Monday, August 3, 2015

Mosaic Monday #52 A Splendid Vacation

We had a splendid vacation with family in Grand Bend (Ontario) spending days at the beach on Lake Huron, fires at night to roast marshmallows and make yummy s'mores.
The sunsets were breath taking!
Our three youngest grandchildren had a blast at the beach.
Around the fire at night.
I even found a street with my name.
Here we are in August already and I know it's been a hot summer for some folks while others have had lots of rain and cooler temperatures.
How has your summer been? Have you had a vacation or at least a staycation? A few bloggers are taking a break for the rest of summer but for those dedicated to creating their mosaics, welcome back!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tea on Thursday

The weather has been hot this week so we've spent a lot of time at the beach.
Our granddaughter gracefully posed on the paddle board.
I've been having my afternoon tea every day and found this cute teapot where we stopped to pick up some treats today.
Fern and Balmoral tarts with a brownie for the chocolate lover.
Last week I shared friend Maureen's gardens with her thyme lawn out front. She kindly sent me photos of it in bloom. Creeping thyme is an excellent ground cover to use in place of grass. It remains green and can be walked on however, when flowering, there will be lots of bees.
It's been over a year since I've done a blog post from my iPad and and it took me a while to figure out how to put this together. They're great little gadgets but I'd much rather work from my laptop. :-)


         

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mosaic Monday Reminder

A reminder that Mosaic Monday will resume on August 3.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tea on Thursday and a Garden Tour

This past weekend I attended a tour of gardens in the Wasaga Beach area. Friends had their home on the tour and I thought I'd share my photos of their place - starting with the thyme lawn out front. I only wish it had been in bloom for it would have been so pretty.
Enjoy the photos, I don't need to jump in with any text.
A friend came for tea yesterday and I baked madeleines for our treat. I love the stainless steel shaker I have with icing sugar to coat the little tea cakes.
Limoges and Adderly lavender teacups with vintage linen napkins. Our tea selection was Paris Afternoon.
Madeleines are so easy to make and my recipe produces 24, using two baking pans. The recipe can be found in my 'recipes' page under the header.
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mosaic Monday #51 The Little Things

It's the little things in life that can bring us happiness, isn't it?
For instance this little fairy sitting on a rock with 'Plant Hope, Grow Dreams' that was a Mother's Day gift.
Top L clockwise:  'Fireburst' Bidens (PW), 'Pandora's Box' a miniature hosta, the small pink bells of weigela 'Ghost' and petite starry flowers on a micro-thyme called 'Elfin'.
And then there is the vibrant purple and green colour combination of Persian Shield that I love.  It can be grown in containers outside or as a houseplant. Mine is in the kitchen, constantly being pinched back for extra branching of stems.
Are there little things about bringing you happiness? 

There will be no Mosaic Monday next week, I look forward to seeing everyone the following Monday on August 3. 
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tea on Thursday and a Tour of Lavender Cottage Gardens


This week for my garden journal I'm going to take you on a tour of Lavender Cottage, a 50 x 120 foot lot in a subdivision pocket village surrounded by tranquil rural beauty.
The view from the road, driveway to the left.
Coming to the front door, the lavender hedge is a little beat up from rain a couple of days ago.
Behind you, the butterfly garden bursting with colour and the butterfly bushes just starting to flower.
 The rest of the front yard. See the Annabelle hydrangea in the distance...
One of those huge blooms brought me the 'Best of Show' ribbon at our garden club flower show this week.
From our front door.
Looking down the north side of the house, two rain barrels here.
Heading towards the arbour into the backyard, the Japanese garden is on the right.

Bird garden and trial bed for Proven Winners shrubs.
The garden shed hubby built me with electricity and running water and the friendship garden to the left of the path.
The moon garden, planted with white blooms has to undergo a change as it has transitioned to a shade garden with the backyard trees maturing.
Pond and waterfall, prolific with water lilies. The reading garden is in the upper left corner where the bench is.
The tea house that hubby also built me, a delightful place to sit for afternoon tea listening to the soothing sound of the waterfall.
As we head back towards the house, a hosta garden is nestled under the dwarf cable apple tree. This year I've started adding a few heuchera and astilbes.
The south side of the house leading back to the front will be ablaze in golden blooms on the left when the drifts of goldenrod 'Fireworks' open. The third rainbarrel can be seen in the top right corner.
Do come back to the teahouse where we can sit and chat. This photo of course is from earlier when the peonies were flowering.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour around our home. My husband is a handy guy and did all the grunt work to create the gardens, pond and structures...thank you honey!
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea.


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