Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #16


Welcome one and all to the sixteenth edition of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.  We are delighted that you have joined us; your presence brightens our spirits.

decor, gardening, DIY, inspiration and recipes

Our hostess this week is Jemma from At Home With Jemma.
She is sharing a little about herself today on her About Jemma page.

A blog linky party hosted by Poofing the Pillows, At Home with Jemma, Decor to Adore, and White Spray Paint.

Since Jemma is sharing a bit about herself today, she is also including a bit more about the ladies behind the features.  After all, we are much more than a page on the web!

DIY

Joy is blogging over at a Vintage Green. Joy's love of vintage kitchen, china, treen and tins, as well as making vignettes from her own vintage collections and stenciling, is evident in many of her fabulous DIY projects. If you do not know the definition of treen, here is a link. 

A blog linky party hosted by Poofing the Pillows, At Home with Jemma, Decor to Adore, and White Spray Paint.

Recipes

Peonies and Orange Blossoms has a passion for French, Swedish and Belgian decorating.  She shares many recipes but her most favorite confections are French viennoiseries and patisseries! Last week she shared this beautiful and fabulous Le Fraisier - A French Strawberry cake. 

A blog linky party hosted by Poofing the Pillows, At Home with Jemma, Decor to Adore, and White Spray Paint.

Decorating

Maria Elena grew up in Madrid and has had a passion for decorating most of her life she  sharing her creativity and inspiration with us on her blog  Home Away From Home.  
Such a pretty use of neutrals on her front porch to welcome family and friends.

A blog linky party hosted by Poofing the Pillows, At Home with Jemma, Decor to Adore, and White Spray Paint.

Inspiration

Well, Cathy is just cruising around in her darling Shasta camping trailer.  Believe me, this is no ordinary camping trip for she and her hubby - they go glamping not camping!  If this is not enough to inspire you, Cathy has a degree in Microbiology and is a Chef too!  Stop by and visit her at My1929 Charmer.


A blog linky party hosted by Poofing the Pillows, At Home with Jemma, Decor to Adore, and White Spray Paint.

Gardening

 Debbie delights us all with her passion for life, gardening, decorating, family and her commitment to her nursing career.  She loves the Victorian time period, her home and thanks God for her many blessings.  In 2013, she had 19 Christmas trees in her home!  You can visit Debbie at her blog Debbie-Dabble.

A blog linky party hosted by Poofing the Pillows, At Home with Jemma, Decor to Adore, and White Spray Paint.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Little Bit Obsessed Right Now

Lately we are in and out the door all day long.
It's not just me! 
My husband and son are with me because we want to be outside as much as possible.

Pentas, Texas gardener, summer sun lovers
Pentas


Crepe myrtle, sun perennials
Our son stained the fence this week. :)


water garden, ponds, backyard water features, water lilies
Water lilies in the pond are already beginning to bloom!


Saucy Red Salvia, perennial, Proven Winner
Saucy Red Salvia - Proven Winner Perennial

Purple de Oro, perennial
Purple de Oro - Perennial repeat bloomer.

water lilies, perennial, water gardens, backyard ponds
Water lily.

What are you obsessed with right now?

If gardens are your obsession be sure and visit the garden party that is still open to links. :)

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Thoughts of Home on Thursday   Sweet & Simple Fridays


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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Power of Perennials and A Garden Party


When we moved into our first house eons ago and I began gardening, all I cared about was flowers. I wanted flowers everywhere in every color. They were great but the kicker is that those flowers don't last and when they are gone you are left with a blank slate. 

It took me awhile to learn that if you've given your garden some structure with trees, bushes, and perennial plants it will look pretty long after those annual flowers have gone.


So today we are taking a walk around my yard to see some of my favorite perennials.  Nothing in our yard is exotic. In fact, some might think they are boring but  I consider these plants to be 
tried and true friends.


Stella de Oro Daylilies never let me down! We have mostly full sun and it's hot here in the summer. They thrive with very little care. I do deadhead mine some but not consistently. 
Split them every few years to keep them blooming.


Lantana loves the heat too. The hotter the better and it takes very little water.
There's a wide variety of lantana available so go to a nurery and you'll find something you like.


In this photo you see Purple Heart and Liriope together. There's also some Bermuda grass invading. Ugh!! I love the Purple Heart because the color is beautiful mixed with all the greens. It is also drought tolerant but is much prettier when it gets some water. The leaves plump up and shine. Purple Heart and Liriope both get small flowers from time to time but they are really valued for their pretty foliage.


Wood fern and Ajuga are mingled together in this photo taken on the side of our house. 
You can also see a few leaves of hyacinth bean vine which is not perennial but is coming up from the seeds that it drops.  The hyacinth bean vine will be covered in flowers soon.

Now let's talk about this mystery plant that I first shared with you a few weeks ago.


This beauty has many names. The scientific name is Datura but it also goes by Angel's Trumpet, Jimsonweed, Moon flower, Hell's Bells, and many others.  Now I have a story about this plant...well really the story is about a boy I knew once. 

Any teachers out there will understand when I tell you that sometimes you can have the cutest kid in your class but you just know that trouble is ahead. I had a student who ingested this hallucinogenic plant and was found with his buddy wandering aimlessly in a field. Somehow the boys had learned about the qualities of the plant and tested it for themselves. This is an extremely dangerous thing to do but when I think of this kid, I can't help but grin a little because I could have predicted such dilemmas in his future.  He's just fine by the way and he's probably the president of some company by now.

Thank you for joining the garden party today. We can't wait to see what's growing for you. :)




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Friday, May 20, 2016

A Video Peek of the Pond

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

I shared this video on Facebook last night and wanted to share it here too.  The pond is complete and it's beautiful! My husband and son are pond building rock stars!! That's their new title. :)


video


Little Belle is pretty sure this whole project was for her and she drinks water every time she goes near the pond. The components are all working perfectly and last night we put in the first fish who promptly hid in the rocks and we have not been seen them since. Just to let you know, this was a complete DIY project except for having an electrician here. We built the pond using products marketed by smartpond who sells exclusively at Lowe's. #smartpond

Remember to link up Monday for the second Garden Party hosted by Thoughts of Home and Share Your Cup. We can not wait to see what your beautiful gardens hold. Remember, if you are just a flower pot person...you are welcome here. :)

See you Monday friends!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #15


Hi everyone and welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday.
Our host this week is Laura from White Spray Paint.  Each week we- your TOHOT hosts -appreciate the invitation into your homes, showing us your latest project, sharing your favorite recipe, or taking us on a walk through your garden.

Now to this week's features.

Inspiration 

Sarah of Hyacinths for the Soul treats us to another of her thoughtful, beautifully elegant posts in Inspiration From My Mother.


Decorating

 Richella of Imparting Grace in her post The Evolving Door reminds us how the beauty we strive to create in our home is really all about living.


DIY
Zan of Flourishing at Home does wonderful DIY projects. 
These painted terracotta pots are just one of many.


Gardening

Wait until you see Terry's garden. It is stunning. 
Her blog Forever Decorating is always full of creative ideas.


Recipe

And then there's Julie's BBQ Chicken Naan Bread Pizza.
 Her blog Live From Julie's House is full wonderful recipes and home inspiration.



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