Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday, hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer. We're in the back yard again this week, and here's how it looked earlier today.

The miniature calla lilies are blooming! I was so thrilled to see this.

Hubby is making one of the flower beds larger and I'm trying to decide on a spot for them.

The Limelight hydrangea is blooming.

The flowers are huge!

A child's school chair rescued from the trash.

The wind mill is on the back hill next to some rose bushes.

The bike planter got a new look. Purple petunia's in the basket and sedum in the little pots. I hope these plants handle the heat better than the last ones.

Susan, thank you for hosting this fun weekly event. You can visit A Southern Daydreamer to see the other Outdoor Wednesday posts, by clicking HERE.

109 comments:

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Beautiful shots of your beautiful yard...thanks for sharing...

Darla said...

You have some great yard art. The sedum should take all the heat you can give it...

Terry said...

I just love the calla lillies, the color is spectacular

Smilingsal said...

I love your bicycle planter. Your garden is beautiful. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

prof en retraite said...

Oh Diane! Those calla lilies are just gorgeous!! I love all of your cute garden elements...especially the chair! I think I need to check out GW with my yard in mind! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Loved your photos, your flowers are so pretty, I have pink calla lilies and enjoy them so. After seeing yours I would love to try this color. very beautiful. You have a beautiful garden.Thank you for sharing.
Sue

lilsista said...

I like the bird house on the back of that bike :0) ! Your lillies are such a pretty color! Have a great day!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Diane, I love your garden and all of the whimsical elements. I had a chair in mine, too, but it finally rotted.:-/ I accidentally put it near a sprinkler head. LOL! The plants loved it, but the wood on the chair did not. It fell apart... literally. I love the idea though and might try again. Mine was blue like yours! We blue girls have to stick together!

And I love the bike you have and the little windmill. I have sort of given up except for the basics for now, but should Mr. Magpie decide not to sell our retreat, I'm going ot have fun in that yard again! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I'd love to have a limelight hydrangea! Wonderful Outdoor Wednesday post!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Love the flowers, the bird houses are just beautiful and ofcourse I loved the little windmill. Who can have a garden and not have a windmill? Even in the desert I have my windmill, that I brought with from Oklahoma. Signed up to follow your blog. I will be back. You have a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday post. I hope you will stop by and say hi. Please sign up to follow my blog as well. Country hugs, Sherry

Justine said...

Oh wow, those lilies are beautiful! Everything is really. Those hydrangea! I LOVE the color of them. So crisp and pretty.

Justine :o )

stefanie said...

love your garden, just beautiful

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful flowers - thanks for sharing them with us.
Glenda

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful flowers - thanks for sharing them with us.
Glenda

xinex said...

Love the bike planter and I always admire your flowers and garden...Christine

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Everything looks so pretty. I need to plant more flowers in my yard!

Blondie's Journal said...

Diane,

I love your garden!! Nothing makes me happier than seeing all the great little details like birdhouses, statues and whmisical places to hold flowers!!

I didn't know there was such a thing as miniature calla lilys. Normally they are huge, right?? These are very pretty!!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Brenda said...

I just love yard adornments! Shows personality!
Brenda

Sandra said...

Beautiful pictures. I have got to buy a bike like that for my garden. So pretty.
blessings,
Sandra

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Diane, these are beautiful flowers, and I love the bike planter! Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine, and those blooms are gorgeous. laurie

RobinfromCA said...

Gorgeous flowers, Diane! Love the calas and the usage of the old school chair!

Robin

santamaker said...

That lilly is magnificent! Wow! Just love all of the fun little accents in your yard.

Mary said...

What wonderful photos. The color of your lily is just spectacular. I also loved the photo of the hydrangea.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Diane...girl I love that Bike planter...and that child school chair of course caught my eye..Hows the farming coming...we never see Picket since she got her barn ha ha!! I think she's hiding in it...May you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Diane, love your flowers and the yard bike is fabulous!!

Barb

Foley said...

The callas are beautiful - they are a fav of mine! You're the first one I've seen that has a limelight - absolutely gorgeous!!

The bicycle is always a joy to look at...

kiakai / Kelly said...

Hi there. I was over at Christines deep sea fishing post and saw your name. I thought; another animal lover! My daughter-in-law used to work at an kennel called Four Paws...and my son lives in the SF bay area... I just started a 2nd blog, this one for animals. Such a coincidence. I had to come over to see your blog. Now I see you love plants and gardening too! I'll have to come back and really check out all of your posts. All of your furry "babies" are adorable! And I love the hydrangea. One of my favorite flowers.
Kelly

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Diane,
Everything looks so pretty! The yellow cala lillies are gorgeous. The little blue chair is adorable displayed like that in the garden.

Thanks for your kind visit today! You have always been so supportive of my blog and all my posts and I appreciate it very much.

I believe our home is 2559 square feet. It was listed as 2495 when we picked our floorplan to build but I think we got a little extra somwhere out of it. LOL! More than enough room for just the two of us and our assorted animals. :)

Have a wonderful weekend.
~Melissa :)

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful photos of your lovely flowers. The hydrangea is just gorgeous, as are the lillies. You have a beautiful yard and garden, thanks for sharing. Kathy

ann said...

your flowers are lovely.i have a few thungs left.most are dying for the heat.i had some basil out and one disentigrated.i brought the rest inside.
i can't water anymore and its hard asking my family to do it.they are doing EVERYTHING else so........next yr,hmmmmmm...keep it up ms green thumbs,ha...ann

squawmama said...

Hey Diane those are such great pictures... the colors and the fun stuff you have in your yard is just fantastic. Have a super weekend

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Tootsie said...

great gardens girl!!! as for my sister...you left her with a huge smile for saying she rocks!!! lol
I think the kitten was really payback for the 10 000 pieces of lego I sent to her house last month!!
That baby is going to be seriously spoiled here...and if he needs a sleepover..."Auntie Terry" will gladly step up!

Michelle said...

Hi Diane!

Awesome pictures of your daughter-in-law...just great pictures! I love action shots like that. She looks really good! I just love your flowers. That Calla lily is so beautiful and of course, I'm in love with the hydrangeas. I need more flowers around. Hmmm...maybe I'll need to go buy some this weekend. :)

Lots of hugs!

Michelle

Cindy said...

Beautiful flowers and I love the bike. Also, I apologize..I just checked my "first" blog and found your comment. My "real" blog is located at:www.ahairlessdogarabbitandsavannahmoss.typepad.com

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Diane, your yard art is wonderful. I love that you rescued the childs chair. Can't go wrong with a few birdhouses here and there.. Hope all is well your way.hugs ~lynne~

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Diane...girl I am so upset with this man I could shoot him...We have been so hot here and I have been fighting these ants for 3 weeks now...And then he does something so dumb like this...for something he's not suppose to even eat...I kid you not when he has these sugar attcks I am up for at least 7 hours getting them under control...so this was just dumb to see he tried to eat those donuts...Can I kill him and get away with it??? May you have a greaat day Farmer Pepper ha ha! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Tootsie said...

all the photos are wonderful!! good enough to flaunt on FF!!! hint hint!!! lol
I am adoring that watermelon bird house!

Donna Marie said...

Hi there.... What stunning shots!!!!!

xoxoxoxox
Donna marie

The White Bench said...

Hi Diane! loeve your birdhouses, and that blue chair covered in flowers... fabulous!
Have a grand rest of the week, and thank you for your sweet comment about my bear!
Monica.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Diane, I'm glad you liked the "thrown" together ironstone table setting..lol.. I still haven't done anything with my farm on facebook.. girl I've been meeting myself coming and going and honestly forget I'm on there..lol.. maybe this w/k I'll get serious and get on there...don't you girls give up on me..
hugs ~lynne~

dana said...

Your flowers and garden decor look great--love the little child's chair!!

Thank you so much for your kind words of support for our gr. son. It was a rough week for him and his family, but he seems to be doing OK at home. Your comments meant a whole lot to me. Dana

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I have got to send you a picture of our little abby, she looks so much like your chief. Thanks for stopping by.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Diane, thanks for your visits and nice comments on my yard!! I've been missing you guys! Your cala lilies are gorgeous!! I don't think I've ever seen them in that color. love the bike too, really cute!! Have a great weekend! Kristen

~Kristen~ said...

I just found my way here from Kristen's Creations blog! Any blog called Four Paws & Co is one I have to follow!!! I have a furbaby named Baileym too! You can come meet him at my blog! :-)

Your flowers are beautiful! I am off to check out more of your blog!

Tootsie said...

not a clue what to do with the nest...but something will come of it...it is the first one for me!
again...I love your garden post!

Lavender Chick said...

Love those calla lillies! Well, I love everything, but I didn't realize there were miniature calla lillies! Thanks for letting me know.

Corporate Housing said...

Hi..

I'm beside with my mom right now.. and she likes that calla lily so much!

thanks for the photo :-)

prof en retraite said...

Hi Diane! Just checking on you! Have you planted those calla lilies? I have been looking at some for my yard...so pretty...but I think I have too much sun. Keep us posted on where you plant them and how they do!! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Picket said...

Hey girl! Beautiful outdoor pics and I love the hydrangea and the bike planter...and of course the windmill!!!!! I sure do enjoy being your farm neighbor girl lol...hope you are having a great week!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just blog hopping tonight and found yours. I have enjoyed reading it.. I love seeing all the different blog designs. Have a great week.
http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

Tootsie said...

hey girl. I am here to confess my dresser secrets!
I never sanded anything. It had already been painted (and more than likely not sanded in the first) and painted with latex paint.
I have in the past just primed my piece...painted it cream, and then rubbed a stain right over the paint. That is what I did on the dresser..what ever looks like wood grain on there is where there were a few colors of paint showing thru.
She had done several layers of different "washes" on it to achieve the color and look she wanted. It is a very easy process.
Hope that helps!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Diane! I thought I saw your name on Sally's for Blue Monday and was wondering if this is your Blue Monday post because it didn't have the little logo? But I see blue in it which I love: the birdhouse roof, windmill, and chair. Very cute!

Happy Blue Monday on Tuesday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

prof en retraite said...

Hi Diane! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes for Baby Kitty! He sends his regards to the crew at your house! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Cole said...

That first calla lilly picture is just GORGEOUS!

Tootsie said...

nope not one tour goes thru my gardens...no one even knows it is there! You guys are the only ones I have ever shown other than friends and family!
thanks for the sweet comments all the time. I smile when I see your name!

Tootsie said...

nope not one tour goes thru my gardens...no one even knows it is there! You guys are the only ones I have ever shown other than friends and family!
thanks for the sweet comments all the time. I smile when I see your name!

ann said...

hi,just dropping in to say hello.hey,if that bike comes up missing,i'm the one who got it.that is precious.your entire yard is so cute and totally personal.i love it..ann

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey Farmer Di, thanks for coming by and seeing me and your so right I will be so happy to see all those sweet babies...May you have a great week my friend...will talk to you when I get home...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

dana said...

It was so great to see your comment this morning. Thank you for your continued concerns about our little gr.boy :)

I hope you're enjoying your little bloggy break---this summer weather and all of the outdoor activities make bloggy difficult, don't they?

Have a wonderful weekend. Dana

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning Diane, thanks for swinging by today... I always love when you come for a visit... hope all is well your way..
hugs ~lynne~

Jill said...

Hey you..
behind in blogging just like me..
We need to lay off Facebook for a while. lol

Linda said...

Diane, I love all your outdoor art - sooooo charming - especially the Frenchy bike! Linda

King of New York Hacks said...

Great shots of tranquility !

Tootsie said...

was wondering where you were!!! I thank you for stopping by. I always love to see your name in my comments!

Tootsie said...

was wondering where you were!!! I thank you for stopping by. I always love to see your name in my comments!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning my friend, just a short note to say hello before heading out the door.. thanks for stopping by for a visit.. I hope all is well your way..hugs ~lynne~

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Diane...love your limelight hydrangeas...what a great name for them. The bike is adorable! Love your Outdoor Wed. post! :-)

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you for visiting Diane!

I've been missing your new posts my friend. :)

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Diane,

What a lovely backyard you have. I love the little child's blue chair - just adorable. You have some very special treasurers in your yard.
Have a lovely week.
Blessings,
Erin

once in a blue moon... said...

wow loads of fun things! i am so drawn to the birdhouse too...

SmilingSally said...

You have the nicest garden. I adore that bike planter.

nikkicrumpet said...

Your yard looks beautiful. I think those Calla Lilies are soooo pretty. I'd love to try to grow one. And I adore that bike planter!

dana said...

Come back, come back---where ever you are........ I know, you're loving that FB!! :) I MISS your posts!! Thanks for the visit! Dana

Suchismita said...

Lovely pictures. the doggie title brought me here...

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hello my friend, How are you doing? Thanks for swinging by to see my little lime plant..it has been alot of fun to watch it grow.Things are a bit hectic around here.. Bailey is here for the week and he keeps me going along with everything else.. lol. Wouldn't have it any other way.. I hope things are great with you..
hugs ~lynne~

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Diane, thanks for your sweet comments on my aunts beautiful decorating. I'm hoping she'll let me show you her house! It's something else! Glad you got some ideas. Have a great week! Kristen

dana said...

It was good to have you visit today. Do you think you will have time to blog when "harvest time" is over? Actually, I'm glad you're enjoying your FB......that's what it's all about!! Dana

santamaker said...

Hey Diane! Just dropping by to say "hello". Hope you and all the critters are doing good.

Mrs. B. Silly said...

You swing the cutlass, I'll prod her down the plank!

Tootsie said...

still loving that chair!!!
have a good week friend. I am still trying to get caught up...and now I am packing to go camping!!! see you Friday!

Nora Johnson said...

Saw yr lovely blog on Michelle's & just had to pop over & say hi!

What lovely pics! Especially love the hydrangeas & bicycle planter - so stylish & unique!

Hope you're having a great week too!

xxLOL Lola & Nora:)
PS we both love dogs & crime thrillers too! Anyone who loves Cornwell & Reichs gets our vote!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

HI girlie, I hope you're doing ok your way.. Thanks for swinging in to see the tablescape. Yes, I still sell the placemats in the shop. Things have been a bit on the slow side with school starting but it will be picking up soon...
hugs ~lynne~

Tootsie said...

post for us!!! I miss you!!!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

They are all so beautiful!! Wish mine looked so pretty, but they're a little dried up .. some see us in the fall!
Cheers, Andrea

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What beautiful flowers and garden! I love the bicycle planter...

The wood floor that flooded in our house WAS the hardwood floor. The laminate is in the bedrooms and they are what is being replaced...
Hugs,
Penny

♥Mimi♥ said...

Thanks for the support about the comments I made on my blog today. I wasn't sure if I'd be getting hate mail or not☺ I guess I am just sick and tired of watching and hearing adults act worse than little kids on a playground!

Tootsie said...

thanks for the visit today. I found a chair a while ago...like yours...and I am desperate to find a spot in my garden to put it....I just can't find anywhere that looks good yet!

Tootsie said...

okay...you really need to post something!!! I am starting to look like a stalker here with all my comments!!! plus...I miss reading you!!!
what ya been up to????
I think you need to post soon...OR come visit me? those are your choice...lol
man I am bossy aren't I? oops! that's the mommy in me coming out in my fingertips! lol

Atelier de Charo said...

Beautiful flowers, I love that bike planter.

Tootsie said...

well at least you are visiting...blogs....now we just have to put you on a plane...and send you here!!! I promise not to cook...honest! lol (you don't have to be scared now...lol)

Carol said...

Those lilies are gorgeous! I've never tried those. Your garden looks enchanting!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Diane, that calla lilly photo is stunning! Everything looks so pretty! I always love seeing what you've done to that pretty bike. It looks great. laurie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Diane, how are you my friend? thanks so much for swinging by to see the cloches. I hope this finds you and yours doing ok. Have a super w/k.hugs ~lynne~

Tootsie said...

thanks for the visit today...I hope you are posting again soon!

Tootsie said...

your comment about the "butcher" made me giggle today! thanks girl!

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Hello, thought I'd shock you and visit you in blogland!
Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Did Steve get home safe and sound?

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Thanks for your kind words. I do not plan to change anything about my blog. As for your question... "Katherinees"

ann said...

hello buddy,how are you?thank you for all the sweet cards and prayers.i love the concept of more than one card.what a sweet person you are to think of it.i am so lucky to have a friend such as you.and i do so appreciate you.love ya...anniepoo

Kat said...

Diane! Your garden is enchanting.

ann said...

i just caught a big hug.thank you.where are you?taking a break too?....anniepoo

Gayle said...

Wow, that is one gorgeous Calla Lily.
Very pretty pictures.
:0)
Gayle

Gayle said...

Hi Diane,
What a sweetheart you are to leave such a nice comment on my blog!
:0)
And, you read so many of my posts, you must be bored to tears by now..lol
All your babies are so cute, their faces are just precious. I'm especially fond of cockers, as you know by now, and your sweet Murphy reminds me of a black cocker we had named Marley.
(You know, it's never to late to pursue that career with animals.
It ain't over till it's over!!)
:0)
It's very nice to meet you and I appreciate you taking the time to stop over and say hi. Have a wonderful day!
Gayle

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Just stopping by to say HI! Hope you are ok...haven't had a chance to catch up lately. Miss ya!
Susan

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Thanks for your visit today Diane...love that bicycle planter.

I see you are about as motivated as I am to keep posting on your blog. Maybe we will get inspired again! LOL

Have a great day,
Diane

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning my friend, thanks for swinging in and saying hello... I've missed getting around...you put a smile on my face when you said to add some caramel to my popcorn..lol.. doesn't matter what I eat right now..just can't keep it on.. nerves does strange things to people.. I hope all is well your way... hugs ~lynne~

Tootsie said...

okay..when the comments on here are over 100....that should be a hint to post for us!!!! missing you a little

Tootsie said...

this weekend is thanksgiving...Monday is the holiday...but you just eat what ever day ...when we can all get together!
I think we are supposed to be at my MIL's house on Sunday....not sure if we are all well enough to go...hubby's Nana is going to be there and she is 90 years old...so if anyone is under the weather or has virus ...we stay away...to protect her!

Barb said...

too cute bike!!
I'm enjoying my tour through your site, and have signed up to follow so i can keep up.
barbara jean

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