Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Patio Improvements

Today has been another super hot day here in central NC; tomorrow is supposed to be worse. It's very scary that it's so hot and with no rain, everything living is suffering.

I've taken care of the animals and watered my containers, determined not to stay outside till dark tonight. I visited a new blog today (more on that later)and have been even more inspired to start painting again. I'm tired of spending all my time trying to keep the plants alive against so many competitors, but I'm straying from the subject.

Here are a few pictures of my patio I snapped this evening. Things aren't in the best shape due to weather and water, but I am enjoying this space. This first picture is the new grouping I created using what I had and adding one new pot that I got in trade for labor. The tall, thin pot in the center is my new one.

Left side of patio...

Right side of patio...I'm having to fill that hummer feeder every five days due to the dryness around here.

The fairy planter Alissa and I made last year - it's gotten a little out of control and the fairies get lost in there now!

I went back to Big Bloomers (Gail's nursery) Sunday and purchased a hanging basket and a few more plants to make a large container garden.

A beautiful double impatiens from Gail's nursery...

Here is my loyal Princess. Check out those pretty teeth she just had cleaned last week to the tune of $320 (not including pre-op bloodwork). I'm just glad I can take care of her the way she deserves.

In retrospect, I wish I hadn't tried to create so many large gardens 10 years ago. I should have let most of the land go wild and just created a small front and back yard. But...hind sight is 20-20! And I was 10 years younger then with a lot more energy and dreams of having even more animals than I do now! Crazy...


T's Daily Treasures said...

Princess is beautiful! $320 is outrageous. Medical prices for people and pets is highly inflated in the States which is really sad when so many people can't afford insurance and when they can't afford medical care, they forego checkups which is the cause of so many health problems.

Your patio area looks great. My bedroom balcony is pitiful now, and every time I open the sliding glass door, lizards get in. There was one on the bedroom dresser yesterday morning which I managed to grab and put back outside. And then found another one dead; maybe Jingles got to him although I didn't hear her chasing anything around.

It's been very humid here too -- I am safe and sound inside wearing pajamas, but hubby walked last nite and came back looking like someone had dumped a bucket of water on him.

Gotta get back to cleaning. Hubby invited guests for the evening. Have a great day. Tammy

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

I love the monkey grass in between your stones.
Your pots look great!..mine are so sad looking because of our hot and dry conditions. My hubby said the weather report was very discouraging, no rain in the forecast for the next two weeks!!
I love your Princess too, she looks to have some greyhound in her background?

Marie said...

We live in Piedmont NC and we are fighting the heat and dryness also. We have had so much trouble with squirrels, birds, rabbits, raccoons, etc. destroying everything around here. I told my husband that he should not even try to plant anything next year. With his MS, it is such a struggle any way. I hate to wish our lives away but we are looking forward to Fall.

Shane Kent Louis said...

I really love your garden! especially the summer pitch roses! thanks for sharing..^_^

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