Friday Patio Garden Update 4/26/2019

The patio plants are growing like crazy. So this is my Friday patio garden update from what you saw earlier in the week.

We had a couple of days of cooler weather where I had to turn the heat back on. But today it is really nice and sunny.

I can’t believe how much difference the Japanese Maple tree makes to the overall actual feel of my patio. The texture and pretty leaves and oh, the color! Obviously I am completely enamored with it.

I was kind of talked out of getting one back when I got the Ginkgo tree. But now I have both and it’s so nice to have pretty trees surrounding me out there. Even if they aren’t towering overhead and providing shade.

The hostas are growing rapidly. I love this one with the bright yellow around the outside of the leaves. They sit among lemon balm and mint. I have cut the lemon balm and mint back a bit. They grow so quickly it’s hard to keep up!

Then there’s my lime green hosta. Maybe the mint will give them cover so they will be pretty longer. The sun pouring down seems to make the hostas retreat back into the background during the hotter portion of summer.

My first yellow rose of the season. And below is the next one just about to relax its bloom and let me see its gorgeous velveety layers.

The clematis has more flowers currently than it ever has had at one time. I suppose the older and more established the plant, the more it will flower.

The white blooms start out a bit lavender, and then retain that color around the edges.

These birds were gathered in the tree yesterday morning. Aren’t they cedar waxwings?

They always fly in, a bunch of them, and hang around for about a day. Then they’re gone to parts unknown.

The sun wasn’t working with me in the above photo. It would have been a much better photo had it been afternoon instead of morning. But I took what I could get.

I think this cone flower that’s about to bloom, one of two that lived through the winter, will be white. The other one was kind of orange. I’d rather have white.

This is Veronica. Have you ever planted Veronica?

According to Google in the online almanac it is also known as Speedwell. What a funny name for this pretty purple flowered plant.

It is an easy-to-grow perennial with long spikes of tiny petals. You can find them in purple, blue, pink or white. I am of course loving the purple!

Petunias and more petunias on my patio. I guess daisies won’t be in my garden this year. The nursery said they didn’t grow the one I always like to get this year because the bugs wouldn’t stay off of them.
They were so pretty though. Both yellow and orange daisies with purple in the center.
Above are the purple/black petunias that I find so delightful. I have been getting them every year for the past few summers. Ever since I first spotted them.

Above is Ivy playing. She sure can entertain herself. Plays and plays and plays. Drags those red and white curtain ties around from room to room and then to the bathtub and to the bed and to the couch.

I don’t have any idea why she fixated on those curtain ties from day one.

And Charlie in the midst of a great big yawn. He sleeps next to me in this chair when I’m sitting in it. My sweet boy.

This chair has been wonderful for my ankle. I saw the doctor yesterday and will be starting physical therapy with his wife, who really helped me out a few years ago. He said that due to the shape the ankle was already in the process of healing will probably take quite some time.

Well, at least I have my garden thanks to Nathan helping me.

So I can just sit in my puffy chair with Charlie and enjoy it when it’s hot. Or go outside and sit when there’s a good breeze. It’s so pretty through the panes of my French doors framed by the green and beige curtains.

I’m off soon to meet my daughter for lunch at our usual Mexican restaurant.



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  1. Brenda, I love all of your beautiful plants. It looks as though everything is flourishing beautifully. I’m so far behind on getting things planted outside…the front of our home looks so bare…LOL Love and hugs!

  2. Your patio is beautiful. It seems like a sanctuary from the harsher side of life. ♥

  3. Brenda,
    It brightens my day to see pictures of your beautiful plants. Could you tell us more about lemon balm? I bought my first plant today and some instructions say it requires full sun and others say it loves shade. Since I plan to plant mine in a container, could you clarify the growing requirements? Thanks!

  4. Since some of your trees had to be cut down I am so happy you do have that one tree that hangs over your fence to give you and some of your plants some shade.

  5. Brenda your patio garden is so beautiful and looks so relaxing. Love the Japanese Maple. I planted one about 18 years ago and love to watch it in the spring when it starts to bud out.
    Love the pictures of Charlie and Ivy, they are so cute.
    Have a wonderful day relaxing in you beautiful patio.

  6. Your “Secret Garden” is great. Love all the colors, and your pretty furniture and decor. Thanks for sharing and hope you have many happy hours out there viewing and reading. :0)

  7. Good evening Brenda! I cannot believe how fast your garden is growing! It is fabulous! I hope hat it stays cool for a little while so that you can enjoy it for awhile.

    Have a wonderful weekend with your sweet fur kids.

  8. Brenda,
    I just discovered your site and am enjoying your photos and musings. Your patio’s colors and atmosphere look very peaceful. Our gardens in the Midwest are far behind you at this time. We’re expecting snow tomorrow. I’m recommending your site to my friends.

  9. I have Garden Patio envy! I absolutely love your sanctuary of flowers and plants and trees. I look forward to seeing your pictures. Living vicariously…. :0))

  10. Love your blog but this is my first time commenting. I live in Miami, FL so my garden time is quite different. Flowers bloom from November to May and then it just gets too hot and it’s mostly palms and bromeliads for the rest of the year.
    I have a silly-for-some, but very serious for me question: I love gardening but am terrified of frogs! Have you found any in your lovely patio? How do you deal with them? Do any of your readers have any ideas for me? Thanks!

  11. Your patio is so pretty and I love all the petunias and so glad you have some purple in your garden. Charlie looked like he was ready to settle down for a nap. Ivy as busy as always. Enjoy your lunch and your weekend.

    Carol and Molly

  12. All looks and sounds lovely, Brenda! Love that Veronica…what a gorgeous color…never heard of that plant!! Hope your lunch date goes well too!!

  13. Love to see pics of your garden but just wondering what happened to Frugal Fridays? I picked up a lot of good ideas

  14. I cannot believe how far ahead your garden is than mine, Brenda!! Wow, it’s like full on summer in your little patio garden! Gorgeous, just gorgeous! I love the way the Japanese Maple has changed the feel of your garden also…it feels more like an enclosed garden rather than a patio!

  15. I always love to see your patio when warmer weather arrives.
    I have a beautiful succulent that is blooming! So excited!

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