Do you watch your plants begin to bloom, and wonder: what color will you be? The perennials you plant that graciously come up year after year. I often forget which plants were what color. Sometimes it’s a total surprise.

Such is the case with this one…

Daily Walking Among My Plants:

Every day, several times a day, I walk out here and try to discern what color the flower will be. It will be a nice surprise!
I’ve long since stopped trying to clip away the plants around the fairy garden creatures in the galvanized gardens.

It rains so much that as soon as I clip them back, the poor fairy garden creatures are covered again in just a few days.

The Morning Glories:

The morning glories that I moved from the rental house, seem determined to come up en masse. There is no way to forget how brightly they bloomed for me that summer of 2012 when I fell. 
After all, I was headed out there to photograph their first bloom when I tripped and fell and broke both sides of my right ankle.

The warrior morning glories come up in the cement cracks. They come up in the oddest places. These are the most tenacious morning glories I’ve ever seen!

I could not bring  myself to cut back the mums. Now I can see what color this one will be.

Sedums In Driftwood Pockets:

Can you see the different sedums I’ve planted in the driftwood? Wherever I can find a little “pocket” I pinch off a bit and situate it here in the driftwood. 

My flowers and vines and herbs live companionably together in all my pots. I enjoy the brightly colored blooms of flowers coupled with the wonderful aroma of the herbs. It makes for a delightful walk around the patio.

The thyme is blooming its tiny white flowers. I see a bug up there checking it out. You’ll find that bugs don’t bother herbs as much as flowers.

This sage was in the galvanized gardens covered up by taller plants. It needed sun, so I moved it over by the back fence.
I keep my camera at the ready over by the coffee bar, so this is just a gratuitous photo of my lunch yesterday. Nachos with black beans and veggies. 


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  1. Beautiful patio garden, esp.the morning glory. It appears almost navy on my tablet. An idea for your little pot creatures is to raise them in the container by placing them on a chunk of wood or brick or a rock. It is amazing how fast a garden grows in the rain once the heat kicks in. Enjoy, and thank you for sharing!

  2. You're patio is always such a gorgeous range of colours. It looks so peaceful. You really do have a green thumb. 🙂

  3. First… OMG, your morning glory color is a beautiful deep color. As tenacious as they are, how fortunate to have in your cozy gardens! Second, I wouldn't cut those mums either. (Hope you post the full blooms.) They are vigorous!

    My flowers are all in the spring stage here and just had to drop a line to say that I love your gardens! Thank you for sharing the beauty, Brenda. It was a breath of fresh air!

  4. It is exciting to see the colors that bloom from buds. That is as much fun as visiting your blog each day. Today when I popped over it is blue. So very pretty. I love watching you tweek your blog, it gives me ideas. You have probably shared, but how did you get round pictures in your header. Thank you for sharing and your lunch looks yummy!

  5. Lovely !!!!!! You are the blogger I followed since 2010!!!! when I first started to peek at the blogging world. I started my blog in May. Love to read what you post always. Take care.

  6. I love the surprise from some of my forgotten flowers. I'll think everything is too green and then the following day an explosion of colour comes along – beautiful! Your lunch looked delicious, as does your garden! Have a wonderful week xx

  7. Yes I do wonder about the color some flowers will be..this is also true when I buy the mark-down flowers at Lowe's..sometimes they have buds on them but you can't tell what color they will be yet..that is part of the fun..seeing what gorgeous colors you get when they do start to bloom..I just love your galvanized tub gardens..I have been on the look-out for some cheap second hand ones but so far no luck..That is a lunch I would enjoy!..

  8. Good morning, Brenda 🙂

    Your garden looks beautiful! I didn't know that bugs didn't eat herbs as much as flowers. That's good to know 🙂

    You lunch looked taste too!


  9. Lunch looks yummy Brenda! And you are right about the bugs leaving the strong scented herbs alone. We have a boatload of sage in our backyard and no worries about visitors eating any of the flowers around it. I think I may transplant some into the garden. Great post with gorgeous pictures. Thanks you so much for sharing!
    XO Barbara

  10. Your garden looks like you've lived there for years and years. So lush and green.
    Your lunch looks especially good today……….I'm having pineapple jello and lots of juice and tea. I'll make up for it tomorrow though.
    I hear the rain has stopped at your house.. We need some because my backyard has cracks in the ground. BIG cracks.
    Have a great week………..I wonder if June will fly by like May did.

  11. Mmmmm – your lunch looks delicious! I, too, wait anxiously to see the color of the blooms! I forget what I planted where and it is always a nice surprise. I have huge day lilies in front of my porch and when they all blossom – it is my favorite and fleeting time of the year. They have buds now, I can't wait until they pop and I can share!

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