Around the Yard Ramblings

6.09.2013

I hope you don't mind me rambling some more. I actually like when bloggers do posts like this. It gives you more of a personal look into the everyday lives instead of all the fluff that we usually share. I hope y'all know it certainly isn't fluffy around here all the time. :)

Today has ended up being sunnier than I expected. The weather people can't seem to get our forecasts right much anymore. Anywho, I got the yard cut yesterday and all the edging done. Today it I have some more yard work to do and it is HOT. I think I will wait till the sun moves around to the back of the house. Our front yard is terribly hot till about two o'clock in the summer.

Here is my hydrangea bush this year. It is huge and exploding with blooms.

You can see how the weight of the flowers are pulling part of the bush over.

I wish the lavender colored one would stay that way, but I'm sure it will get bluer.

I'm not even positive, but I think this is a Nikko Blue. My sister in law gave me a cutting 17 years ago and it was planted in the back yard when we were building the house and then some changes were made out back and the bush got dug up and tossed aside and landed at the corner of the house somehow and came back. Last year was the first year that it did real well.

I bought this little baby hydrangea last year and need to dig it up and move it over since the big bush is taken over on top of it.

Our garden is MUCH smaller this year. We only have tomatoes, strawberries and cucumbers. The cucumbers were just recently planted so it will be late before we get those.

The tomatoes are coming in. 

Did you see my new truck on facebook last week? Isn't she a beauty? haha. Mr. Savvy will have it looking much better soon. He did get it running and said it purrrrrrrs. We have been needing a truck for this and that and now I will be able to buy furniture to paint and get me a booth to sell. Can't wait to clean out my hoarding room. Bad thing is it doesn't have air. I guess I will sweat in the summer and maybe lose some weight.

The verbena that used to be gorgeous had gotten very leggy and was not doing well so I pulled it all up yesterday. I should have gotten a shot of what it looked like. A far cry from this.

We went to the nursery and bought some knockout rose bushes to plant here instead.

And we bought three more hydrangeas to put at the end of the bed in front of the house.

They are small now, but give them a year or two and hopefully they will be gorgeous.

Well, that is enough rambling. Time to go plant those bushes before the afternoon rain comes.

Come back tomorrow for a project I did last week and there is a sneak peek on my facebook page at a project I did yesterday. 

Hope you have a super week!



41 comments:

  1. Your hydrangea bush is identical to mine. Was going to ask what it was as mine was inherited from a cutting of a cutting from my step dad's mom's plant that I admired over 20 years ago. It is doing so well this season. Better than last for sure. Like yours, it is exploding with blooms. Cut some off this morning for the dining table.
    I have never had any luck with verbenas... not sure why. But I am luving the yellow lantanas in the front garden this year.. they never disappoint and bring in a lot of butterflies.
    Looking forward to the garden when the roses are all established Kim.
    I am luving your 'ramblings' :-)
    Hugs, Gee

    ReplyDelete
  2. Our hydrangeas are huge this year too. Wish my tomatoes were. We got them in early this year, and they are taking forever!! Either too much rain or not enough, haven't figured it out yet with our crazy weather. We so need a truck!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I can't believe the size of your tomato plants. Mine about 4 inches high. Which is right in schedule here. Your hydrangeas are beautiful. I had a friend give me bush this year. Will have to wait to see what color it is.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your flowers look so lovely. I wish I could grow hydrangeas here, but I have not luck. My neighbor has one and I love it. Yes everyone needs a truck. HA! HA!

    ReplyDelete
  5. your flowers are beautiful. I heard you can cut back those type flowers when they get leggy and they will rebloom. Also, wondering if hydranges do well in the sun, or only in partial sun?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love your garden! And love rambling...I rambled about myself on my blog yesterday!
    Kelly

    ReplyDelete
  7. Your hydrangeas are SO pretty! They look lush and vibrant; such a cheerful bloom!

    Poppy

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers - I love hydrangeas. What will you name your "new ride" :D
    I enjoy rambling posts, and do a lot of them myself. Good thing I named my blog what I did. :D
    Have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I like your ramblings, Kim! Love your hydrangeas. I have three big bushes of blue ones, but this year we decided to prune them (after not pruning them for 7 years). I guess we did it at the wrong time. The greenery is absolutely beautiful--bushes are fuller and lovelier than ever--but we have NOT ONE flower. It's driving me crazy--blue hydrangeas are my favorite! Oh, well. Hopefully next year the bushes will look great AND we'll have lots of blooms!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Everything is looking great Kim! You can't go wrong with more hydrangeas! You know how I feel about those! I love my purple verbena but it does get leggy and just has to be yanked.....I HATE that because, at my age, I am really working hard toward a perennial filled yard so I have less and less work to face in the future! The truck is great! Are you doing it in chalk paint? LOL

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh I just love your garden area, Kim!

    That Nikko Blue is to DIE FOR!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I bought a hanging basket of verbena, Kim, and after a week it looks dead. And I did water it! I think I'm going to have to trash it and get petunias. Love the hydrangeas. I am so pleased that the three I planted last year have come back looking so good and healthy. Beautiful pink blooms. It paid off going out there and watering them individually every day during our horrible humid heat wave.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Everything is blooming beautifully, there, Kim. And you do not need to lose any weight. ;-) xo

    ReplyDelete
  14. Yay! You got a truck! It's funny about that verbena..mine has done the same thing. It looks fabulous and then it looks like it's dead. I chopped mine back the other day, but it hasn't started looking better. If it doesn't, I'll rip it out too.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your hydrangeas are beautiful. I am so thrilled that my new home has several hydrangeas. Ours are just beginning to bloom. How fun you will have a truck to pick up furniture with!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm with you, sometimes these posts are the very best at sharing "the real" person. plus I always love to see what you're doing with your gorgeous yard. and Hey Kim, pickups are supposed to have that "I've worked hard" look. you'll have a blast with your own booth space!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow! Now THAT'S a hydrangea bush! Dont' you wish it was on the front of your house now??? Your small purple one looks like mine in my backyard. I did not know that y'all got a pick up truck. That will come in handy since you don't have one. Your extra driveway sure comes in handy for parking it too! I wasn't sure if you had a garden this year. I was just telling Jimmy that I hadn't heard you mention it. Yours is about the size of ours now. We only have tomatoes, squash, peppers and cantaloupe this year. I'd love to grow strawberries! You'll have to let me know how they do for you. Yum!

    ReplyDelete
  18. So pretty! thank you for sharing your "real" life, in process. We are all "in process" aren't we? :o)

    ReplyDelete
  19. I can beat you on smallest garden - we only did tomatoes this year. Ours are not red yet, but they are growing!!

    I used to help mow but no more. Hubby mowed and did the weed eating yesterday along with some trimming and burning our brush pile! Alot accomplished.

    I love hydrangea blooms but not so much the bushes. Funny I know! I almost bought an oakleaf hydrangea yesterday. I may go back. I perfer the white/cream/pinkish/greenish blooms - not the colors.

    A booth to sell sound exciting. Then you and quit redoing everything in your house! LOL

    Seems like I rambled too! I do enjoy these type posts.

    tina

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love the big and beautiful hydrangea bush...and course you picked my favorite color..blue:)

    Rita

    ReplyDelete
  21. Even your ramblings are eloquent Kim. I really enjoyed just perusing around with you in your yard. Your hydrangeas are to die for. I'm so envious as they would just fry here in Florida. Thanks for sharing a glimpse into it all.
    Cheers,
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love blue hydrangeas, mine are just beginning to bloom but they are coming out more pinkish than bluish :( I need to find out what to feed them to turn them blue again. Nice truck! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous! Mine are almost ready to bloom and are a deep purple/blue. I would LOVE to plant some knock out roses but I think our yard is too shady!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Your hydrangeas are absolutely BEAUTIFUL Kim! I'm in love. We have some Annabelle that grow right next to a brick wall in the front of the house. They do really well there, but sometimes I wish I had bought some with color. Yours with the pink, lavender and blue are stunning. I like the color you picked for the front too, the Blushing Bride. And the Knock Outs, we have some of those in the front. Your landscaping will be really beautiful when it all comes in. So glad you shared. It's fun to take a peak at some of the regular goings-on at your house. :) Have a great evening.

    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  25. I like "rambling" posts too, Kim. More personal. Your hudrangea is gorgeous, I sure miss mine. I had 10 bushes and they were all covered in blooms every year. I brought one over and it was SAD for weeks but is perking up now:):) The roses will be beautiful there. XO, Pinky

    ReplyDelete
  26. Love those hydrangeas Kim, I just cut a bunch of blue ones today and placed them in a glass vase on my bedside end table. The gardenias are really plentiful this year so I cut a bunch of those for the house too, hubby loves their fragrance.
    You're going to love those knockout roses.

    Teresa

    ReplyDelete
  27. This kills me! I am so jealous. I have the smallest yard, and it gets zero sunlight. I'm pining for the days that I can finally garden!

    ReplyDelete
  28. So pretty Kim! I love hydrangeas. And congrats on getting that awesome truck! Look out furniture -here she comes!

    ReplyDelete
  29. 'Blushing Bride' is my absolute favorite repeat bloomer. I love your new truck. I need one.

    ReplyDelete
  30. love all the comments here and your crazy blogging,jk, give your rose bushed plenty of room to grow and my oak leaf is also from a cutting from a friend about 15 years, hugh, full bloom and another one alost as big that i put out from a sprig. keep your comments coming

    ReplyDelete
  31. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!!...The yard looks wonderful...I love white hydrangeas...so do they stay white in your soil?....We are just starting to do some planting...being home for one weekend helps!!...and looking forward to the magic Mr. Savvy will work on the truck....!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Must be a good year for the hydrangeas. Mine are loaded too! I love making bouquets for my house. Guess it's nice not to have them blooming all year-round....we wouldn't appreciate them as much.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Everyone's hydrangeas seem to be growing at leaps and bounds this year! I am jealous we don't have any in our garden in this house but the new one may have to have some. Thanks for sharing all this beauty!

    Cynthia

    ReplyDelete
  34. Love the hydrangeas and roses! I have a huge blue one in my yard too that is getting ready to burst into flowers! The knock-out roses are supposed to be spectacular! I would like to try them sometime too. Your'e right, it isn't all fluff, we dig, we sweat, but we have fun! Enjoy your new plants and your new truck and I'm headed over to Face Book to see what this sneak peek at your project is! Hugs, Leena

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hydrangea colors: Acidic soil (usually closer to pine trees) encourages BLUE blooms and alkaline soil (usually found closer to cement foundations) encourages PINK blooms. You can add lime to your soil to make it more alkaline and several things to make it more acidic (like pine needles). PH NEUTRAL soil encourages white blooms. Talk to your garden center to get what you need to make your hydrangeas bloom the color that you prefer. If you like those purple colors, it probably wants a little more acid in your soil. Perhaps planted too close to the foundation? But the bush is doing so well there, I'd leave it and just add something to your soil. ALSO - hydrangeas love both sunny and shady spots and do very well in both and everything in between.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Kim,
    My husband and I garden with a zest and zeal. We live in the DFW area and have tremendous luck with our knockout roses. I have done several blog posts about my rose garden. You are going to be super pleased with your choice. Love your hydrangeas.
    Jemma

    ReplyDelete
  37. I know you are loving cutting the hydrangea blooms to bring in the house. I love your blue, ours bloom pink.

    Good choice with the knockout roses. We went to a grad party last weekend to friends that do not have green thumbs (their words) and they had a bed of knockout roses that was gorgeous! I stared at it over and over, it was so pretty and in several colors.

    My hubby and I always used to want a pickup. Good for you! I know you will put it to good use.

    ReplyDelete
  38. It's great to ramble around the garden. My one little hydrangea bush isn't blooming yet. xo Laura

    ReplyDelete
  39. I always love seeing your garden Kim! Everything is always so beautiful. As for your truck yea! We need a clunker too. I am limited to what I can fit in my Flex. My friend actually painted her old truck with Duck Egg chalk paint when she was doing a demo at Round Top last year. It still is on there. So when will you be getting a booth and just where will it be cause you know I will be making a bee line to shop it when I am out that way!;) I miss having a space to sell in.

    ReplyDelete
  40. I do like those luscious, big blue hydrangeas! I have a huge white one and a small blue one that I hope will take off this year. It's too early for me to be enjoying any blooms on them, but the peonies are gorgeous for now.

    -Karen

    ReplyDelete
  41. Your hydrangea bush is looking gorgeous. They are some of my favorites but mine is just now starting to bloom.

    ReplyDelete

DESIGNED BY ECLAIR DESIGNS