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  1. Brenda, Oh thank you for redirecting my brain from these dark and dreary days of winter! We are just north of I-44 in Joplin and we are covered in ice. Your garden was an inspiration last year, can't wait to see it this year!

    1. We had ice. But I don't think it's bad out. At least not that I can see from the patio. I haven't been out anywhere driving for five days.

    1. Last year I didn't have an Hyacinth Bean vines and I missed those pretty purple beans and lavender blooms. Will have to order it. Yeah, there were hyacinth bean vines blooming all over when I sent them out. Those beans were prolific!

  2. I'm not a gardener but I do love having a few plants around. I am a container planter and hope this year to add some pretty flowering things to the windows!

  3. I enjoy most of Greg Iles books. some of the far-fetched ones are really good and keep my interest so much that they are hard to put down.

    Your patio and garden pictures are great! And this time of the year is perfect for garden dreaming and plotting the next garden adventure. A few orders for the garden have been placed already and I really have to be careful that I don't over order otherwise, I will be digging up more grass.

  4. Love your patio garden! The older I get the more I like planting in pots..easier for me to dig in and move around for a different look. Can't wait until Spring! Enjoy your books..with all this icy weather coming into Oklahoma perfect weekend to stay in and snuggle with a good book. Stay warm!

    1. Container plants are easier for lots of reasons. No weeding, can control the soil better, etc. Yes, it's that kind of weather in Tulsa and I'm getting ready to fix supper and get back to my book!

  5. So enjoyed your patio garden pictures. In years past my husband and I had big gardens, however we will have to be content with mostly container gardening on our deck and scattered around our yard. I love the water container garden in your pictures. Could you please teach me what plants to use so that we can do one. Blessings, Carolyn in Florida

    1. I used cannas in the water gardens. The ones I dug up from the rent house 3 years ago and brought here. I plucked off some of my mint and planted it in the water to smell good. As for the others, most of them I went to the local nursery I liked and they had a grouping of water garden plants. My areas were not big enough for lilies. But I adore water lilies.

  6. I have not planned any gardening yet because I am not sure what is going to happen to the house here this year. I do love gardening -especially small space gardening. I think your little patio is just perfect.

    I have not read anything by that author but I do like a good mystery. I will add him to my list. xo Diana

    1. Well, that's kind of a bummer. I hate that waiting to sell a house thing. As for books, all I like to read are mysteries and women's fiction. No romances, no historical, no science fiction.

  7. I love Renee's Garden seeds and the packets are little works of art. I also love Johnny's Seeds, too.

    Brenda, you sure have a green thumb. Your patio garden is beautiful each year and I draw lots of inspiration from you.

    The simple things in life truly are the best.

  8. Gorgeous is the only word I can think of for your patio and gardens. You give the word "creativity" a whole new meaning! I wish that you would consider doing a series of posts on how you achieve all of this.

  9. the sweetest sound in the world… little fountains of water amid greenery and shade in a beautiful garden.
    and I too love your ordinary extraordinary life! well done dear bean!

    1. Oh, I know! I keep my sound machine next to my bed tuned to rain. I love the sound of water. So soothing.

  10. I ordered all my seeds last year from Johnny's – they were amazing, almost 100% viable! I'm already considering what seeds I'll be ordering for my veggie garden, and I'll be starting them indoors again, downstairs in my utility room where it's warm all the time. I can't really get started until March, though….it seems so far away right now, with the icy cold wind that's blowing right through me today!

  11. I LOVE Renee's Garden seeds, especially her sweet peas! Looking forward to seeing what's new in your garden (and mine!) this year ~

  12. I got intrigued with gardening when I was a little kid in the 1960s, watching my grandparents and the other older people in the neighborhood tend their gardens. None of the young parents like mine had gardens, since they got vegetables from the older people or from the grocery store. So I thought only old people had gardens! I did have my first vegetable garden in the 1980s when I was in my mid-20s, so, I finally figured out that anyone of any age could grow things. We just moved into a house that has very little landscaping, even though it is 65 years old — just a Bradford pear tree and two taxus bushes. So, I'm caught up in thinking about trees and shrubs as well as flowers and herbs and tomatoes. I love all of your water gardens. I'd like to have some feeders and some sort of water feature for birds.

  13. Oh Brenda, you always inspire me! I didn't have a deck garden last year, tried to plant a few flowers out front – didn't work out, probably the soil. This year, thanks to you, I'm going back to my deck container garden … and I'm going to make some water gardens like yours! Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Renee's Seeds are very good. My deceased husband & I had the pleasure of attending an organic gardening seminar she taught in Pasadena, CA, abt. 20 yrs. ago. You will not be disappointed, the seeds grow true as advertised. I live in Frazier Park,CA,
    at 4800 ft. & my growing season is short & erratic. My food & flowers are so good.
    As you can see–I think you'll love her seeds. Good luck.
    Your patio is so beautiful! I wish we lived closer together & could beg to come see it. & you, in person. Yes, I know you"re reclusive. So am I. I like people, but one at a time (it feels safer). I've blabbered enough. Happy garden planning. Sandy

  15. I too love to gardem. I need to start planning for spring. Even though it is foggy and cold here in Utah, spring will come it always does. Love your blog and your posts of ordinary life, that is actually extraordinaty. Have a wonderful day. Karie

    1. I do live a pretty boring life. Yes, spring will roll around, and then green things will start to emerge from the dirt.

  16. Goodness, Brenda! Has it been three years since you moved! It sure doesn't seem like it has hardly been a year since we met. I received my first seed catalog yesterday. I don't like this particular company but I always look forward to the catalog!

    Grace & Peace,

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