Our peonies didn’t last very long this summer. They are just big piles of green leaves at this point, no more blooms. But, they did bloom this year and that’s a big improvement from last year. I’m excited to see what they will do next summer. Our peonies are done but many others are doing well right now.
These are all from the flower garden by the driveway that we have put the most work into. We also have a flower garden by the house. The ones by the house are some of the few that we kept in their original location that had been planted by the previous owner. I like them because we don’t really have to do much to them. They just keep coming back year after year.
What does your garden look like this summer?
Oh. My. Goodness.
I am excited about this summer’s flower garden in the front yard. We did so much planting and transplanting last year and I feel that we are finally seeing the beginning of what I have wanted for the front yard.
And, we are going to have peonies! Peonies! Peonies! (I’m excited about the peonies….) 🙂
What’s coming up in your garden?
Spring has really arrived! I am so excited about our little flower garden in the front yard. We have a lot of plants already coming up nicely. And, I’m already making plans for what else I want/need to plant.
Check out those peonies! I am looking forward to seeing how they look this summer…….
I am trying very hard to remain patient…but….I am SO ready for spring! (Honestly, I’m actually SO ready for summer…..) So, I’m growing a bit impatient watching the flowers growing in the front yard.
Come on spring!!
What do you think? A week more until we have blooms? Maybe a couple days?
We had snow this week! Actual snow! And I’m not very happy about it! Now, I am fully aware that we’ve had a very easy winter for the most part. There has been very little snow and the temperatures have been fairly mild. I think that that’s why this week’s snow seems like such a giant leap backward. I thought that we were done with winter. Although, this year, it seems as though we were done with winter in early January……
The front yard is starting to wake up. There is new growth popping up everywhere. We did a lot of work in the front yard last summer. We moved a lot of plants and planted many new ones. I’m excited and anxious to see how all of the new plants do this year.
The girls and I went on a walk in the woods earlier this week. We saw a frog, a rabbit and lots of different insects. We are very lucky that we live so close to so many different forest preserves within the Forest Preserve District of Dupage. This week’s adventure took place at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center.
We saw many different animals that the Wildlife Center is currently caring for then we went for a short hike on the trail.
This flower is one of the many that we saw.
If you went to a Catholic school while you were growing up, you know what a big deal May Crowning is. It’s a huge deal for the 8th graders. This year I learned that it is also a big deal for the person making the crown because this year that job became mine.
I wasn’t entirely sure how to start but I had some ideas. I purchased all of the flowers that were pink, red or white. Since I went shopping the day after Mother’s Day, the flower selection was a bit slim.
I then separated the flowers into small mini bouquets. Basically, I made a table full of boutonnieres.
I had some small strings of pearls that I added to most of the little bouquets. Each little bouquet was wrapped with floral tape.
I then wrapped floral wire around each little bouquet. Then I added another bouquet to it and wrapped floral wire around that one. I continued adding bouquets and wrapping with floral wire. In the end, the finished crown looked great. I was worried about how sturdy it was, though. I went back in and added more wire throughout. I also wrapped the crown with some pink ribbon. That made it easier to see which side was the front and which was the back as the long ribbon tail was in the back.
I think that next year, I might make a circle wire frame to build the crown on so that the flowers aren’t just supported by other flowers. Also, I might try to leave the stems longer on the flowers to see if that gives it some more support.
Although I was nervous about the strength of the crown, it is still intact! Weeks later, the crown is still together. The flowers have now dried but it still looks beautiful.