Friday, July 26, 2013

Getting back into the (blogging) waters......

I really never left, but I am slowly getting my mojo back after some 'blogging soul searching'.  (More on that at a later time, maybe.)  I want to share some photos and update what's been going on.  Actually too much for one post. ( I have to interject here that this line spacing situation is on my last nerve.  I do not know what to do about it.  I have it selected for left justify.)

The yard work defeats me every year, it seems.  I did a few planters and threw the towel in earlier than usual.

I read some where that it is good to plant rosemary by your front door and that it is a natural insect repellent.  Here is my local newspaper box filled with rosemary, thyme, sage and a marigold or two.  The marigolds were too crowded and did not do so well.  But the herbs are thriving.  I prefer reading the paper online.  

The white geraniums did bloom, I was slow to snap, and then the heat wave took over, but lobelia and angelonia are doing well in spite of the heat.  

The hot pink geraniums loved the heat, it seems.  

I left my mums in the ground from last fall, and new growth came up.  

Hope they make flowers!

It seems one little bugger was not deterred by the rosemary!  I think this was a black widow spider.  I took this from inside the storm door.  Took a few knocks and thumps to get it to go away.

Out in the back, Rowena the "Olive Oyl" of rose bushes, just continues to grow straight and tall and refuses to widen, no matter how much I cut her back.  I get a few blooms, though.

Helen, the haggard hydrangea, huffed and puffed and got some new growth

And surprised me with these two pretties

She is not completely well, but I give her (and me) effort for trying. 

This was the second summer that I am living here that these Easter lilies poked through the ground.  I never planted the bulbs.  Former owner or a squirrel, I guess!  The lovely flowers never bloomed from the heat.  

My three mini lilac bushes - Lenni, Lili, and Leila - continue to disappoint me each spring, as does Francesca, the fig tree.

Not a good sign  :(

That's about it for outside, I'll have more on the inside soon. 

I will be joining Claudia for A Favorite Thing, Alma for Seasonal Sundays, Elaine for Sunny Simple Monday, and Brenda for Tweak It Tuesday.  Thanks to all our hostesses, please be sure and stop by.   



  1. Good to see you back Barbara! My flowers are struggling with the heat and no rain. But, since we are moving, I hope the new homeowners appreciate them just the same as I did :-)

  2. Barbara, I know what you mean, this summer is really getting to me. I have managed to get a couple of posts up this week but I am losing the battle in the garden.
    I love you hot pink geraniums and hydrangeas. What is the vining plant in with your geraniums? I have that plant but can't remember what it is called.
    Have a blessed weekend and stay cool and away from spiders, Ginger

  3. I forgot you haven't been blogging since we've been on Facebook together! LOL! Love your flowers and they look pretty good for the heat!

  4. Good to see you back to blogging, Barbara! It seems many have taken a break this summer. I love your hot pink geraniums!

  5. Your flowers are looking good, especially if you guys have been having a heat wave! Everything here is rather mildewy from all of the rain.

    I'm looking forward to catching up with you!!

  6. You sound like you are feeling a bit discouraged, Barbara. I am sorry about that. I think your containers and your hydrangea and your gernanium look really splendid! Take care of yourself, Barbara.
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  7. I had been wondering where you've been but I don't like to send emails and pry..good to have you back. I think your flowers are doing lovely...some make it in these temps and some don't. I couldn't really see the spider...was that a shadow all around it? We had a spider inside the other day and it had a very intricate design on it's back. I didn't take any know what that means!


  8. You have such lovely shrubs and flowers.

  9. Barbara, I'm glad you getting your mojo back! I enjoyed seeing your beautiful flowers and I love how you have named all your plants! (I wouldn't be able to remember their names!) My flowers are all looking a little bedraggled at this point, so I spent some time today fertilizing them. Hope they perk up!

  10. Happy to see you blogging again; I think your flowers are just gorgeous--that hot pink is my fave! I'm already kinda tired of my potted plants--I do this every year about late summer. Ready to move on to another season (just not a cold one). Have a great weekend!

  11. Your geraniums are gorgeous Barbara! I've found it's best to determine what is happiest and just plant that next year! Unfortunately I lost my interest in gardening a few years ago, luckily my sons have planted a veggie garden so I'll have some fresh tomatoes soon:@)

  12. Hi Barbara! I was happy that you were blogging again and I enjoyed seeing your thriving planta and even the non- thriving ones, as that's truly what life is!! Hopefully in life, the good out-weighs the bad.
    I still get the paper delivered everyday, but have thought about reading it online. I should try it out to see if I like it. I like your mailbox transformation.
    Happy weekend, dear Barbara! xo

  13. Hi Barbara, Beautiful garden, even with a few problems. It's been so hot here mine looks disgraceful now. I know what you mean about blogging, think I may take August off and come back in Sept. before my 2 year "blogaversary" and host a giveaway. Sometimes you need a break! Take care, Pam

  14. Hi there! I certainly understand anyone's absence due to yard, garden and outside "stuff" in the summertime. I am longing for fall (my favorite time) when things will slow down and cool down. I won't be back until then, and I hope to come back with a bang. We'll see??

  15. I haven't been on blogger in ages, but for some reason popped over for a visit - miss you! My mom has come to live with me as she spends her final time on earth with the support of my family and Hospice. I may or may not get back to blogging - right now taking life one day at a time. xo,

  16. Good to read your blog again, Barbara! Your flowers seem to have done well during this season. Was there a red, violin-shaped spot on that spider? Eek! xo Nellie

  17. Love all the plants and flowers! I didn't do any this year...just too much going on and then the heat strikes. I hope to return to blogging soon ~ just don't have it in me right now.

    P.S. Add cut up banana peels to your soil for rose bushes. :)

  18. Barbara, I am so impressed with all that you did do in the yard!! I have an obsession with geraniums, but I have never had a hot pink one - wow!! Your pink hydrangea was pretty, too. Thanks for this peek into your garden!

  19. Dear Barbara, you' re right about the rosemary. It' s a natural insect repellent like geraniums and catambra ( sorry but i don' t know its name in english ). You plants and flowers are marvellous...great work!!!

  20. WOW, you have a lot to take care of in your yard. It does get hectic in spring and then again in fall. so many outside and inside things to get done.
    For us...we are moving back to Texas. My hands are full too! I hope you take it easy. Make sure you sit down and enjoy your garden.
    Blessings to you,

  21. Gardening is definitely a learning experience! I am getting better at knowing what works and what doesn't work in my garden. Just an FYI on the mums, the rule of thumb is to cut them back by about 1/3rd at each summer holiday - Memorial Day and the 4th of July to make them more dense and have more flowers. Next year :)

  22. Hi Barbara! I'm glad you've gotten your blogging mojo back! Now I loved seeing your pretty plants. I'm been terrible this year and just let all my plants go to pot! ;) Looks like you've got a green thumb.
    Take care and rest up with me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  23. Barbara, thanks for the tip about the rosemary. Your plants and flowers are beautiful..My hubby is the one with the green thumb in our family. Have a great day and week ahead!

  24. I didn't know rosemary is an insect repellent so thanks for that tidbit. I think I know what you mean when you refer to blogging soul searching. Sometimes it seems like time not well spent.

  25. I love all the bright pink flowers, and Helen the hydrangea is such a gorgeous color!

  26. Welcome back - I bet those herbs smell good next to your door:-)

  27. Yay for getting back!! I really needed to do what you did and read but not post and try to do some blog soul searching. If you are like me, you were thinking about why you started to begin with and what made it fun. That's what I've been doing anyway.

    I love your names for flowers. Helen the hydrangea is my favorite. Her southern cousin Hilda isn't nearly so pretty, but I'm hoping for next year.

  28. So glad that you are back sweet friend - I've missed hearing from you. Love that you name your plants!!!

  29. You've been missed. With being away, I haven't had the chance for much visiting but am trying to catch up. I love that you name the plants! With all of the heat, I'm amazed they've done as well as they have.

    - The Tablescaper


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