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Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Garden Journal


Good Morning all, 
I'm sitting here this fine Sunday morning watching the Master's Golf final round and writing this post. My body is in GREAT (LOL) Pain from all the yard work I've been doing these past few weeks. The reward is worth every weed pulled. 
This is a combination of photos from late March and early April.
To see the difference since posting February Garden Journal 
Go HERE
Joseph's Coat and Iris
The roses are growing a foot a minute.
Daffodils are amazing
I love Iris mixed with daffodils.
I have a little artichoke on my plant and the day lilies and lambs ear are filling in nicely...
Poppies, Don Juan and Grape vines all growing fast.
Hopefully something will be blooming for my 
Garden Tour. 
Inside the patio, I've brought the tender plants out and added some annuals to the pots. The boxwood are new this year and the little violets are added for interest and filler.
Jade plants are a wonderful addition to the patio. 
I bought these Jade plants at the grocery store HERE
Fuschia, Coleus and Alyssum
Queen Elizabeth Climbing Rose
Just Joey
Ingrid Bergman
Lupins
Sally Holmes Climbing Rose


Just a little fun planter with some purple petunias and pansies the most fragrant alyssum.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you've enjoyed your tour.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch  
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Angel~Tea Cups~Cloche


Happy Thursday to all of you wonderful bloggers and friends.
Yes, I'm very happy today. The sun is warming the ground and the temps are amazing. We are in the low 80's and perfect weather for gardening. I've been planting outside for the past few days.
Our garden tour is only 23 days away. 
I visited my favorite thrift store last week and found another cupid. Or (baby angel) and two new tea cups. Our Camellia tree is blooming and I couldn't resist to set a table with my new little friends.
While it was raining a few weeks ago, I was ironing some of my tea towels and some small table cloths and hung them on the clothes rack.  
I love  my cloches and I've always wanted a bell shaped one. While in Michaels Craft store I bought this beauty. Exactly what I've been looking for to showoff my tea cups. 

The three together. *Oh so pretty*
I love my dining room. The windows look out into my garden, but I love my lace curtains for my romantic tablescape. The camellia is an old garden favorite called 'Pink Perfection' and is a wonderful addition to my garden.
Tea Cup under Glass♥

Stanley English Bone China
Paragon Victoriana Rose English Bone China


I'm so happy you came for a visit. I love company.
Hope you enjoyed yourself and please come again. 
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Show and Tell at  My Romantic Home
Show and Tell Saturday at Cheerios and Lattes
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Inspired Sunday at Sunday View
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Your Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E   
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
Tea In The Garden at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Centerpiece Wednesday - Spring Ideas at The Style Sisters 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Drought in Northern California


Hello everyone, 
I thought you would like to see what a drought looks like... Sweetheart and I took a ride to Shasta Dam a week ago and I took some photos of Shasta Dam and the dam deer at the Shasta Dam Visitors Center. 
They just stood there looking at us as we stopped to take a photo.
As you can see it was a rainy afternoon.  We passed the deer and drove to the launch ramp. Wow that is a long way to back down backwards.  Most experienced boaters drive down to the bottom of the ramp and then turn around and back their boat into the water.  Smart idea.
Some statistics:
Depth at dam: 418.51'
Depth at dam a year ago: 489.19'
Distance from crest: 98.49'
Before 9-11 we could drive across the bridge on top of dam and 4-wheel drive up the mountains along the back side of the dam. After 9-11 the bridge on the top of the dam was closed to automobiles.
The remains of the main 465-foot (142m)tower used to support the cableway system at the cam site
The metal is only seen when the lake is very, very low.
We drove over to another look out point and I captured this panoramic view of the front of the dam.
Totally amazing. 
Fishermen love to fish right up close to the face of the dam. Great bass fishing.
During the summer we enjoy all the beauty of Shasta Lake. Water skiing, boating and house boating. 
Picnics and floating on a raft in a cove are my favorite things to do on this fabulous lake.
I love to travel to far-away places, but I do have a wonderful vacation spot, right in my own back yard.
14.4 miles and 22 minutes from my house to Shasta Dam. Sweet♥
Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden
The Tablescaper for Oh, the PLACES I've been!

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Spring Wreath


Welcome everyone,
Hope you're having a sunny weekend. We have a little sun again, and I'll be working in the garden most of next week. We had a couple of rainy days, so I decided to make the wreath for the front porch. The day of the Garden Tour, the members of the Rose society will be sitting at a table on the porch selling tickets and receiving guests. I wanted to use my Boxwood wreath I bought in January to hang over the fireplace for the winter months and add a little sign and burlap bow.
Before
I found a little welcome sign hanging in the patio and hung it to the top of the boxwood wreath. 
While shopping at Michaels Craft store I found 5 feet of burlap for $2.99. Ta-Da a burlap bow. I might add a some white flowers to the center of the bow. It needs a little something more.
The front porch has a large space for the ladies to sit under the porch overhang and stay out of the sun. We never know about our weather the first week of May. It could be hot or cold and rainy. I'm personally praying for perfect weather. As a hostess I always want my home to be PERFECT. LOL!
After
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Linking to:
Between naps on the Porch for MetamorphosisMonday
 DIY Showoff for DIY Showoff Party
 Creatively Living for Monday Funday Party
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me
Home Stories A 2 Z for Tutorials and TipsTuesday

Joyously,
Betty♥
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