Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Patriotic Table by the Pond

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Welcome to a Summer Tablescape Blog Hop today with 
Rita@Panoply at the helm. Welcome and thank you Rita for organizing this new season of tablescape hops.
Links to participant's tablescapes are at the bottom of this post. Please stop by and leave them a comment.

Summer officially begins June 20th but it seems like it has already begun. The fourth of July is just around the corner being a few weeks away. I set a patriotic table by a pond in our neighborhood. It is a simple table and easily put together. For a picnic, paper plates are always appropriate, too. 
The Fourth of July celebrates the birth of our nation.  It celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4,1776. It declared independence from Great Britain.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Afternoon Tea in Texas

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Afternoon tea was introduced in 1840, in England, by Duchess Anna of Bedford. The Duchess would become hungry around four in the afternoon. Her evening meal would not be served until eight p.m. which is a long time between lunch and dinner.  The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake be bought to her room late in the afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Landscaping Project

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April and May have been busy months in my garden.

For a number of years, our centipede grass has been declining due to shade and mole problems.  In April, we sought professional help with a landscaping project and replaced our damaged grass with zoysia grass which is more suitable for shade. I am especially proud of my new brick paver walkways. Today's post shows before and after pictures and the amazing transformation.


Very sad!



We have cut a lot of trees and replaced the centipede grass several times, to no avail. Finally, I knew we had to replace the damaged grass with zoysia.

Brick pavers standing ready for the walkways.

A huge trailer was filled with the old grass and hauled away. The area was leveled out better and preparation made for the new sod.







Paths were dug out for the walkways. Improvements were made for better water flow.
I was amazed it took five men only five days to complete the project.





Before
After




The pea gravel and crushed granite is a neater look and doesn't have to be replaced like pine straw. 
What do you think of the transformation?
I am enjoying the new walkways and having grass again. It has greened up nicely since these pictures were made. 

This is my happy place, tablescaping in my hydrangea garden.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Monday Morning Blooms Serendipity

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Monday Morning Blooms
I am very honored to be invited to be a 'guest bloomer' for Monday Morning Blooms.
 I have viewed Pam, Mary, Lidy, and Shirley's floral posts from the beginning when it took place on Friday and was called Floral Friday. Then it moved to Monday and was called Monday Morning Blooms. I have been continually inspired for the last three years. Congratulations, ladies for your success.








Let me introduce myself: I am Bonnie of Living With Thanksgiving and my Instagram account is by the same name. 
I adore flowers and I believe that my mother is the reason because she was so thrilled by every flower. Some of my fondest childhood memories are picking wild violets from the woods, and flowers from her yard, and then arranging them.
 Now, I have a daughter and she loves flowers, too. 


In fact, while visiting my daughter on my birthday, I  had the most serendipitous thing to happen. My daughter and I watched a beautiful garden video together on Amazon. 


It was a wonderful Garden Tour (The Gardener) that she had seen and I had not. So we watched it together and it was a lovely bonding time. 
But I digress. After the documentary, her mail arrived and the latest issue of Flower Magazine caught my eye.


Serendipity is the occurrence and development of events in a happy and beneficial way. Watching the program together, with my daughter and then finding the floral arrangement pictured on the magazine cover was indeed serendipity. I knew immediately I wanted to use this idea for Monday Morning Blooms. It was also fortunate, (serendipity?) that my daughter had a head vase exactly like the magazine.  Wow, I loved the idea of doing an arrangement in the Grecian bust pot so I raced out and bought flowers and chicken wire to secure the flowers in the bust. Thank you Flower Magazine for the inspiration. 
It was fun to gather a few flowers and greenery from her garden to add to the Costco flowers and her laundry room was spacious and light-filled making it pleasant to arrange the flowers.

I added Lenton Roses and greenery(Arum Italicum) which is also known as Italian Lords and Ladies. To me, adding homegrown flowers to grocery store flowers adds a special touch. I also learned about the app called "Picture This" to find out the name of the greenery.

The flowers I used were Queen Anne's Lace, Daisies, Mums, Bells of Ireland, Coral Roses, Great White Hellebore, Snow Queen Iris, and variegated Italian Lords and Ladies.


My daughter's home has such wonderful light in every room. 
I loved photographing the arrangement with the wonderful light. 
The two of us had so much fun moving from spot to spot. 
  
My daughter is an artist, (amy_schnorrenberg on Instagram). To view her website, click here.  Her paintings were perfect backdrops for my floral arrangement. 

 This head vase is very versatile. Before, seeing the magazine, I had just seen them with plants. Just by using different size flowers, kinds of flowers, and arranging them more loosely you can change the look and take advantage of the versatility of this vase. The possibilities are endless.
 On the eve of publishing and previewing my post, I discovered the website of the Flower Magazine designer of the cover arrangement, Martha Whiney Butler@The French Potager. Her tutorial is lovely. 



My passion for flowers and flower arranging is strong and continues to grow. It is a pleasure to join my special, flower-loving friends, Mary, Pam, Lidy, and Shirley, for Monday Morning Blooms. Click on their links below to view their beautiful posts.




Pam@Everydayliving


Lidy@FrenchGardenHouse



Shirley@HousepitalityDesigns


Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul. Luther Burbank


I appreciate being invited to be a 'guest bloomer' today. Thank you, Monday Morning Bloom Ladies! It was so nice to join you. I had a fabulous time!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

My Spring Garden 2021

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Spring has been so pleasant. The first blooms in my garden were hellebores also called Lenten Rose. A friend gave me this white variety maybe three years ago.







Small arrangements brought the outside in and were enjoyable. It was fun to experience cutting Lenton roses for the first time. I hope to use more in arrangements next year.

The sunrises in early spring were spectacular.




It was a good year for camellias and mine have gotten huge. It is nice to have blooming flowers in winter that last into spring. 



I love it after a rain when the petals fall and decorate the garden.


Here is one camellia arrangement I made this year.


I bought three flats of pansies and I don't know when I have enjoyed anything more. They were so cheerful and lifted my spirits. It is now the middle of April and they are still performing.


This was a fun flatlay to do.


I haven't used this container in years but staying home during Covid inspired me to do more flower arranging just for myself. I also had fun drying blossoms for flay lay dish vignettes.




Sunsets beacon us through our neighbors trees in the spring

and my husband and I jump in the golf cart and go over two streets for a better view of the sunset.
Isn't this pretty?



My bridal wreath did not bloom this year as well as I wanted. I did all the pruning tips and fertilizing after they bloomed last year!


Azaleas did well this year. They just don't last very long.

I have several  George Tabor white ones. 


I think this is a pink ruffle azalea.



This was a fun and quick arrangement of azaleas in the garden.

Purple iris are sentimental 
for me because they remind me of my mother.


The moon fascinates me and I keep trying to get a good shot.

This is from my back yard.


My granddaughter Elise had fun arranging blossoms as artwork on the garden bench. 


It would not be spring if birds were not building nests. This wren has already seen her babies leave the nest. It was fun to watch the feedings but they left the nest very quietly and they were gone before we realized it.  
I also observed a mother Cardinal sitting on her eggs and once saw the eggs while she was taking a break. I didn't have my camera at the time and missed the opportunity. They also are now gone. I found the empty nest this morning.  My blue bird box was also raising a family and sadly I think they are gone too. But it has been exciting.


My amaryllis have bloomed their hearts out. I will miss them so much when they aren't blooming.

Pictures don't do them justice. I am sorry this has gotten so long. I am hopeful I will have some hydrangeas this year. The last few years have been sad without any blooms. I will do a new post when they bloom. 
Gardening is not a perfect science. I love growing flowers but the weather does affect the outcomes. Some years are better than others. I am thankful for my garden. It feeds the soul but only because the Master Gardener that made all the flowers has ordained His plan. As the old hymn In the Garden says, " I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses and He walks with me and talks with me and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known."

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