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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

Today I am linking up with http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/ and http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ for FF on tomorrow.

Plumbago


Alyssum


Gerbera


This Verbena I call Miss Prissy, she once had her own chair container but her butt outgrew it.


Crinums have been blooming for a couple of weeks.


Still my favorite rose, from the grocer for 5 dollars.


This Amaranthus, Joseph's Coat popped up in our parking area. The wind and rain knocked it over a few days ago, my husband has nicknamed it the 'Lion's Mane'.


The majority of my blooming plants are either finished for the season or are waiting for a slight cool down in temperatures to begin blooming again. It gets very hot and humid quickly during the day which makes for an unstable atmosphere with unpredictable thunderboomers in the afternoon. In the meantime the girls and I have been working on a few projects indoors. Some of the paper that we made the other day is being turned into bookmarks while some of the others will be framed. I will be sharing how I made the paper next week. I could share a video link with you that I viewed for this idea, but anyone that knows me, knows that I tweak every recipe I use.


Here are a few signs I painted yesterday. Today I will drill holes and attach the wire for hanging. I'll share more about the completed signs next week as well. Some things will be for sale soon...Christmas is only 5 months away... :) (special orders welcome)





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Today I am Thankful to "Walk by faith not by sight"......

56 comments:

Meems said...

It is true some of the bloomers really slow down this season. I think that is why I concentrate so much on foliage and why I adore my caladiums for summertime color. Your indoor projects are always fun to see. I'll be watching for next week's how-to. I'm looking for a fun new craft to do with my
8yo granddaughter.
enjoy... Meems

FlowerLady said...

I love your wheelbarrow full of goodies, and your bloomers are lovely.

Your paper projects are great and I wish you well with them.

Looking forward to seeing this recipe.

Happy Summer Gardening ~ FlowerLady

cherry said...

I had to do a double take I thought your Amaranthus was a small dog.lol Lord I need new glasses..lol But then I was still giggling about Miss Prissy's big butt.. Sounds like me except hers is prettier ..lol
Have a fun day hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Val said...

Oh I love the paper you have made and can't wait to hear about it. I have never done that but would love to know how. Is that moss in the wheelbarrow? The only thing blooming here is my dahlias. They are gorgeous! Love the signs too.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Pretty flowers, cute projects! You never cease to amaze me.
Good luck with your sales!

Jann Olson said...

We are at the peak of our season here in Zone 5. At times I wish I lived where I could garden all year long. But then, by Fall I find that I'm ready for a break. Your late bloomers are lovely. I love your signs! You did a great job. Will be anxious to find out more about them. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog.

Jill said...

I love your wheelbarrow plantings and the little birds tucked in amid the plants is are perfect! I might have to search for an old wheelbarrow someday. =) All of your posies are so pretty and your signs are wonderful!

Anna said...

Looks like you still have plenty of beauty in your garden despite the heat! Paper making is a fun craft to incorporate garden gleanings. My daughter and I have made lots of fun paper over the years:)

Karen said...

You had me laughing at Miss Prissy's big butt, I can sympathize with her, if I don't get a move on, mine won't fit in my chair, either. Love the bookmarks and signs, you are so talented.

Marie said...

What pretty garden blooms you have, love the gerbera daisies! Oh and I love love love the signs you made. They're so cute!
-Marie

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Darla, your garden is so pretty!... I love your little grocery store rose, I have one from the store that is my favorite as well... love your little garden markers too... wishing you a beautiful Summers day... xoxo Julie Marie

Lola said...

Love the wheelbarrow. I have some plants that look similar to yours in window boxes hanging on my chain link fence. Big Butt indeed. Love that.
Blooms have calmed down here too. Zinnia about to bloom. They are volunteer.

Jacque Ferreira said...

I appreciate that you included names for your plants, I am lazy at identifying some of mine and you just helped! Looks great, happy gardening! ~ Jacque

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

These are all lovely! Btw, thanks for such a sweet comment on my divine rose tutorial :) It brightened my day.

Lona said...

Alyssum smell so terrific. I have a pot by the back door and every time I go out the door the aroma hits me.You Plumbago is so beautiful. Mine is just setting and doing nothing. Kind of like me. LOL! Have you ever grown Gerbera from seed? I cannot get the stuff to seed. I wondered if there was a certain way one had to deal with the seeds? Your Bookmarkers are just the cutest. Great job on the signs too.

Mikko Tyllinen said...

Very beautiful!

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I've never heard of a crinum but they sure are pretty.

Grace said...

Well I can sure relate to Miss Prissy, LOL. Love your bargain rose and the Crinums are lovely. And the Gerbera is outstanding. Your wheelbarrow is really filling in nicely and looks so cool. Love it all.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, Our blooming flowers are stopping for awhile--except for the Roses---also. It's just that time of year.

Love Miss Prissy... She could easily be named Miss Betsy... ha ha... I love Verbena.

Love the bookmarks and signs... How CREATIVE and NEAT.... Wow!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

perennialgardener said...

Yep I imagine your garden is looking for some relief from the heat you guys are getting right now. I love the Crinum Lily, the color is so vibrant. The signs & bookmarks are great too. :)

mississippi artist said...

Most of my stuff is slowing down in this horrid heat! It will perk up in the fall though. I like the moss in your wheelbarrow.

imac said...

We had a real downpour this pm but now its fine once more.

Dont know how you keep going in all this weather, its the training youve had.lol

HolleyGarden said...

Love your Miss Prissy! And your story about her outgrowing the chair! And yes, I see the 'Lion's Mane'!

rosesandgargoyles said...

Love Gerbera Daisies! They're just happy plants. Your signs are cool.

Jeanni

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Love the "lion's mane!"

Deb said...

great post....

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thanks so much for sharing over here at Cottage Flora Thursday's! there is something just so pure & fresh about a gerber daisy - love it! & all your other fantastic blooms xoox, tracie

jeanetteann said...

Lovely pics, you must have a lovely garden, I especially love the little birds in the wheelbarrow. OH and thanks a mil for your comment on my blog. x

daisy said...

Lovely blooms. Looks like you are having lots of fun there!

Beth said...

Love your crafting, both the signs and the paper. You're a talented woman! The gerbera is a stunning color and I like the soft color of the plumbago as well.
Blessings, Beth

NanaK said...

Catching up on blog reading after vacation. I, too, concentrate on some indoor pastimes in this heat! I'm currently making new curtains. The rain we've been getting is wonderful but only a few hrs. in the AM are bearable to be out and about in the garden. Making your own paper sounds fun and I look forward to the info on how to do it.

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Lovely flowers!I can relate to the hot and humid weather too.My garden is in full swing right now and if it doesn't get too hot over the next week or so they should last... I adore your hand painted signs!
Deb

George said...

Your garden looks gorgeous and green in spite of the heat and humidity. Your five dollar rose is beautiful. I'm very impressed with the signs you've made and look forward to learning more about how you made your paper.

Alison said...

I love that amaranthus, it does look just like a lion! Looking forward to your post about the papers, they came out beautiful. The signs are cool too.

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, I love all your flowers and your signs are amazing too and also the pieces you made for One Word Wednesday--how fantastic!!
XO

Tootsie said...

I love that crinum? is that what you said it was??? never even seen one before! Your garden is gorgeous all the time my dear Darla!!! Even when it is sort of taking a break!
thank you for linking in and flaunting with me this week...I do hope to see you here flaunting again soon!!! I hope you have a great weekend friend...I enjoyed the visit here today!

Rosie said...

Hi Darla. I love that "lion's mane." I spend $20 on a new rose bush, and it doesn't look nearly as good as your $5 one. It's so nice to visit a luscious zone 8 garden.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Darla, I love your wheelbarrow full of plants and your creative sign projects.

Becca's Dirt said...

I hate this time of year when the gardens are fighting with the weather. My gardens are on hiatus right now. Hardly anything going on. Actually they look terrible. But I am happily planning next springs gardens.

Shirley @ The Gardening LIfe said...

I love the colours of your Joseph's Coat Amaranthus! Lovely photos!


Thanks for the visit. Come again soon. :)

Diann said...

Your flowers look beautiful! And I love the homemade paper bookmarkers!

Diane said...

Everything looks beautiful! Isn't it fun to find 'bargain' plants, like your lovely rose, and be surprized at how well they do!

Happy FF.

Tatyana said...

Hi Darla! I always wanted to have plumbago in my garden. Such a pretty blue color! Variety of plants in your garden is amazing!

Julie said...

Can't wait to see your paper making technique!!!

Landbohaven said...

Smukke blomster. Jeg kan rigtig godt li` den blå farve på billedet nr. 2. Hvad hedder planten?

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Darla girl I am still laughing over "Miss Prissy's BUTT" hahaha
You have such a wonderful imagination with how you create your gardens .. I love all the different containers and plants .. it comes together in an amazing mix and match : )
Joy
PS .. wait till you see what happens in Y&R !!! Sharon breaks Adam's heart and he throws the memory card into the water from that special? bridge .. Nick finally cuts Sharon down, for good? and Sam is there to hold her hand aaahhhh ! BIG *SMIRK* !! hehehe

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Hi Darla! I didn't see a way to email you. Here is the blog link to Horton's. http://hortonsoftipton.blogspot.com/

Sorry that I forgot to link them, I'll go and correct that right now!

I have a children's craft book that shows how to make paper. I always thought it would be fun to try but I never got around to it. I really like the bookmarks!

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Darla,
Your flowers are so pretty. I love the Gerber Daisy!
-Lynn

My Little Home and Garden said...

Darla, your flower photographs are beautiful! I also peeked at the lovely paper you made: so creative!

~~Rhonda said...

Darla, gotta say, I love your wheelbarrow! Cute! And it's never too early to think about Christmas! The sooner the better in my book. :)
Thanks for sharing your lovely garden blooms. ~~Rhonda

Sall's Country Life said...

Love your paper projects! I was visiting Florida (St.Augustine area)the beginning of May. It was terribly dry then, looks like your flowers are all enjoying some wonderful weather they all look so healthy! Thanks for visiting Sall's Country Life! Enjoy some more crafting time!

Pat said...

Your wheelbarrow looks so cute! I love your crinums, we can't grow them in zone 5. Thanks for your visit!

sweetbay said...

Love the Plumbago. It has such a dreamy loveliness about it.

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Even though you said you didn't have much color in your garden, I enjoyed looking at it. We had some color in the spring, but it's been so hot this year that we gave up on flowers. Therefore, it was a treat to see your pretty blooms. Thanks so much for visiting my blog this weekend.

Zoey said...

I love Amaranthus, Joseph's Coat. Unique flowers like that one always top my list. Unfortunately I can almost never find them in my small town.

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