Today is the day I write about a little of this and a little of that. Well, that’s actually what I do most days, isn’t it?

I’m so excited about another red transferware creamer I found on Etsy. It was a very good price. And I just love it.

It’s a few inches bigger all around than the other one, and happened in fact to be cheaper. And I was all over that!

I love that each piece of transferware tends to depict scenes from villages. How charming.

Now for my next tidbit.

The Irises Are Blooming:

I have waited and waited for them to bloom. Seemed to take forever. I’d see other irises blooming all over town and mine were a bit behind.

But they make up for it with their sheer loveliness. The lavender and white combo is just so pretty and feminine.

I believe one of you sent them to me years ago. Thank you!

I only have this one clump. But this is the first year there have been this many blooms.

I’d try taking dirt away from the surface of ground around them, then putting it back. Finally I think they just decided to bloom.

Ankle Woes:

I’ve been going to PT twice a week for my back and they’ve also been working on my ankle.

I think they got a little zealous with both because my back and ankle hurt worse all day and night than before I went yesterday. Or of course it could also be the exercises they’re teaching me to strengthen them.

So I think I’m going to tell them they can ice the ankle, but otherwise leave it alone. I know how to exercise it.

Geez, I have to be able to walk. Especially with Charlie not being able to climb up or down now.


The salvia that managed to make it through the hard winter is turning purple.

Salvia is a wonderful plant because nature just adores it. Did you know it’s actually part of the mint family?

Another plus of salvia is that the aromatic foliage makes it very resistant to deer and rabbits. And the nectar-rich flowers attract pollinators, including honey bees, butterflies and hummingbirds

All great reasons to have salvia in your garden.

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  1. My first iris is finished blooming & I’m on my second flush. I have a few varieties that bloom at different times through spring. Goodness I love them so much. I’ve grown them for years & have so many that I have throw-away patches in the wild areas of our property. When I thin them from my garden beds I just take the ones I pull & toss them. They root & bloom! I do this with daffodils & narcissus too & have so many pretty spots that took almost no effort at all.

    I do love the red transfer ware. This pitcher is so lovely.

  2. Love the new transfer ware pitcher! Of course, the garden is beautiful and I understand exactly why you love it.

  3. Love the creamer! I have a big set of Mason Vista, this reminds me of it. Something ate all my Iris bulbs, voles, I believe. UGH! Yours are lovely.

  4. Those are gorgeous irises! If you want to grow more, at the end of blooming season dig up and transplant some of the tubers to new areas. That will give them plenty of time to re-establish themselves before next spring. You’re not a lazy gardener like I tend to me – too many garden beds and just me to try and tend to them all. I planted iris tubers from a friend’s parents’ home when I moved in here in summer 2014 and my friend’s dad was moving to an assisted living complex. She dug out deep purple iris, a few yellow iris, and a sort of reddish with some yellow iris for me that I planted, not knowing which was which, in the north garden bed along the side of my house and driveway. THEY LOVE THAT GARDEN BED. After six years now (wow – that long already) -they are totally overgrown and need to be thinned. I took some out earlier this season but I always feel like a murderer when I do that. I know that’s cray cray thinking because the plants that remain will be all the better for it. I don’t have anywhere else to transplant the tubers I remove, other than the trash. That’s what hurts to do this, and why I haven’t done it like I really should. Whatever species of iris yours are, they are spectacular.

  5. I love the irises—and the little pitcher. I have been collecting small red and white transferware plates with the old Britain castles. I only have two or three with different castles but keep looking for them. I haven’t looked on Etsy but maybe I will try that next. Thanks for sharing your pretties.

    I have been away from my computer and my favorite bloggers for nearly a year recovering at my out-of-town daughters and am finally home. I’m glad to reconnect with your blog. I’ve missed it.

  6. What a pretty creamer! The irises are beautiful. Hard to say what’s going on with the back and ankle pain from PT…it could be from inflammation from all the exercises they’ve been having you do. Best to mention it to the therapist and see what she/he says. I’ve been to PT for my back three times, my shoulder, my hip, my knee and my pelvic floor (I’m just one big walking PT client, lol!) and I remember having flare-ups from time to time. They might need to back off a little bit.

  7. Lovely. All of it. The pitcher, the iris, and your garden.
    I find it so interesting to track gardening in other parts of the country. Plus you have your own microclimate on your patio.
    Actually your iris might have finally bloomed because you keep moving soil around. Iris corms like to be exposed for the warmth of the sun. So leave your corms exposed, only not in public😁
    I just learned that watching Monty Don a few days ago.😊 because my season is not as far along as yours I spent my week keeping my peace by watching gardening shows, and learned something about growing iris!I
    Yours are certainly rewarding you this year!

  8. I love the red creamer. So crazy last night on eBay I was looking at red transferware. The iris is lovely. I love seeing it growing in others yards. So many lovely colors. The bloom is one of the most delicate and so fancy and the iris bulbs seem to live forever. Another long lived plant I adore are peonies. Sadly I have neither in my garden. Might need to make a change about that. Take care of your ankles and back. Hope pt helps.

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