Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I love flowers! Every year I try to find more room to grow more flowers so I can have them inside the house:

The colors of summer flowers and summer food is just amazing! I can hardly stand how beautiful things look on the table.

Zinnias are a tradition. This year one striped zinnia popped up!

More and more wildlife is finding its way to our yard! I'm sure this is due to the gardens. Birds are constantly about, as well as butterflies and other insects. Not to mention Mama Mallard as written about before.

The bridesmaids in my wedding carried pink zinnias from my mother's garden.

My patch is doing so well just now! I need to go pick some more and bring them in.

My mom would love to paint these! Maybe she will......

Aren't they just so pretty!!

If you look closely, you can see a female hummingbird taking a little break on the tomato cage. We are having so much fun watching the hummingbirds. If I keep the feeder filled, they are constantly about.

I had enough yellow and green to do an exclusive bouquet:

And then some pink and lavender for my bathroom:

A little bouquet always livens up bathrooms, especially bathrooms that I feel are too small and perhaps not as aired out as I would like. Here they are in the guest (ahem...children's) bathroom.

Don't you just love the colors in this swiss chard!!! (which, by the way, is good cooked with sesame oil and soy sauce sprinkled on at the end):

Em's room has turned into the guest room this summer.

These goldfinches are my favorite!! They come all the time and sit on the volunteer sunflowers.

A new member of the family came today -- a swallowtail butterfly caterpillar, which the boys are hoping will form a chrysalis and hatch! We'll see. We found him on the herbs at our CSA (where we were for 3 hours today, volunteering in the 105F temps!!!!).

The State Fair starts Friday and I can't wait to go. There are 4 possible dates we could go (free tickets and $2 admissions). Now to decide if we should go once, twice, or four times!!!


southseaislandhome said...

Gorgeous colours! It's so, so pretty and you do such a lovely job of arranging. I love hummingbirds too - I remember them from the USA (we don't get them here).
A bloggy friend did a foodie post the other day with an interesting link, and I thought of you straight away and that you might be interested in taking a look at it. It's called My Life in 10 Dishes by an editor from the Sydney Morning Herald (and formerly the London Times). Here's the link:
Hope you're having a great week!

Lovella ♥ said...

I love your zinnias. I haven't tried to plant them for a number of years. ..but next year when I put in a proper vegetable garden, they are going in. My mom always had zinnias too.
have fun at the fair.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Zinnias were my father's favorite flower to grow and I always think of him when I see them.

I'd planned to plant some this year but time got away...

I love the idea of bridesmaids carrying zinnias. Mine carried daisies but that was the 1970s and very "flower child". Their dresses had daises on them, too. :)

Stephanie said...

Your home looks absolutely lovely with fresh cut flowers in so many rooms!

Emily said...

AWh! miss my room!!! But you've made it look so lovely! I hope whoever is sleeping there is enjoying it! :)

Amy K said...

Loved catching up with your blog a little bit. Your pics are always so beautiful. The one with Laura and the knitted projects was a hoot! :D