"Roses, a girl can never have enough of them in her garden

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May Gardening

Where is this month going?
I feel we should be in February.

All is good and I want to share some photos of my garden and some mini bouquets.

Some beautiful pink Pink Peace and one white Pope John Paul II roses.  I added a few Scabiosa (mariposa blue) to the bouquet. 

I do not know what the name of my mini coral roses but the color is intense.

Scentimental roses.

In the Garden:
At the moment, my Pope John Paul II rose bush is not doing too well.
It is getting enough water, sun and feeding.
The branches are very thing and they are not holding up the flowers.
I will see what the rest of the growing season will do for this rose bush.
A few of these are ready to be transplanted.

Yves Paget roses.  My favorite rose bush.

Celebrity tomatoes are getting bigger and I have a lot of flowers too.  I hope they will hold on.

This is an interesting tomato that I am growing.  I picked up the wrong container.  I thought I was buying a Roma.  Well, the container was in the wrong place and I was not paying attention .   This tomato is called "radiator Charlie".  An interesting story behind this variety.  You can read it here.

I fell in love with these barrel containers.  I have my lemon cucumbers in them.  Hubby found a larger one that I will use for one of my tomato plants, they need to get a little bigger before I transplant it and add the container.
I have a lot more tomatoes that need to be planted.  I will need to find space or containers.  I'm thinking about more containers.  They are expensive so I may buy the 5 gallon  buckets that you find at your home and improvements center.  

The larger container will go in the empty space in the back.

My hygrangeas are staring to bloom. I have two one pink and the other blue.

This should be blue but it looks like it will be pink this year.  It will be interesting to see what shade of pink.
I have also been feeding them with Epsom salt and worm castings.  It seams to be helping.  The leaves look much greener.  I have heard good things about Epsom salt from fellow blogger Bev at "Welcome to Kainga Happenings and P.Allen Smith. They both use it in their gardens.

I almost bought this over the weekend.  My local garden center just got in more Dahlias.  They are so beautiful, but I do not have any room for them.  Maybe a container variety  next year.  

The weather here has been so nice and I had to get my sweaters out for a few of the days.  We did get some rain and it was nice to get some help with the watering from above.  

Thank you for your Mother's Day wishes and your wonderful comments on my felt hearts.

Opie has the right idea.  It is time to take a break.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

I hope to have more garden photos soon. 
Have a wonderful day

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Felt Hearts with Flowers and Pearls

(click on to the photo to see larger)

Gifts for my wonderful neighbor ladies.
I'm so blessed to be surrounded with amazing women.

Sizzix trio tag die
 Stampin Up sentiment and various tiny flower stamps and leaves

Inspiration came from a wonderful book by Barri Sue Gaudet called "quilt a gift"

Wool felt I purchased from my local quilt store.
Hearts were cut out using Spellinders nesting dies
Embroidery floss and some white pearls.
They were not hard to make but they did take some time to do.

Thank You for your visit.

Wishing all you Moms out there a very Happy and beautiful
Mother's Day.

God Bless

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April Gardening and Card Making

Hello, it has been a while since my last post.
All is well and I have been busy with some fun projects and also a lot of gardening, that includes sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having.

Here are a lot of photos for you.

 Beautiful  "sunset celebration" roses.
This rose is off to a good start this year.
Usually, the first blooms are much lighter in color.

The next few photos show the blooms a bit more opened.

 Here is the "sunset celebration" bush.

A baby Praying Mantids sitting on one of the rose flowers. 

My seedlings of "lemon" cucumbers, tomatoes of "black Krim" and Roma sauce Pompeii. 
Hope this year I will have better luck with them.

Now on to my cards

Using a beautiful stamp set by Papertrey Ink called "sweet life".  It also has matching dies too.

You can see the stamp set on Papertrey Ink's website , Here.

I had so much fun with this stamp set. 

 On these two cards,  I used some left over paper by DCWV. It was from their paper pad called "four season".  

I have a three ring binder with all my ink colors.

Before I started with any card making,  I spend a couple of days just playing with different ink color combinations.
I will keep these sheets in my binder for future reference.

For the flowers
Cantaloupe - Memento
Butter Bar - Hero Arts

For the leaves
Pear tart and Pistachio by Memento

The blue roses I used Hero Arts "tide pool" and butter bar" 

For the flowers:
butter bar - Hero Arts
Just rite - Hero Arts

For the leaves
Soft olive - Hero Arts
Olive grove - Memento Inks
I used ivory cards stock.

For the flowers:
Lulu lavender - Memento Ink
Passion flower - Hero Arts
Grape jelly - Hero Arts

For the Leaves:
Soft olive - Hero Arts
Olive grove - Memento Inks

For the flowers
Lulu lavender - Memento
Sweet plum - Memento

soft olive - Hero Arts

The script stamp is a Stampabilites wood block stamp that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
I used Hero Arts ink called "wet cement".

Now on to the reds.

 Angel Pink - Memento Ink
Pale tomatoe - Hero Arts
Love Letter - Memento Ink

Pure poppy - Papertrey Ink
Lady bug - Memento Ink
Red Royal - Hero Arts

Pear tart - Memento Ink
soft olive - Hero Arts

Again, I had so much fun making cards with this stamp set.

Now it is time to have fun with my boy.

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy Easter and Hello April - In the Garden

An Easter Blessing to you.

"Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in Spring time." - Martin Luther

May all the wonders of Easter bring a smile to your heart.
- Author unknown

Easter Cards:

Images are part of 12 x 12 cut up sheet by "Splash of Color, LLC
Used a few different sheets of paper from K&Company Brenda Walton ""Flora & Fauna" specialty paper pad and Pinkpaislee "Butterfly Garden" collection (12 x 12 sheets "dew drops" and "botanical gardens").
I also used to give the papers some texture an embossing folder.  Sentiment is a rubber stamp by Impression Obsession, Inc. #B6449. Added some Stickles to give some sparkle here and there to the images.


 I am enjoying as much of the outdoors as I can before the real heat arrives.  We did have a few day of 90 degree weather. 

In my patio area, it is nice to sit out and enjoy the blooming containers.

The maple trees look very nice with a lot more leaves this time around.

 I purchased a six pack of "sonata" cosmos.  They will grow to 2 ' to 3 feet tall.

 I planted the "sonata" cosmos along the narrow bed next to our garage.  I hope they will fill in this area.
"Sweet Surrender" roses.  The next photo shows the full bloom of the flower.

 These tri colored yellow and orange roses are the show stoppers in the garden at the moment.

The containers in my patio area.

 Early this year Hubby moved a few of my roses.  This is the brilliant pink iceberg rose bush that was moved from the front of my house to the rose area.  It has never looked so good. A more fuller look and I do see the buds starting to form. I think it needed a lot more area to grow.  I can not wait to see what it will do in it's new area.

Opie is loving being out in the back yard.
The early mornings and late afternoons are his favorite times to be outside.

A couple of photos of my new tree roses that has started to bloom.
"The Trumpeter" by Star roses & plants.
It looks so pretty on my front porch.

Thank you for stopping by.
Have a wonderful April.