Monday, August 29, 2016

up the creek to the shack in the woods...

Hello friends!
Before we take the drive to the shack (aka: Juniebird House)
I wanted to share a couple arrangements of flowers from my garden.
The garden has struggled a little this year from aphids and spider mites
so I haven't had a lot of flower photos to share with you,
but fall is on the way and the garden always makes a little comeback, so I'm
hoping to have a few to share later.

I haven't had anything much going on that has been blog-worthy so there's been
a lot of silence from me all summer.

2014 and 2015 were very rough years with our sweet boy Landon.
(for those who haven't read here before, Landon was born with Angelman Syndrome)
We were so worried about him and we had some decisions to make concerning
his seizure medications. He was always sick and having so many seizures
a day that it was affecting every aspect of our lives.
We changed neurologists to one that was
closer and she talked to us about adjusting his meds and adding a new
drug to the many he was already taking. Adding yet another drug to the several
he was on for his condition was hard decision for us. We worried if it would help
or make things even worse than they were.
The seizure med he is on and has been through most of his life was not
doing the job anymore. Being on it for so many years had caused his
platelet count to become seriously low at 56 and a suppressed immune system,
so a decision had to be made and quick.
We made the change and the past seven months have been so much better.
We are hoping that his immune system and platelet count will continue to improve
and our sweet Landon won't catch as many viruses.
When he gets sick, he gets real sick!
I really wanted to explain why the blog has suffered and why I haven't
been good at keeping up with any of you.
I find Instagram to be so much easier to post just one pic every other day or so,
but I still love blogging too, just have had no time to do it.
I haven't been keeping up with
so many things around here, and now I have a lot of hope that
things are going to be great.

An Annabelle hydrangea bloom and a few deep blue scabiosa.

do you remember that I have this little shack in the woods on some property
we have in the mountains?
I have posted about it here before, and one other time. I didn't bother
looking up the link for that one because the photos are horrible quality. It's a difficult little
place to photograph because of it's teeny size and poor lighting.

I liked the way I had it decorated, but I was in for a change since
it was decorated in neutrals the same as my home.
I felt like a little more color to the decor was in order for the little shack!
It is painted barn red on the outside so it stands out better in the winter
with all the snow we get up here.
First I painted the walls a bright white
so the colors would really pop, and then kept most of the yard sale
furniture I already had up there. I don't decorate up there with
anything 'cool' because this is miles from town and anyone could
break in and take anything they wanted.
My husband brought the bed home
from the landfill years ago when they still allowed people to do that, and
everything else is yard sale and thrift store stuff. Things have come and gone
and made their way into my house or studio and now I have left the space a little less
cluttered than it has been in the past.

I haven't put any curtains up yet and still looking for some that will work here and let
me have a little privacy when I come to stay.
I have only stayed here overnight once this year, and my husband and
Landon were in the camper nearby. 
I didn't like the fact that the windows were bare and always felt like someone 
was looking in. It could have been one of our horses ( I think I already told that story 
in one of the posts I wrote about the shack)
but I still still didn't want someone or something watching me sleep, so
I pulled that little curtain I have hanging by the bed and played solitaire on my phone
until I fell asleep.

Thank you to all that follow and read here! 
sending hugs to all of you!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A plethora of pinks

The peonies came and went and I already miss their pretty flouncy blooms!

They are such show-offs that I can't help but give them a lot of
time in front of the camera.

They were everywhere!
I savored them, I hoarded them, I photographed them
and then finally when I had my full of them,
I sold some of them.

reflection in the mirror across the room

white peonies in the background are Duchesse de Neumours (very fragrant)
pink peonies Sarah Bernhardt (my favorite pink)

I can't remember the name of this pink peony, but it is a lovely one too,
a little deeper pink than Sarah

I need to look up the name of this one.
I love that it has this hint of yellow in the outer petals.

a pink that's blooming now in the garden is this pretty Strawberry foxglove
I love this foxglove, because it is perennial and not biannual.
The biannual don't work out here because I seem to always
pull up the new seedlings when doing my first weeding and
so I never see them again.

I also have an apricot and a yellow variety of the perennial foxglove.

My little grandson made this birdhouse for me as a cub scout project
and I love it!  I noticed while taking this photo that it has residents this year.
Last year. no birds--could it have been the paint fumes???,
because Ellis (the carpenter) and Maddie (the carpenter's cousin)
used a whole quart of white paint on it : ) of course most of it was on them
and the ground))
It's my favorite birdhouse in the garden!

Out by the pasture fence we have a rose growing that I planted
a few years ago called John Davis (one of the hardy Canadian roses).
I LOVE this rose!
The perfect pink, and I love it's rambling nature.
It grows along the pole fence between the clothesline and pasture.

The old gate hanging here came from an elderly man's front walk that used to live here
in town and when he passed away, a friend who had been care taking his place
asked if I wanted the old gate before everything was torn down.
Of course I did!
I love these old gates.

Thanks to everyone who reads here!
Blogging is such a joy for me and the people I've connected with
are truly a gift!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

my lilacs 2016

I have been putting this post off now for over a week because I knew
how difficult it would be to narrow down which photos
I wanted to share most.
I take zillions of pictures of the lilacs, and I think it's because
I want to hold onto them a little longer than they last in the garden.
I have ten lilacs bushes planted here in the garden and I
love each one for different reasons.
In the photo below you will see three different varieties.
The one on the bush is Charles Joly, the bluish one in the birdbath is
President Lincoln and the white one is Avalanche.

(if you read here and would like to weigh in on the size of my photos I would love
to hear your opinion. If me using the original size is too overwhelming I would like to know)

The lilacs on the chair are Charles Joly and the one on the bush behind is Sensation.


Avalanche (below) is the most gorgeous and the most fragrant of the French white lilacs 
I have found yet.
I worked at a plant nursery several years ago and I would walk up and down the rows of lilacs that 
we stocked (which were many)  and this lilac was such a stand out that I knew I had to have it.

It is stunning on and off of the bush!

Sensation is next with it's white margins on the bloom.
 It looks totally different in bright sun as it does
in afternoon sun. 
You will see the difference in the following photos.

This is more true to it's color in the bouquet below and when it is brought in from
the harsh sunlight.
It also wilts faster in a vase than some of my others.
I think the little curly petals look pretty!
In the photo below is a sensation bloom and the lilac in the
background is Glory.
I love all the different colors of lilacs in this row of five. 

Sensation sure lives up to it's name.
The downside to this lilac is that the scent is just not there.
It has a very faint scent as lilacs go, so it's lucky it's so darn pretty!


This lilac is Beauty of Moscow and I LOVE this lilac!
It's bloom is beautiful and it's scent is yummy.

The scent of Beauty of Moscow is not as
overwhelming as the Avalanche, but still wonderful!

I really love this bloom!

In this tray I have Beauty of  Moscow, Sensation and Charles Joly.

Love this little enamel cup of lilacs
Beauty of Moscow and Charles Joly

if I had to pick just one lilac to have in my garden
(and thank goodness I don't have to choose)
President Lincoln would win hands down!
The reason is the color of this bloom.
I don't know what there is about it, 
but I just love this blue-ish lavender bloom. 
I also love that it is loose and the bloom arches down so beautifully.

President Lincoln is very much like the President Grevy lilac.

On the sunny side of the bush, it's packed with blooms, and on the shady
side under one of the crabapple trees they are smaller but still pretty.

The last lilac I will share in this post is Charles Joly.
What a gorgeous guy he is!!! And the scent will totally
make you loopy if out around it too long : )))).
Seriously! It's extremely strong.
It's a little different than the white Avalanche, but just as strong.

The bloom is jam-packed with florets and there is no way to see the
stems on it.
I am crazy over this lilac!
I also have the Glory lilac right next to it and I can see very little difference
in the bloom other than the florets on the Glory are larger and maybe a teeny bit
magenta, yet open to the same color as Charles Joly.

Just so hard not to love this one the most!
I didn't get photos this year of the other varieties I have here in this garden.
a couple of years ago I shared a photo of all my lilac blooms and labeled them.
I mixed up the Charles Joly with a dark purple Lilac that was un-named when I got it.
I've been trying to locate the pic again so I can correct it so I'm not mis-leading anyone
who maybe trying to find just the lilac they want.

But, you would be a winner with any one of these !