The Deck Garden in July

Well….nearly TWO MONTHS since I was here with an update…..what’s up with that? I’ve missed all of you, and thanks to those of you who have reached out to me on Instagram to let me know you’ve missed my blog posts!
I never intend to stay away so long, it just seems the days fly by, one after another, and before you know it it’s been wayyyyyy too long!

Work is crazy….and by the time I shut my computer off at the end of the day/week, I don’t want to open it again until I have to. Sigh.

But here I am…and thank you for sticking with me through these long absences!

It’s probably the worst year in history to be in the wedding planning business.

I’ve cried more with my brides this season than in any other year. My heart breaks for all the couples out there who have been looking forward to their dream wedding this season, only to have the rug pulled out from under them. Who could have ever predicted this when we heard about that first case of Coronavirus here in the US back in January?

Meanwhile, in MUCH happier news….my older daughter got engaged in June!!

We are all beyond delighted for Amanda & Alex and can’t wait to celebrate with them when we can all be together again! We’ve missed wayyyy too many celebrations this year, but we’re certainly not alone in that. Sigh.

I’m still working from home, which I love, even with the challenges that working from home can bring. I can’t imagine what the pups think….they won’t know what to do with themselves once I go back to the office. Right now I’m their slave…let me out, let me in, give me a cookie, I need a snuggle….you know the drill!

Here they are in one of their favorite ‘lookout’ spots….they are facing towards the road, and although you can’t see it at this time of year, they hear people out there hiking or walking their dogs and love to let them know in no uncertain terms just who owns this mountain top!!

It’s great to be able to take a five minute break to let them out and step out into the sunshine and country air….and I’ve been finding great solace in my deck garden during this stressful time, for sure.

I kept things rather soothing this year with a ton of blue, white, and pink. Funny when I planned my deck garden way back in January, I had a peaceful palette in mind, yet I had no idea how the world would change in just a couple of months. I’m sure glad I did, it’s been such a haven!

It amazes me to look at this lush photo and realize that I started every flower from seed….with the exception of the geraniums, which were overwintered. Remarkable what can happen from a teeny little seed!

I replaced a previous planter on the deck with this one, that my friend Brenda had purchased back in early Spring for her own patio. Previously I had a metal stand in this spot with two very heavy clay flower boxes that I lugged up and down the steps each spring and fall. I decided to go with something that would withstand our harsh winters and save my back, and I ‘m so glad I did!

This is the current view from my deck swing, my heaven on earth. I try to take a little time each day after work to relax on the swing before dinner, and usually Molly is by my side. Of course we have to play Chuck It first with the pups….that’s Monkey’s favorite game!

I love the way this corner turned out, although it wasn’t my initial plan.

I had purchased Lily bulbs for this corner and was hoping beyond hope that the critters would leave them alone if they were in pots on the deck.

They have eaten EVERY SINGLE LILY BULB that I planted in the perennial bed.

Well guess what….despite my pathetic efforts to protect the bulbs, and trying so many different suggestions, the darned chipmunks ate every single bulb.

I give up on Lilies. So sad. I took a ride to the garden center last week to find something tall to put in those pots in lieu of Lilies. Just look at that gorgeous Salvia, it’s just stunning! And you can’t go wrong with Cleome. There’s also a purple Verbena in there somewhere, it’s so feathery and seems to float above the other more dense flowers. I love the different textures playing off one another.

Of course the darned chipmunks had to dig in the pots right after I planted, just to see if they left any lily bulbs behind…..grrrrrr, they are such aggravating little critters, but so cute!

I even added some blue Salvia in the herb boxes this year, to carry the blue all the way across the deck. I can’t wait for it to fill in, I just love those blue spiky flowers…..and so do the bees!

On a side note, it’s hard to believe I restained this deck just last spring. The snow and ice really destroys it every season….oh well, I take the good with the bad. Maybe if the urge hits me I’ll take a brush to those spots….or maybe I’ll wait until next spring. We’ll see.

I do love having these herb boxes right outside my kitchen door, that’s for sure! One of the wonderful things about working from home is that I’m trying out all sorts of new recipes. I can easily start prepping for a recipe while on the phone or in between emails – it’s wonderful! I can run out to the veggie garden to grab some lettuce for a salad….pretty soon we’ll have tomatoes also, I can’t wait!

What’s been going on in your world? I sure hope you are all staying safe and well!Well….nearly TWO MONTHS since I was here with an update…..what’s up with that? I’ve missed all of you, and thanks to those of you who have reached out to me on Instagram to let me know you’ve missed my blog posts!
I never intend to stay away so long, it just seems the days fly by, one after another, and before you know it it’s been wayyyyyy too long!

Work is crazy….and by the time I shut my computer off at the end of the day/week, I don’t want to open it again until I have to. Sigh.

But here I am…and thank you for sticking with me through these long absences!

It’s probably the worst year in history to be in the wedding planning business.

I’ve cried more with my brides this season than in any other year. My heart breaks for all the couples out there who have been looking forward to their dream wedding this season, only to have the rug pulled out from under them. Who could have ever predicted this when we heard about that first case of Coronavirus here in the US back in January?

Meanwhile, in MUCH happier news….my older daughter got engaged in June!!

We are all beyond delighted for Amanda & Alex and can’t wait to celebrate with them when we can all be together again! We’ve missed wayyyy too many celebrations this year, but we’re certainly not alone in that. Sigh.

I’m still working from home, which I love, even with the challenges that working from home can bring. I can’t imagine what the pups think….they won’t know what to do with themselves once I go back to the office. Right now I’m their slave…let me out, let me in, give me a cookie, I need a snuggle….you know the drill!

Here they are in one of their favorite ‘lookout’ spots….they are facing towards the road, and although you can’t see it at this time of year, they hear people out there hiking or walking their dogs and love to let them know in no uncertain terms just who owns this mountain top!!

It’s great to be able to take a five minute break to let them out and step out into the sunshine and country air….and I’ve been finding great solace in my deck garden during this stressful time, for sure.

I kept things rather soothing this year with a ton of blue, white, and pink. Funny when I planned my deck garden way back in January, I had a peaceful palette in mind, yet I had no idea how the world would change in just a couple of months. I’m sure glad I did, it’s been such a haven!

It amazes me to look at this lush photo and realize that I started every flower from seed….with the exception of the geraniums, which were overwintered. Remarkable what can happen from a teeny little seed!

I replaced a previous planter on the deck with this one, that my friend Brenda had purchased back in early Spring for her own patio. Previously I had a metal stand in this spot with two very heavy clay flower boxes that I lugged up and down the steps each spring and fall. I decided to go with something that would withstand our harsh winters and save my back, and I ‘m so glad I did!

This is the current view from my deck swing, my heaven on earth. I try to take a little time each day after work to relax on the swing before dinner, and usually Molly is by my side. Of course we have to play Chuck It first with the pups….that’s Monkey’s favorite game!

I love the way this corner turned out, although it wasn’t my initial plan.

I had purchased Lily bulbs for this corner and was hoping beyond hope that the critters would leave them alone if they were in pots on the deck.

They have eaten EVERY SINGLE LILY BULB that I planted in the perennial bed.

Well guess what….despite my pathetic efforts to protect the bulbs, and trying so many different suggestions, the darned chipmunks ate every single bulb.

I give up on Lilies. So sad. I took a ride to the garden center last week to find something tall to put in those pots in lieu of Lilies. Just look at that gorgeous Salvia, it’s just stunning! And you can’t go wrong with Cleome. There’s also a purple Verbena in there somewhere, it’s so feathery and seems to float above the other more dense flowers. I love the different textures playing off one another.

Of course the darned chipmunks had to dig in the pots right after I planted, just to see if they left any lily bulbs behind…..grrrrrr, they are such aggravating little critters, but so cute!

I even added some blue Salvia in the herb boxes this year, to carry the blue all the way across the deck. I can’t wait for it to fill in, I just love those blue spiky flowers…..and so do the bees!

On a side note, it’s hard to believe I restained this deck just last spring. The snow and ice really destroys it every season….oh well, I take the good with the bad. Maybe if the urge hits me I’ll take a brush to those spots….or maybe I’ll wait until next spring. We’ll see.

I do love having these herb boxes right outside my kitchen door, that’s for sure! One of the wonderful things about working from home is that I’m trying out all sorts of new recipes. I can easily start prepping for a recipe while on the phone or in between emails – it’s wonderful! I can run out to the veggie garden to grab some lettuce for a salad….pretty soon we’ll have tomatoes also, I can’t wait!

What’s been going on in your world? I sure hope you are all staying safe and well!

Well….nearly TWO MONTHS since I was here with an update…..what’s up with that? I’ve missed all of you, and thanks to those of you who have reached out to me on Instagram to let me know you’ve missed my blog posts!

I never intend to stay away so long, it just seems the days fly by, one after another, and before you know it it’s been wayyyyyy too long!
Work is crazy….and by the time I shut my computer off at the end of the day/week, I don’t want to open it again until I have to. Sigh.
But here I am…and thank you for sticking with me through these long absences!
It’s probably the worst year in history to be in the wedding planning business.
I’ve cried more with my brides this season than in any other year. My heart breaks for all the couples out there who have been looking forward to their dream wedding this season, only to have the rug pulled out from under them. Who could have ever predicted this when we heard about that first case of Coronavirus here in the US back in January?
Meanwhile, in MUCH happier news….my older daughter got engaged in June!!
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We are all beyond delighted for Amanda & Alex and can’t wait to celebrate with them when we can all be together again! We’ve missed wayyyy too many celebrations this year, but we’re certainly not alone in that. Sigh.
I’m still working from home, which I love, even with the challenges that working from home can bring. I can’t imagine what the pups think….they won’t know what to do with themselves once I go back to the office. Right now I’m their slave…let me out, let me in, give me a cookie, I need a snuggle….you know the drill!
image
Here they are in one of their favorite ‘lookout’ spots….they are facing towards the road, and although you can’t see it at this time of year, they hear people out there hiking or walking their dogs and love to let them know in no uncertain terms just who owns this mountain top!!
It’s great to be able to take a five minute break to let them out and step out into the sunshine and country air….and I’ve been finding great solace in my deck garden during this stressful time, for sure.
image
I kept things rather soothing this year with a ton of blue, white, and pink. Funny when I planned my deck garden way back in January, I had a peaceful palette in mind, yet I had no idea how the world would change in just a couple of months. I’m sure glad I did, it’s been such a haven!
image
It amazes me to look at this lush photo and realize that I started every flower from seed….with the exception of the geraniums, which were overwintered. Remarkable what can happen from a teeny little seed!
I replaced a previous planter on the deck with this one, that my friend Brenda had purchased back in early Spring for her own patio. Previously I had a metal stand in this spot with two very heavy clay flower boxes that I lugged up and down the steps each spring and fall. I decided to go with something that would withstand our harsh winters and save my back, and I ‘m so glad I did!
image
This is the current view from my deck swing, my heaven on earth. I try to take a little time each day after work to relax on the swing before dinner, and usually Molly is by my side. Of course we have to play Chuck It first with the pups….that’s Monkey’s favorite game!
image
I love the way this corner turned out, although it wasn’t my initial plan.
I had purchased Lily bulbs for this corner and was hoping beyond hope that the critters would leave them alone if they were in pots on the deck.
They have eaten EVERY SINGLE LILY BULB that I planted in the perennial bed.
image
Well guess what….despite my pathetic efforts to protect the bulbs, and trying so many different suggestions, the darned chipmunks ate every single bulb.
image
I give up on Lilies. So sad. I took a ride to the garden center last week to find something tall to put in those pots in lieu of Lilies. Just look at that gorgeous Salvia, it’s just stunning! And you can’t go wrong with Cleome. There’s also a purple Verbena in there somewhere, it’s so feathery and seems to float above the other more dense flowers. I love the different textures playing off one another.
image
Of course the darned chipmunks had to dig in the pots right after I planted, just to see if they left any lily bulbs behind…..grrrrrr, they are such aggravating little critters, but so cute!
image
I even added some blue Salvia in the herb boxes this year, to carry the blue all the way across the deck. I can’t wait for it to fill in, I just love those blue spiky flowers…..and so do the bees!
On a side note, it’s hard to believe I restained this deck just last spring. The snow and ice really destroys it every season….oh well, I take the good with the bad. Maybe if the urge hits me I’ll take a brush to those spots….or maybe I’ll wait until next spring. We’ll see.
I do love having these herb boxes right outside my kitchen door, that’s for sure! One of the wonderful things about working from home is that I’m trying out all sorts of new recipes. I can easily start prepping for a recipe while on the phone or in between emails – it’s wonderful! I can run out to the veggie garden to grab some lettuce for a salad….pretty soon we’ll have tomatoes also, I can’t wait!
What’s been going on in your world? I sure hope you are all staying safe and well!
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