Monday, July 24, 2017

The Lavender Cottage

Let's walk out the front door and look at the flowers my sweet hubby has planted this year.


He has felt so much better and he really loves to garden.


We don't have a place for veggies here but he stays busy caring for our flowers.


And look at this Vinca that came up 'volunteer' in the culvert that runs under our driveway. 


We have a mowing crew that cuts our grass and they've been careful not to trim it when they edge the driveway.


How many of you grow 'knock out roses'? (we have doubles and singles...most of them red!) They sure are great for the hot humid conditions here. And for anyone visiting that might be new...YES, my house really is lavender!

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.

38 comments:

Sandy said...

I did not realize your home was really lavender. My favorite children's book (4th grade teacher for many years) was a book called Love, Ruby Lavender. I think the author of that book really has some shade of purple on her own house's shutters.
The flowers look great. I keep trying to grow roses other than knockout in my neck of the woods. It is just a bit too humid for them. I really need to give up and go with the knockouts.

Karen Ann said...

We have knockouts but I they have never been truly happy here, not sure why. We've fertilized, fortified, trimmed dead canes... does'nt seem to matter.

Lovely spaces you two have created.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, so glad you hubby is feeling better. He has the green thumb with our gardens. They look so pretty, Gorgeous flowers. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Glad to hear that your husband is feeling better. Your flowers are pretty.

Maggie Ann said...

We too grow knock-out roses. Your flowers are gorgeous, what a pretty sight when you open your front door! I must confess...our flower beds are somewhat neglected this year, due to my health and ....and....fear of ticks! This is the first summer we've been warned about them and it doesn't sit well with me...haha.

Your lavender home must be so pretty, reminds me of the Lavender Blue....dilly dilly, song I've always liked.

Sarah said...

Your husband has a green thumb! The flowers are lush with color. Our knockout roses are not producing like they once did. I intend to work on them this morning, pruning back the spent blooms. They have been in the ground for at least 7 or more years. I think I may replace them this next fall. They just haven't performed as they once did.
Have a great week.

Alexa T said...

Beautiful yard and so lovely flowers to cultivate! A nice day and new week!

Susie said...

Diane, Your sweet husband can grow tomatoes and peppers in flowerpots on the patio. :) I love the flowers at your door. It's pretty there. I am so glad to read that your husband is feeling well. Blessings to you both, xoxo, Susie

It's me said...

Beautiful !!!...❤️ Enjoy summer love Ria x

ellen b. said...

That's nice that hubby is feeling better and those flowers he planted are sure to cheer anyone up, too. Have a great week.

Maggie said...

Tending a garden is balm for the soul and will surely help your dear husband to feel well. I so enjoyed my visit to Lavender Cottage today, happy Mosaic Monday.

Connie said...

Yes I do have some knock out roses, our climate is hot and dry, but with the help of irrigation they do beautifully. Your entryway looks so inviting, the flower garden is lovely :) I'm happy to hear that your hubby is feeling better and able to enjoy gardening.
Happy Summer!
Connie :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your flowers are looking wonderful. I'm so glad your husband is feeling better. We do have knock out Roses here and they grow so well but the deer like the tender bits also. We have a lot of Vinca that grows and lots of volunteers also. The deer don't eat them so they are some of our favorite plants! Hugs!

Stacey said...

Everything is so pretty at your cottage! I just love your volunteer periwinkles. It's always fun when something pops up unexpectedly. We do not have Knock Outs now unfortunately. In North Texas we have mites that are spreading a virus and killing all of the Knock Outs. It's terrible to see it happening. We had them in the past and just loved them.

Cloudia said...

Life surrounds you!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Your husband does a great job with the flowers, Diana. I have two single knockout rose bushes. They did great this spring, but are taking a break now. I love that your landscaping folks are leaving the pretty vinca in place. Have a great week. ♥

Lorrie said...

I'm so glad your husband is feeling well enough to garden. He's doing a beautiful job - please congratulate him for me! How fun to have a volunteer vinca that the gardeners watch out for.

Terri D said...

Your front entrance is so welcoming with those beautiful flowers lining the sidewalk! Wow!!

Cherdecor said...

That is such great news about "Mr.Lavender." We love it that he is a gardener too! The flowers which greet you every time you open the front door are beautiful! We have knock-out roses, and they tend to take over if we let them. We cut more than a foot off them on Saturday to bring them under control. Sometimes we have to take them by the throat! Ha! Ha! Happy gardening!

Red Rose Alley said...

The purple flowers on your front porch are beautiful, Diane. Your husband did a nice job gardening in front. I can't really tell that your house is lavender from looking on the screen, how delightful. Would love to see it in person. Thanks for giving us a peek to your home, it's really nice.

love, ~Sheri

by the way, I've been wanting to have French toast lately, but I'm out of syrup hehehe. Glad yours was good with the sourdough bread. I haven't saw the new Beauty and the Beast movie yet, but I heard it was so good. (it's my favorite Disney movie) : )

happyone said...

Amazing where flowers pop up.
We, have knock out roses. They were here when we first moved here but I thought there were way too many of them so dug up a bunch. Gave some away and threw a bunch away.
I still have about 15 of them.

Gina said...

Diane, oh I love your flowers! I'm glad your husband is feeling much better. Please thank him from me for tending to the beautiful flowers that you shared with us! ♥

Angie said...

I love the shot looking out the front door - wonderful!!! And the volunteer vinca - so proud of you and your crew for leaving it in place - that is what nature is all about!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your husband is quite the gardener...everything is so colorful and lush!

I really do love knock out roses. They grow well here and take a lot of my abuse! lol!

Jane x

Prunella Pepperpot said...

A beautiful walkway to your home. I too love when flowers self seed. We don't have any veggies either. I'm not particulary green fingered sadly! I try :)
Have a wonderful Tuesday :)

Art @ Home said...

Your entryway is simply stunning. I love knockout roses. Ours are pink! What are the purple flowers....Mexican heather?

Small City Scenes said...

Very pretty walkway---love any flowers. Sweet vinca to come up as a surprise
MB

Sylvia said...

Diane, Your husband has a great way with flowers. Glad he is feeling better. Thanks for sharing and have a great day. Sylvia D.

Joy H said...

Whoa, love your beautiful flowers that your dh planted.
Such a pretty mosaic. This heat we have been having has been so hard on our garden. Then we had a wind storm come through and we lost our 18 year old pine tree.

Carla from The River said...

I am so happy your husband is feeling better. I continue to pray for him.

I love what he has done with your entry to your home. It is beautiful.
Carla

carol l mckenna said...

Hubby does a great job ~ you have magnificent flowers ~ ^_^

Thanks for visiting my blog ~ did you have any trouble with the new design when you went to comment????

Kathy said...

I love your garden. Everything is so pretty. How cool to have a lavender house.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A pretty lavender cottage sis and the entry way is lovely with the pots flanking the door.
I have pink carpet roses lining our front walkway which I think are similar - tough plants that bloom all summer long.
xx

BeachGypsy said...

Howdy my sweet friend! Love those pretty flowers, they look great! HOw often y'all have to water down there? We've had so much rain here and with the heat it's like a jungle for sure. The flowers are so big and wild! Out of control. But the heat and rain is awful for increasing the dang "skeeters" oh my word they are agressive little varmits!! Are they bad there? Here I've resorted to SHOES AND SOCKS or they will eat my feet alive...and I miss wearing my summer open shoes! i'VE ALso taken to wearing long pants and jeans...those darn mosquitoes love my legs that is for sure, LOL. And long sleeves....so I'm always on the look out for sheer/lightweight long sleeves so I dont roast to pieces but still protected from the agressive lil varmits, ha ha LOL Dont need all that if you stay inside you would think---but they do wait at the doors I swear they do....and then slip inside when you go in and out. I do hate mosquitoes! I read a few of the books on the post and they were good! I know about the magazines........SO DARN EXPENSIVE NOW. Used to could magazines for a couple dollars, those days are gone. I do NOT BUY AT THE STORES---I subscribe and wait for great deals. I get so many of my better magazines for only ten dollars a year!!--and the cost of one at the store is usually almost five dollars, so it's almost like you pay for two magazines and get the rest of the year free! I am a magazine junkie---always have been! LOL Which are your favorites?

Jeanie said...

To this I say, "Go, husband!" Wow, that's really so very beautiful. And you're lucky that it's his interest too. You must smile every time you walk out the door!

Sam I Am...... said...

I need a 'mowing crew'...seriously! LOL! It's too hot for this old lady to be out there! LOL! So glad yo ur hubby is feeling better and able to work on his flowers and it shows! They are beautiful!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I planted knock out roses in our backyard garden last year. They stayed alive and produce roses but Colorado climate is a little harder on them. I had to wrap them in chicken wire to prevent the deer from eating them.

Lowcarb team member said...

I'm so pleased to read that your hubby is feeling better, that is good news indeed.
Lavender Cottage looks great, so nice to see all the flowers, very colourful.

All the best Jan