Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Garden Quotes….Enjoy!


Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration.  ~Lou Erickson

What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it.  ~Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, 1871

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.  ~Mirabel Osler

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.  ~Author Unknown

The best place to seek God is in a garden.  You can dig for him there.  ~George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, 1932

Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to.  But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough.  Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them.  ~Victoria Glendinning

In gardens, beauty is a by-product.  The main business is sex and death.  ~Sam Llewelyn

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.  ~Hanna Rion

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.  The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.  ~Abram L. Urban

It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.  ~James Douglas, Down Shoe Lane

Weather means more when you have a garden.  There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.  ~Marcelene Cox

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.  ~Author Unknown

I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse

Don't wear perfume in the garden - unless you want to be pollinated by bees.  ~Anne Raver

When one of my plants dies, I die a little inside, too.  ~Linda Solegato

Gardens are a form of autobiography.  ~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.  ~Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com

I know that if odour were visible, as colour is,
I'd see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.
~Robert Bridges, "Testament of Beauty"

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.  ~Orson Scott Card

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.  ~Author Unknown

I think the true gardener is a lover of his flowers, not a critic of them.  I think the true gardener is the reverent servant of Nature, not her truculent, wife-beating master.  I think the true gardener, the older he grows, should more and more develop a humble, grateful and uncertain spirit.  ~Reginald Farrer, In a Yorkshire Garden, 1909

Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy.  ~Astrid Alauda

The garden is the poor man's apothecary.  ~German Proverb

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.  ~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897

No two gardens are the same.  No two days are the same in one garden.  ~Hugh Johnson

From an aunt, long ago:  "Death has come for me many times but finds me always in my lovely garden and leaves me there, I think, as an excuse to return."  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Coffee.  Garden.  Coffee.  Does a good morning need anything else?  ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com

I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.  ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden.... It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks

Despite the gardener's best intentions, Nature will improvise.  ~Michael P. Garafalo, gardendigest.com

Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.  ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.  ~Frank McKinney Hubbard

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.  ~Walt Whitman

Gardens always mean something else, man absolutely uses one thing to say another.  ~Robert Harbison, Eccentric Spaces, 1977

Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls:  all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves.  ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden.  ~Abraham Cowley, The Garden, 1666

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.  ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.  ~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden.  ~John Erskine

Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart.  ~Russell Page

It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening.  You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not.  ~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish, 1936

When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.  If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.  ~Author Unknown

Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.  ~Linda Solegato

Tomatoes and squash never fail to reach maturity.  You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it.  ~S.J. Perelman, Acres and Pains, 1951

I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border.  I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.  ~Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988

It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, the result of ignorance, carelessness or inexperience.  It takes a while to grasp that a garden isn't a testing ground for character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong?  Maybe nothing.  ~Eleanor Perényi, Green Thoughts, 1981

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, "Garden Thoughts"

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Just because you've only got houseplants doesn't mean you don't have the gardening spirit - I look upon myself as an indoor gardener.  ~Sara Moss-Wolfe

Gardening is a kind of disease.  It infects you, you cannot escape it.  When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.  ~Lewis Gannit

There is no gardening without humility.  Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder.  ~Alfred Austin

The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.  ~Author Unknown

By the time one is eighty, it is said, there is no longer a tug of war in the garden with the May flowers hauling like mad against the claims of the other months.  All is at last in balance and all is serene.  The gardener is usually dead, of course.  ~Henry Mitchell, The Essential Earthman, 1981

Thought these we’re fun….Brooke

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Favorite Flower….Daylily

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Last summer I went daylily crazy…. and bought all I could find on sale.

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Most I do not have tags for, but that is fine by me.

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I just go by colors anyway….

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This one looks like a ditchlily, but it is fancier and reblooms.

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One of my favorites…..

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This one is “Hall’s Pink”

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Pretty in dark pink….

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This one I have all over, and it is neat.

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This one is “Little Grapette”

I have a few more to bloom, but they are mostly dark orange and yellows.

I love them….don’t you?


Trash or Treasure? You decide….

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Yes, I have more junk… but it’s neat junk…. I swear! For Father’s Day we visited with my in-laws. While there we walked around and talked about all the junk in the old barn. For years my hubby has told me I was not allowed in there.

Now I know why….lol.

It is all basically “farmware”, practical things they used years ago. The first picture is a cobblers tool. It is about 30 inches tall, and you would put you work boots on it to pull nails out and repair them. It is very heavy! You could take the “shoe” off for different sizes.

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The next is a milk can. I already had one of these, this one is slightly smaller than my first one, but still neat. It has it’s lid too, my other one doesn’t. Thinking of planting something in the lid....maybe some sedum that can take the heat.

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This is a corn grinder. You would use it to make grits or flour. You can change the settings from course to fine. It’s wheel still moves and it sits up on a block of old wood that is so pretty.

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This is an old water pump from my hubby’s family cabin. They used it until a few years ago. I love the square spout and red color.

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One of many old tools I stuck in the border. I will have something grow up them.

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Another tool, this one is back out of the way…..ouch! I think it needs a vine blooming on it or a wreath or sign. I’ll get right on that….

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This was some sort of a drill or water well digger to start the pipe. Hanging on it is a scale part. I have Hyacinth bean vine growing up it. When I water I fill it a bit for the butterflies. Lets go to the porch now…..

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Not sure what I’m going to do with this one. It is an old canning tub. You would can with this over a fire pit. It is labeled “Kerr” like some to my canning jars.

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It is huge! Look at it compared to the size of the chair. The lid comes off and the handles look good. The oars we have had for a while, but I love them. I just have them tied with twine and leaning against the house.

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This bench and all the cans are new too. The big one on the left is a drink thermos labeled “Blue Grass”. The one with the ivy is a lunch bucket.

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This blue bench is over 7 feet long. It too was at the cabin, and the old oil can’s we’re my hubby’s grandpa’s. I will leave the plaid rag in the spout. The red chipped paint is really pretty. They are about 12, 16 and 24 inches tall. The big one is very heavy.

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My porch is 48 feet long, I am slowly filling in the gaps. I’d like to find an old kitchen table and chairs and put out here. I love the idea of eating meals on the porch. It is always shaded, we lucked out with our positioning of the house.

There are more things inside….

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Aren’t these unusual? They are juggling batons. How in the world they had them in that old barn, but there they were. Wonder who used them…not me! I’d hurt myself quickly! It is sitting on my buggy seat in the kitchen. That is Teddy outside the patio door.

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An old whiskey crock, that one I know was used…lol.

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Another crock with a lid. These are above my kitchen cabinets. They we’re covered with 50 years of dust and grime.

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And the best of last, a 3 gallon crock! Isn’t this a find! I love it. It is on my kitchen counter. I have several pottery pieces, this is right up my alley. I am so glad the cold and weather did not break this. All this stuff was basically outside, the barn is in bad shape and needs tore down.

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The flowers in my window today, I love the blue glass. See the lid next to it, in that crock was about 25 of these lids. I would love to find the jars to match them. I have a few, but they are so neat with the wire clasps.

Sorry for such a long post, but I wanted to show you my “haul”.

It’s official…..I am a junk collector.


I even have my own badge!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The heat can’t keep us down…. or can it?

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Hello Gardening Friends!

I haven’t posted in a few day. We all have summer colds and feel crummy. It is so hot and humid, you cannot do much outside anyway. But I did manage to snap a few pics to share…. The first is an “Outta The Blue” Rose.

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The first blooms of white double hollyhocks, so pretty in person.

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And the pinks are still blooming, great color this one.

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My Goldflame Honeysuckle is blooming. It looked pretty stressed when I planted it, but it is bouncing back.

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Bee-Balm and Shasta Daisy are putting on a show.

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First and probably only bloom for Henryii. It is new and still small, but so cute.

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But these are darling…..Forget-Me-Nots from seed.

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Purple larkspur is so pretty….

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It is popping up everywhere with annual queen anne’s lace (a “tamed one” I found from seed) and Mister Lincoln roses. The leaves and stems are different, more delicate. I don’t know much about it, but it is pretty.

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Rugosa Rose hips are starting to turn. These are so neat.

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One of the many daylilies…. This peach color is really pretty.

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Another one, love the sun shinning through the petals.

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I also love texture, and this trio is very nice. Red Sedum, Lilyturf and Hosta along my front walk. I have them all along the border, but they are really filling in this year. Nice to have pretty without counting on blooms.

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But you know I love color…. and these knockouts are full this week.

Well that is a bit of what is blooming this week. Thanks for stopping in!BlueBrooke

Saturday, June 20, 2009

For All The Dads Out There….

building memories

And Grandpas too…..Happy Fathers Day!

And just for one day, we won’t make you weed-eat, mow, dig, move furniture  or any kind of trash duty…..  By the way…. I’m gonna need your help today….lol.

Just kidding, my hubby is playing golf right now!

Have a great day and tell Dad you love him.


March Seeds….Bring June Flowers!

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A few pretty things a-bloomin’!  All from seed planted in Mid-March.  I really have enjoyed the whole process of direct sewing.  I will definitely do this next spring.  It is so much cheaper, and I have so many more plants.

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Shasta Daisy, Pink Evening Primrose and “Little Grapette” Daylily.


For all the nice comments and Have A Great Weekend!


Friday, June 19, 2009

More Garden Art Today!


If I have shared these already, sorry.  It’s hard to keep track!


So cute!


Click on these, they are really bigger scans.





Good old Burpee’s.



This is a big scan….remember to click to save.


This would be so pretty in a bedroom or bath.


It sort of match this one.

Okay, that is all for today!  Enjoy!

They are all vintage and cc free as far as I know!