Saturday, July 10, 2010

MY How My GARDEN Has Changed--April thru July 2010

I wanted to do one of those entries that I enjoy on other blogs, with pictures how their garden has changed in the Spring to Summer months. I am hoping for some ooohhhss and ahhhhsss , and probably some ' this yardlady needs to get crackin' out there ' comments.
Let's start in the middle, the center focal point of my Lost & Found garden.
Some of these shots I see are almost embarrassing to post my garden looks so forlorn, but stay hopeful and keep reading...they get better.
Here goes- Oh ! this post will be long...sorry, but I'll be gone for a few days and won't post for awhile, 
so that's my excuse:
April 2010- Clean slate

Weeded, ready for planting-fairly bare April 2010

Front shade bed- April 2010

Me in April 2010 thinking ' I have weeded and this garden needs some color ! "

My planters in April calling for a plant to fill them up.

Forgot this, my son and Maxine at Easter , hunting eggs together April 2010. If Maxine finds the eggs first, she eats he has to be quick.

Late April 2010-Yardlady is giving her garden some color, and has high hopes that it will keep looking better.

Late April 2010

As usual, my son watering the air instead of my garden April 2010

May 2010-Wow, already vast improvement , this yardlady starts to smile more when she looks out at this.

May 2010-Beginning of perennials peeking their heads, the brick center I laid with found bricks.

Maxine looking at my tools and lounging. Early May 2010

Mid-May 2010

Mid-May 2010

Mid-May & clearing side path for mulch

Late May 2010

Back shade garden Late May 2010

Late May 2010

Late May-2010

Don't go to sleep out there, I will go thru June and July faster...

Late May 2010

June 2010

June 2010

Side-view June 2010

June 2010-Lush, needs more weeding and trimming  in this shot...that I have done later. But, as usual...needs more again.

June 2010

June 2010-Wowzee, act like you're impressed, God's plants and flowers, my labor.

June 2010

June 2010

early July 2010

Early July 2010

Mid-July 2010

Mid July 2010

Maxine getting bored senseless with me taking pictures out in the hot sun July 2010.

July 2010-Crape myrtles about to envelop my garden

July 2010- Trumpet vine re-blooming

July 2010

Maxine imploring me to stop taking pictures again July 2010. She does this with her sweet brown eyes looking like, " Please, someone take the camera away from my Mom !! "

Last shots-July 2010...Maxine wants back in her air-conditioned comfort.

Now she's getting mildly irritated with me. I wish I only got mildly irritated, I  can get majorly irritated...I need to be more like Maxine. 

Waiting for the door to magically open.
Not letting me take her picture.

Well, that's the best I could do folks. We've only been out her about 15 minutes and Ms. Spoiled Black lab wants another cool nap inside .
Thanks for going on this month by month tour with me, if you hung in there for all the pictures, I would be impressed...if you hung in for half the pictures...I would still be impressed...if you scrolled down to see cute shots of Maxine only...I would not be surprised.

Have a great weekend, blessings and laughter for you , is what I believe is coming your way,


" In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
         Let me never be ashamed;
         Deliver me in Your righteousness.

  Bow down Your ear to me,
         Deliver me speedily;
         Be my rock of refuge,
         A fortress of defense to save me.
 For You are my rock and my fortress;
         Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
         Lead me and guide me.
  Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
         For You are my strength. " Psalm 31:1-4


  1. That was a nice tour through a few months in your garden. It is amazing how time, work, sweat, and determination can turn a bare space into a lovely retreat.

    You've done a great job.


  2. Great tour and what a change, you did a great job. I wish I could do a month-by-month tour of my garden, but it would be boring because in the tropics gardens don’t change much.

  3. I love watching gardens grow. It looks great. Your large urn planter looks like it was carved from stone eons ago and you unearthed it for a new life. The plants are filled in so well. I wish to sit in the chairs and feel it too. Thanks for the tour.

  4. Thanks Rusty-but you have a beautiful garden all year !

    Gardner on S.-so nice, wish that too, thanks much !

  5. Thanks for the tour, Gina. Amazing how things fill in from month to month. What we think will be a boring piece of dirt turns into something lush and green. Gorgeous.

  6. I didn't go to sleep and I AM impressed! It's really beautiful--my kind of "look". Can't wait to see how you carry the beauty into the autumn months (although maybe it's not the transition that it is further up north????)

  7. Hi Heather, thanks so much , I love to see people's blogs that have before and afters too ! Good to hear from you.

    Rebecca- thanks for lasting till the end, I knew yo could ! Autumn I can do here, but Winter my garden looks me. will have to work on that better now, take care, Gina

  8. That really is quite the transformation. It's fun looking back at pictures from earlier in the year and seeing the difference. Your dog is just like ours, she can only take being outside for a short while and then is ready to go back inside.

  9. OOOOOH! AHHHHH! OOOOOOH!,,, How's that? I love it, I love Maxine and I love to water the air, just like your son! I think it looks simply beautiful, peaceful and lush.

  10. It's amazing what a difference a few months can make. Your lost & found garden is absolutely beautiful...such a cozy space to sit and enjoy all the lush foliage and pretty flowers. Like Georgia...our gardens here in Florida bounce back fast from winter's harsh freezes. You must feel great satisfaction when you look out your window and see what you have created.

  11. I love seeing photos of gardens as they progress, and I enjoyed all of your photos. Your garden is so lush now, but Maxine has the right idea. Fifteen minutes in our summer heat is about all I can take. I hope you can view your lovely garden from inside!

  12. What a great journey through the season! I wish I would have had this idea even if for only watching my annuals grow from tiny 6 pack buds to giant gallon sized product!

  13. Your garden has evolved into a most beautiful and tranquil place. I am so sorry to read about your daughter. May God bless you with comfort and peace.

  14. Beautiful garden! Very inspiring.

    happy day1

  15. I've really enjoyed having a glimpse into your garden - past and present. And your lifes journey ups and downs. Kind regards.

  16. Wow. That was a lot of work back then! Good thing the days went good and the garden grew great as well! I would love to have such garden in my yard. LOL. Thansk for sharing the adventure with your readers!

  17. I can't believe I haven't found your blog before now. We have several things in common. We are both Christians, some of the Bible passages you quote have meant a lot to me in my faith walk, too, we have labs who appear in our photos, and of course, we love to garden.

    I love posts like this that show areas through time. I like both close ups and wider views.

  18. I forgot to say how beautiful your gardens are. I don't have space for trees or many shrubs. I would love to have room for a trumpet vine.


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