Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday Garden Update

We have had glorious weather here in Massachusetts for the past few days and it is expected to continue through the weekend.   It's been a couple of weeks since I updated the garden photos - here's what's new...

Stella D'oro day lilies - these are low in height and have a lovely yellow color.

Foxglove - these always make me think of a fairy story.

The snowball bushes are starting to get their flowers.  They are actually a type of vibernum.

They start out in this sort of acid green color and then the white blossoms appear.

Daisies - some in places we expected them and others that pop up randomly!

The clematis is doing exceptionally well this year.  This plant was a birthday gift from my friends a few years ago and has become very well established in the side garden.

The color and the shape of the flowers are favorites of mine - I guess I am more partial to purple than I realized.

I think it is interesting that the number of petals can vary - some flowers have four, some have five...

...and some have six.

We will be joining with some of our neighbors Saturday morning to work on refurbishing our "mailbox house."  The structure covers the rather utilitarian boxes so they fit in better with the neighborhood.  It needs some boards replaced, scraping and painting.  I am also doing a little project to add a finishing touch - photos to come.  There are some plantings that need trimming and weeding and mulch to be spread as well.  It looks like a good day to work - not too hot and not humid.

Several people have sent me questions about the free Father's Day cards in the Cricut Craftroom.  I am not sure what will happen after the "free" period expires.  I saved each card as a file and exported it to my desktop.  I believe that I should be able to upload it to cut even after the "free" time ends.  I didn't see any information on the Cricut site clarifying this.

I did not have any luck exporting the cards as .gypsy files - when I open the file, they show the name on the tab but there is no image.  If you were able to successfully save the cards as .gypsy files, please leave a comment and share how you did it (it would be helpful to state your computer and software versions too).

Thanks for the good wishes for my Dad - we will see how he is doing today.  I am hoping that it isn't serious but at 87 almost anything, even a mild cold, can turn serious.

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  1. I so enjoy looking at all your lovely flower pictures and must say; that clematis is Gorgeous.
    Once again, thank you for sharing your photos. Very, very hot here in Texas, so as of right now I really don't have much in bloom at the moment.roses and that is just about it.
    Have a great and enjoyable weekend


  2. Your flowers are beautiful!! I have the same foxgloves, although here in Illinois some of what's starting to bloom for you is almost done here, getting hot already!
    I tried to find that card in the cricut craftroom and the one I wanted that was listed as free was not there. I am a bit disappointed. So if there's a special way to find it, can someone let me know?
    I do enjoy reading your posts each and every day!!!

  3. Hi Diane, I hope your Dad gets better and gets to go home. I love your flower pics. I also have a purple clematis however mine only has a few flowers on it. Can you give us some tips on how to make it grow like yours. You have such a beautiful garden, I think that if I would like close to you, you guys would wake up in the morning and look in your yard only to see a stranger enjoying a good hot cup of coffee amidst your gardens. :o)
    Have a beautiful day and I can't wait to see what you will be doing to the mail boxes.

  4. I am praying for the best when it comes to your Dad's health. I know how frustrating it can be - I have the same issues with my mom!

    Your garden is looking lovely and I've missed commenting on your posts! I read them everyday, but life has been a little hectic (taking care of my mom) and haven't had a chance to comment!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    P.S. I, too, had questions about those "free" cuts! thanks for bringing up the issue!

    rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

  5. I am living my garden life vicariously through you. I had a beautiful garden in my other house but for some reason have been unable to grow much where I am now.

    I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. I know it must be frustrating to be so far away. I'm dealing with aging parents, too, (96 and 93) and I know how difficult it can be.


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