THE SEVENTH DIAMOND

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Garden Mania Begins...




This is my front garden and porch (well, this is what it looked like last year). Right now it looks awful. I raked off all of the leaves and cleaned out all of the debris from last year, but my plants are just starting to come up, so all you see now is bare earth and stubs. But something beautiful is on its way.
In my neighborhood, it's all about your yard and garden and let me tell you...the ladies are always scoping each other out.
There are quite a few retired ladies on my circle and they spend all day in their gardens. I work and have kids, so I really scramble to keep my little part of the neighborhood looking nice.
There is never a negative comment or anything spoken that would lead you to believe that there was a competition for the best flowers going on...but let me tell you...there is. And those senior ladies mean business. : )
But they can bring it on this summer, because I'm ready for them : )
*On a side note. I would like some new patio furniture this year. It is difficult because my patio is not covered and we live on a lake, so there is always moisture and usually quite a bit of rain. I can't put anything out with cushions because once they are wet, they are wet for days. Wood is also an issue, no matter what I do, eventually the moisture gets to it and it discolors and decays. So, I'm limited to plastic or something that will dry out quickly.

23 comments:

~Amy~ said...

I love your garden! It is just beautiful! :)

Gail said...

Just beautiful! Love your hosta...we have a lot of it too and it's one of my favorites. This time of the year is so great to me, getting the garden all ready. :)

Carol said...

ha ha Senior ladies....well they do have all day!!!

Hey it's heavy, but what about the iron sets they make...my aunt had one....of course it's probably $$$$

Love spring!!! It's rain it's butt off here!!!!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Very nice...
You have beautiful flowers... The best on the block from my eyes...
HUGS..

Tracey & Mike said...

Your garden looks beautiful!
I envy you - all this gorgeous weather we've been having and no garden to work in. Oh well, I guess I can just dream about next year and life vicariously through other gardeners like you.

Dolores and Shawn said...

We have had a snow for the past four days. I'm jealous.

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

I can't wait to see your beautiful garden! Last year we had snake problems. I'm TERRIFIED of snakes. So...you can imagine what didn't get done in my yard. I took Lauren out yesterday to try and get some photos and thought our yard looked horrible. I came back inside to the white walls. I'm going to buy the flowers and send hubby out to plant them this year. heehee

The Byrd Family said...

What a gorgeous garden!

I love the Sophia Set below...just adorable!

Elisa, Jaz, Thomas & Zoe. said...

Our road is the same and most people are retired so have tons of time to take care of their lawns and flowerbeds.
I try my best to keep up too!
Anywhoo I am writing to you today as this is the first day Zoe put on her "everyone loves a brown eyed girl" t-shirt that you gave her.
She looks totally adorable, if it's still clean after a day in daycare I'll take a piccy later!
Thanks again.

Rachael said...

Love your garden and porch, it looks very relaxing.

I always feel the competition to keep the yard looking nice too, and sadly, I'm not doing so great! Ever year, it looks a little nicer though. My perrineals are building.

verna said...

What a beautiful garden. Isn't it just wonderful to have the warm weather. We are enjoying just getting out!

Mr.Brian said...

I am thinking Miss Steff and I would love to come sit on your porch and sip on iced tea and watch you tend to the flowers.As we are asking you to again fill our glasses because we are thirsty we may be kind enough to point out any weeds you need to pull too.
If you are extra nice to us maybe just maybe we could even water the flowers that are right next to us.After all you would not want us to tire ourselfs out.That would me we would need more to drink.
LOLOLOLOL.Looks like it is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

mommy24treasures said...

At first when you said this is my porch before I read last yr I was thinking how is her hosta and everything already so big?;)
Have fun! I love planting and making things pretty more and more each yr.
Its beautiful!

Ann said...

Aww it's just beautiful. I hope all those glorious greens pop up in your garden this year.

GWEN OATSVALL said...

super fun to be able to finally get outside some and feel the fresh air and the warm sun ...i saw the cutest hot pink plastic beach looking chairs ... i want them so bad for my pool but scott says they would look tacky ... i say chic ... we will have to fight it out a while before we see who wins ... DON'T LET THOSE SENIOR LADIES GET YA !!!

FHL said...

Your garden is beautiful!!!

(BTW there's something to be said for durable patio furniture. My son just this week managed to bust the seat strap on our patio loveseat with a soccer ball!?)

Patricia/NYC said...

Love your garden!! I am in awe of people who can grow beautiful flowers & plants as I have a "black thumb"...seriously, I even killed a cactus. :( I guess there's a reason why I'm in the concrete garden. ;)

Truly Blessed said...

Heh. Don't be messing with the Senior Green Thumbs! Those ladies mean business!

Your garden is beautiful and relaxing, and there are enough chairs for each of us -- I call the middle one!

Wasn't it fun to see sweet Katie on the screen at church!

lindanuts said...

I love the look! I have huge hostas, too. I don't do as many pots as I used to. Too much work to water them all.
Your siding is awesome, too.
Senior ladies have the years but your thumb is definitely green!

Mob said...

Your garden looks very nice. I am in a garden club in the summer and so yes I know what you mean about "garden envy"

Steffie B. said...

My little stud muffin and I will be there soon.....;)

Laura Nipper said...

Wow your front yard is so green a and beautiful. Looks nice and relaxing and you live by a lake? I would never seem my husband if we live by you. He loves to fish and hunt.

A Special Family said...

It's beautiful!!!
But where do you get the time???

You must be super woman :0)