Art of Arrangement

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A few fun summer arrangements I wanted to share. With every roadside and garden in full bloom, it’s fun to incorporate the flowers with everyday items.

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I hope your summer adventures have been spectacular!

With much love,

Lisa

 

All the colours of the sun

Hello! I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer! I wanted to share this with you. This inspires me to bring a bit of outside indoors and display my favorite container, too!

Happy Saturday!

With much love,
Lisa

Edinburgh Garden Diary

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All colours are of the sun, and are good.

— Elizabeth Goudge

With July’s sunshine come the colourful flowers – bright pot marigolds and tangerine Californian poppies, scarlet Achillea, purple salvias, geraniums and catmint, and sweetpeas of every hue. July is the month when I switch from wondering what on earth I can spare for a vase, to wondering what I can leave out. Soon I’ll have dahlias, cosmos, persicaria, Verbena bonariensis and more sweetpeas than I can shake a stick at, many varieties new to me this year. The pinkish sweetpea in the picture is the first of my ‘Spanish Dancer’ to bloom.

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The sun blazed this morning as I sat on the top garden step and surveyed my small, buzzing, colourful kingdom, leaping up for my camera when a flighty red admiral settled first on the hot stone wall, then the railings, then a garden chair.

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Blooms

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The perennials have decided to show their beautiful blooms this weekend. The perennials are the backbone of my gardens because of the zone. I need hardy plants that withstand subzero temps in the winter. Planting roses on top of the septic tank was suggested by several when I moved here, my sideways look of ‘what’ has turned into ‘it works’.

Soon, it should be safe to plant the annuals, but I plant minimal. I try to find unique perennial bloomers to add to my existing garden of Shasta Daisies, Ornamental Grass, Butterfly Bush, Lilly, Herbs, Echinacea, Hydrangea, Black Eyed Susan, Phlox, Hibiscus, Iris, Missouri Primrose, and roses. It’s a nice blend of color that I can count on year after year.

I was gifted a bird house over a year ago for Christmas, I rearranged the front garden this year, and finally picked a spot, putting the posthole digger to work. My next purchase will be a clematis vine. It has full sun, but enough shade from the other plantings to keep the feet cool.

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Here are a few more shots of plants and blooms that made their debut.

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Happy gardening!

With much love,

Lisa

Home

There is nothing like spending time at home. Spring cleaning was on the agenda this weekend. It becomes an inspiring environment when everything is sparkling clean. Just a few shots around home. Now I need to get outside and finish up those gardens. Living in the woods has it challenges. Here are a few shots around home.

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With much love,

Lisa

To Cultivate

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I am still mulching my gardens in an attempt to freshen up the look. Pulling weeds, prepping the ground, and shoveling mulch…lots and lots of mulch. Cultivating provides a sense of contentment. There is definitely a feeling of satisfaction when you stand back and take in your work, especially when you power through an invasion of black flies. As I shoveled, I thought about cultivating more areas of my life: relationships, finances, work, writing, and art. There are many I need to freshen up. To take it to the next level, to really be satisfied with my journey. There will always be bumps and bruises along the way, but we are so lucky to wake up each and every day. You never know what might boom next. Here is what is blooming in my yard. Still waiting for those lilacs to open. I cannot wait to breathe in the heavenly scent of divine happiness!

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Happy cultivating!!

With much love,

Lisa

 

Spring Blooms

 

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It finally stopped raining long enough for a walk through the gardens. I enjoy discovering the tender blooms of the wildflowers and flowering trees. One thing missing from my garden are the spring bulbs stretching out after the long winter slumber to create a fantastic symphony of color. I am envious of the tulip theatres I have viewed in neighboring yards and online. I am planning for next year. I have selected bulbs that will make next spring a spectacular sight. Until then, I have captured some blooms of my own while enjoying the splendor that northern Michigan has to offer. I am especially excited for the lilacs to open. I hope you have the opportunity to breathe in the fresh air and relish the beauty of spring!

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With much love,

Lisa