Saturday, April 27, 2013

My Little Garden Helper

Emmy loves to help, and as a reward for being good at one of my friend's house, I promised she could help me water when we got home.
Don't you love the pose with hands on hips.
Okay. What's next?
While we were watering and deadheading, I decided to get some pictures of my garden.
I have to be careful showing Emmy how to dead head. She'll just want to pick all the flowers.
Most of my garden is in pots and containers that I brought from home.
I also brought little animals, cement benches and cement urns.  It just makes me
feel at home to have things I love around me.
I love planting flowers around rocks. Something about the color next to the texture of the rock just "rocks" me.

I never have good luck with the preplanted color bowls, so I do my own.

I freshened this set with a coat of white paint and changed the cushions and tablecloth.
You may remember my tutorial a couple of years ago on doing the chair pads.If not, you can find it here.
I loved the way it looked with the oilcloth, but it lasted less than two year. It was so faded and cracked, I decided to redo it for our Easter party.
This is an outdoor fabric I have had forever (was going to make a swing pad out of it).
It looked so fresh for rained on, but cleaned up nicely.

This is the red iron set I love so much. I have spent many mornings with my coffee and bible study out here, surrounded by things I love. In the evening, it is a shady spot where we often have dinner.

Mr. SS made 3 of these birdhouses  for my son's wedding about 15 yrs. ago. I have this one and one is hanging in a tree...will show it another time...forgot to get a picture.
Anyway this one has always been in my garden somewhere.
I still have Rosie's sister Rusty adorning my garden and I still use her to show off a project once in a while.
My English daisies have done well this year. I think they like their mostly shady home. Or maybe Mr. Rabbit is taking good car of them.

You can see by my flowers and containers that I am partial to yellow and blue both inside and outside.

Well, I think we have made it all around my small cottage garden.
It looks better this year than in the past 2 years. A couple of things come to mind that might have contributed to the success this year. For one, I used Miracle Grow Potting soil. A few days ago (right after I took pictures) I fertilized with Miracle Grow and I'm not kidding you, the petunias have grown 3 inches and everything is growing and filling in. 
Another thing...we have been home for ME to water. I am very diligent to get out and water and deadhead everyday. They know I love them and have paid me back with abundance and beauty.

Can you tell, I love my garden...not matter where I live, I have always had my flowers.

God is Good!!
Life is Good!!


Suzanne said...

Your yard is so pretty Beverly! You've given it a lot of loving care and it certainly shows. Emmie is the sweetest flower of all. Thanks for sharing.

Susy said...

Life began in a garden; I think it's in our DNA. Love that you brought your bench and pots ~ it looks so pleasant and inviting. You're a special lady. xo

Cathy Cobblestone said...

Oh Beverly - your flowers are beautiful and what a cute lil' helper you have. I love the snapdragons - that is one of my favorite cutting flowers. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous flowers -looks like you have the "touch". Happy Gardening!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh how beeeee.u.ti.ful.... Love your beautiful gardens. We're finally getting some sunshine here in the Pacific Northwest... plants coming soon. Well, after the spring cleaning. :-)

Have a great week!


Stacey said...

Your flowers are beautiful already! I'm jealous...mine are growing slowly because it's still getting chilly at night. Emmy is so cute. Don't you love it when kids help in the yard?

Creations By Cindy said...

Beverly, Emmy is beautiful but so are your yards girl! WOW! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Beverly,

How are you?. I hope all is well, I miss your posts.
Sending love, Elizabeth

kelly said...

Beverly, I really enjoy reading your blog. Found the link through Suzanne's blog for strawberry patches. Hope you are well. You haven't post for quite a while.