Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Garden Time!

You will find me here hit and miss during these toasty summer days!  I am so busy playing outside in the garden when I am not painting up signs or working that I find myself dropping in bed when darkness falls with nary a look at my computer. 
I am going to try to post a couple times a week at least so in the cold, dreary days of winter I can look back at my journal (blog) and remember the halcyon days of summer along with photos of what is blooming and when. 

My weekend was fun, I worked in a food booth at a Lumber Jubilee and had a grand time.  The weather was warm with a soft breeze that kept it comfy while we hustled around whipping up tantalizing goodies for folks to munch on as they enjoyed the various activities and events. I took my camera to photograph the booth and never even thought of doing it while there! 

The past couple days I have been getting back on track with painting special order signs.  Here are a couple I just finished..

I really like this strawberry one..  I may have to make one for my strawberry bed…(when I get it planted, right now the strawberries are still producing in there little pots in the greenhouse, we ate some last night with whipped cream, yum)

Strawberry fields

I have had several requests for signs with the ocean scene background..I have added the grass to the left corner since this photo was taken.


I never tire of painting roses…


I also whipped up another Potting Shed sign to post on my website….


Each morning I have sat on my front step with my coffee enjoying the bird’s morning song and smelling the sweet perfume of my wonderfully scented iris’ (reminds me of grape koolaid)



Despite the late freezes the lilac next door (empty house but I have spoken to the owner about taking cuttings from her lilac) has a few heavily scented blossoms on it, which I cut and brought in the house yesterday.  These few scent the entire downstairs and it smells wonderful.  This lilac is probably 50 years old, I am going to take cuttings this year and try to root them.

My neighbor said it was called a 49er lilac but she was not sure if that was a reference that it came to CA in the gold rush or if there is an actual lilac with that name.  In my internet search I have not found one named that so who knows. I just know it sure is perfumie!


Yesterday I planted about 18 Casablanca Lilies along my porch rails, once they are blooming the walk to my front and back doors will be sweet scented and the perfume will waft into the house thru the open windows.   The white of the lilies will be a fabulous contrast to the pink climbing roses planted beside them. 

Today I have more painting to do and I am going to plant my squash and cucumbers, it is finally warm enough!  We had a lovely 54 degrees at first light, that is warm for here at night.   It is to cool off some the next few days but not too much. 
Have a great warm sunny day! I know I will.

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  1. All of my Irises are gone. You must be much higher than I am. I miss them, but other flowers are coming and they all have their own beauty, don't they?
    That photo of the lilacs on the table is really beautiful.
    Here's to summer and being in the garden.
    Post when you can.

  2. All your photos are so lovely--I really love the potting shed sign! Don't irises have the most heavenly aroma?--I wish I had some in my garden.

  3. I am so glad that it is warming up for you! The lilacs are beautiful and I love their intoxicating scent. I can't wait to see your lilies, they are going to be so pretty. :)
    I love your new signs too, the ocean one is beautiful, well they are all beautiful. :)
    Enjoy your days and I hope that it continues to stay warm!!

  4. Wow! Your signs are beautiful. I make signs too, but not as good as yours. I just found your blog via a blog hop and am your newest follower. :)

  5. Your signs are just LOVELY!! Your roses look 3-d! I almost want to put my nose close and sniff!!! I never knew you painted so beautifully.


  6. The signs and the flowers are all so beautiful! I just love the color of your iris. I hope you have good luck getting a start from the lilac.


  7. Your signs are beautiful! Our lilacs and iris have just finished. I did not cut any of either. the peonies have just opened over the last two days and I think I will cut a few tomorrow.

  8. Beautiful signs and flowers! so glad the sun has found you! Peonies are all finished and hydrangeas' are about to blossom which will really perk up the color factor!
    Thanks for linking up!

  9. Thanks for sharing over at Cottage Flora Thursday's Garden Party! xoox, tracie

  10. Hi Pamela
    woow.........Lovley signs and flowers :)
    and do not miss,,




    WELCOME :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)


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