Saturday, June 16, 2007

A few thoughts on this hot Saturday

The heat and humidity of summer are here for awhile so I need to get out early to do some weeding. I took the time to watch P. Allen Smith's garden show this morning. He showed people who had turned part of their back yard into wild English cottage style gardens.

If my husband was willing, I'd love to do that...he isn't. How anyone could not love English cottage gardens, I do not know. Perhaps it is because he was an engineer and everything out of perfect symmetry bothers him?

This garden is from Midwest Living magazine. This is what I want. Do you think if I tell him more plants equals less mowing that he'd go for it?

I have a busy day ahead, getting caught up a bit with housework that fell behind when I was enjoying having children in the house (yes...it has taken about a week's worth of napping to get my energy back but it was worth it). I want to answer some e-mails from (hopefully) very patient readers, too.

Of course, there is always a book on the coffee table waiting to be read. There is one I must return to the library soon so it will take priority. Speaking of books, don't forget the Saturday Review of Books is up at Semicolon!

5 comments:

Eyesofwonder.net said...

Dear Brenda, good morning :o) Just a quick note of hello and thanks, to say I am always so blessed by the thoughts shared in your lovely posts. I am one of the many that share your heart of love, joy, and appreciation, in and for, family, beauty, flowers, friendships, all things tea time, books, a great cup of coffee (though for me it would be tea) and especially...our Lord... Please be welcomed to come visit us, if and when, time might allow. Enjoy this lovely Saturday, dear sweet lady. Warmly, your sister in Jesus, Jewels

Lynn said...

I just love how, although you are a young "grammy" you have to rest up after the little darlings leave. I just can't believe how much energy I put into them when I am with them. It's like I savor each and every moment to make it a memory and then when I see them pull out of the driveway waving I return to the quiet house and collapse amid the chaos I've let go and sleep for days. God has truly blessed me with them and I want to take every step they do! Enjoyed your post.

Anonymous said...

English Cottage Garden...yes!
Sing this lovely song to your hubby and he is bound to give in and see it your way...so charming!
Enjoy!
Joanne

English Country Gardens

http://www.contemplator.com/england/garden.html

How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We'll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you'll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart's ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentian, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden.

How many insects come here and go
In an English country garden?
We'll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you'll surely pardon
Fireflies, moths, gnats and bees
Spiders climbing in the trees
Butterflies drift in the gentle breeze
There are snakes, ants that sting
And other creeping things
In an English country garden.

How many songbirds fly to and fro
In an English country garden?
We'll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you'll surely pardon
Bobolink, cuckoo and quail
Tanager and cardinal
Bluebird, lark, thrush and nightingale
There is joy in the spring
When the birds begin to sing
In an English country garden.


How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We'll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you'll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart's ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden.

smilnsigh said...

I love the wild English cottage garden look. And luckily, so does my husband, 'The Gardener.' :-) That is what he wanted for so long, to make in front. And a few years ago, with the help of s-i-law, he did. That is what most of the flower pics I post, are from. We love it.

Glad you took the time to rest up! I'm very proud of you. :-))))

Mari-Nanci

the feathered nest said...

My husband doesn't care for the english garden look either. He thinks it looks too wild and messy! I personally love all those different plants jammed together - it definately cuts down on weeding!

Manuela