Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mosquito magnet!

That's right... I'm a mosquito magnet. When I walk out the door, the mosquitoes think the dinner bell rang. I wanted to take lots of pictures of my garden, but I couldn't take the little creatures swarming around me!

Yesterday, Pat, Brenda, and I went on a garden walk in Crete, a beautiful little town about 15 minutes north of us. We attended a vendor fair, had a scrumptious lunch, and saw six beautiful gardens.

My sister Janet has had her garden as part of a garden walk before. Some day I'll post some pictures of her yard. Dave creates beautiful gardens, but he has to wait until his busy season is over before he can tend to our gardens. This year has been very busy for him, so gardening has taken a back seat. He has started decorating our porch. He planted two beautiful pots for me this spring. This one is in front of my sewing room. The other one is by the front door.

Our friend Connie was one of the vendors. She does amazing things with glass. I'm not sure if this little piece will stay here, but it's too pretty to just sit around waiting for a home!

The colors of this rose bush just don't show up on the camera. It's an orange and red climber called Joseph's Coat. I had to have it, because Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is my favorite musical! I first saw it in Dublin, Ireland, the summer of 1974 when I was part of a summer study program at Trinity College. I've also seen it performed in Chicago starring Donnie Osmond, at the Kankakee Valley Theater, and at Governors State University starring Patrick Cassidy. I have three versions of the CD, and the movie. My daughters and I can sing the whole score... well, Carol and Joanne can... I mess up on the words a lot!

I also found this pretty little finial. I asked Dave to put it near my tatting fern as a marker. No, I'm not so lazy or so weak that I can't place a finial in the garden... it's those blasted mosquitoes! As you can see, Dave has just started working on this bed.

I love this copper-colored twirly thing... I don't know what you call them, but I can become mesmerized by things twirling in the breeze! I'll have to find a new home for this if I want it to twirl... it's too high to catch the breeze.


  1. Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures! I'm sure your garden will be beautiful when Dave has time to finish with it. The pot he fixed for you is very pretty. I guess you can be the mosquito magnet up there since I am the one down here!

  2. Your garden is lovely. Lucky you to have a tatting fern. I have been wanting one for sometime, but I have to order away for it...not sure how plants do in the mail. I know bulbs do okay, but a fern is no bulb. 'Round here in these here parts folks call dem twirly things

  3. Beautiful garden photos! Mosquitoes are something I don't miss from the South. They love me too!

    Donny Osmond is dreamy....(well he WAS dreamy when I was 13) :)

  4. This looks so peaceful and inviting. I hope you find a way to get rid of the skeeters.

  5. Oh Diane, so sad to hear those mosquitoes like you way too much, :-)
    The garden looks pretty so far, it is always nice to have some pretty plants and flowers to look at.


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