Monday, June 4, 2012

I LOVE FLOWERS!

I pulled some decorative accessories out of my stash to dress everything up.  The guest house (Summerhouse) is there in the background.  I have yet to get in there and clean it out.  And I still have the front yard and porch to work on.  But I have to say, I got my exercise!  Of course we relaxed, neighbors visited and we cooked out for the first time this summer.  It really was a great weekend.  I'm joining in with Tracie's Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage!  See you soon! :)

67 comments:

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Jane:

Your lakehouse is so nice! Your flowers look great and the bean hyacinth will get purple flowers on them, I think they also have purple type beans too! Or perhaps the beans turn into the bloom. I had these years ago and I forget.

Sounds like a wonderful weekend to me with friends too!

Theresa said...

Oh girl, you are really making everything looks beautiful! Love your husband's resting spot:) Have a blessed week and yet another happy weekend ahead! HUGS!

stefanie said...

thats the way to garden...by a beautiful lake!!!!

Olive Cooper said...

Planting is so relaxing and your guy has caught on to that. The palms are stunning, I tend to kill them here.

Barbara F. said...

Everything looks great, Jane. My oregano is huge this year too, in a pot. It was already going to seed. xo

Leslie said...

The gardens look great. Looks like the perfect start of summer!!!

laurie said...

such a great weekend, love the palms,, looks like a great spot to sit and think!

Gina said...

Everything is looking great! I can see why you husband loves that spot to relax in...it looks so inviting!

pembrokeshire lass said...

How wonderful to have a beach house to chill out in...that's after you finish.... the gardening..the decorating etc...etc! Joan

Geneva said...

Your place is looking so pretty... and it's neat that your husband is enjoying it just as much much as you are. Y'all are creating a very special world there!
Blessings!
Geneva

Cozy Little House said...

Nice to have a helper. I love that first trellis. Is it made of iron?
Brenda

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
Your garden is looking lovely. I wish Mr. Sissie would take an interest in gardening but he's too busy on the golf course greens! LOL!
One year I planted lambs ear and it took over the entire garden. I liked to never got rid of it. Better keep an eye on it because it spreads like wild fire.
I love hearing about your lovely lake house.

hugs
Sissie

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

ya'll worked hard and it looks great.
thanks for the epson salts trick. I may give that a try.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend, Jane! Getting all the fluffing and cleaning out of the way, you'll both be able to just relax when you go up there.

Julie Marie said...

Everything looks great Jane!... how cute your hubby hidden behind the palms with his cigar!... your Oregano looks like it is doing really well... do you dry some of it too besides using it fresh?... sounds like you had a nice time at the lake... it it sooo hot here today, 90 degree plus and Tessy and I are inside this afternoon doing nothing, which is strange for me as I am usually going warp speed... xoxo Julie Marie

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

I love flowers too...but it is a lot of work!

Candylei said...

I live your rose trellis!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like you had a fun and productive weekend Jane! I've never heard of the hyacinth bean, look forward to seeing it bloom:@)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You guys worked hard and it shows! Your gardens look beautiful Jane! Glad you guys had a great weekend:)

Rebecca said...

Your lakehouse is a DREAM! That doggie 'dumping' had me ROLLING on the floor! HYSTERICAL!

xoRebecca

Mary said...

Glad to see A was helping out with the plants etc., it all looking fabulous Jane. Doesn't it feel great to sit down at the end of a day gardening and admire the fruits of all that labor........especially with a nice glass of wine in hand, lol!

Thanks dear for the good wishes for our upcoming safari trip - not long and we'll be on our way! May not be able to post over there, and if that's the case I'll save the stories for my return.

Enjoy your week dear friend.
Hugs - Mary

Karen said...

What a wonderful getaway... a lakehouse, with garden!...

Debbie said...

Your lake house looks ready for someone to move in. Your next visit, the flowers will be all in bloom and waiting for you, Jane!
I love that lantern on your table, it's so pretty.
Enjoy!!
xxoo

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Hi Jane,
It sounds like it was a wonderful weekend full of accomplishments and relaxation! I would love to have a lake house to play around with...lucky you!

Shirley said...

Hi Jane, I will be looking forward to watching your flowers grow. I would love to sit outside and enjoy the view of your lake. We have been so hot the last couple of days, but Saturday wasn't to bad. Have a great week. Hugs from Your Missouri Friend.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Such a lovely place Jane, what a treat to have a lake house! Everything looks wonderful!!!

Bliss said...

Too bad doggies can't read huh?

~Bliss~

Heaven's Walk said...

What a great place to kick back and relax, Jane! Your garden is really look fabulous! Pretty soon those flowers will be blooming like crazy! :)

xoxo laurie

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I wonder what the epsom salts do...i might have to google that. I love gardening and having the herbs next to your kitchen for easy snipping is great. Good to have a gardener for a hubby.

mississippi artist said...

It is funny that you are just planting tomatoes and we have been harvesting ours for several weeks.You will enjoy your hyacinth bean-it has beautiful flowers. Be sure and let a few blooms go to seed and save them.

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bj said...

O, my goodness, Blondie, how blessed you are to have a summer lake house. I would LOOOOVE having a second home to escape to every now and then. We should have bought one years ago but......didn't.
So glad you have one.
Everything sure is looking pretty. You do seem to have a green thumb.
Enjoy....

Deserae said...

Your lake house gardens are so beautiful!!! Love the trellis for your climbing roses too :o)
~Des

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Jane!

I bet it is so much fun (and some work) to go and get the lakehouse ready for the season. You get to anticipate all the long days of summer relaxing and enjoying yourself.

xoxo Bunny Jean

lynn said...

gorgeous garden by the lake...priceless!

Sonia said...

Looks like you have been busy..along with your hubbie..how nice to have garden help! I need mine to cut down some saplings in my shrub border! Love your blue glider!! Such a great spot to relax!! Enjoy!!
Miss Bloomers

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Sounds like a dream weekend to me!

chateau chic said...

Hi Blondie, Your lake house looks so charming and such a nice place to relax. Thanks for stopping by, Mary Alice

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

How fun, Jane, to work together with your husband, to create such a beautiful lake home.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

WOW, what energy. I wish I did a fraction of that here. We are having LOTS of rain and the weed population is EXPLODING! I love all your edibles, YUMMMMY!
Everything looks so beautiful, You deserve a good rest too...
Have a fun week,
Hugs,
Donna

Sarah said...

Jane, all that work in the garden pays off. You are going to have a beautiful summer.

awal.ny said...

How sweet that he wanted to help. Doesn't it just make you happy when they want to help with a project you usually do yourself. My mr. helped with painting this past winter and it just made the time go by faster.

Ok give, what is the trick with the Epsom salt?

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

It looks wonderful...your hard work is paying off!!! :) Laurel

Susie Q said...

SO pretty sweet lady! I enjoyed seeing all the photos and catching up! How beautiful it is there...know you love it!
Love,
Sue

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Jane, I always tell you how romantic I think it is to have a lake house. Even your work looks like fun!

Cindy said...

Looks like you two have been working hard! It's looking great!

Jacqueline said...

What wonderful things you planted! Everything looks so beautiful and charming too. After planting mine this year I could barely move - I needed a masage desperately! Guess I hadn't sat on the ground in that position for a year and the muscles didn't like it! Everything sounds so fun - we need to have friends over for a BBQ!

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Jody and Stan said...

Your garden looks so beautiful! What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy all your hard work. Can't wait to see more. Thanks for stopping by with your inspiring comment. I'm following you too! Have a fun weekend.

Jody

Dragonfly Treasure said...

You have such a beautiful garden! Your place looks like a vacation retreat! Just gorgeous.

Sweet Peas do not like the heat, We get in the 100's here but they make a wonderful Spring flower. Plant the seeds in the Fall (be sure to nick or soak the seeds overnight for easier germination). After you plant them once, they will reseed themselves if you leave them dry up in the garden before removing the dead plant. Or you can collect the seeds from the pods yourself. Mine just finished and are going to seed, just to give you an idea of the time frame. So while they don't do well in the Summer they are great for the Spring garden. And their sweet scent is amazing. I like to pcik the flowers for sweet little bouquets ♥

Thanks so much for stopping by!
*hugs*deb

Babs said...

How sweet that your hubby wanted to plant..my husband is the hole digger and compost hauler, too. Your flats of plants look so good. I love buying flowers in flats so I have lots of the same kind. Happy times at the lake. :)

Faded Plains said...

It looks like such a relaxing place...and the flowers look great too!

Becky Elmuccio said...

Looks lovely! Can't wait to see how your tomatoes turn out.

Lori said...

A fun productive week-end for sure ~ it is instant gratification when you can actually see what you have accomplished. Everything looks great Janie ~ before long you will be able to just sit back and enjoy. xo

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Wow it was a big weekend in the garden Jane, but all your efforts will obviously reap beautiful results. It must be fun seeing the lake house 'wake up' for summer again. x

Pondside said...

I don't know how you do it all, Jane! I have trouble enough just keeping this house and garden presentable, and you do it with two and a guest house - you are amazing. Everything is looking so pretty by the lake - keep on having fun!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

SOOOO beautiful Jane -- you must relish your time at the lake :)

Blessings!
Gail

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

The Lake house is lookin' good Jane! Your flowers are going to be blooming in no time....love the tip about epson salt....looked it up ~ and now I'll try that as well (thanks!!) Wishing you a fun weekend up there....no work this time...just relax!

Ashley ~ said...

I LOVE all the pics of your beautiful plants*!!! Your hubby is a keeper*! :)

-Ashley*

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I bet your climbing rose will be so pretty when all the buds open up. I really need to go home and garden!

Designing Domesticity said...

Beautiful. Love the potted palms. Thanks for sharing, liz

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Your lake home is Summer ready! I always look forward to the images at the lake. What a wonderful place!
~Lynne
w/L.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Wonderful pretties..just what I need for the side of our home. Trellis'. Soon..soon.. :) YOU'VE been busy!!

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Oh, your flowers look so pretty and how nice of your hubby to lend a helping hand! :) Your plants looks wonderful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sarah said...

Jane, I know your lake house gardens are gorgeous. I've never heard of hyacinth bean plant. I'll be curious to see what his looks like.

Gypsy Heart said...

Love it! So many pretty flowers and plants...makes me happy to see them. I think it just looks so peaceful.
Love the chimenea too!

xo
Pat