Friday, June 3, 2011

Spring to Summer in One Week

Well, I can't believe a week has gone by since I last wrote.  I hate when that happens!  In that week we've gone straight from a few days of Spring right into the hot and humid days of a Northeast summer!  I'm not complaining!  I'm just sayin'!  This is the weather I love.  It's been about 75 degrees first thing in the morning, which makes it so nice to sit out on the deck early in the morning drinking my first cup of coffee.
This is where I sit. My color scheme on my deck, obviously, is red, yellow and black 

This is my view

 I can also tell summer is here because my "rockin pneumonia and boogy woogy flu" has now made way for allergies, complete with sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy nose and headache.  Oh well - just taking different pills!

Last Memorial weekend was just beautiful!  Hubby (unwillingly) helped me work outside for the weekend to get the yard and gardens in order.  And when I say help, that's what I mean.  He'll do what I ask, but with a little growl! He would never think of what needs done on his own.   Why does he think this is unnecessary work?  Being the organized person I am, I knew with our schedule that we had to get as much done last weekend as we could.  Every weekend up until the 4th of July is booked.  Then the weekend of the 4th we're having a party.  Planning ahead and scheduling is the only way to do all this.  I would prefer to not be quite so busy myself, but that's just the way our life is right now.

I still have quite a bit to do, but I feel much better with this good start.  More flowers will be added, weeds will continually be pulled, and a few more old leaves and sticks need to be picked up.
My little garden in front of and under my deck is coming along.
This garden is mostly white, pink, and some purple.  The green bench back against the wall is going to be painted white.  The purple cat nip is now blooming, along with the chives and some lavender.  My pink roses  and the other pink flowers haven't bloomed yet.  I'm no master gardener and there is a lot of trial and error, but I keep at it every year.  We have such a huge deer population so I need to plant deer resistant perennials. Then just when you think you've only planted what the deer don't like, they come along and eat it!  I have to keep all (or most) annuals up on the top deck or hanging high enough so deer can't get to it.
These "angel wing begonias" I just found at the farm market.  I've never seen them before.

The impatient I just got today.

Then I found this cute little wall hanging at JoAnn's at 50% off today.

My perennial garden beside my shed always looks a little wild.  But I kind of like it like that.  Deer can really flock to this place in the middle of the night, so it's very difficult to grow.

Not too much is blooming here yet.  The purple ajuga ground cover has bloomed and is now about ready to be cut down.  The purple irises are just now blooming.

 I have butterfly bushes that are coming up but won't bloom for a while.  Out growing season comes late and doesn't last long.  The chiminea we had for years on our deck, but after so many years it started to disintegrate, so Hubby stuck it in the garden.  I kind of like it there.  I'll stick some flowers in it later.

My seating area by the lake still needs cleaned up, but I at least got the furniture cleaned off from winter grime.  Fresh coats of pink and blue paint have been applied where needed.  Pink and blue is my color scheme for this area.

I had this old bird cage that was getting very rusty, so I decided to just paint it pink, too.

I love this sitting area in the evening with a glass of wine and when the kids are here we'll roast marchmallows and make smores.  They'll be here Saturday night, so that's exactly what's on the schedule as long as it doesn't rain!

Linking to Cindy's Show and Tell Friday 
and Alison's Fridays Unfolded


DJan said...

Just beautiful, Nina! Love your view, and your pretty flowers. You do sound busy, so I'm glad to hear you are feeling so much better.

We haven't even seen 70 degrees yet this year and had a record cold May. June is looking better, though...

Sharon said...

Lovely gardens, yes, I think they are hard work too, but so nice to look at when finished!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

everything is lovely! And you have a delightful view!


Vee said...

Oh you're doing a great job there and I love to hear that someone else knows how to crack a whip from time to time. My point exactly...don't they see that this stuff needs doing? Ha! Very pretty location you have, too.

Theresa said...

Oh Nina, I would love to sit with you and sip coffee... SOME DAY, sigh! Love your view and your color schemes are so cheery! I love sitting outside early morning and late evening... middle of the day is just too hot! The older I get, the heat just gets to me! Enjoy your day my friend and don't stay gone so long:) HUGS!

Valerie said...

I have the allergies, too, all except the headache, but isn't it great to have some decent weather. I'd be in my element if I had your view to look at every day. My Hubs wore an injured expression when I reminded him that he had promised to sow some seeds. Very reluctantly he went out to do it. Men, huh!

Grandma J said...

Oh Nina! Your place is like a resort. I think you should consider making it into a B&B! You have a wonderful setting and view.

RingBali said...

fabulous house and that a lake ? in front of your house ?

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Your gardens are coming along nicely!! If it was up to Joe, he would cut down or pull out all the perennials I have an just have all mulch!! MEN!! LOL!!



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