Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Front door greetings....

Here in the Northwest we have had an extra large dose of rain this spring, in spite of it, or maybe because of it, everything is growing.....like weeds, including the weeds.

The blossoms are taking a beating tho', roses blooms are turning to mush and peonies a laying down.....this to will pass.....today's forecast is DRY!  Hooray!

Thought I would share a new "pretty" I purchased this weekend at an art fair......a hand-blown glass orb to float in my water feature along with some Japanese glass floats.

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The water feature and rose arbor line the sidewalk to the front door. 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to my house....I am no "shrinking violet" when it comes to color, LOVE IT!

Also, love the red child's  chair and the watering can with the purple of Petunias and Heliotrope.

 

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The Heliotrope will add it's wonderful, welcoming, vanilla fragrance. 

This is a difficult west facing location....the area is in shade most of the day until late afternoon when the hot sun shines in....so I am trying a sedum "Aeonium Zwartkop" and sedum "Angelina" in a pot.  If, they are not getting enough light I will be able to move them into the sun.....for some light therapy!

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The same is true of the other pots, I'll move as needed.

 

View from above and the final flourish.... a basket full of flowerpots and old garden tools!

 

 

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And should you think I am brilliant and can remember the names and species of all my plants.....NOT true.....I keep a garden journal.....here are a few pages......cline famil 005 cline famil 006

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I started journaling where and what I planted, years ago, because every spring I would be digging up plants I'd forgotten I had planted.....still do that sometimes... but now I can look back and figure out what it was I just destroyed! Haha!

Thanks for visiting today, remember I appreciate comments and I love my followers.  Join me at Outdoor Wednesday, Rednesday and Tabletop Tuesday as I visit all those wonderful blogs!

34 comments:

Staci said...

The journal looks amazing! I always love seeing little glimpses of that. LOVE the new glass float too.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how beautiful everything looks. I love the glass orbs, they are gorgeous. Your vignette on the porch is wonderful. So pretty. I really like all the clay pots in the basket with the gardening tools. So perfect. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Love your journal. The blue and orange in the fountain is simply smashing I say. I love color and those are way toooooo coooooool!

Allison Shops said...

Your journal is great. I write down things too. Hard to remember otherwise. I also save a plant tag from each kind of plant. Pretty garden and porch area.

Dropping by from Outdoor Wednesday (post #3). If you haven't registered for our glass vessel sink giveaway, it's open until 5pm EST Wednesday.

Allison
Atticmag

SueLovesCherries said...

Jan, that is the funnest looking garden journal I've ever seen! I may have to add some fun to mine, too!

Your pots look so pretty with the chair and water can. I tried heliotrope from seed this year - it's a slow grower. I may see blooms by September, if I'm lucky, lol!

dogsmom said...

Love the glass orbs. Your gardening journal is awesome. I need something like that. Wish I was as creative as you.

~~Carol~~ said...

So many pretties to look at here! I like your water feature, and the orb too. Don't you just love the sound of tinkling water in the garden?! And that little red chair with the blue pot looks so nice there, and I especially like the purple touch of the heliotrope. Thanks for reminding me how much I love it, because it smells sooo good!
Happy REDnesday!
Carol

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your glass orb caught my eye immediately-very nice! But what I really love, and had intended to do... is the garden journal! So upset that I did not take the time to do that! How many things have I dug up because I did not mark where they were-ugh! Not to mention not knowing the names of things, good for you for doing it!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh, that globe is so pretty! And I love the little red chair!

Happy Rednesday!

kim said...

Wow, that journal is quite impressive. I can't name many plants either and sometimes keep the little tags because I know I will forget what I planted. Love your fountain with the floats.

Manang Kim said...

I love that journaling idea. I think I have to start doing it too. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Wednesday!


Rednesday~Strawberry

Ormolulu said...

I don't know where to start, Jan . . . you are quite the artist!! Love the floats too. (Wonder what summer will be like--although I appreciate the lack of heat in Spokane!). Missed you at Farm Chicks!

The bakery was in North Bend, along with Bad Girls Antiques. TTYL,

Debi

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

I just love everything about this post, Jan. It's ALL great. Your journal is very creative, and really it is a work of art.
Happy REDnesday.

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

What an awesome journal, your fountain looks great with your floating treasures!
Hugz,
Kim

Mica said...

what a wonderful front door greeting. i love the red chair. Mica/The Child's Paper

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

You are so talented! Those cupcakes are amazing!
Love the roses!
Very pretty blog! Following you.

GardenofDaisies said...

I love your colorful journal! It is a piece of art! And your door/front walkway are very welcoming! I really love the basket in one of your previous posts with with the bright striped pillow and crocheted throw. Such a cheerful home!

Light and Voices said...

Amazing gardening journal!
Joyce M

Ann said...

What's entered in your garden journal, the seeds and plants you put in the garden?

Angela said...

That beautiful vignette by your door just made me gasp with joy! Than I scroll down and see the journal! Oh my!!! I even clicked on the picture to enlarge it! Just beautiful. I have kept journals for years also..and just started adding pictures from magazines and quote's that I find to the journal..Thanks for sharing. I'm SO loving your red chair too. I have a wee one very similar.

Nancy said...

Love your use of color...in your garden and your journal!

FineArtPainting said...

These are excellent journal pages, in fact, so good that I want to invite you to join our new DIY tutorial party that opens today...
perhaps you can write a few tutorial lines or you may already have a 'how to journal' post somewhere laying around on your blog

here's where you add your link:
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Early entries get most traffic, so hop over today

(pssst ...there is also a link there for you to get a chance to win $50 silver customizable jewelry gift certificate from wonderful designer Lisa Leonard)

daylily777 said...

Beautiful Entry! I love your garden journal !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Ms. Bake-it said...

Love your colorful porch. What a great idea to keep a gardening journal. I hope I remember that next year when I will finally be able to do the landscaping at my house. I keep other types of journals, baking, decorating, kids, etc. but never thought about one for gardening. Great idea.

~ Tracy

AshTreeCottage said...

I know what you mean about rain, rain and more rain. More in the forcast for today. However, your post today is sunny and fun. What a cute little red chair and your journal is a true work of art. Wish I could browse through it's pages!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

CACHANILLA73 said...

Very cute chair, great idea.... and that journal, wow!!! you are very talented.

Chel ~ said...

Absolutely love your chair/plant holder, and your journaling as well!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Your porch is charming and I'm so inspired by your lovely journal!

Happy Rednesday,
Sally

Ann said...

Your apricot color orb in beautiful. Looks great in your water feature. Everything else blooming is lovely.

Tracy F. said...

Your journals are true works of art. I love the glass orbs and your bright blue pot is such a beautiful color. I featured some like it on one of my posts a while back. Love that vivid shade of blue!

Pam said...

Happy Rednesday! I love your little red chair; I have one almost exactly like it. Pam @ Sallygoodin

Sandy said...

I love your journal too! What agreat idea! And it is obvious you love your garden! :)

zentmrs said...

Love your journal - what a wonderful idea! And your water feature is beautiful!

Jami said...

Lovely, lovely- I keep a "journal" too, but I use the term very loosely for a 3-ring binder with lined pages! One day I will share it, but you have to promise not to laugh- there are no beautiful pictures or drawings like yours. But you've inspired me to maybe add some...

Thanks for participating in the Tuesday Garden Party!