Welcome Back Sunshine!

I am really loving this sunshining Monday! 

ahhh sunshine!

 Last week was one rainy week here in Ohio!

Proof:

A vase left on the table outside.. all from last week!

I almost fell walking out to take this picture because the deck was covered in slime (??)  from all the rain since we are too lazy haven’t gotten around to staining it yet!

One positive of all this rain is that my flowers are absolutely thriving!

Our mums are starting to bloom, a sure sign that fall is in the air.

These  mums were a gift from J’s mom. We just simply planted them in the ground a few falls ago and they have come back bigger every year! 🙂 We thought they would die in the winter and be gone forever, but to our surprise (and delight!) we are able to enjoy them every year without having to pay for new plants.

The rain has also helped this little monster to grow:

This thing is taller than me now! It’s supposed to just be a cute little bush at the end of the driveway, but I think I see a new location in the future. Somewhere were it can grow freely and we don’t have to trim it ever few weeks! Word of advice-when planning your flower beds read how big things get and plan accordingly. Oh well, you live and learn and then buy plants that don’t need constant maintainance!

 I’m off to give Mr. Monster Bush a haircut!

Hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy this beautiful day!

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I heart flowers!

I really love flowers, but I love flowers from my own garden most of all. I get great joy from stepping out into my own yard and cutting fresh flowers to decorate my home. 

Endless Summer

I love the bluish purple hydrangea we have in our front and back flower beds. They are called “Endless Summer”. They really live up to their name. They start blooming as early as May and keep blooming until Fall. A great thing about hydrangeas is that they make awesome cut flowers. They will last at least a week in water. I have had some last even longer. Another cool thing that I’ve read about hydrangeas is that if you bury part of the stem (not a cut stem) it will take root and then when you cut it loose from the mother plant you have a whole new plant! Something I’m definitely going to try! I am also thinking of drying them out this year and having beautiful flowers all winter.

Along with the hydrangeas we also have bright yellow daylillies and purple salvia. These plants do not have nearly the blooms of the hydrangeas so I generally leave them alone, but yesterday I thought the daylillies had a few flowers to spare. I made this cute little arrangement to go in my favorite chihuahua planter. Ok, so it’s my only chihuahua planter, but isn’t it a cute one?

I am not exactly sure what those pretty pink flowers are called. I bought a plant at Walmart for $5 on clearance, and oh my has it flourished! It’s popping out pretty flowers like crazy! It didn’t come with a tag, so I guess I have to do some investigating to find out what it is. It’s still in the pot, but it’s overflowing so I have to plant it soon. I think I might give it a permanent home down by the pond. 

 This has been an extremely wonderful summer for plants. Just the right amount of sunshine and rain. 

Happy Summer!

What plants did you plant this summer? What are your favorite flowers to display in  your home?