Just a Summer Day………

This time of year in Atlanta you will find all kinds of floral treasures to enjoy. At our small gift shop in the burbs of Atlanta we are blessed with many varieties of blooming plants and trees. Here are just a few photos I took this week: coreopsis, sun patiens, lemongrass, Miss Huff lantana, tiger lilies & liatris.

Our magnolia tree is in full bloom and the blossoms are magnificient! Look at the size of this one!

And our gladiola’s are now in full bloom. They are planted out in front of our business, in our iron bed, so the customers can enjoy them from the road…….

Our herb garden is coming along nicely as well. Here is a photo of the garlic plant that was planted by the previous owner. It continues to grow and bloom each year. And the bees just love it!

And of course my lavender is always a favorite all around and it’s in full bloom now…………..

What’s growing in your garden this Summer……..feel free to comment & share with us! Thanks for stopping by!

A Little Floral Charm…….

It’s a gloomy day here in the Atlanta area, so I decided to share a little floral cheer with you all. Here are some photos from around the business…….our hydrangeas are just starting to bloom!

I’ve been painting this week and have added these flea market treasures around in the garden here at the shop. I have always loved fun little chairs in the garden.

What have you been up to this Spring? Share some of your adventures with us………..we are always looking for some great new at home creativity in gardening! Thanks for stopping by!

Our Flower Bed is Ready for Spring!

Well Earth Day has come and gone……but I did my part to participate in it. It’s usually about the time of year that I change over the flowers in our iron bed, out in front of our business. This year I went with some taller wildflowers, so they can be seen easier from the road.

I planted some of the Harlequin Pink Beardtongue and some Jethro Tull Coreopsis perennials. Both are supposed to get quite high in growth….like 18-22 in. So that should be great for filling the flowerbed. They spread out about two feet as well. Along the side of the bed I planted some Purple Salvia……..they are sun hardy and are so beautiful in the Summer sun. And they are one of my favorite annuals.

Have you planted your Spring/Summer garden yet? Would love to hear about what type of flowers you like to plant in your yard and garden beds.

I’ll post some additional photos of how the flowerbed is progressing along in about 6 weeks. So be sure and stop back by!

Happy Gardening!!!!!!

Today’s Bounty: a Few Garden Cuttings……..

Here’s a few photos from the herb garden at our business in Woodstock…………just picked these hydrangea beauties from out in the front of the property. They are still blooming quite a bit, considering our 90 degree weather for this month.

So I always place them in my office to make it cheerier and easier for me to do my paperwork. I add some flowering mint from the herb area and it makes my work space smell so good. And the mint lasts for at least two weeks in water.

This morning is so pretty outside, that I just could not resist sharing these quick photos taken today with you!

I’m growing snap beans this year too. I like to snap and freeze them for some fresh Winter veggies. I forgot that the bean plant flowers as well! For lunch at my shop I cut them into bit sizes and add them to my salad. Very yummy and healthy!

Do you have a favorite veggie you like to plant in your garden? Would love to hear about your gardening tips!

Sunflowers Always Make Me Smile!

Do Sunflowers make you smile? They always bring a smile to my face and that makes everything much cheerier. I planted some this year from seeds, at the shop, and they are doing really great. I used the Two Queens Sunflower Seeds by Botanical Interests. They were purchased at Pikes Nursery and the plants should grow to 5-7 feet tall when they are full grown. They are doing great and headed to be in that range of height.

This is our puppy Chloe helping me check on the garden!

Here are some more photos of our hydrangeas at the shop. I spread coffee grounds around their base last Fall and with all the rain we had, it has resulted in an abundance of gorgeous blooms! Just had to share these with you……they are my favorite Spring flower, in case you can’t tell…..lol.

If you enjoy reading as much as I do, then you will want to hear about this new book out from Susan Mallery. The title is: The Summer of Sunshine & Margot. I was able to get an advance copy by being on her review team. It was such a great feel good Summer read about two sisters and their careers paths. Packed full of romance, goodness and family dynamics. I couldn’t put it down once I started it. So I definitely recommend that this be added to your Summer reading list!

Here is Chloe and me enjoying our reading session………:)

What are you reading this Summer……I’m always looking for new authors to enjoy!

Do You Love to Read as Much as I Do?

I have spent many Spring & Summer afternoons reading while the kids napped or at the beach/pool. It’s really very relaxing for me and like a mini vacation.

One of my favorite authors is Wendy Wax. She is a very popular southern author and has several bestsellers published. I just finished reading “A Week at the Lake”. It’s a super fast read and a intriguing tale about friendship and deception. It will definitely keep your attention throughout the book! And the best part is, that I picked it up in the book section of Goodwill! Love when I find a treasure like this!

Well, the gardens at my shop are really coming along with all the sun and rain that we have had the past few weeks. And you know that I love flowers. Also, my cherry tomato plant has reseeded itself for the third year in a row. Here’s a photo of last year and this year. We are very excited to have it appear again. Looking forward to lots of salads.

Of course I have to show you some more photos of the hydrangeas & impatients that are blooming profusely at the shop……must have been all those Spring showers! Hydrangea blooms are my all time favorite flower.

Well, that’s all for today…….do you have a favorite book that you would like to share? I’m always looking for something good to read in the Summertime!

Don’t You Just Love a Good Neighborhood Garage Sale?

This is my favorite time of the year……not only because of the Spring blossoms, but because of all the garage sales. You can find the best stuff there! Our neighborhood sale was last weekend and I scored these cuties. They were actually out at the curb with the great big FREE sign on them. It can’t get any better that that when on a hunt for treasures. Plan to repaint them and make them into planters. They are perfect for that use.

Of course I just have to share some more floral photos from our business and home. The flowers are just too pretty not to show you!

I did find this cute treasure at a local flea market this past Sunday, and I just love it. The mirror is embellished with Swarovski Crystals and it is gorgeous! I cannot pass up mirrors and love small mirrors of all kinds.

This sign was at the same flea market and it is so true. Because I always feel like I am going back in time and down memory lane as I stroll thru antique malls.

That’s all for now…….come on by and see me at my shop in Downtown Woodstock. You can find me at House and Garden Boutique, by the Big Chair on Main St in Woodstock, GA. I’ll let you all know when my chairs are all painted and ready for display!

What colors do you think I should paint them? I’m up for suggestions! 🙂

Do You Think I Love Flowers?

Spring is so beautiful in Atlanta, that I can’t help but to keep sharing the beautiful blooms and blossoms. They make me want to smile when I see them!

Here are some more from around our business and a few from the herb garden that I planted out front yesterday……..

Above the bed photo, are the herbs I planted: lemongrass, thyme & basil. And above those photos is tarragon (next to sunflowers). Next to the bed is my cluster of rosemary. I planted those 16 yrs ago when we opened our store. And they are still thriving. If you cut them when they are flowering and place them in a vase of water, they last about three weeks. And they smell so good. Can’t wait to get cooking with all those yummy herbs!