Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Look who just turned ONE!

My sweet Gypsy Girl turned one this month. We gave her a special dog "cake" topped with her very favorite treat, a Breathbuster. Of course she had no idea what the extra attention was all about but we celebrated anyway. She's come a long way in the past 8 months we've had her.
She'll never be flea infested again and she's finally getting used to seeing a broom and knowing its only going to sweep the floor.

God love this sweet girl, she's giving us love back tenfold.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

Days outside don't last long for Gypsy. She wants to be outside so badly but here in our area the heat index today is 105. In 15 minutes she is panting and ready to go back into air conditioned comfort.


Where she gets into so much trouble... like this...
And this...
She loves shoes and will sneak up when you aren't looking and carefully pick yours up off the floor. And the roll of Bounty paper towels doesn't taste bad either!
Stay cool this weekend!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Count em..... 26


All but one of the Stargazer lily blooms are open and the last count of blooms is 26 open at one time. You'd think the weight of all those blooms would pull the plant over but its stand tall and proud. Just like my father-in-law would have. Since we planted these in his memory its only fitting I talk to them while I'm working in his garden. I know he'd be so proud of me.

When you walk out the door you can smell the sweet scent before you even see the blooms. Stargazer Lily is my favorite Yankee Candle scent but they retired it last year. I bought all I could find though but my supply is dwindling. I wish I could bottle up the sweet scent on my patio today!



Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Stargazing...

On a brief trip to the local garden store last year, my hubs accompanied me which is so rare. I was busy looking for a special bush for a memorial for a dear friend who lost her father and Hubs was wandering around on his own. Suddenly he appears with a sparse but blooming Stargazer lily. He wanted to put it in the garden we made in memory of his dad. It looked like a Charlie Brown lily but it was the only one they had. We brought it home (I knew better but didn't want to dissapoint him) and I planted it near the Knockout Roses also in the memory garden. I wasn't sure we'd see it this year as it was pretty spindley. Fast forward to this year and a total surprise...

Today I counted 11 blooms open and 9 more yet to open.

I think his dad is smiling down on us!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Do you remember these?

I found these at a yard sale down the road from us. I knew as soon as I saw them I wanted to do this....
I thought they would make great candle holders hanging in the ornamental peach tree right by the patio. I put mini jar candles in them and in the evenings they give off a romantic light. They are a lightweight aluminum although they look like heavy wrought iron. I think they might have been used as a light fixture.

Right under the tree is a vintage plant holder I found at an antique show. It spins just like a ferris wheel!