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Monday, June 8, 2009

How does your garden grow?

When I returned from my week long trip to Minnesota I found that the heat had caught up with most of my winter flowers.




My pretty pansies were a wilted mess. All of the pots needed to be refreshed for the summer.


I found several lovely things at the nursery. My gardener approved of all the choices.


Of course we all know that good help is hard to find. I caught the gardener lounging about and ended up doing all the work myself.


In a week or two we should have a profusion of blooms. Nectar is of the utmost of importance as there are now two more mouths to feed at the Decor to Adore manor.



What are you planting this summer?

37 comments :

Mildred said...

That Rudi left you with the planting, didn't he???

I have tons of black eyed Susans that I am dividing and moving into new areas. They seem to stand up to our dry, hot summers well.

Tell Rudi he looks like a great supervisor!

Jade Creative said...

Your gardener is a sweetie.
Looking forward to seeing your plantings.
Have a fabulous day!
Darlene

~Kristen~ said...

Awww, but your gardener is gosh darn cute he can get away with lounging on the job!!! :-)

Linda said...

Your gardener is very cute. ;-)

As you've seen on my past blogs, I pretty much have a yard full of perennial gardens. Everything just comes up splendidly year after year, no worries, and new free plants for other areas of the yard once I divide them up. Right now everything is lush and blooming - Stella D'ora lilies, black eyed susans, purple coneflowers, Oriental and red poppies, the peonies are done now, cornflowers, zinnias are growing, roses, hostas getting ready to bloom, hollyhocks getting ready, foxglove, delphiniums, Irises are done, coreopsis beginning, etc., etc.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Awwwwwww, Rudi! And look at those cute baby birds! This post just makes me smile, Laura. :-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

Terri and Bob said...

How cute is that!!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

In a few days after the Show me your crown experience, I will post what I have been planting with the little second graders! They are so cute. This was a lovely post, and I can relate to how the flowers get sad when I leave for a retreat, etc. Blessings dear Laura.

Willow said...

I do hope your plants come back alive. We are the opposite here. Too much rain. Our weekend was nice and sunny, but the rains are coming back.

This year I am just dividing most of my plants and flowers.

Did get some new butterfly bushe that we planted in early spring.

Willow

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, I couldn't agree with you more... I have some mighty special treasures and am going to showcase something else wonderful very, very soon. Now I wonder what that might be! ;-)

XO,

Sheila :-)

DarcyLee said...

I have found that plants wait for no one, but you had some very cute help :) We had a family of robins in our yard this year as we do most years. It's fun to watch them.

nikkicrumpet said...

What? You didn't expect him to help did you....he's the "supervisor'! I can't wait to see how the plantings turn out. And the picture of the little birds is so precious! I'd be checking on them every 15 minutes and never get anything done!

Coastal Sisters said...

I love your fur baby! How cute!

The little ones are adorable. All four of ours left the nest on Thursday of last week. They were getting so fat and climbing all over each other. The nest is still there waiting for the next visitors :)

Happy Monday!
LuLu~*xoxo

tales from an oc cottage said...

Ohhhhhh, how cute they are!!!!

m ^..^

Muthering Heights said...

Your gardener is quite cute...perhaps he's more interested in management, LOL!

We don't have a yard, so we are growing some vegetables in a container garden, and I have one miniature rose on our front porch. :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I thought I was all done planting, but now that the spring flowers are done, my foundation plants need color. I think I will get some wave petunias.

alice wayne said...

rudi is so budah dang cute!

niartist said...

Oh Laura, I feel like I've been planting non-stop! I extended the garden about 14 feet, and did some curves - so part of it is about 6' wide, and others are about 2' wide. It was backbreaking work - and I have the blisters to prove it! Thankfully - we're ALMOST done. I have a few more plants to put in the ground, and all of my summer blooming bulbs now that the weather is nice enough to plant them with fear of rotting, and I should be set to go. "SHOULD BE!" LOL! I can't help myself from buying new plants even though I have absolutely no where to put them. Love your choices, and feel free to send your gardener over to help me anytime! :)

Liz said...

I planted zucchini and I think I might even have a little harvest! I can't wait. Those little burdies are so sweet. Just love them! : )

~Liz

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Laura,

How cute!

Please take a look at my blog, I have something there for you.

Hugs
Carolyn

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I planted all seed this year--pansies, sunflowers which I am trying for the first time, marigolds who seeds I saved from last year's flowers & one other whose name I can't remember at the moment!

abeachcottage said...

well I'd love any gardener, but a cutie like that, mmmm certainly!

Sarah

ScrappinAway said...

I love the pic of your pup in the lawn chair! I planted Lantana (sp?) It does really well in the full sun.

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Hi Laura! So sorry about your plants... I hate when this has happend to me! I realized in getting your cute cupcake off, I don't have an address for you! lol. Could you please e-mail it to me so this can get on it's way to your home? Here is my address victoriahayden@cableone.net
Thanks, have a great week!!!

Hugs,
~Victoria~

Neabear said...

Your gardener reminds me of the pooch we had while I was growing up. He was a daschund/beagle mix. His name was Oscar Meyer. But we called him Oskie.

Martha said...

I've just replaced my pansies as well -- I always hate to see them go.
What cute babies -- and what are they?

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Laura!
Thanks for coming by to visit. What part of Az do you live in?? I haven't seen any photos on your blog that look the desert yet!! BTW, the colors on your blog are lovely. (Green is my favorite!)

Karen
My Desert Cottage

Joy said...

Laura, those babies are amazing. Thanks so much for keeping us posted on their growth!

Allidink said...

I didn't know you had a Dachshund! Aren't they the best! I am glad your gardener approved lol. Glad to see the new flowers!

All the best,
Allison

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Miss Sandy said...

Rudi is my kind of gardener, the supervisor! We have been working on our garden pond so aquatic plants are on the agenda.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Looking at those baby birds! How cute! Your garden helper is pretty cute too! laurie

Roxane said...

Oh my goodness! He is too cute! and the baby birds too :)

Tricia Anne said...

Such pretty flowers and what a sweet little helper you have there!

Deidra said...

That pup is my kind of gardener!

Sugar Mommy said...

That's the most handsomest gardener I ever saw. He can come and lay around my "garden" any time.

Congrats on the new babies, too! ;D

Kim said...

Cute post. I'm dreading the heat. It kills more plants than anything.

Kimba said...

Your helper is adorable! I had a miniature, long-haired dachshund as a kid. They're great dogs.