Garden Photos May 31st – June 7th

This time of year I cannot get enough of the lovely Peony. This one was calling my name!

It has been another exciting week in the gardens! We planted hundreds of annuals this week around town and I must say, they light up the landscape. Here are a few things that caught my eye and I wanted to share with you. Please enjoy!

This White Dragon Fly Begonia is so delicate. Perfect for shade gardens.

This White Dragon Fly Begonia is so delicate. Perfect for shade gardens.

I am in love with Drift Roses. 'Sweet' is my favorite!

I am in love with Drift Roses. ‘Sweet’ is my favorite!

I love the huge lime colored leaves of Sum and Substance Hosta.

I love the huge lime colored leaves of Sum and Substance Hosta.

Black Lace Elderberry is a gorgeous large shrub. The 10" pink blooms are fabulous and the dark lacy leaf is enticing!

Black Lace Elderberry is a gorgeous large shrub. The 10″ pink blooms are fabulous and the dark lacy leaf is enticing!

The soft white cascading Begonia resembles clouds. Love this as a hanging basket in a shady area!

The soft white cascading Begonia resembles clouds. Love this as a hanging basket in a shady area!

I am always excited to see a Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar in the garden. Something beautiful in the making!

I am always excited to see a Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar in the garden. Something beautiful in the making!

This time of year I cannot get enough of the lovely Peony. This one was calling my name!

This time of year I cannot get enough of the lovely Peony. This one was calling my name!

 

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Garden Photos May 24th – 30th

toad in the garden

It has been a very busy week in the gardens! Spring has sprung in Michigan and everyone is anxious to dig in. Due to warmer temperatures and lots of rain, plants are growing like weeds and weeds are growing like crazy.

I am excited to share pictures from my recent trip to P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm for the Garden Bloggers Reunion (exciting times!) and others from gardens I tended recently. I hope you enjoy this week’s garden photos!

Elephant Ears Hosta

Elephant Ears Hosta

Giant Allium

Giant Allium

dwarf fothergilla

Dwarf Fothergilla

Fairy Rose

Fairy Rose

ajuga

Ajuga

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

toad in the garden

Garden Friend

Two and a Hoe

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My #ARStory Road Trip through Arkansas

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After an exhilarating two day Garden Bloggers Reunion at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm, Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily and I had the unique opportunity to partake in a road trip through North Central Arkansas, courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism #ARStory Road Trip promotion.

The entire adventure was a blast from start to finish! And, I had the best travel partner ever. If there were chickens, ducks, gardens, food, cows, horses, etc., we stopped to take it all in. Although we lacked a bit in navigating skills, our spontaneity and pure love for the outdoors made getting lost fun!

I hope you enjoy my photos and get a feel for the beautiful, charming State of Arkansas. Perhaps you will visit Arkansas, too!

ARstory Roadtrip

Let the fun begin!

Marshall Scenic Overlook

The start of an awesome road trip with Lisa Steele. We are probably calling for directions already!

Beautiful Horse

Lisa and I love animals so we stopped often for photo shoots!

Red Barn

We spotted this sweet little red barn along the way.

Ferguson's

Stopped at Ferguson’s Country Store & Restaurant for lunch and look who we ran into.

Gaston's White River Resort

Our first stop, Gaston’s.

Gaston's White River Resort Chief Greeting Officer Blue

We were warmly greeted by Blue, the Chief Welcoming Officer! Blue loves belly rubs.

Coop

Lisa fell in love with this coop. She wanted to get inside with the birds!

White Peacock

I am still in awe over this fabulous white Peacock. Oh my!

Big Turkey

Mr. Tom Turkey enjoyed walking the nature trails with us.

White River Boat Ride

Captain Red took us on a lovely boat ride down the White River.

Dusk in Arkansas

The White River is beautiful at dusk.

White River Cottage

Who wouldn’t fall in love with a pink bungalow. I did!

The Heirloom Seed Shop in Norfolk, Arkansas

Sweet little heirloom seed shop along the road.

Calico Creek Mall Arkansas

Lisa and I did a bit of shopping, eating, and exploring at Calico Creek Mall. Charming!

The Printing Press Cafe & Ice Cream Parlor

We had a wonderful lunch at The Printing Press Cafe & Ice Cream Parlor. The decor was shabby chic and the food was delicious.

Jan Bills & Lisa Steele

Of course we had to jump on the big rocking chair for one of many photo shoots.

Roadside North Central Arkansas

The road sides of Arkansas are picturesque!

Garden Center

This little garden center was so cute.

Squash

Yummy homegrown fruits and vegetables along the roadside.

Pinewood Cabins in Mountain View

Our final resting spot, Gone with the Wind, was at Pinewood Cabins in Mountain View. The inside is as delightful and cozy as the big welcoming front porch.

Lisa and I are so grateful for this one-of-a-kind travel experience. We’d like to thank Mimi and the entire P. Allen Smith Team for selecting us and a special thank you to Elizabeth from CJRW and the Arkansas Visitor’s Bureau. The entire journey filled our hearts with so much fun and joy, we want to do it all over again!

P.S. Thanks Garden Girl USA for supply me with my favorite work-wear for women!

 

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