Sunday, May 27, 2012

Late May In The Garden

Welcome to the garden update! Also, this is my first post and pictures from my iPad. Seems you can't take pictures and blog directly from the iPad. You need a blog tool. So I got Blog Press and it seems to be doing the job nicely. It was $4.99 in the App Store and seems well worth it. It found the pictures I took of the garden and created this post in a jiffy.

Back to the garden. As a gardener, it is so gratifying to see your work from last year blossom and grow. I have lots more to do but things are coming together. Not everything blooms at once, thank goodness. From month to month there are highlights to look forward to.

Around here, May is hydrangea time. Last year I put and/or moved several. Here is the one in the corner by the porch. That's Chi Chi exploring the catmint in the foreground. The pot contains some annual lavender. I love the smell of lavender. It blooms after the jasmine, so there is always a great aroma outside the screened porch.

The conferderate jasmine is still blooming some. It's a heavenly smell and the hummingbirds love it too. It is on the chain link fence between my neighbors carport and my yard. Makes a nice privacy screen. In the foreground, that's Charger, one of my Collies, and Pee Wee the kitten.

The chicken wire, above and below, is around some Zinnias I have coming up from seed. I didn't want the dogs stomping them when they were seedlings so LSH put up a temporary fence around them. Another long-overdue project is to change the landscape logs out for some stone. The logs just don't last!

More hydrangea. When I bought this one it was on sale and the nurseryman did not know what color it was. Surprise! It's a pretty pink one. See the creeping jenny? My new favorite ground cover. It seems to really like the beds outside my porch.

Hydrangea next to the chimney. This one is three years in this spot and doing well. It's a Nikko blue. All of my hydrangea are mop head, I think! Next to it in the containers are a parsley pot (which overwintered this year) and a succulent garden. There is some more creeping jenny and some purple asters that will bloom later in the summer. I am trying to keep this end of the bed to purple and yellow hues.

Below are the Shasta daisies I tried last year. Think I'll get some more this year. Next to it but not blooming yet is balloon flower. It's very reliable and will bloom blue this summer. I also got some white balloon flower last year. We will see if they do well.

I also wanted to show you the new hammock location. This isn't a great photo. I'll do a better one later. As you can see, it is now on a pole vs. the old rotten apple tree. Four kids were playing on it last year and the tree came down right at the ground level. Just broke right off! The kids laughed it off and no one was hurt. We missed the hammock for the rest of the season though. So LSH dug a hole and cemented in a sturdy pole plus plant hanger.

Another project for this summer will be re-painting the garden shed. It's a bit of a mess now. I have lots of inspiration but no perspiration yet! The trim, windows and window shelves need a coat of white. You have permission to remind me to get busy on this!

That's the late May garden here, warts and all. Let me see your garden soon.

Joining Etsy Cottage Style garden party.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Treasures Link Party

For my first Tuesday Treasure, I would like to introduce you to Debra Oliver. Debra is a blogger, Etsy shop ower and Pinner. The trifecta! A one woman idea factory!

Debra's blog is called Common Ground. I follow her and you will want to too. She does a Monday Marketplace with lots of great finds. Here are a couple of pictures from her blog.

A vintage inspiration piece thta Debra included in a post.

Great vintage storage jars from Debra's Monday Marketplace.
Of course there is Debra's own home and inspiring ways with antique finds.

Recent post on her back porch getting ready for summer
featured this darling vintage watering can.
 Just hand it over Deb!

Debra also has an Etsy shop called Common Ground Petite Boutique filled with vintage-inspired items. I have one of her necklaces and I just love it.

One of Debra's necklaces from
Common Groud Petite Boutique on Etsy

Another gorgeous creation from Debra.

And even more fun awaits you with Debra. She finds gathers very interesting items, ideas and projects on Pinterest.  Here are some examples of Debra's pins. Check out her Pinterest boards (she has lots!) for even more fabulous ideas.

So Debra is my Tuesday Treasure this week. Do me a favor and drop in on her and let her know you met her here at Scratch Where It Itches.

What blogger, Etsy shop or Pinner is your treasure? Creat a post with your favorite and link up and let's all see some terrific bloggers, shop owners and Pinners!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Get Ready For Tuesday Treasures

Sorry that I haven't posted in a few weeks. I am recovering from surgery and getting into the new rhythms that the surgery requires.

I have still been busy, though. I have been planning to start a weekly or monthly item of subjects near and dear to me. I struggled with what to name it. There are plenty of cute ways to name a weekly item, but I need it to encompass all the interesting subjects I'm into. So I laid awake thinking of the following names.

Monday Madness?
Tuesday Trash?
Wednesday Wows?
Thrifty Thursday?
Fabulous Friday?

Hmmm, I couldn't decide. And went to sleep.

Here are some good weekly postings I already follow:

Monday Marketplace at Common Ground

Bread box featured on Monday Marketplace.

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Featured on Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style.

Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed

Blue cabinet re-do from Miss Mustard Seed's
Furniture Feature Friday.

Do you follow any of these bloogers?  Some great ideas, tutorials and information!

So I thought and I thought. Going through numerous ideas and feeling like Dr. Seuss. Until I came up with . . . (wait for it) . . .

Tuesday Treasures

So get ready for tomorrow's first Tuesday Treasures.


  Who is  your favorite blogger, pinner or Etsy shop owner? Why do you like her or him?

See you tomorrow!