Monday, June 25, 2018

Something New In The Sun Garden ~ Cosmos

I tried something new in the front sun garden this spring.
I spread Cosmos seeds early in the year, and we've
enjoyed a colorful bounty of delicate blooms since spring.

For over a decade, I've had Knockout Roses growing in the front.
They were a lovely welcome as you approached our home
and perfect year round in this sunny spot. Over the past
year they began to decline and limp along.  
I decided to pull them out to try something different.
Not knowing what I want to plant just yet, 
I simply scattered Cosmos seeds in after the new year. 

I'm happy I did!  
These easy growing flowers are perfect for 
our sunny spot at the front walk.

Cosmos is from the Greek word, kosmos
which means beautiful.

And beautiful they have been, with their tall feathery leaves
and vibrant colors ~ magenta, pink, orange, and white.

 Cosmos attract bees, and bees have certainly been buzzing around.
Here is one I managed to capture on the nearby Coneflowers.

My favorite thing about these pretty blooms, 
is that they are easy to grow, attract bees and butterflys, and are
perfect as cut flowers to bring inside to fill containers in our home.

Their bright colors and daisy like appearance 
are sure to bring a smile, don't you think?

 They are perfect happy blooms with which to fill my
MacKenzie-Childs vases, mugs, and flower frog bowls
of various patterns in the Taylor ceramics.

They are also the perfect addition to 
my favorite Courtly Check!

Since I'm linking this post to two special garden parties,
I baked Coconut Cherry Cupcakes for us.
It is a party after all!
Check back later in the week for a full post 
and details on these tasty cherry treats.
Be sure to stop by and visit the other garden posts.
Dates and links below.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

National Flag Week

This post was first published here in June 2014
and happens to be one of my favorite posts.
Like picking up a good book to read again, 
I find myself reposting this every two years,
Here it is again in honor of National Flag Week.  

Celebrating National Flag Week
Honoring the red, white, and blue.

Patriotic holidays and the colors of our country's flag
have always given me a sense of pride and happiness.
I'm proud to be American!
As an elementary teacher for 30 years,
patriotism was an important component
throughout the year's curriculum.
It wasn't an isolated unit, 
but rather a theme that was woven into
various activities and integrated across the curriculum.
I believe it is important to teach children respect 
for our country's flag and other patriotic symbols and .   .   .
That instilling patriotism at an early 
age enables young children to understand 
the responsibilities of good citizenship.
It makes my heart sing to drive 
through my neighborhood and .   .   .
See families proudly 
display the flag of our country.
It reminds me that the US is a country united, 
one of liberty and justice for all.




If you are an American,
pay tribute to our flag this week.
"She's A Grand Ole Flag"
Flag Day ~ June 14

All photos were taken by me and enhanced through the Waterlogue App.


Monday, June 4, 2018

The Magnolias Are In Bloom

 Breathe deeply and take in the intoxicating scent.  
The Magnolias are in bloom!

 We don't have a magnolia tree growing in our yard,
but fortunately magnolias are abundant in our neighborhood.

 On occasion, I'll snip a bloom or two
from a neighbor's tree to bring into our home.

Few treees have such a magnificant bloom.

 The blooms are short lived, but oh my,
the fragrance is exotic and intoxicating.

 The magnolia tree is an ancient genus.
With many varieties, it is the Magnolia Grnadiflora
that commonly grows here in Austin.

The Magnolia is a harbinger of spring.

Each day as I take my morning walk,
the neighborhood is filled
with a very distinct lemony fragrance.

It announces the magnolia blooms
that are in abundance this time of year.

These splendid white beauties are named
for the 17th century French botanist, Pierre Magnol.

Native to both Asia and the Americas, the evergreen
tree has leathery leaves and gorgeous large white blooms.

Considered to be very primitive,
the blooms are similar to the very first flowers.

Magnolia blooms open in layers,
can be as large as 10 inches across,
and have as many as 14 tepals.

Both Mississippi and Louisiana
selected Magnolias as their state flower.

It's no surprise that these
blooms are associated with . . .



Dignity and,


Join me on the 
terrace for a cup of tea.

We'll talk spring gardens and take in the beauty
and fragrance of my neighbors' magnolia trees.

Joining  Pam @ Everyday Living
for her first Gardens Galore Party of 2018.