Saturday, June 24, 2017

A rainy Saturday.

 As you can see, it's a rainy Saturday here at the lakehouse.  This mother wren was not very happy with me walking around the cottage garden while she was collecting food for her babies.
They live in a house hidden in the Porcelain Berry Vine growing on the picket fence.

The New Dawn roses are drinking up all of the rain we have been getting this summer. They are so very fragrant! The garden smells wonderful!!

The Coneflowers are maturing nicely. I have been seeing a lot of butterflies feeding on them.
 All of the roses are doing well with the rain we've been having, and just enough heat and sunshine to make them happy.

I love these butterscotch daisies, and so do the big old bumble bees!

This Blaze Rose rambles up the garden shed each year. It's an old plant. One of the first roses I planted here.

I like Loosestrife/Speedwell. It pops up here and there in the flower beds.
I especially like the dark pink Veronica that grows in more compact bunches.
I also grow the Gooseneck Loosestrife in the white color.
It's a nice flower to dry for arrangements.

The husband dug up some roses I had growing on the left of this arbor last year, to put in a drainage line. I was NOT happy, although it needed to be done.
This year I have been working on filling in the spot. I can't dig too deep for it's been a challenge.
Hopefully, it will fill in nicely.
Those huge rocks should grow slowly enough.
The husband is on a fishing trip out on Lake Huron this weekend. I have time to myself to weed.....IF it ever stops raining!!!
If not, there is plenty to do inside, I guess.
Have a wonderful Sunday!

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!

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!