Look Around

Everyday gives us the opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest.

Open your eyes to see nature and your ears to hear it.

Look around at the flowers, trees, grass, and the sky.

Listen to the birds sing.

Tune into to nature her beauty is wonderful.

 

 

Coral Trumpet Vine

In Texas, the Coral Trumpet vine grows wild it is beautiful but it can be very invasive.

My husband found some small plants at work about 6 years ago and brought them home. Now, these vines take up about 10ft length and 8 ft height in our backyard on a lattice fence that is for privacy.

They would bloom more if we would remove some of the canopies of trees and bushes they are planted under.

This color is amazing and the way the vine grows allows this plant to put on quite a show.

Spending time outside in our yard and taking in the beauty all around us is one of my favorite things to do.

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A rose is a rose

The smell of a rose is like no other.

The beauty these flowers show each and every day is amazing that is why we love the knockout roses.

This was an early morning low light picture of a rose with morning dew.

My favorite pictures to take are early in the morning the light is magical and you can do so much with it.

Sometimes beauty is all around us we just have to open our eyes to see it.

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Then and now

There is 3 1/2 weeks difference in these pictures.

It is truly amazing how fast petunias grow.

I spent a lot of time making my huge planter and painting it with the metallic paints only to realize a few weeks later the pot does not even show anymore lol.

A good rule of thumb when it comes to finding the perfect place for your petunias is the lighter colors need filtered sun rather than full sun and brighter or darker colors can handle the sun better.

If you can find the perfect spot for your petunias they will really put on a show with lots of blooms every day to brighten up your yard.

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Blooming Daylilies

It is that time of year when the daylilies bloom.

This year they are doing really well I think its because we have had so much rain.

Through the years we have moved a few into the backyard secret garden area but I found a new place to move some in the front yard.

I love it when flowers multiply and you can share them with someone special or move a few to a new location.

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DIY Concrete flower pot

This was my first large concrete flower pot.

I have already made the second one for my mother in law.

I used the same exercise ball from the orb but this time I left a larger hole and trimmed it out some to make it irregularly shaped on the top edge.

On the second coat, I added in some peat moss to give it texture. This was 3 coats total and then I let it dry and painted it.

Metallic green and copper paint accent the beauty of this flower pot. Then I clear coated it inside on the upper part and the entire outside.

I  planted a full pot of Petunias from one of my favorite places Joseph’s Nursery in Manvel, Texas. I have been shopping there since 1983 when they opened this place and they are super friendly and are always willing to tell you most anything about a plant.

This large pot of petunias was $19.00 what a deal.

These beautiful flowers will be accented with new decor on the lattice fence in the backyard.

More pics coming soon of the redecorated fence.

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After the rain

I love taking pictures of roses after rain or with morning dew on the petals.

Knock out roses are blooming pretty much year round around here. Right now they are very very happy. Roses are so inspirational to me they show such beauty in the petals.

Sunday we had some rain so I was able to get a few shots of the roses. I decided to give them each a post over the next week.

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Gate with a vine

This tangerine cross vine is planted on another fence but it decided it wanted to cross over to the gate area that goes into the backyard.

Actually, I love how it photographs with the gate.

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Wisteria blooms

I love wisteria it starts blooming before it leafs out but the purples are just amazing.

For a few days, you see blooms and bark then here come the leaves and even more blooms.

The bumblebees love it so in order to take pictures you have to be willing to share the space with 50 + bumblebees. I really do not mind they never bother me. I even grabbed a picture of one zooming by.

We have wisteria on our back fence and I love it I just wish the blooms lasted longer.

Surround yourself with blooms and your days will be brighter & more colorful.

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