Adding Interest with Garden Orbs

DSC_0274Several years ago, my mother-in-law brought me two sets of garden orbs. One large, one small. I wasn’t sure what to do with them at first. But, once they were incorporated into my decorative pots, I’ve been enjoying them year round. I’ve been asked from time to time where someone might buy them, so I’m happy to let you know that you can find them at her family’s garden center, Horticultural Services in Manhattan, KS.

Just give them a call (785-776-5764) and they can fix you up! Here’s a look at how I’ve enjoyed them at my house.DSC_0203DSC_0025 DSC_0041DSC_0275 IMG_2226IMG_5729The orbs can be flattened for easy storage, too! Try adding something structural to your outdoor pots, to give them a fresh look!

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Remembering Our Military Vets

DSC_0275Amidst the bar-b-cues, boat outings and general merrmiment of a long weekend is a day with meaning. I decided that I didn’t have enough flags on the house, so I’ve added them to the window boxes, as a sign of gratitude to the men and women who serve and have served.

Many of our families have served in the military, so today I want to honor my family members who served so bravely.

My great-uncle John, was in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII and lived to tell about it. My Uncle John, is a physician and enlisted after medical school and was stationed at a forbidden weather station in Newfoundland, during the Korean War. My Uncle Marion wa drafted into the Navy (in the middle of his residency at Vanderbilt Medical) and was sent to Vietnam. He was stationed on the USS Sanctuary were he operated on numerous soldiers and civilians. My Uncle Jack served in the Air Force in Vietnam. He was a side gunner on a helicopter flying in ammo and flying out the dead and wounded. All made it home safely.DSC_0278 DSC_0272 DSC_0276 DSC_0264I fly the flag for them and all of those who have so bravely served and protected our country. Happy Memorial Day!

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7 Years of Pretty Pink Tulips

IMG_6104-1024x1024Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. 1,237 posts and 7 years to be exact. That’s how long ago I started this blogging adventure…when one of my sons was in elementary school and the other in Pre-K. Now, they are in high school and middle school. They’re growing up and I guess, so am I.

9 years ago, I decided to plant pink tulip bulbs in the front and side of the house and see how they looked. They became one of my favorite parts of Spring. And, I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you.

Just like a lot of us change hairstyles, my house has gone through some changes. After tearing off deteriorating shutters, I just left them off for a while and painted the door light green. Then, we renovated, added on and I put black shutters on the house and painted the door a glossy black. We lost our beautiful crab apple trees that had stunning hot pink blossoms. We added pear blossom trees and the arbor gate. The window boxes and pots usually vary each year. Everything is up for grabs except the tulips. They have been a constant.

I’m actually thinking about planting something different next year. A different color tulip. Perhaps alliums. I’m still deciding. But, in the meantime, here’s a look over the past 8 years of pretty pink tulips.DSC_0006 DSC_0010 DSC_0015 DSC_0034 DSC_0037 DSC_0051 DSC_0172 DSC_0174 DSC_0180 DSC_00271 DSC_02021 IMG_3391-768x1024 IMG_5939-768x1024 IMG_6087-768x1024

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IMG_8815-768x1024 IMG_8851-1024x768 IMG_8852-768x1024Thank you for joining me on this journey over the past 7 years. A lot has happened – to all of us – but it’s nice to know there are some constants. In my case, it’s pretty pink tulips. They’ll be blooming again soon.

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