I’ve been wanting to post again, and I even posted about the Cabin Blitz, but I kept it private because I knew that Emily would want to post about it. I will say that it was an amazing week, and Emily’s surprise was worth every bit of work! While I only fed the work crew and kept the house in some semblance of order, the workers all said it was indeed worth the work to see the blessing it brought her. With Bill working sometimes 70+ hours at his real job, and Bub working all hours, it’s really been tough to get that kind of work done on the cabin. So with some creative working hours, and one sick day (he was legitimately sick with a stomach bug, but worked on the cabin anyway) the Cabin Blitz was on! Most folks that read my blog also read Emily’s, so I will go on to something new.
About three years ago, Bill and Nathanael built me a patio – I like to call it my veranda. Bill was given some patio stones, and we had lots of old brick, so they laid out a place for me to have a sort of Retreat. My pictures don’t do it justice, so I didn’t even put them on here. Normal folks would wonder how in the world I could think it is beautiful with all the stuff from all of Bill’s “collections” in the background, but I love it! Nathanael built a kind of brick retaining wall around the patio and also put in my rose bed.
I got several of my roses from the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham. They have mostly roses that do well in our area, and don’t require extra help – which is a good thing since I definitely don’t have a very green thumb! I bought my first rose when Nathanael and Emily were courting. It was named “the Emily Rose”, and I just had to have it! Another good rose I have is a “found rose” and is named the “Katy Road Rose” because it was found in Katy, Texas. I wanted that one because Katy is where my hubby spends more than half his time at work! Gen gave me some of her roses, which are also found roses, but I don’t remember the name of these.
The Emily, Katy Road, and Gen’s roses are all pink roses. This year I wanted a yellow rose so badly, so I bought 2 from the Antique Rose Emporium. I lost one of them to puppy teeth (before we put an electric fence around my rose bed!) so I replaced it with a rose from Walmart. Neither of these have bloomed at all. Makes me sad!
I also have other plants around my veranda. Gen has helped me pick out things that could best survive a plant murderer: I have Bouncing Bette, which I call Bouncing Betty after a M*A*S*H quote. It is a vintage perennial, and has lovely pale pink blossoms. It tries to take over everything so I have to keep cutting it back. In the bed with the Bouncing Bette is Angel Trumpet and Amaryllis. I put Memaw’s bird bath beside this flower bed, and have seen cardinals and blue jays bathing in it.
On the other side of the bird bath I have a ground cover I got from my Mama’s house that has beautiful green foliage and yellow daisy-like flowers. This one just grows along the outside of the wall and flows over the wall into the patio area. I also have some cannas that I moved from behind the house – they also want to take over! But they sure bloom abundantly, and Dannye really likes the cannas.
Below the bird bath is a rather small triangle bed with a Knockout Rose in it. I’m hoping it will really take off and bloom up a storm. It has had a couple of blooms already, and they were so pretty.
Bill brought home an old park bench that used to be decorative but the wood is rather rotten now. I put some potted plants on the seat to prevent anyone from sitting on it. I have 2 colors of mum I got last Fall, and they have bloomed all spring/summer! Then I potted a few different plants in the middle pot, and put dianthus in the window planter on the edge of the bench. I don’t intend to leave it there, but can’t decide where I want it.
I also planted some flowers in my teacup planters, and found a wrought iron plant stand at Walmart for $4.99! It has a mosaic tabletop, and is really nice. And I love my teacups! They are so cute, and the plants are doing really well.
Last year Bill built a really nice arbor that I’ve been able to hang lights and grow very lush potato vines on.
Just outside of the rose bed is a gorgeous Rose of Sharon (Althea) that Bill’s Mom already had growing there. It has really bloomed this year, and the humming birds and bumble bees love it!
I really wish the photos showed how nice the whole thing is – but perhaps it is only nice through my eyes. In this case, though, my opinion is the one that counts since my guys built it for me! Right now, I’m also just about the only one who enjoys it because it is so hot outside!
I do have more plans/dreams for my patio space. This picture is NOT of our patio (ours is not up against our house, but in the center of one of our circle drives), but is one that shows an idea I’d like to try with lighting for the evenings on the veranda.
In the Spring and Fall I really enjoy sitting at the patio any time of day or night. We even have a fire pit of sorts that we use in the evenings when it’s cool. During this time of year, though, it is terribly hot by the time I get home from work; but sometimes I go out there anyway. It takes me awhile to get too hot, so I can enjoy it for a bit. Before I began working my morning job, I loved going out there early with my Bible. I really miss that quiet time of day, but there’s just not time before I go to work now. I just get my garden fix in the evenings!
Emily and I have also been blessed with our vegetable garden. We had to move it this year because of the cabin project, so we put it just across the driveway. I don’t know if it is the weather this year, or the fact that we planted the garden on top of an old brush burn pile, but our garden is doing GREAT! We don’t even try to have a large garden – just 8 tomato plants, 4 bell pepper plants, and some cucumbers.
These are cherry tomatoes – I bought them just for Emily. If she goes out to pick them, they never make it back up to the house!
These are our big tomatoes – aren’t’ they gorgeous!!! We can hardly believe it – I’ve lived here 18 years and have never been able to grow tomatoes before! In the words of Dannye’s little charge, Ruge – “Yes, they are so tasty!”
I am so grateful to the Lord for both of my gardens. One nourishes my body, while the other nourishes my soul! God truly cares about His children!
God bless your day!!