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  1. Perennials are the bomb😊! I love your photo of yellow yarrow! Just a bit of alliteration there.

  2. I had to save the picture of Charlie. He’s too darn cute! Such a sweet boy

  3. Charlie looks like a teddy bear peeking over the arm of the couch. He’s one adorable little guy. Ivy Lou looks very royal as she gazes over her kingdom and views her minions. My Carolina Jasmine bloomed so much this spring. I was amazed because after initially planting it did nothing for a few years. I guess it had to get situated before it would bloom. Right now my blue- black salvia is blooming like crazy and the bees and hummingbirds are having a field day with it. My salvia I bought at a little antique store up in Saluda, NC called the Brass Latch. It did nothing for two years and then whoa Nellie has it ever spread I gave my neighbor about 20 plants from this one the other day. I told him how mine had gone and to expect it to spread. Love it for the wildlife to enjoy. The little green hummingbirds are like emerald jewels sparkling in the sun amidst a white of wings. Enjoy your posts every day. Can’t wait to see your new decorating project.

  4. I can relate to your frustration about loosing so many plants. The first Spring after my retirement I went all out planting containers of Impatients, Begonias, Spider Plants and numerous ferns and Ivy. I have a good sized covered deck which unfortunately gets too much afternoon sun and it didn’t take long for them to bite the dust in our South Texas heat. Thinking it was because I didn’t water them enough I planted pretty much the same things the following year and in spite of them receiving plenty of water they wilted and died much sooner than they should have. I now make sure everything I plant is heat tolerant. I’ve had good luck with Pentas, Hibiscus and Geraniums. I also have developed a fondness for succulents and cactus, although not “showy” I like their different shapes and textures and appreciate their ability to thrive in the heat.

    Have you tried growing succulents and or cactus, I don’t recall seeing any pictures of them in your garden?

  5. Hello Brenda, today it is cooled off here as well, it is a nice respite from the hot, hot weather. I am sorry about your plants, it is frustrating to be sure. Maybe next year you could plant a few more from seed?

    Charlie is the cutest! And Miss Ivy looking down is adorable.

    Have a gerat day!

  6. Love the picture of the galvanized tub and the tree. And Charlie is adorable in his spot. Ivy couldn’t be happier!!
    Finally got Ziggy the Mighty Morkie trimmed yesterday. He was attack in Feb and then the virus hit and they have just opened up. Had to use a new groomer and really liked her.
    The heat is playing havoc here too. My gardener is here now planting four baby fruit trees with chicken wire to keep the pesky gophers away! They are awful this year. But with an acre and being 73 it’s hard to manage.
    Brenda, what if your great SIL were to put in a couple of anchor poles on your side for the shade sails? Just a thought.

    1. My SIL has his hands full and I really hate to ask him to do anything. I’ve only asked him a couple of times. I wish I could find a handy man again.

      1. I know what you mean Brenda about not wanting to ask a family member to help. You know they are so busy and you don’t want them to feel obligated to help you. I have used Home Advisor for small projects I needed done around the house!

  7. Please be careful biting into the pepper. It looks like a Hungarian Hot. Break it in half and give it a smell. If it takes your breath away, it’s too hot to eat.☺️.
    Enjoy your beautiful veggies….

  8. The fur babes are too cute! They do light up our lives.
    Is it unusual for it to be so hot this early?
    Seems like there’s unusual weather every where this year,here in NYS,we had a fairly mild winter( highly unusual) and then it snowed throughout most of April,which is a personal pet peeve of mine when every place and magazine is touting Spring and here we are shovelling:(
    Jumping off soapbox now,lol
    Get some rest & stay cool!

  9. Tomatos look yummy.
    Just looking at your vegetable garden come along, has me thinking about starting one too.

  10. Ivy looking down from her throne made me laugh. Every summer I freeze in the car while the Princess is still hot. I always take water and her leash when we go for a ride just in case. Your garden and veggies look great. Enjoy your day.

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