Monday, May 24, 2021

Astilbe and The Shade Garden

This week in our shade garden, the white Astilbe is just stunning. This Astilbe is in its fifth season.




Wow, don't you just love this plant? The feathery blooms bring great color and texture to this garden.




Other shade loving plants surround the Astilbe in the garden. You can see several varieties of hosta, winter hardy ferns and autumn ferns 




This shade-loving garden has been a work in progress over six years. I just kept expanding it until finally I decided to surround it with garden stones to keep its size in check. 




A new Hosta to our garden this spring is named Bedazzled Plantain Lily. The tag says is should get 7" H x 21" W. 




Spiderwort was added to the garden last fall and I'm happy that it is blooming. It is known for its long bloom period. Each bloom only lasts one day but each plant produces many blooms. I read that it is invasive but who could refuse a free plant from a friend. 




Hardy ferns were added each year except this year. This garden is usually my last one to work in each spring because new hardy ferns pop up and I don't want to destroy them. 




Hince, I'm still working in here to get rid of some unwanted guests. 





The Autumn Ferns were the first ferns added to our shade garden. They are so beautiful throughout the growing season. They emerge as coppery red in the spring then turn to a bright, glossy, kelly green in summer. 




I hope you can image how gorgeous they are when the wind is lightly blowing and their fronds (leaves) are moving. Awwwe!




Here is a short video of my Autumn Ferns. Hope it plays. Let me know!




One new Astilbe was added to the shade garden this spring. It is the Country & Western Astilbe with salmon pink blooms. Next year, it should be much larger.




Heucheras (Cora Bells) are also planted in the shade garden. The one below was  planted about five years ago. 







A new Heuchera was added this year named Marvelous Marble.




I recently found a video channel that is fabulous. The channel is Garden Answer. Here is the link. She has great videos on gardening. You can also find her on Instagram under Garden Answer. 


That's it for our Shade Garden, thanks for stopping by - Judy.




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Our World @ Our World Tuesday on Monday

Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday pm 

MET Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

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Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life


Tuesday Turn About Link Party @ Thistle Key Lane at 5 pm on Tuesday


Wonderful Wednesday @ Ducks in a Row on Tuesday evening

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday

Share Your Style @ French Ethereal on Wednesday at 6 pm

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity


Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner

Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 

Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday 

Floral Friday @ Floral Friday Foto

A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market on Friday

Farm House Friday @ County Road 407

Friday With Friends @ My Hubbard Home

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Garden Affair @ Jaipur Garden 

Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday

Saturday Spotlight @ Calypso in the Country


Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Sunday

Love Your Creativity Link Party @ Life and Linda on Sunday at 2pm

Hearth and Soul Link Party @ April J. Harris on Sunday

Sunday Link Party @ Finding Silver Pennies

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Party in Your PJ's @ The Apple Street Cottage on Sunday

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy on Sundays at 5pm

Monday, May 17, 2021

Knock Out Roses

 Our Knock Out Roses are just stunning! Take a look at these beautifies:





Knock outs love the sun and like to get 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. 




Last Mother's Day, my husband bought me two more Red Double Knock Out Rose bushes. I grouped these two with another one to make a cluster of three red Knock Outs. These three are planted along out front sidewalk.




Knock Outs bloom longer than any other flowering shrub. Plus they bloom more often. They are known for their: 

Flower Power!




They are considered low maintenance but there are a few tips to growing them: lots of sun; good drainage; a healthy dose of quality food in the spring; prune any blackening stems; and regular watering.





Take a look at these buds getting ready to open! Knock Outs bring instant success to your garden. They were introduced a generation ago. They are so easy to grow and are disease resistant.




There is a family of  Knock Outs and Double Knock Outs in several colors.


Now a Petite Knock Out is available. This one only grows to about 18 inches. Source of image.

Watch for my next post on my new Double Knock Outs just planted in another exciting color! Can you guess what color? 

Special Note: I have sprayed my roses with Triple Action spray because you may have noticed some small holes in the leaves of my pics. These holes are caused by the Rose Sawfly Worm. This worm is a tiny green worm that feeds on the  underneath side of the leaves. 

Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

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Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life


Tuesday Turn About Link Party @ Thistle Key Lane at 5 pm


Wonderful Wednesday @ Ducks in a Row on Tuesday evening

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday

Share Your Style @ French Ethereal on Wednesday at 6 pm

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity


Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner

Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 

Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday 

FLORAL FRIDAY FOTOS on Thursday

A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market on Friday

Farm House Friday @ County Road 407

Friday With Friends @ My Hubbard Home

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Garden Affair @ Jaipur Garden 

Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday

Saturday Spotlight @ Calypso in the Country


Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Sunday

Love Your Creativity Link Party @ Life and Linda on Sunday at 2pm

Hearth and Soul Link Party @ April J. Harris on Sunday

Sunday Link Party @ Finding Silver Pennies

Sundays on Silverado @ The House on Silverado

Party in Your PJ's @ The Apple Street Cottage on Sunday

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy on Sundays at 5pm







Sunday, May 9, 2021

Our Mother's Day Table

 Our Mother's Day table is set and ready for family to arrive. 




As we honor our Mother's today, so many memories of my sweet Mom come flooding in. In this picture, Mom is about 18 years old.




Mom was dedicated to our family and always put us first.  She made many of our outfits and made the ones we are wearing in the pic below. My sister is on left with dark hair like Mom and that's me on the right with blonde hair like our Dad.




Back to our Mother's Day Table




Let's talk about the centerpiece for the table. I just love the ribbons! 



I bought the ribbon a year or so ago and thought it would be beautiful in a centerpiece.




The aqua vase is filled with peonies, roses and other pink flowers then the ribbon was tied and added to the arrangement.






Lenox Eternal Gold flatware always makes a statement on a table!





The salad plates are Noritate Azalea and have been handed down through three generations of Mothers in our family. I have many piece of this pattern and today only used the salad plates.




White birds sit on each side of the centerpiece. You could think of these birds as our Mothers and Grandmothers who are no longer with us but always in our hearts. 











I hope you were able to enjoy Mother's Day with someone you love! Thanks for stopping by to see Our Mother's Day Table - Judy.




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Wonderful Wednesday @ Ducks in a Row

Share Your Style @ French Ethereal

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life

Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity


Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner


Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 

Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday 

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday

Saturday Spotlight @ Calypso in the Country


Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Sunday

Love Your Creativity Link Party @ Life and Linda on Sunday at 2pm

Sunday Link Party @ Finding Silver Pennies

Sundays on Silverado @ The House on Silverado

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy on Sundays at 5pm


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Our Gorgeous Azaleas

 Our Azaleas are just bursting with color! These two hot pink shrubs just make my day when I see the ultimate beauty they bring to springtime.




This picture was taken from the front of our yard looking back at our huge expanded flower bed and our home in the background. 





Purple creeping phlox are blooming in front of the azaleas. 






You can see our expansion project of this flower bed linked at the end of this post.





The tall iris are reaching their beautiful purple heads up behind those hot pink blooms of the azaleas. 



Buds and looms encompass the entire azalea shrub.





Our dogwood trees are young trees that stand about six feet tall. They make a nice backdrop for the iris and azaleas. 








Here are the two posts I made on this huge undertaking to expand this flower bed:

In the Garden and A New Project in 2018 - click here

Flower Bed Project Update in 2018 - click here






Thanks for stopping by to see our gorgeous azaleas - Judy.


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Wonderful Wednesday @ Ducks in a Row

Share Your Style @ French Ethereal

My Corner of the World @ Photographing New Zealand on Wednesday

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life


Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity


Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner

Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 

Grace at Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday 

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Garden Affair @ Jaipur Garden  on Saturday

Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday

Saturday Spotlight @ Calypso in the Country


Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Sunday

Love Your Creativity Link Party @ Life and Linda on Sunday at 2pm

Sunday Link Party @ Finding Silver Pennies

Sundays on Silverado @ The House on Silverado

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy on Sundays at 5pm



Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Hummers Are Back!

I am so happy to report that the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been back for a week or longer here in Eastern Kentucky. 








It is always a welcomed sight when these tiny birds return. 





How about you, are you seeing the hummers in your area?





In preparation of their return, I try to get my feeders out by the middle of April.









Each year, the hummers enjoy sitting on this branch just off of my deck. The branch has a crack in it so it may not last too many more years. 





The extremely short legs of the hummingbird prevents it from walking. Check out those short legs in the pic below. 








Did you know these hummers beat their wings more than 50 times per second while hovering to sip nectar from a flower? That's just unbelievable. 











Thanks for stopping by to see the return of the hummers to Western Kentucky - Judy.


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Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday pm 

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Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace on Thursday

Friday Favorites Link Party @ Penny's Passion on Thursday

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday 

Saturday Link Party @ I'd Rather Be Birdin'


Sundays at Home @ My Soulful Home on Saturday

Saturday Spotlight @ Calypso in the Country


Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate on Sunday

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf on Sunday

Love Your Creativity Link Party @ Life and Linda on Sunday at 2pm

Sunday Link Party @ Finding Silver Pennies

Sundays on Silverado @ The House on Silverado

Busy Monday @ A Pinch of Joy on Sundays at 5pm