Monday, June 16, 2014

snowballs in June

Hello is your month going so far?
This month has been windy, windy, windy here in Idaho.
That's the only thing I don't like about living where I live.
This part of Idaho sees a lot of wind in the springtime and makes
enjoying the sunshine a little difficult sometimes.
I try to keep smiling through it but believe me when I say,
I don't like the wind!!!
Far be it from me to complain when so many parts of the country have
had the weather they have had.
So I will just shut up now : )
I have three little snowball viburnum bushes in the garden and this is the first year they
have given me any blooms to speak of. This year they have really put on the growth
and looked beautiful when they bloomed. They are still small and I almost wish they would
stay this size instead of the 8' they will reach when mature, because of where
they are in the garden.

They are so much like hydrangeas in the look of the blooms and I love that.

If you tied me up and tortured me to tell you which of all my plants in the garden is my favorite,
I think I would be pretty badly bruised and banged up because it would go something like this...
It's gotta be the rose---no, no, the peony
wait a minute---it's has to be the snowball bush, or maybe it's the iris
no I'm sure it's the daylily... and on and on like that.
Oh now I remember---it has to be the lilac!!!!!
and speaking of lilacs
I took so many photos of them that you will have to suffer through months and months
of photos of them. I plan on doing the same thing with the peonies and roses, so I am giving you
 fair warning that even in the middle of winter I will pepper you with mountains
of flower photos.
I love the white tulips I planted years ago, but sadly these don't multiply
and I forgot the name of them or I would purchase more. They stand so tall
and sturdy and last forever in their bloom.
For those who read this blog who are gardeners, isn't it a joy to go out every morning
and walk through to see what has happened overnight and in those early
morning hours while you slept?
I never cease to be amazed at the beauty I see. I am thankful every single day
that this garden is here and that I am the gardener and caretaker of it.
Yes, it is a lot of work, but I am home with Landon every day anyway and
it gives me something to do to enrich my life while I'm here.
Caring for Landon is a joy, and so is gardening and the two go together so well.
I have friends who say, I don't know how you keep this garden all yourself,
and I always reply, I don't know how you work as hard as you do at your job
or with your little children or your farm and chores.
I think it is in one's nature to find the thing that feeds our soul
and do it and try to do it as well as we can.
When I had six little children at home and we had our dairy, I certainly didn't have this garden.
I had a vegetable garden and canned, and canned, but
I had no time to care for more.
Now I have the time.
And so I do.
The peonies are just coming on and I was able to bring in an armload 
to put in my mother's crock. 
Does this house ever smell good!
Better than the pickles she made in it!

Wishing you all the best week ever!
Hugs from here...


Home and Lifestyle said...

Dear June,

In this time of the year I don't like snow, but snowballs...these flowers are so wonderful!! Are the tulips from Holland ;-)? Your garden is a little paradise, I can imagine it makes you happy to spend many time in the garden.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Ingrid

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Exquisite as always June! I'm glad I was online when your post went up. Your garden is wonderful. Your photography is wonderful. And those beautiful rooms are wonderful. It just gives me such a lift to visit you. I'm sure no one looks at your photos only once when they visit. I certainly don't! Lovely, lovely. . .

bobbie said...

I can't think of anything better in the middle of winter than to gaze at lovely flowers, and be reminded that spring IS on it's way! So no worries there, my gardening friend!
Hmmm ~ need to go find a place in my yard for a snowball or two!

Seawashed said...

You are living a beautiful life. My gardens are tiny but I adore every ounce of them. There is a deep satisfaction in seeing the growth of what I have planted. To watch it grow over the years and remember it all began from clay hardpan dirt. It takes time and we have only been here 7 yrs but long for the days when the trees are larger and the garden enclosed with green and blooms.

chateau chic said...

I never get tired of seeing your gorgeous gardens and flowers, June. Especially when we get to see them sprinkled around your Oh So Lovely home!!!
Mary Alice

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good afternoon dear June! I hear ya about the wind; we had some bad storms here last week and a portion of Minneapolis got badly hit. Trees down everywhere with flooding. Last year around this time, our end of the city got the damage. Wind is not my favorite element either!

I look at your photos are I am so inspired, and I feel like I should give up but I can't. I am still waiting to get that one beautiful photo, and no matter how much white I have in my field of vision, it never looks attractive. But I will have to settle on admiring other photographers, and it really is an art and joy to behold. Your "snowballs" are WONDERFUL!

I hope those winds die down for you, but we are getting more rain tonight with a lot of wind! Anita

Custom Comforts said...

So pretty June! I love all the varieties you have in white. I was thinking your yard must be heaven and you are the angel who takes care of it. All of your arrangements are stunning in their white purity.
Maybe you've had so much wind because we haven't. I was thinking this spring/summer has been one of the stillest I can remember. I think I notice it because I have my American flag hanging from the front porch and it is always just so gently flowing beautifully instead of wrapped up in itself. Enjoy your week!

Victoria said... much beauty in your garden June! I love the snowballs!!! And the white Tulips...ooooh my! I don't have much of a green thumb but I do the best I can with my tiny little lanai! It's a struggle to grow things here in FL with all the humidity though.

Thank you for sharing your lovely photo's with us June and have a wonderful week:)

Julie Marie said...

Absolutely breathtaking June!... I am just like you... can never pick a favorite flower... first is always a rose, like you... then, Foxglove, no wait, Delphinium... I can so relate!... I guess you could say I love ALL flowers!... just some a bit more than others... your mother's crock full of flowers is so pretty!... and I am sure her pickles were tasty too!... yes, I can relate to everything in your post... as a gardeners, I am often asked the same question about doing my gardens all myself... and I always reply "it's just my nature"... as it is yours... it is such a joy each morning to see what is blooming... I also share your dislike of the heavy winds!... I LOVE a nice little cool breeze, but not the strong winds that whip our garden to bits!... hope the winds have calmed down up there for you now and you and your precious Landon are enjoying being in your gardens... xoxo Julie Marie

Shabby Passion said...

Oh My, June, these flowers of yours...
WOW... Well guess what are my favourite then!

Terra said...

Your thumbs are green, yes, TWO green thumbs. I like all your white flowers, tulips, lilacs and especially your snowball viburnums. And your white and pink peonies. All lovely.

One Shabby Old House said...

My favorite flowers are June's flowers! Beautiful beautiful June's flowers.

flowersandhome said...

Love your beautiful photography June! And of course the amazing blooms in your garden. The snowballs are so pretty! And the combination of the white tulips and the Lilacs is just wonderful. I would have never thought of putting them in a bouquet together but maybe that's because I don't have tulips blooming when the Lilac does. It is a great idea though! Now I'll have to try and have some purple tulips next year at the time the purple Lilacs bloom in the garden ;) Unfortunately I don't have the many different Lilacs you have, just one, and I don't have any peonies, so don't worry, even in wintertime your pictures of the spring blooms in your garden will never tire, on the contrary, they'll put a big smile on my face!

Sandi said...

So beautiful June! I love your white tulips also! Stunning!

Faded Charm said...

Love all your beautiful white blooms in these photos. Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comments about my kids and my gardens. I feel we can relate about gardening and how relaxing it can be. I would be lost without all my plants and flowers to tend to each year and feel blessed to have both them and the time:-)

Bring on all the beautiful photos you want...I'll never be tired of seeing such beauty that you create!

Enjoy Summer!!!


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear June ~ As always your post is exquisite, in your flowers, your photos and your lovely home and gardens. All is beautiful and serene. You are an amazing woman to do all that you do and exude such peace.

You are an inspiration to me.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Katherine said...

Look at all that white beauty! You do know that it is white that attracts the Angels - yes, it's true.

As I am currently surrounded by a dirt yard - thank you for sharing this divine beauty.


time worn interiors said...

I love the white tulips and snow ball blooms. I had a few snow ball blooms on my bush early on, but I think the frost got them.

Susan Shull said...

June-Your flowers make me so happy! Beautiful. Just beautiful. I couldn't choose a favorite flower either, and I LOVE white flowers. Have a great week!

NanaDiana said...

June- I don't even know what to say~ Your flowers and photos are just stunning. My mother had a huge snowball bush that she was very proud of and I don't remember anyone else in our area having one at all. People would come and cut flowers from it to take home.

I solve the dilemma of "favorite" by my own have Favorite flowering BUSH in May and in June and in July, etc. Then I have favorite flowering PLANT, shrub, small flower, large flower, etc. LOL

Roses and peonies and lilacs top my list though. Peonies always remind me of blousy, overdressed Sunday church-going ladies. lol

Hope you have a wonderful week in your garden and I can think of nothing more delightful than seeing pictures of your lilacs in bloom along around November! xo Diana

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

The beauty of your gardens are so inspiring. Your photography captures the essence of your flowers so well I can almost smell their sweet perfume. I envy your gorgeous gardens as my postage stamp sized lawn only allows me a small area. Your snowballs are stunning as all your flowers.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I am SOOO mad- I just type a nice long comment and got a Whoops-Error thing and my comment disappeared. Anyway- the brief version is I said that I LOVED this post and have a hard time picking a favorite flower, too- I divide them into categories- favorite bush, shrub, small flower, large flower,lol.

Your flowers/ gardens areSOOO gorgeous. I have never seen white tulips blooming that I remember. They are SO pretty. What a stand out in a garden. I am going to have to look for some of those.

My mother had a snowball bush that was her pride and joy and I don't think anyone around us had one. She must have sent away for it.

Have a good week, June. I will look forward to lilac pictures in the dead of winter! xo Diana

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Awesome! Our wind often brings dust which we had yesterday. Not nice at all. But blue skies are back. Yay! I have balcony plants that are just surviving. To have a garden truly is a wonderful thing. Everyone needs something that nurtures the soul. Have a blessed week. Tammy

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh June,
You have such an abundance of flowers and I am quite envious that you ae able to pick lots of them and bring them into your home. Because our garden is north facing, it is quite difficult to grow lots of flowers. Although, this year we have had quite a few roses. We used to have a couple of snowball viburnums but they always used to be completely covered in blackfly and, no matter how hard we tried, we could never get rid of them. It's the same with nasturtium ….. I expect it's got something to do with our weather. Your snowball looks perfect, so I don't think that you have that problem !!
Sorry that my comments have been eratic ….. my husband hasn't been well so blogging hasn't been at the top of my list !!
I'm off out into the garden now to plant up some pots { all white flowers !!! } ….. it's really sunny today so, I have to make the most of it.
I see that you read Madeliefs blog …… she had a photo of my friend's cottage in the Cotswolds ….. I couldn't believe it …. it's a small world isn't it ?
Enjoy your garden and keep showing us your beautiful images of outside and in. Much love to you and your family. XXXX

Geli said...

Dear June!
Your garden is a little paradise and you have white flowers like I love!!!
They are so beautiful like you ...
I wish you Avery happy time and not so much wind!
With love,

farmhouse-story said...

oh, my, june, your white garden is sheer bliss! the white tulips in the vase took my breath away and then, i saw the peonies in your mom's crock! just so pretty!

you've taught me to bring in my blossoms to enjoy inside, too:) have a great week!

Barbara said...

All that white is gorgeous, June. I just pinned your arrangement of lilacs and tulips! I so miss my yard full of lilacs! But our royal poincianas are blooming now and they are beautiful too.
Have a wonderful week, my friend!

Lana Manis said...

Well, I may have trouble choosing a favorite flower too, but I sure know my favorite blog to visit! :)
I absolutely love coming here to read and to see all the beauty you share with us. What a blessing you are, June!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

You know what I find has happened overnight and in those early
morning hours while I slept? Munching bunnies. So please, pretty please, pepper us with all your beautiful flower photos, June! I can never get enough. :)

It's windy here too. My fingers are crossed that it will stop soon.

Sending happiness & hugs your way...

Bridget said...

This whiteness makes happy and peaceful.
Nothing equals this sort of perfection of the white flowers and white gardens like Vita's Sissinghurst.
Exquisite pics!

White Lace and Promises said...

Ohhh I love this post. If I had a garden it would be all white. I have a vendor-friend who owned a shop she called The White Rabbit. It was on her own land. It was a little white cottage filled with white and all the plants around the garden were white. She had a path leading to "the shed," and all the flowers on both sides were white. The shed was filled with all the other stuff that wasn't all white. The prices were lower in the shed. She folded her business and now it's her little cottage. I miss it.

Unknown said...

Stunning! If that's what "snowballs" look like out by your way..then let it snow!!! lovely...sigh....;)

Junebug said...

June, Your garden always send me off into dream world. I dream that I live in your garden surrounded by all the blooms and smells. Keep posting all the wonderful pictures for I hate to wake up and come back to my garden with all it weeds. I keep thinking I can get a handle on those nasty weeds but it sure is a challenge this year! Love snowballs but I'm running out of room to plant and they take space. But I can do more tulips, may have to check out my local tulip farm for those.

Take care dear sweet one as time if flying by so fast! As they say take time to smell the roses! June

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is such a beautiful post, June...your flowers and photos are so lovely. And I was really touched by your statement of how it was in our nature to find the thing that feeds our soul...

Dorthe said...

Dear June,
White beauty, oh and I wish I could smell them,all, also.
What stunning photoes of all your white lovelyness, that you care for so wonderfully. Such a pleasure, and ofcourse life changes and we are able to concentrate more about the things we love, when gettting older, and with no obligations of work or small kids!
I love all your flowers sweet June, but my favorite is the roses .

Things and Thoughts said...

Snowballs with white tulips and lilacs! This is an exquisite floral combination June, so precious and rare...your photography shows your expert eye to catch beauty!

Things and Thoughts said...

Snowballs with white tulips and lilacs! This is an exquisite floral combination June, so precious and rare...your photography shows your expert eye to catch beauty!

Debbie said...

I know what you mean about flowers opening while we slumber, June. I cut some peonies just yesterday, then woke up this morning to even more! It brings such joy to my heart to look out the kitchen window in the early morning to see such beauty. Your arrangements are gorgeous! Love the white tulips in with the other florals. Just lovely.

victorian parlor II said...

What a beautiful post!!! As always the flowers are stunning:). Looking forward to more pictures!



sophie said...

toutes ces fleurs blanches sont vraiment magnifiques !
merci pour ces beaux moments passés sur votre blog
belle semaine

sophie said...

toutes ces fleurs blanches sont vraiment magnifiques !
merci pour ces beaux moments passés sur votre blog
belle semaine

Nely said...

Dear June,
Your beautiful garden always fascinates,I love white flowers,a special calmness garden..thank you for this beauty!
Many hugs mydear friends

Jacqui said...

Your posts are always so very beautiful! We have much wind here too, some things have to be borne!!
Many blessings

Ricki Treleaven said...

I absolutely love the peonies in the crock! Wow, how pretty. I also love snow viburnums. My neighbor has a huge one, and I love seeing it bloom in early spring!

Our June is still busy because my youngest is still in school. UGH!

Your photos are AH-mazing!!!

Ricki Jill

Low Tide High Style said...

I will look forward to your gorgeous flower pictures now, and in the dead of winter! I actually love that you are a bit behind us on what is blooming, it's like I get to see the flowers I love which are so fleeting, for a bit longer each year. Our peonies are long gone, and also the viburnum...which I love, so seeing yours makes me smile! Have a wonderful week!

xo Kat

Anonymous said...

As always, stunning photos of your garden. Love the huge crock on the floor with peonies. I'd love to know where the chair slipcover is from, I'm in search for one and yours is beautiful!


Madelief said...

Love your all white garden June! So pretty! What a beautiful bouquet the Viburnums and tulips make. A joy to look at!

Wishing you a Happy week ahead!

Madelief x

Unknown said...

Amazing photos and flowers !!! Wish u beter weather !! xoxo

Unknown said...

Amazing photos and flowers !!! Wish u beter weather !! xoxo

Cindy said...

Ahhhhhh... what a treat to see all your gorgeous flowers. I agree, who can say which is a favorite. I have to agree that the lilacs have to mostly win though. I have a snowball viburnum and it had so many blooms this year, but doesn't seem to do well as a cut flower. Have you noticed that? I found an Iris this year that i fell in love with... It's called "Champagne Elegance", so it's my new favorite thing. As far as the wind... Did you know when the wind blows it stirs up positive ions in the air, which can make you feel irritated! Sometimes when the wind blows, i feel myself getting really mad, and then i found out about the ions and i was like "ohhhhh"!

Love the idea of you in the garden and enjoying it so much. I agree, it is a treat to watch things come up year after year, and anticipate each plants arrival. It's therapy...


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Glory, glory be. Every time I come here, I can smell the sweet perfume, June!

Thank you so much for coming to visit my post. I am quite thrilled to have been given a chance to write for this magazine. I hope to continue my writing as to improve and really show my writing skills! Be well and enjoy a perfect summer day! Anita

Unknown said...

You know how I love to visit your home!! Your bedroom is so beautiful.. all the crown molding and those gorgeous plantation shutters.. You are so blessed in so many ways. Your bedroom is so lovely bet you never want to come out!

Anonymous said...

Such sweet blossoms! I adore the vase of flowers in the large stone jar. All the white flowers are gorgeous together. I need to get another snowball bush. Now I am missing it. Thanks for sharing.

Debra Howard said...

Beautiful blooms! Brings back memories of some boys I went to school with who loved to have "Snowball" fights with those pretty flowers...naughty boys. Lol.

koralee said...

Thank you so much for coming over to wish me a congratulations for our little one coming soon! You are way too sweet. I am in love with ALL your is hard to pick a favourite! All I know is that we are so blessed to have the Joy of flowers. xoxo Hugs to you.

Unknown said...

Oh my. Gorgeous gorgeous!! Those white lilacs and white tulips in that vase..... so so beautiful.

Bill and Mary Glidden said...

Beautiful June!! The snowballs are all gone here and the last of the peonies too. I did finally get my oriental poppies to bloom this year- beautiful peach and light pink one. Hopefully they will multiply.

I can't get in to my megardengal blog anymore for some reason so am using ministry blog- always love coming over here when I have time to see how your lovely garden (and yourself) is doing.

bee blessed

Peonies & Magnolias said...

What a beautiful wonderland you have, all the blooms are gorgeous and I enjoy your pictures so much. I love the smell of lilacs and sure wish their blooms lasted longer than they do.

Have a great week.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love mountains of flower I am looking forward to it! Your photography is gorgeous. I have so many favorite flowers too..I think my favorite is whatever is blooming at the moment :)

Rostrose said...

Hello my dear!
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You asked us how our month is going so far - well, and I'm happy cause I can tell you that I like JUNE (in both meanings of the word :o))

First of all I want to say, that your white and pink flower-splendor is really a feast for my eyes - and I can understand that it's difficult or impossible to make a decision which plant is the favorite.
Second: Our part of Lower Austria is very windy, too - and i don't like too much wind as well...But we learn to live with it - because we have to (and because we are women who are ABLE to learn to accept :o)).

To your reply "I don't know how you work as hard ..." I just can say: "Well roared, lion!" :o) I think for what we love or what is really necessary, we always will find time.

And last but not least, dearest June, I want to thank you for your sweet and hearttouching comment! Certainly, the translations of my posts are sometimes terribly. I am honored that you're trying to read my long, long texts yet.
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Take my hugs,
✿ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ✿ ♥♥♥♥ ܓܓ✿ܓ✿ܓ

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Stunning June! I am smiling right along with your battered and bruised body. I too would have a hard time naming my favorite flower. One might say, I never met a flower I didn't like. Some have a special place in my heart, like the Iris. Because my sweet mom loved them so. And although I don't remember my dad, (he passed when I was 9 months old), mom always talked of how the rose was his favorite. My snowballs, Peonies, Iris, and Lilacs are through blooming. Now I look forward to my Delphiniums. Another one of my favorites. lol! Love strolling the gardens each morning and thank God every day for such beauty!

Beehive Needleworks said...

Struggle through your garden photographs!? Never dear friend...such a thought is ALWAYS a pleasure...particularly in the depths of wintertime.
Thank you dearest for popping by my wee corner of the land...and for your kind are a blessing truly.
Sending love out to you ...
Judy xox

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

June, You are so cute. I too, couldn't pick a favorite. I really love them all. Of course, when my favorites are blooming i Love them the best, but then the next day I get a surprise from a new bloom, then that's my favorite. That's why I love gardening there's always a surprise around every corner. I raised 3 children and always had a garden, but now I have the time to really appreciate everything growing. You are an amazing mother to Landon. He's so lucky!

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Dearest June....I only just found your last comment, so sorry! Fancy you dreaming about England, how wonderful. I wonder have you ever visited?
Sorry to be absent for two months on the blog, M.E. been a bit of a trial, but no matter I love seeing all your gorgeous flower photographs, ooooooh! can't wait for those peonies!!

Big hugs dearest friend and thank you for not forgetting me. xx
Jane. x

Robin Johnson said...

So, So Pretty. Every year I tell myself I'm going to plants some snowballs but it never happens. This year I did cross lilacs off my list so maybe next year snowballs will get taken care of.

Burlap Luxe said...

Our snow balls came and went far to fast, I just love there flakey petals and there soft mess they make. We only have one small growing bush and so looking forward to its fast growth. In the short year and a half of growth it has grown a lot, perhaps I will plant more knowing how well they do for us here on the desert of California.

Your photos always inspire the best soft white beauty leaving me in awwww!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my place and joy latest marriage of two different vintage pieces creating a library feel to my studio/study.

Keep inspiring us June, it's so what you do best.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

Your post today is delightful, thank you for sharing your gorgeous flowers with us. It is a grey, and drizzling day here so a great way to start my day - seeing your snowballs, tulips and all the pretty white.
Love that the peonies give a beautiful fragrance around your gorgeous home they look pretty in your Mums crock.
Happy weekend

Diane said...

Such a lovely and soft post, June. I can't imagine how wonderful your house smells. My peonies are blooming now and the rain is doing it's best to ruin them. But I love the rain, too. Your white tulips and iris are just SO beautiful. Have a very beautiful day. ((Diane))

HWIT BLOGG said...

Oh this lovely white, so beautiful!
Have a great weekend and take care.

Mimi Sue said...

Your peonies are so beautiful. Worth the wait! I bought a snowball plant this spring. It will be interesting to see when I get blooms. Might take a few years I'm told. Hope the wind lays low for awhile. Have a wonderful weekend. Mimi

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

JUNE! So you do know Georgianna! But of course! Oh yes, thank goodness she contacted me to let me know that one of the photos on my post is hers, and she was so kind about it and I was able to link back to her. I perused her page this morning and was I ever blown away by "the look" that I seek for my work, but also by her subject matter. I am trying to really focus on what I need to do to make my "snap shot" look transform into that dreamy, creamy look you and Georgianna achieve. I am learning! I also need to find some great points of interest here (and there are many) so I can get that architectual interest in my photos as well.

Thank you so much for getting back to me. I don't know if I'll hear back from Georgianna, so I wonder if you will know - are you familiar with ISSUU magazine template? Georgianna as well as Coty Farqhuar uses it to make emags, and that is something I'd like to do. Do you know how to use it?

Georgianna said...

Oh, June, I do know exactly what you mean about going out in the garden each morning. That's the first thing I do in summer (with coffee in hand, of course) and marvel at the beauty and new growth. Through your garden and photos you share so much with so many and we are all enriched. x