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summertime … and the living is easy

June 22, 2011

That Gershwin song has been in my head for the past several days.  And seeing that it’s now officially summer, it’s a good thing.  Signs of summer are all around.

Garden plantings whose velocity of growth sped through the spring have now matured.  Case in point, the zinnia cutting garden. 

There are more than enough blooms to keep colorful flowers inside the house all the time.  Plus, it helped to create a pretty backdrop for a father’s day photo op. 

This particular garden started back in late March with 3 packages of seeds.


Even though we don’t have a vegetable garden (yet) we constantly enjoy fresh herbs and cannot find enough ways to consume the abundantly prolific sweet basil.

I’ve even started giving away rooted clippings.  I was so excited in April when these little seed sprouts were just beginning to show signs of promising growth.


Our the once-bare garden step-ladder is now almost hidden from view.

And the little hanging orange-bag baskets have been mighty handy for rooting clippings.  Just takes a couple of weeks to get a good stable set of roots.


We have a future vision of adding a large xeriscape style garden on the south side of the yard (Texas friendly), and perhaps if we have the energy to dig up the grass this fall, that unused portion of the yard might become more integrated with the main recreation area.   

Unless of course the squirrels use it to plant peanuts.  Like these wayward crops.  There were plenty more where these came from that I didn’t collect.  I only transplanted these out of curiosity.  But that’s part of the gardening spirit too.

Happy summertime wishes for your patio and garden glory!




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13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2011 12:39 am

    “Summertime….and the living is easy”

    LOVE Porgy and Bess! In fact, it was one of the first broadway shows I saw when I moved to NYC!

    Diane, these photos of your garden put such a HUGE smile on my face. The flowers look as though they’re actually saying, “Hey…look at us, aren’t we pretty?” They literally exude happiness!

    “and cannot find enough ways to consume the abundantly prolific sweet basil.”

    My mouth was watering when I read that, being that basil is my favorite herb!

    Thank you so much for sharing the sweetness and beauty of your home and garden.

    Happy Summer, my friend!

    X to you and Cristybell!

    • June 23, 2011 12:49 am

      Your flowers are so lush and pretty. I need to do better!

  2. June 23, 2011 2:50 pm

    Gorgeous space you got here! Stunning shots…you captured the beauty so well..!!…Loved it.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  3. June 23, 2011 7:01 pm

    I agree with Glenda. Maybe I should try watering. 🙂

    • June 23, 2011 9:07 pm

      Pam you crack me up! Rain has been mighty scarce here and the lawn and outdoor plants are thirsty. This prettiness won’t last long, the hot summer sun will make them fade fast.

  4. June 24, 2011 2:18 am

    You must have a very green “hand” – not just a thumb. Your flowers are gorgeous.

  5. June 24, 2011 8:23 pm

    Popping over to say hello for the “Blog Party”! this is a gorgeous setting -! i host a garden party on Thursday’s & would love to have you come by to peek around or even link up?!? hope to see you sometime! xoox, tracie

  6. June 25, 2011 2:53 pm

    Lovely shots of your garden as it progresses! And hello to the cute pooch!

    Thanks so much for coming to the garden party,

  7. June 28, 2011 8:32 pm

    so pretty! That basil is amazing!!

  8. July 4, 2011 6:38 am

    what a cute idea!

  9. Sue permalink
    July 4, 2011 11:48 pm

    Cute!! I love the idea of the hanging plants on the ladder. I found an old wood ladder at a thrift store last summer. I Painted it fuchsia and use it as a plant stand. Great idea to add hanging plants. I will be doing this, for sure.

  10. July 13, 2011 8:07 am

    It’s funny hearing about Summer where you are, when it’s Winter over here in Australia. So nice to see some colourful blooms and I wish I had that big pot of basil I’d be making lots of pesto pasta and tomatoe and basil pizzas!


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