Friday, May 6, 2011

A Busy Week

Just like many of you, I have been spending every spare moment working in the garden. This is such a glorious time, with changes happening everyday, and so many plants to buy at my favorite garden center!

To make the season even more special, we are anticipating the birth of our first grandchild.  Andrew and Alison's baby shower was on Sunday. It was a great time and they received so many lovely and useful gifts.

I made this quilt using fabrics that Alison gave me. They are doing the nursery in muted primary colors and vintage toy motifs. We are so proud of our Andrew; he is remodeling the room and even put in new windows. Alison is doing the painting.  It will be such a sweet room when they are done.  

My niece and her boys came over from Illinois for the shower. We had some time to go to the first of the summer flea markets. We always have a great time shopping together. Sheila bought a unique wire egg basket. I finally bought this cast iron plant stand. I had my eye on it all last summer, and my husband told me to go ahead and  make an offer. It was still $60.00, but I love it. What do you think?

Now for the last installment of my garden tour. This is the pond garden. It doesn't look that great right now, but when the butterfly bushes, loosestrife, and irises are blooming it's a wildlife magnet.

This last area is the border next to the veggie garden. We put in the greenhouse last summer and getting a lot of use out of it. I have the tomato plants in there waiting to be put in the ground this weekend.

That tree stump is from the last of the fruit trees we took out. (We decided to go with dwarf varieties.) Now I'm wondering what new garden to put there. Mmm..

My gardening buddy, Loyal.

Now, if you're still with me, a few plant pictures.
Mouse Ears hosta
Japanese fern, pulmonaria, and caladium
Jack-in-the-Pulpit and a new coralbells
Late tulips and "Thumbles" oregano
A new iris, "Fall Fiesta"
Can't wait for these to open - love them!
 I hope everyone has a great weekend, and a Happy Mother's Day!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How come I do not see any weeds!?
the quilt is beautiful, what a treasure for them to have!
The plant stand was a steal for $60! I saw one similar a few years ago and it was about $200! i love things all vintage gardening!

Anonymous said...

This had better not be the last garden tour!!! I will need to see more and more throughout the season so beautiful. You are a talented lady Cindy I just love the quilt you made. Congratulations on the soon arrival of your first grandchild how very special this time will be for you.
Happy Mother's Day,
Hugs Rosemary...XX

Sheila said...

It was so much fun spending the day with you guys and I always love seeing the garden in person.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I so love your yard! Pretty and groomed! Happy Mother's Day!


Sunny Simple Life said...

Your garden is straight out of Country Gardens magazine. That baby quilt is beautiful. What an heirloom.

Kerin said...

Sounds like the new grandbaby will be one very loved and spoiled baby :)
Love that the parents are putting so much thought and love into the nursery!
Holy Moly... I can hardly believe that you have Iris' blooming cool!
Hope you had a wonderful Mothers day and that this week is a great one for you!!

Beverly said...

Cindy, your gardens are have really put a lot of loving time and energy into creating such a beautiful yard!! And that quilt....what a lucky baby to have such a bright and cheerful quilt made by his grammie!!! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day,

Kathleen From Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi Cindy! What a beautiful quilt! So cheery and vibant! Love your wonderful garden spots and flowers! I have a green house almost like yours! Don't you love it?

Regina said...

hi cindy,
your garden are have so many nice plants...i like the iris and the sweet hosta
i dreaming of a green house like yours.
the quilt is amazing!!!!
have a wonderful day,

Regina said...

hi cindy
your garden looks wonderful i like the sweet hosta
and the wonderful quilt.
have a nice weekend,
blessings regina