Sunday, April 12, 2015

~Enjoying Springtime in the Garden~

A cute pair of shoes with alyssum planted in them.
  A whimsical touch for Springtime!
Even a pair of rain boots,
 tells you it's
 Spring in the garden.
Fresh picked flowers next to a pair of candlesticks.
 Our red amaryllis is in full bloom.
I wanted to share with you our roses in the front yard.
~White Iceberg Roses~
When all the roses are in bloom,
 it's quite a beautiful sight.
Over the garage door,
 we have a Cecile Brunner Climbing Rose.
Every Spring, we have the same kind of birds 
 nesting under the eve. 
I love it when they come back every year.
I made a salad of strawberries,
with roasted walnuts, mint and feta cheese.
I found the cutest small plates for appetizers.
We also made Rosemary Bread.
Our son, Scott, gave me some of
 his sourdough starter. 
My first attempt at sourdough bread.

It was a beautiful day in the garden today.
As I was walking through the garden,
I noticed some stepping stones.
We made them with our kids years ago.
I'm so happy we dated them.
I can't believe it was 16 years ago.
They've survived all this time in the garden.
~Wonderful Memories~
Gardens are a fun place for the whole family.
I planted extra Kale this year for our chickens.
They surprised Stan today sitting outside his office window.
They are a handful,
 but they always make us laugh.
I'm not sure if you heard, but in San Diego
 we will be on water rationing soon.
Stan and I are full time gardeners, so we are very concerned. 
We are talking about changing out some of our areas and also adding drip where is needed. 
Hopefully, we can adjust and make it work.
Hope you're all enjoying your gardens today!!


  1. I love the birds sitting on top the candlesticks. :)

    1. Thanks Audra! We have some decorative bottles with bird toppers on them and I thought why not. They fit perfectly on top of the crystal candlesticks.

  2. So much beauty! The garden, flowers...and your photos!Hugs!!!

    1. Bisserka, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. The garden in April is so beautiful with all the flowers starting to bloom. We love it too!!

  3. Pretty arrangements. I love the boots. A system should help. If you get a lot of run off from your roof in a certain spot that would be great to collect too.

    1. Su, Great idea!! I wish it would rain more here in San Diego, but it doesn't. Working out a new system should help us with not watering where it is not needed. My favorite photo is the rain boots with the sunflowers too!!

  4. Love all the ideas here Jody. Lovely garden you have. I hope you can manage through the drought.

    1. Jeanette, Thank you for all the compliments!! I'm sure we'll get lots of good ideas from everyone on how to save on water.

  5. That was a lovely tour of your Spring garden. And I love your bird plates. Gorgeous. Deb

    1. Hi Deb, Glad you liked the garden tour! I found the bird plate at Marshalls for $2.99. They have great deals!

  6. Cuteness..lots of cuteness here..
    I love your rose over the garage,We have asphalt where our garage doors did you make it trail?

    1. Hi Monique, We have a open planting area next to the garage door. The climbing rose has taken several years to get established there. I love the pink blooms on the Cecile Brunner too!!

  7. Thanks for the garden tour - still nothing blooming here, but my spring bulbs are getting close. Hope you can work around the water rationing and I look forward to reading how you make it work.

    1. Vicki, Can't wait to see your beautiful Spring bulbs. Thanks for stopping by with your comment, always love hearing from you!

  8. What beautiful flowers! Love the alyssum in the shoes! Darling!


    1. Judy, Alyssum is the prettiest white miniature flower. I think the yellow shoes are just perfect too! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I've read about the water situation. You must be worried. Such beauty you have and you are great gardeners. I'm a huge fan of Rosemary. Love it in bread and I infuse olive for panninis


    1. That sounds so good, Cynthia! I'll have to try it.

  10. Such pretty scenes - I love your roses and outdoor chandy! The stepping stones are precious. I've always wanted some sourdough starter - the bread is beautiful! So sorry about your drought.

  11. Karen, Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comments. I had fun making the bread, but need lots of practice at it. I stopped by your blog and saw all your beautiful photos of the the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. Stan and I missed seeing it, so I really enjoyed seeing through your eyes. Next year we're going to try and go to it. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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    1. I had my husband make me the swing and I painted it blue.Then I just added the flower garland to it. I love looking at it from the house. When I was younger, that was my favorite thing to play on at the park. Ah! to be young again!

  13. Oh my goodness--LOVE the shoe planters! Have seen garden boots as planters before and they are cute too but those yellow shoes are the best!


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