Green Thumb Sunday is here!  Another chance to take pictures of my bloomers.  Did I say that?  Honestly no underwear will be photographedbutterfly-bush today.  Here are my flower bloommarigolds!

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Today is Friday and that makes it the day to take stock of what’s going on in our gardens, thanks to Tootsie and her Fertilizer Fridays. 

 

My garden is much the same with a few exceptions from last week.  The weather has improved so we can at least be out there to enjoy the show. 

veggie-garden Our vegetables are really coming along.  There are many blossoms on the tomatoes, squash and peppers as well as the cucumbers.   We have eaten some of the hot peppers, or should I say my husband has eaten some of them.  I am not big on hot food, but he makes up for me.  He loves the hot stuff.

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My front yard has been a bit slow but it is starting to burst.  As you can see, I like alot of colors and flowers all mixed up out there.ram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like vintage ceramic animals.  I especially love when I can find ones that are flower pots.swan

 

 

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 Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

climatis-at-dusksnapdragons~It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.
 ~ Lewis Grizzard

w-purple1Yesterday (6/14) I spent a picture perfect day with 4 friends at MacKenzie-Childs.w-sign It is located on a 65-acre former dairy farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. This was the weekend of their barn sale.  People from all over flock there to get deals on pieces from the MacKenzie-Childs collection, which consists of handmade, hand-decorated majolica pottery, tile, furniture, and accesories. Along with their barns full of items, there is a beautiful farmhouse that is completely decorated with their artful furnishings. When you take the tour of the house you are dazzled by the décor and the 1870’s structure as well as the picture perfect view from each and every window. That is the reason I am blogging about it.  The grounds were well kept and the gardens were lush and pleasant.  They overflowed with so many different flowers I can’t name or describe them all. But I do have pictures and a picture is worth a thousand words so I will just let the pics do the talking. 

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After enjoying the scenery and the shopping we headed to a little restaurant named Pumkin Hill Bistro in Aurora. There we sat on the back porch of another old farmhouse and took in the nature filled scenery.  A scrumptious lunch and some decadent deserts and we were on our way. 

w-bird  We stopped at Bet The Farm, which is a cozy store that sells foods and Finger Lakes wines.  It was quaint and welcoming ~ fresh flowers filling the shop with the scent of peonies and roses.  Nancy Tisch, the owner, welcomed us with a fun wine tasting, crackers with tasty spreads and talk of her garden.  Of course I couldn’t help taking photos of the rose covered picket fence that surrounded her store.  Again, I will let the pictures do the talking.    

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 It was a wonderful day spent with good friends.

 

 

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Friends are flowers in the garden of life. ~ proverb

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   There are  different colors too, check them out along with other styles of Bionic Garden Gloves at gardenshoesonline.com or just click on one of the pictures. wwgw-colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made

by singing: — “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade. ~Rudyard Kipling

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web-w-redI can’t believe it is already Sunday again.  There are some changes in my garden since last week.  The colors are just starting to pop.  We have had a slow spring as far as I can tell.  But now it is coming along and I have a few new blooms to parade. 

 Today is a special day in our family.  My mother is turning 80 today.  My grandmother lived to be 97  and my Dad is 84, so mom isn’t getting the attention she deserves, because in my family 80 just isn’t really that old.  It is definitely a day to celebrate though.  We will be having a barbeque and birthday cake with all of our family and some close friends we consider family.  I am hoping for good weather so we can sit in the yard and enjoy those blooms.  Unfortunately whenever I plan an outdoor get together there is usually rain involved.   There is only a 40 % chance of late afternoon showers.  I predict it will start raining somewheere around …six thirtyish.  That’s about the time we will all be sitting around outside waiting for the food to cook.  Oh well it will be fun indoors or out.  But I would prefer to sit near the flowers.

I Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday too!w-dahlia

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A garden is never so good as it will be next year ~Thomas Cooper

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I have just solved a mystery. I had 3 plants grouped together that were here when we moved in. When they emerged in the spring time I thought they were weeds so I cut them down.  Last year they grew back, again I cut them down.  This year when they sprouted, I decided their determination deserved a chance so I put them in an inconspicuous spot to see how they grew and what kind of flower if any, they web-fl-028had.  Yesterday I was weeding, and when I moved the large leaves to see under them, there was a really funky flower uncurling.  It looks like a calla lily except it is  black (maybe dark purple) with light yellowish green stripes that originate in the center and fan out. It almost resembles a cobra.  I had to hold it open to show the inside because it wants to stay curled like in the picture.  They grow from a tuber, the stalks are purple, the leaves are grouped in threes and the plant is about two feefunky-flower-webt tall although the stem for the flower is only about 4 inches long.  It is not the most colorful flower, but it is unique, very unusual and beautiful in it’s own way.  Well, after searching the Internet I was able to discover that it is an Arisaema Triphyllum, better known as Jack in the Pulpit. I had never seen this type of flower.  As far as I can tell it is a triphyllum, there are many varieties but this seems to resemble that one the most.  Though it  prefers partial shade and shade, it can tolerate sun as well, so it fits anywhere. web-fl-032It gets a bright red group of berries at the end of summer. I think it is a very tropical looking plant.  I now respect it’s strange beauty and perseverence. web-fl-035  

     

 

 

 

 Who said you couldn’t teach old gardeners a new trick?

 

   

 

 

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        How strange that Nature does not knock,

      and yet does not intrude!  ~Emily Dickinson

 

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Here are my Green Thumb Sunday Blooms~

 

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