Sunday On The Patio


The golden pennies are still doing great planted in the wood. I wish I had more pieces of driftwood with deep crevices to plant in.


How many times do you think you've seen this colorful sun covered with some variety of vines in all the places I've lived?



The ornamental grasses are all doing their end of season thing. I think they're beautiful.



First thing in the morning when we go out, the dogs are still sleepy and slow to get moving.




The trees in the early morning light have their own form of beauty. I love to see the sun shining through.



The purple potato vine has this sleek shiny look to the new leaves. Such a pretty shape and color.



A white hosta bloom. 


A rose, almost past its prime, still has pale pink petals that are soft as silk.


My favorite thing I tried this year are the galvanized bucket gardens. I love how one blends into another. I will be doing this again.

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  1. Next time I go to tractor supply , I need to pick up a few of those... oh yea- do they leak? I know being outside you probably
    poked some holes in the bottom for drainage..so I guess I'm asking if they held water and wouldnt leak like on a hardwood floor when they were in their original condition..

    btw- I posted this morning.... must have been feeling a lil brave:)
    Sonny

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    1. I took a big nail and pounded holes in the bottom of the tubs for drainage. Yes, they hold water well.

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  2. Brenda it all looks so beautiful! I definitely want to plant some golden pennies next year...I love the way it looks planted in the driftwood!

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    1. And you can pinch a strand off. If it's been anywhere near the soil, it will have tiny little roots and you can plant that somewhere else.

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  3. love the green plants and galvanized pots. You really have a green thumb.

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    1. I've been honing that thumb for many years!

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  4. Your plants and garden look lovely!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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    1. It gives me true joy to look out there. I looked before noon and in the shade it was over 100. So today all I'll be doing is looking and watering!

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  5. Just beautiful Brenda!! Lovely as always. You have just done an awesome job with your porch that only YOU could have done!! I hear we have a cool down coming around the first of the week. Take care!

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    1. Well, then I can't wait! Tired of over 100 every day.

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  6. Love the golden pennies! They look like Creeping Jenny. Is that another name for them?

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    1. Yes,that's what they are. I may have called them the wrong thing. Or maybe they're called by both names.

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  7. I have been searching for a nice driftwood log since you first showed us yours with the golden pennies..no luck yet..maybe next spring..I was hoping you would take your colorful Mr Sun with you when you moved..he is just my style..it has been feeling so much like Autumn here lately..I am just not ready to go through cold and snow again..but no way to avoid it I guess..unless I win the lottery that is..lol

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  8. Such a pretty post,

    I have been taking care of my sister who just had surgery, so behind in posting and reading. Hope to catch up.

    Hugs.

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    1. Don't feel bad. We are all there from time to time.

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  9. Beautiful! I love the idea of planting things in the galvanized buckets and tubs. I like containers to match mostly and that would be pretty easy to do.

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    1. I found mine at strange places. A neighbor gave me the oldest looking tub. I found one at an antique mall, (the oval one with ornamental grasses off to the side) one at a grocery store, and I forget where I got the other.

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  10. i really love the golden pennies and how you planted them in wood - i never thought to do that! so lovely.

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  11. Brenda, All your plants on the patio are so nice. I too love the plant in the log. I remember your sun from the blue house. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  12. I have got to get me some golden pennies. I don't have a green thumb, but I'd give them a try anyway. I actually think about your pictures of them sometimes. I love them that much. And I'm putting those galvanized tubs on my to-do list for next year. I may not be able to make anything grow in them, but I'm inspired by your pictures to try. Have a great day!

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  13. Your plants look so fresh and alive even with the heat you're having.. I guess you're out there with your purple hose giving them a drink when they need it.
    I love the purple potato vine.. The leaves are unusual.. The delicate pink of your rose is so pretty.. And, Mr. Sun needs to be with you and peeking from behind a vine or two.. That's his job. Wherever you go he needs to be with you, smiling.
    It's nice here today.. I wish I could send some of the coolness your way..
    Thanks for sharing your garden and your babies.
    Charlotte

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  14. Everything looks so pretty and peaceful. Love the hosta and rose in bloom, and the dog pics! :)

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  15. Love that idea for growing the golden pennies in the hollowed out log. Looks great. I have some growing in the ground that started from a container that sat there many years ago. Once it touched the ground, it seemed to spread. It's pretty enough that I have left it there to do it's thing. I'll have to be on the lookout for an old log.
    You create pretty gardens in each of your homes, Brenda, and I enjoy the opportunity to stroll through each of them via your blog.

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  16. I also love the plants in the galvanized tubs! I may have to try that!

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  17. I like the look of those galvanized containers too. Your nature pictures are always so pretty!

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  18. I have an old rock that is porous with a scooped out area, I think I'm going to get some golden pennies like yours, love the look. Your plants are an inspiration.

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  19. You have turned a slab of concrete into an oasis! I just love seeing all the plants you have tucked away.
    How do you think you'll maintain this over the winter? Plastic? If you have pvc...and plastic sheets and some hardware clamps you could construct a little bit of a green house. To keep some of your plants going. They won't all require a green house. The Iris and canna lilies and daffodils will be fine under the earth and return.
    I'm sure you'll figure it all out-- and show us how you "over winter" your plants in the near future. This being your first year in your new home.
    Love seeing Mr. Sun...all these years.

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  20. Old Mr. Sun looks a bit shy today! The rose looks so lovely with the droplets on the leaves. I hope you have a very pleasant time in the garden today.

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  21. Everything looks so lush and green in your garden, Brenda! I hope we still have another month of gardening to enjoy!

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  22. People mention hosta and I am yet to see one. I need to ask next time I am at the nursery.

    Your garden looks lovely.

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  23. Will your plants winter well outside or will you take some of them in when frost comes knocking at the door?

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  24. Brenda I love the way your plants are. I tried planting Lavender in a bucket but it didn't do well. Next year I will try something else. I am trying really hard this year to plant more and have it do well. Now I am writing down the name of the plants I want for next year. Thanks for the help.

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  25. I've been meaning to get some galvanized buckets for years, but every time I see one it's about $75. I know cheaper ones are out there somewhere!

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    1. Look at places like Tractor or Farm stores. They are quite inexpensive at those places. When you buy them new they are also pretty shiny, but I'm sure there is a way to accelerate the "aging" process. But just having them outside for a season does a fine job, also!!

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  26. I have some old galvanised buckets - much smaller than yours - and they make great planters don't they! xx

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  27. Beautiful! My plants are in need of attention right now. My potted plants are looking spindly but my brick planters are full and beautiful. I really need to post some pictures of them, especially since we will be moving soon. Life has been rather busy with sorting, purging and painting. Moving from small to smaller will definitely have some challenges!

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  28. I think you could grow a garden anywhere. I especially love the golden pennies. I have never seen them around here.

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  29. Your patio is so beautiful with such a variety of color. The plants and your green thumbs do well together. I love galvanized buckets too and have done a few this year. They look good when they are brand new and they look good when they've aged. They just look good! Enjoyed your pretty pictures this morning.

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  30. I love your upclose photos of your plants, their blooms and the pupsters. Sometimes we don't look closely at all that Mother Nature has created.

    Btw, at Canton First Monday Trades Days, vendors are selling driftwood at high $$. Wish I could go get a truckload somewhere. . . I would be rich!

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  31. I have to look for some galvanized buckets...I like that look, too. We've been to very few flea markets and such this summer, it may be sort of late.

    I am usually the tired one when we (the dogs and I) go out in the morning. I've always envied how they wake up so alert and ready for action. Just wondering...how old are Charlie and Abi?

    Jane xx

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