My Alpine Home

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Garden Stroll. . .

Hello my friends,
do you have a favorite time to stroll your garden?
For me, that would either be in the morning or early evening.
Everything just seems to look prettier when it's not baking in the summertime sun.
Last week I took an early morning garden stroll. . .
The roses had just started to bloom.  This pretty climbing rose, Sally Holmes starts out peach and turns white when
 completely open.

I wish I had written down the names of my roses.  I have around 12, and know the names of very few.  Two of them have gone wild this year and will be replaced.  I'm going to write down their names in my garden journal!

A reader inquired as to what it means for a rose to go wild.  There is such a thing as an old fashioned wild rose.  They are generally orange or yellow, and I love them.

But, when a rose goes wild, it changes back to red, and the plant gets long straggly shoots.  The rose itself is nothing to rave about.  Just a simple single rose.  But it's the plant that becomes unappealing to me.  I am not sure what causes a beautiful rose to go wild.  I'll have to do some research on that.  :)

The salmon poppies were almost spent.  They bloom later than my other poppies.

I just love the center of Poppies!  More often than not they are filled with bees.

My ferns have actually been blooming for months, but I haven't shared a photo.  I love them because the starts came from my mother's garden!  They get bigger and I get more each year.  An old iron headboard is tucked in behind them.

Campanula Bell flowers are yearning for a drink from this hanging watering can.  What a temptress I am!  lol!

Penstemon, I cut back the spent blooms of my basket of gold months ago, but somehow missed this one in front.  It will get worked over tomorrow.  :) I always get a second bloom when I do that.  Never as pretty as the first, but a bit of yellow amongst
 all my purple.

Dutch Iris by our pond less waterfall.

Delphiniums are one of my favorites.  These are so tall.  They tower over our fence

Husker Red Penstemon was the perennial of the year when I bought it.  It's name comes from the hint of red in the foliage.

Tonight I decided to take an evening stroll.
  All of the above, except the roses and ferns are spent and will be cut back tomorrow.
The work of a perennial garden is never done.  I don't mind, the reward is far greater than the task!

I cut my Jackmanii Clematis to the ground every fall.  It comes back and puts on a glorious show each summer!

These hot pink cottage rose flowers have seeded all over in one of my front beds.  I love the cottage look and leave quite a few of them.  Each spring I pull out a bunch.

This unique flower was given to me by a friend.  We are always sharing starts.  In fact the Cottage rose was given to me as well.  I always think of my sweet friends when I look at my garden.

She didn't know the name of it.  anyone have any idea?  I have tons of bees in my garden.  Jumbo's and bumbles. . .Love them all!!

little carnations

lilies, these are a very pale yellow.

I love the lacy foliage and large white blooms of the Black Lace Elderberry bush.

I bought this Campanula for $1.50 last year.  It's very different from my others.

Speaking of lacy foliage, A few years ago hubby and I vacationed in AZ.  We took a day trip to Bisbee.  Fennel grew wild along the roadside.  I stopped and dug up a start.  Silly me, now I have more than I want!  Growing wild should have tipped me off that it's hard to control.  lol!

Feverfew and Larkspur seed randomly throughout my garden.

I bought 3 Foxgoves for $1.50 from the same nursery as the Campanula.  They are all starting to bloom.  This one is peach, the other two are white and pink.  So happy they are different colors.  Love, love, love!

Coneflowers, another favorite.

I'm not a big fan of orange in the garden, other than poppies.  I swear this lily was pink last year.  Is that possible?  It is such a pretty orange that I don't mind!

False Indigo in the shade garden and a little ladder with succulents.

This beauty is another gifted start.  I think it has to be a Campanula as well.

I hope you enjoyed the early morning and evening stroll through my garden!

And look what I'll be frying up soon.  Yum!  We love fried cabbage!!

Grow, baby, grow! 


I will be sharing with these lovely parties:


Friday, June 23, 2017

My Summer time Happy Place. . .

Hello my friends,
do you have a summer time happy place?
I certainly do!
It's not a place I can hang out in the heat of the day, but it's my little retreat after my early morning garden stroll and some evening relaxation. 
We've made a few changes this year.  One is we purchased a new patio set.
Hubby and I went to Home Depot one day and when we entered I spied this patio set and fell in love. We weren't really shopping for a new table set, but sometimes things just catch our eye.  Lucky for me it was on sale.  Unlucky for me it was the last one and the table was scratched.  The sweet gal helping us said that we could order it on line for the same price and free delivery right to our home.  :)
I love the lighter chairs and how the darker table matches the faux wicker pieces we already had. 

The table looks wood, but it is actually metal.

Happy accident that the table, faux wicker, and pergola
 are all dark brown.  Nothing really planned, it just fell into place.
The pops of aqua and coral make it bright and cheery.

I have two of these chairs that I used with my old table.  I can't decide whether or not to hang on to them or give them to one of our kids.  They rock and are very comfy.  It makes the space pretty busy with so much furniture, but when we all get together we certainly can use more seating. 
You can see our old table at the end of the patio.  It will be going to one of the kids.

I have wanted to hang this old window from the pergola for a few years.  I finally talked hubby into it.  lol!  I love the way it looks.  The only problem is the wicker love seat use to sit here.  It was a little scary having a huge window hanging over your head.  We moved the love seat to the other side.  But now when you sit in it you have a view of the back of our house instead of
our beautiful mountains.  :(

My planters are looking prettier each day.

Another seating area that is super cute, if you ask me.  (wink) However, it's not too comfy.  Every now and then, cuteness wins over comfort.  The little ones don't seem to mind.

Here's a wide view so you can see that there is quite a bit going on.
Too much for some I'm sure, but I love the cozy feel!

One thing I love about my happy place is that wherever I look I have a pretty view of the mountains or my sweet she shed,
"Hilltop Cottage"  I also can hear the sound of water from our pondless waterfall.  It's the perfect spot to sit and take a breather after cutting back perennials in the garden.  I rarely pull a weed, but I fill two garbage cans each week with clippings.
Whenever I go to Wal-mart I check the garden center.  They have a hard time keeping their plants watered.  Because of that they are constantly putting things on clearance.  I picked up two pots filled with geraniums and sweet potato vines for half price.  They looked pretty sad.  Tons of spent blossoms and yellow leaves.  I came home, deadheaded them and gave them a big drink of water.  Now there are lots of buds that will be blooming soon.  I plopped one into this chippy cast iron planter.  The other is in a washtub up on the rock wall.

This is my other 'happy place'!  I must confess, that I am not loving the color of the metal roofing right now.  Plus, you can see that there's a couple areas that is not rusting.  UGH!  Last year when we built it I really wanted the heavier metal that would 'rust'. And yes, it was more expensive.  I absolutely loved how it looked last fall.  But it continued to rust during the winter and now it's too orange for my taste.
  Gosh, how can I complain too much after all the work my family did building it for me?  I am just hoping it turns more brown.  Otherwise, you may find this girl up there sanding it.  I'm trying to be patient and see how it changes over the summer.
I've been going to call the place we bought the roofing and ask them what I could do about the non rusty spots.  I keep forgetting, this post will be a good reminder.
Things don't always turn out as planned, but it's no reason to not continue to be happy!
Happiness is a choice.  I choose to be happy!
 I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
Gardens Galore


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Share Your Cup #253

Hello and welcome to Share Your Cup, (SYC for short).
The party where you share what makes you happy.

Happy first day of summer.
Hope yours will be filled with fun!!
Last week I shared how I
and how hubby and I have been Sleeping on the Beach
Now for the features from SYC #252:
(remember to pin from their site and not mine)
Amy from A Day of Small Things shared some beautiful summer flowers.  I love her sweet container!
Look at this gorgeous collection of Limoges dishes shared by
Debby Goes Shabby
Sarah from Hyacinths for the Soul shared photos of her beautiful garden.

Wishing I had one of these yummy Strawberries and Cream sugar cookies to eat right now!  :) Lolly Jane shared the recipe.
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