Thursday, August 15, 2013

"Fresh Flower Friday"

Hi friends - it has been an incredibly beautiful week here in KY.  In the mid 70's - absolutely perfect - nothing like what August is normally.  Like the "mickey d's" commercial says - .....I'm luving it!
I thought I'd share with you something I use to do when I had my business - it was what I called "Fresh Flower Friday".  Having my business at home allowed me to do lots of things and growing flowers both in the greenhouse as well as in the garden was simply something I loved to do.  Of course this was an extension of my shoppe BUT there is no reason why you couldn't do this at your own home, either for fun or a few extra pennies.
I sat up my cart every Friday morning... nothing fancy - a few small arrangements, some garden flags, some veggies - just whatever was blooming or in season.

I simply left a jar out on the honor system...
...and I made it easy to understand.  People came by and picked up a jar or two of flowers whether I was there or not - it didn't matter.
I also took many calls for fresh flower arrangements to be delivered daily.
It was always so much fun delivering beautiful flowers and watching people smile, or cry, or jump up and down - I loved being able to share something I had grown with other people.
Even now, I still have to plant a row or two of my favorites in my garden.  I love to cut them for myself, to share with others and of course I still get calls from time to time.
Zinnias - my Most Favorite!
Love my cosmos... for the blooms as well as the airy, delicate greenery.
And who can resist - happy sunflowers - in all colors.
They just make people and ME... smile.
My two rows of pretty flowers actually kind of "hide" the garden that is terribly overgrown behind them.  The watermelons are hidden amongst the weeds, the stinkbugs have withered the squash and the tomatoes have tumbled to the ground.  It is time to mow the garden down.
But as for the flowers - well, I'll hang on to them as long as I possibly can. 
Happy Friday Friends!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I just have this "thing" for green - whether it is decorating, painting, my house color, the plants I choose - I'm just always drawn to the color green.  It is soothing to me and as far as I'm concerned - a total neutral - I mean really - is there any color that doesn't go with green?  I don't think so. 
Just sharing my love of "living" greens today...
My "Creeping Jenny"...

My asparagus ferns and artillery ferns...

...I love my flower box made by my friends, Karen and Lisa... my Sweet Potato Vine - LOOOOOOVE it! my Boston ferns...

...Look at the size of that fern on the porch - it is as tall as me - about 5'7 - it is called a "Macho Fern".
My window boxes have done wonderful this year - after all the early rains we have been blessed with below average temps this summer and ample rainfall.

The boxes are filled with Bacopa, Creeping Jenny, Versa Coleus and Allure Tangerine Geraniums.

And speaking of greens - well, we've been breaking quite a bit of these lately...

Oh, but we love our green beans.

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful, GREEN summer!