Monday's mail brought a most wonderful surprise: this most thoughtful RAK from Maggee over at Stitching Devotee. She's read my blog for sometime now, and knows that I'm an avid cross stitcher and gardener. This little beauty speaks to both my passions. It's by Heart in Hand and is called "Spring's Abloom".
Besides the exquisite stitching, the finishing - the butterfly button, the rick-rack trim, and backing fabric were all chosen with care.
Many, many heartfelt thanks Maggee!
We are having our "Hot August Weather". Saturday was 88, Sunday was 95, Monday was 95, Tuesday is to be 88, Wednesday 88, Thursday 96, and Friday 93. Then, finally it cools down to the low 80's. I'll need to water often to keep the plants in good condition.
It's Tuesday so let's head over to the Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage.
Last fall I stuck a small, scraggly Black and Blue Salvia (Salvia guaranitica) in a flowerbed to see if it would over-winter. It not only over-wintered, it is now a monster - close to four feet tall and that wide too. I so love the true blue blooms and how they coordinate wonderfully well with the bright green leaves.
Speaking of color coordination (or lack thereof!)...with the Black Beauty Lilies, the Bread seed Poppies, and the pink Penstemon, this is a part of the garden for people who do not fear color!
Come mid-August many of my potted plants begin to look more than a little bedraggled.
I spent several sessions last week working on the Front Porch.
I took each pot / each plant and examined it for disease. I trimmed and dead-headed, and even re-potted if needed.
I took a broom and swept. Now it looks somewhat 'fresh and new' once again. And I am happy to sit on the Front Porch and enjoy my efforts.
I have been well rewarded.
Can you beat the colors and textures of this group of Coleus?
Even the Hummingbirds seemed pleased with my 'Mid-August Clean Up'.
Yep, I do love blue. My sister's 'Heavenly Blue' Morning Glory has begun to bloom.
I hope you enjoyed today's tour of the Front Porch.