Monday, June 13, 2011

Flowers!

Happy Monday!

I start back to work tonight after a wonderful 9-day break. For the most part, our weather cooperated and it was only a bit chilly for a couple of days. In Minnesota, you never know what it's going to do from day to day. After a horribly cold and snowy Winter and a very rainy Spring, my week off brought some warm, sunny weather! We had one day with 103 degree temps. . .(I didn't even mind that heat.) Then, 2 days later, it was 40 degrees cooler with a temp of 64! Crazy! I spent my days not only creating cards but also finally getting my veggies and flowers planted! I thought I would share some of those with you today.


First of all, my Peonies are an all time fave of mine! Love how huge they get, the wonderful pink color and heavenly fragrance!






I love my deck and spend lots of time relaxing there. I like to fill pots with pretty colors. This one is my fave this year.



I love the contrast of the purple shades!



Here's another pot filled with Osteospermum. Love the colors of these sweet little daisies!



I found a pink Gerbera Daisy with white tips that I thought was so pretty!



Here's a close-up:



And I love the colors of this Geranium!



Close-up:



This is Nemesia.

I had heard of it before but have never seen it. I planted four of them in my garden, along with some Petunias. They have a lovely, soft fragrance!


Here is a view of my deck from the back yard.



At the far corner of the yard is my vegetable garden.

Doesn't look like much in this photo but as I write this, the cucumbers, pea pods, beans, green peppers and tomatoes are all growing nicely now! Can't wait to eat it all!


And I'll leave you with a photo of just one of the many vases placed around the house with Peonies.

You have to enjoy them while you can. . .it's such a short blooming season for these beauties! I'll be bringing a few of them to my girlfriends at work tonight, so they too can enjoy them.


Thanks so much for coming by today! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start! :)

27 comments:

Therese Franziska said...

hi Barb,
love your great photos.
It must heva been a nice weekend.
Enjoy the evening...
Hugs,
Franziska

patscrap91 said...

Hi Barb,
Your garden, your deck and your peonies are so beautiful.

Donna B. said...

Lovely flowers Barb. Glad you had a good vacation!

Deirdre said...

peony roses - my FAVES! Adore them. Beautiful flowers - thanks for sharing.

Brenda said...

Oh I love your beautiful photos Barb! Thanks for sharing! I adore your deck and very spacious lawn!

Vanessa said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos with us, Barb! The peonies are already gone here - the last ones were washed away by the rain. But now my larkspurs are blooming! Love the blue! Hugs, Vanessa x

Sue said...

Wonderful to see the flowers, if you ever want inspiration you just have to walk into you garden Barb, nature has given you a wonderful array of colours. Thank you for sharing these pics I enjoyed seeing them and your garden.
Smiles:)

Lisa said...

Hi Barb! Looks like we had the same vacation time! I just got back today myself :) Hope you enjoyed your time off! Your flowers are beautiful! I wish I had more of a green thumb here in TX but the weather is so hot I find it difficult. Always had better luck with the flowers in AK where it's cooler!

Lynn said...

Beautiful Barb! We are just finishing up our mulch....and then our pots will be next!

Simone said...

Barb your flowers are so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous picturs with us. I love your deck too such a great place to sit and relax :)

AnitaRex said...

Barb what lovely photos! I so understand your weather it's the same over here too! Love all the pretty flowers!!! Such a nice yard you have! Thanks for sharing!

Disp6194 said...

Barb thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. I just love those pink gerbera daisies, so beautiful! I'm glad you got to enjoy some nice weather on your vacation :)

alexandra s.m. said...

How wonderful and generous of you to share your beauties with us!
I couldn't agree with you more...crazy weather and the peonies' season truly is TOO short!

Thanks Barb!

Debbie said...

Thanks for sharing your photos, I feel like I have just had a nice relaxing visit at your house :). I am so jealous of your peonies!! They are gorgeous!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Love all your flowers Barb! The peonies are beautiful and I just love the Gerbera Daisies. I have some on my porch too. :) Thanks for sharing these photos. Your deck looks wonderful!

Robin K. said...

Hi Barb! We're getting the same crazy weather here - after wearing shorts for several days I was back in a sweatshirt and jeans :( Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos! - you've created a very inviting environment on your deck :) Hugs, Robin

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous flowers Barb! Wonderful pots and planted flowers. Our weather too has been all over the place. :)

susanne said...

I enjoyed these pictures of your garden and deck Barb ... everything is so beautiful ... love your big backyard and vegetable garden! And I love all of your pots of flowers. You must have some wonderful times and memories on that deck! :)

CanadianScraps43 said...

So loved your beautiful pictures. Just wish I could have smelled all those beauties. Flowers are starting here but nothing as wonderful as yours. Love your deck too. Looks like a great place to hang out wit a cool drink, have a barbque and be with friends. So when you inviting me? Lol! Just kidding sweetie. Lol. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Hugs

Tiffany said...

I'm glad you had an enjoyable vacation time! Gorgeous, gorgeous flowers, I am seeing some wonderful color inspiration for cards here. :) Holy smokes, that is your backyard! Wow, it is huge and so beautiful! You must love just hanging out on your patio in the summer!!

Diana said...

Your flowers are stunning Barb!

Virginia L. said...

Gorgeous blooms! Thanks for taking us around :) My peonies are starting to bloom here...it's a little later than most area in North America.Love it when you share flower photos!

Dawn said...

Your garden and deck look amazing with all those wonderful flowers Barb. I wish I lived close so I could come visit...

paula said...

Hi Barb, I love your gardens. Your flowers & gardening skills are amazing. I can only grow noxious weeds! I also kill everything else lol. Love seeing your beautiful garden xoxoxoxo

Maureen Morton said...

Oh, I would love to have a glass of iced tea with you on that beautiful deck! Your life is filled with such grace and beauty! Thanks for sharing this part of yourself with us.

Nancy said...

Hi Sweet Friend! I just love it when you do posts about your beautiful garden. Your deck is really a welcoming place, wish I could just pop over for a chat and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.
Have a wonderful weekend, hope you have plenty of time to get crafty.

Joy said...

I love that you have shared these beautiful photos of your gorgeous garden Barb, I feel like I am there sitting on your beautiful sun filled porch sipping coffee with you enjoying the scenery...oh to wish one day!