Friday, June 16, 2017

A Labor of Love.

It's Friday, and it's been a busy week.
Mostly working in the cottage garden and flower beds.
These pretty roses are one of the many rewards from time spent working in the dirt. 

 After laying the mulch, it's now time to put in the old brick path.
While digging holes to plant more roses, I hit more buried bricks!
They are all vintage pieces!
I found some last year, and will add the ones I found this year, to the path.

 Things are starting to fill in nicely, and the roses are starting to bloom.
I am very happy with the way the cottage garden is looking this year.
It's all a labor of love.

A bee hive and bees, and a cloche was added to the fairy garden.
The rain pounded down the sand path....good thing there is more to replace it.
The New Dawn roses have really filled the French rose arbor!
The other side holds a pink, Nellie Moser clematis....
    

 Coneflowers are coming up in different places.
I love them, because they remind me of Prairie flowers.
Gives the gardens a romantic/country feeling.
The wind has died down, so it's time to take the kayak out for a paddle.
Thank you for visiting here at the lakehouse..
Have a happy weekend, and take time to smell the flowers!
Debbie
xoxo

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Retired from the Pharmacy.....

Hello, and happy Summer to you!
Since retiring from the pharmacy at the end of May, I have had more time to work in the gardens!
I will be working as a part-time substitute teacher's aide in the Fall. I got a little training in the last three weeks of the school year.

        I have been working hard to get things back in order in all the gardens here at the lakehouse....Since working a the pharmacy every Summer, the flower beds here have been neglected, and need a lot of TLC.
   I will finally be able to participate in the Kirkland Garden Club tour, slated for July. It will take a lot of work, but I think things will be ready for it.

I am anxious to be a part of it all.
  This is the Fairy Garden Feature.
We had quite a storm the other night, and things got a little beat up by the wind and rain...but I was thankful for the watering everything received.
 I trust your Summer is going well.
Enjoy the sunshine, and blessings in each day!
Debbie
xoxo





Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Merry Christmas post!!!!

It's been so long.......
I must admit to you all.....IG has made it easier for me to see what everyone is up to. 
I am still working at the pharmacy, and to be honest, I took the summer off from blogging to enjoy being outside in the gardens, and on the lake.

I don't know how you guys do it?!!!
Of course, I don't have a large following.....so keeping up a blog shouldn't be that difficult for me...lol.

I am just plain lazy.

The down side to IG is losing that personal contact that you have with blogging.
Then there are those that do both!!! and run businesses, and their households, etc.
Like I said....I am lazy.

My youngest daughter, Melissa and I did well with our booth.
This winter it will slow down, but we are looking forward to a busy spring and summer!

Bun Bun is bigger. He is still my little fuzz-butt, though.
He spent the summer months in his rabbit house and outside-attached cage area.
Now that it's colder, he is inside.
He is litter trained, which makes things so easy with him being inside.
I just wanted to do a post, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!!!
I trust you are well, and happy.
Joy to you and your families!
Love,
Debbie
xo

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer evenings at the lakehouse.


Summer here at the lake has been enjoyable, with hot, humid weather, and sunny skies.
We experience a few cooler days with rain...but the flowers appreciate that, as do the people needing a bit of a break from the heat.
Evenings are spent sitting in the swing under the candle lanterns gifted to me by one of my daughters as a Mother's Day present.

It's always a treat watching the boats glide by as the sun goes down.
Hubby usually starts a campfire, and the frogs start their familiar songs.
You catch the faint scent of flowers as the breeze carries their fragrance along it's current.
I love this time of year, with all of it's sights and sounds as the evening progresses.
I trust you are enjoying your summer, as well.
I am joining Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique for the Shabbilicious Friday Link Party this week.
Debbie
xoxo

Friday, June 24, 2016

A morning walk in the cottage garden.

I took a walk through the cottage garden this morning, and was pleased to see all the roses blooming!
The New Dawn climbing rose is doing well on the new arbor we put up this spring. 
A Nelly Moser clematis is growing on the opposite side of the arbor, and is beautiful this year.
The Hollyhocks will be opening soon.

Another New Dawn climber growing in the obelisk we purchased with the arbor and iron fences.

We just planted this lavender rose this spring for it's fragrant blooms.

Love New Dawn....starts out this gorgeous pale pink, then fades to white.


Yellow roses were always my favorite.
As I've matured, pinks have become more pleasing to me.

I really enjoy the formation of the old roses.

These beauties remind me of the ruffles on a ladies dress.

I planted a few Knock Out Roses...but only two bushes survived the winter.

There are still more flowers to show their pretty heads.
The lilies are almost ready!
The veronica, and yarrow are slowly peeking through.
No hurry.....there's plenty of summer left to enjoy the flowers.

Like this gorgeous white rose!

I'm working on a new brick path since we put in the iron arbor and fences.
The cottage garden isn't very large....but big enough to keep me busy. Along with the other gardens around the cottage.
Have a wonderful weekend.....and take time to smell the roses!!
Debbie
xo

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The roses are blooming!!!

Woohoo!!!
The roses are blooming!
There are a few different varieties here at the Lakehouse, and they are slowly starting to open...a few at a time.

The peonies are opening up, too!
The last ones will be the pink ones.
The whites smell just like hyacinths.
It smells like Easter in the cottage right now.

I am loving all the shades of pink roses!!
I noticed a yellow one was waking up when I got home from work today.
The New Dawn roses should be open in just a few more days.

We planted two lavender bushes this year.
I'm anxious for them to show themselves.
They are the most fragrant of roses, it seems.

Having flowers from the gardens in the house again just warms my heart.

I think, out of all of the roses in the gardens, this wild, yet delicate looking pink rose is one of my very favorites.
The fragrance is intoxicating, the color is glorious, and the shape is magnificent.
It's not exactly what most people think of when we talk about roses.....but to me, it's perfection.
As the days go on, there will be many more roses to come.....different colors, shapes, sizes, etc.
I LOVE this time of the year!!
Enjoy each day, and take time to smell the roses!!
Blessings.......
Debbie
xo

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Some sweet pictures.

Oh my goodness, have you ever seen anything so sweet in all your life?!
My youngest daughter and her family have a small hobby farm, and they raise these darling dwarf-lion face bunnies.
They have a few for sale, and these are the pictures Melissa posted of the fuzzballs just today.

These are some of the recent babies available.

So tiny and cute!

These little puffkins are used to being handled everyday by my daughter, and granddaughters.
I hope they all find loving homes.
I just wanted to share these pictures with you, because I thought they were so stinkin' cute.
I hope they made you smile.
Have a good week!
Debbie
xo