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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Happy Thursday

Rainy Thursday it is and good day to get chores done inside. 
More yard work to do but getting there. Steve has been busy cutting grass, weeding and laying of gravel near the foundation.  We decided we would try this as it will not shift as much as mulch does when it rains.  Our place is sloped which is good in some ways but heavy downpours can be a problem.
Still  thinking about rock all around the boxwoods.  I see I have two to replace it looks to be.

After picture with some gravel.

I don't like mulch touching the house.

After this year,  the mums in the swans will be taken out.  They are getting to large for them.   I purchased these mums last year in little pots from walmart for not much more than a dollar.

Mandevilla is just about finished.  Something now looks like it's eating the lower leaves.  All summer not a bug and now the leaves are almost gone at the bottom.

I wonder how many more years the lavender behind this pretty zinnia will continue to thrive under the dogwood tree?  It's spreading for sure.

A moonflower at the base of the crepe myrtle trailing up in the limbs.

In ground planter of flowers.   They do better this way as it keeps the moles away from the roots.
Til next time..Betsy


  1. You still have pretty blooms as summer is ending. Have a great weekend!

  2. You all have been busy, Betsy. This heat and humidity has shortened my time in the garden. Your mandevilla is such a lovely shade of pink and I just love moonflowers! Your zinnias are so pretty with their two colored blossoms. I'm sorry you have moles, we have them and voles too. Good idea to plant your flowers in a sunken pot to keep the little rascals away. Stay safe during the storm, my friend. Hopefully we will all keep our power.♥

  3. Sorry to hear you have moles, they are not easy to get rid of. The lavender is looking stunning. I love the heady smell.

  4. A lovely garden Betsy, very pretty flowers and I like your swan planters too.

  5. Oh moon flowers Re so much fun. I used to have one and it grew up the deck. It was fun sitting out at night and watching them open. Very cool. Everyth8g looks so nice and we all know when the you have a yard it is never ending and always, when the yard is d one are you going to work on green cabinets?.. haha

  6. Your yard looks so pretty, Betsy. I like the gravel idea, easy to keep neat looking. I still want to plant a moonflower some day. I love the boxwoods too. I think they always look so pretty around all the bright flowers..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  7. Dearest Betsy,
    You do have a beautiful garden and in general your climate is better suited for plant survival than ours here in the deep south.
    We have for the same reason all patios around the house, far better for rain water and for avoiding any problems with leakage. Water is capable of finding its way inside through minimal openings.
    Sending you hugs,


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