs. C.W. Earle 


 If you are looking for a plant that adds bold color and shape to your garden, Foxglove might be the perfect fit.  Often seen in cottage gardens, it will grow well in shade or part shade and is easily grown from seed.  

Foliage grows the first season and blooms in the next.  Plants reseed themselves freely so you often have blooms year after year eventhough it is a biennial plant. 

 It has hairy spotted flowers that hang down from a stem that is 3 to 6 ft in height. 

 It gets its name from the finger shaped flowers that resemble a glove.  There is also a legend that evil fairies gave the blossoms to the fox to put on his toes so that he could soften his step while hunting his prey, hence the name,Foxglove. 

 The drug Digitalis is derived from this plant.   It is used for certain kinds of heart conditions. Foxglove is a very poisonous plant. Every part of it is poisonous to humans and pets so be sure to keep them from munching on in at any time.


~Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas”. ~ Elizabeth Murray


Visit Lisa’s Chaos, host of Macro Monday, to see many other Macro shots

 can really add a lot of personality to your yard. 


 They can also be functional to support and guide your plants .

We have arranged for Brian Weaver, of Iron Feather Creative to make several art pieces that are available exclusively at Garden Shoes Online. 

These sculptures are made of steel that has been given an aged patina. 

 They are weather safe and will become even more beautiful with time in the elements. 

Each one is hand wrought and unique.

 You can be sure you won’t be seeing one just like it in your neighbor’s yard. 

Brian is a very talented. He creates fine art and jewelry. You can visit Brian’s site at Iron Feather Creative to see his work and style. 

These sculptures are made especially for the garden.  They are affordable and available quickly through Garden Shoes Online. 

So if you are looking for something unique and tasteful for your garden, click on any of these images to check sizes and details.

See if there’s one you can’t live without.

You will love the artistry and designs he has made for us or should I say…. you.

Visit Garden Shoes Online and take a look!

I  had a bunch of fun taking pictures today for this post. 

There are so many colors to take in right now. 

Just when I think how sad it is that a certain flower is done blooming,

 another steps up and takes it’s place.


This lily is so bright and vibrant

   …and huge!   

 My rose “hot cocoa” has begun to bloom. 



Bee Balm is also blooming which means maybe a hummingbird will find my yard. 

 I sure hope so.  I only saw one all last summer.


 This is without a doubt,my favorite time of the year.

 But then I think most gardeners love this time of year the most.


 I hope you are enjoying summer time at your house. :)



“An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life.”


 Visit Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time to see what is blooming in other’s gardens.

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This is an amaryllis blooming.  It caught the afternoon light just perfect.  This is one of my favorite photos that I have taken.  


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