Saturday, May 30, 2009

April showers do bring May flowers!

Hi! I know it's been awhile! I was beginning to wonder when I was going to take some time and make a post myself. I've been busy pursuing life outdoors these past few weeks. Many of you know I live in Oregon, where it rains a lot. It *finally* stopped raining and the days have been filled with blue sky and sunshine for a couple weeks and it feels so good to be outside again! The birds are singing, the squirrels are running around, the windows are open, the flowers are blooming and it feels heavenly! I especially love May and June, before the weather starts getting too hot.

Since it finally stopped raining, for the most part, Mark and I have been busy getting our yard in order and cleaned up from a long Fall and Winter. Mark took a week vacation during Mother's Day week and we spent ten days together enjoying each others company and working in our yard and Memorial weekend too. During that week we also celebrated another anniversary together and a birthday. We've worked hard...the garden is planted, flowers are in pots, flower seeds are sown, the umbrellas are up on the patio tables and the fountain is flowing once again. There is still plenty to do, always, but I'm grateful that the garden is in. The best part now is watching it grow and enjoying the fruits of our labor! It has felt so good to breathe some fresh air and work in our yard...not to mention that it's been good for my muscles too!

I still have been stitching, but it has taken a bit of a back seat for awhile. It was time to get some things squared away in our life. I am just getting back to reality this weekend. Some of you know that I am working on a gift for a friend. The frustrating part is not being able to share with you until it is sent. It is my main priority right now. I also have my bead journal project going and I'm preparing my pieces for aDRESSing the Situation. I also am going to do my first giveaway! I just need to chose some things and take some pictures of my offerings...stay tuned!

I can share a few sneak peeks of some stitching and thought I would share some snaps of what gloriously is blooming and growing in our yard...oh, how I LOVE May!!!

I have been putting the pedal to the metal on my sewing machine and have sewn up a flock of little songbirds and I'll share them in their entirety soon! ;-)

A little peek at some beading!

Another peek at some beading!

A total secret and surprise...I know...not very nice! These things take time!!! ;-)

This is the main part of our garden and new retaining wall DH built. This is where the tomatoes, peppers, beans, strawberries, blueberries, green onion, carrot, radish, lettuce, cosmos and zinnias are. You aren't seeing the other part of our garden in the corner where the corn, peas, cukes, artichokes and zuchinni are. The stepping stones need to be seated and once the beans, carrots, radish, lettuce and green onion are up, we will dress the whole thing with compost. I will share more shots with you soon as everything grows more.

Seeds sown: giant sunflowers, sunflowers for cutting (yellow and brownish/red), black eyed susans, purple coneflowers, red oriental poppies and zinnias. Will be planting these soon!

Huge basket of purple and pink wave petunias, geraniums and verbena. Will share with you soon...as it will get enormous!

Little fuschias on the deck railing...

Lily of the Valley...

Beautiful and very old Rhododendron...

Another very old Rhododendron...

Hardy Geranium and Candytuft...

Wild Rose...wish you could smell it...it smells like baby powder...

Ginkgo shot...we have two trees...I got them for my birthday years ago from my mom. I love this tree and their leaves...they turn a glorious gold in the Fall...

Hostas and ferns are filling out under the deck...

Orange Oriental Poppy...they are just starting to bloom and they are gorgeous...

Japanese Iris...

Cosmo flower in bloom...

Clematis just starting to bloom this week...

Close-up of Clematis...

Clustered Bell Flower...

And, most odd...my Christmas Cactus is blooming!!! I guess everything is blooming around here!

I included some more photos in the next post!!! I'm back to stitching and I'll be catching up with you soon! Hope the sun is shining on you...~Lisa

10 comments:

3rdEyeMuse said...

what a wonderfully amazing and inspirational post, Lisa! I am so totally blown away. the flock-o-birds looks soooo sweet. love their shape and the fabric choices, too. and that BEADING (especially the blues) ... WOW! can't wait to see the WHOLE thing! :) ... and if all that isn't nearly enough, I SERIOUSLY want to go live in that garden of yours. :)

Micki said...

Your projects are wonderful! I am so inspired!
Micki

*~tabby~* crooked heart art said...

hey girl
oooo everything looks so beautiful around your place :)
why do you have to live so dang far away??
i am loving those little birds!!
are you going to bead them??
they are wonderful :)
i just discovered that there are grubs in the garden! oh noooo zinnia seedlings seem to be the meal of the day-i need to go buy some grub-x!!
belated happy birthday and anniversary :)
enjoy your day
x's & o's

beadbabe49 said...

Wow...mark's retaining wall is amazing and your garden is indeed inspiring! In may and june I'm jealous of your lovely weather (and all the wonderful veggies you can grow that we just don't get enough sun for....but I'm glad we're here in july and august! I think the valley heat would do us in!
Sooo glad to see you're getting in some beading and the birds are intriguing...I'll look forward to seeing them all!
hugs from your friend at the coast...

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

oh Lisa, this post rocked my socks off! I was HOPING to see a pic of the garden.. and those birds aren't the only LOVEBIRDS singing in it, I'm sure! *wink*

oo, sneak peek.. I spy with my lil eye.. (heh)

great, motivational post..

house hunting (as you know).. storing up ideas for our first home & you give much thought to how I want my yard to look!

Happy day to you!

Elizabeth said...

Hej Lisa what a lot of lovely, beautiful pictures. So much fun to see your garden. It is large!!! And you and your husband worked HARD.
Thanks for showing. See you soon.

Clevelandgirlie said...

WOW! Your garden is absolutely stunning. When you and Marc do something - you do it BIG. Look at all those seedlings. Dang it girl. I thought I did alot of planting. What a wonderful feeling of satisfaction you guys must have. Isn't it glorious when you see the fruits of your labor come together so nicely on a project you worked on - together?
And the tease photos - can't wait to see whatcha' got going on there.

KV said...

Wonderful post, Lisa! Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog . . .


Kathy V in NM

GraceBeading said...

GREAT teaser shots and your garden is freakin amazing (I'd like to move into a little cottage out there, please - see if Mark can work that out for me, you know in his spare time :-)

I'm trying to catch up on my favorite blogs and it's always a treat to stop in and see what you've been doing!

P.S. I really do want to live in your garden

freebird said...

Your garden sounds amazing. How wonderful to get all those veggies and flowers too.

Happy belated Anniversary.