Friday, May 30, 2014

Garden improvements

Our garden it slowly taking form. We are finally defining all the flowerbeds where we want them to be and have amended the soil and added the bark. A darker brown bark, which I love, although my husband disagrees. The flowerbed below the bedroom window was higher than the cement floor of the porch and thus it used to get flooded by dirt and water when it rained. We had corrected the problem and after the downpour of this afternoon we discovered, to our delight, that the problem has been resolved. 

We found a little nursery in a neighboring town and I brought home with me a gorgeous First Editions Jetstream Oakleaf Hydrangea.  Perhaps, only surpassed in beauty by roses.  This lovely shrub has oak leaf shaped dark green foliage with spires of bright white, cone-shaped flowers that cover the plant through the summer and as the blooms fade, they transform to a dark, dusky pink. The dark green foliage shines in summer, then turns to an amazing orange-red in the fall… I bought a smaller plant, but there was a larger, more mature plant at the nursery which was incredibly gorgeous. I felt in love with it at first sight.  I think I must return for more.

The old swing has been given an improved look with two cans of Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X in Wildflower Blue, and two new sit cushions that match in color.  We moved it to what I think is a better spot in the garden—a special little place at the edge of the creek with just the exact amount of space.  Perfect for the old swing.  I could not be any happier.  It was meant to be. 

A couple of days ago I discovered a little place down the path in the privet where the wild vinca grows.  I’m not sure whether they were purposely planted there long time ago by some stranger’s hands, or if perhaps it reseeded naturally and now it flourishes in astonishing abundance so that I can go there and transplant them around my garden and collect happy bunches of it to arrange my wildflower bouquets.  I am thankful.


This is just a humble beginning of what we envision.  Plants are small, roses are scarce and only a few flowering bushes, but we’ve been putting a lot of effort into making our little oasis happen and we are guided by this belief:  “The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized – and never knowing” (David Viscott)

I think our little plot of earth is already looking so much better.  I am exhausted, but my spirit is alive with joy and thankfulness.  God’s blessings are new each morning… His mercies begin afresh with each new sunrise. Great is his faithfulness.



  1. So many things to enjoy in your garden. Glad you fixed the flooding problem. I really like the sweet chair. Blessings for a great weekend, xoxo,Susie

  2. Oh Cielo, everything is coming together beautifully. I love the color of the swing - it adds color to your yard.
    Have a wonderful weekend in your lovely garden.

  3. You definitely have the gift. I love the pretty touches everywhere in your new gardens. I think the swing looks very happy in the new spot! I think we have planted the same flower, the hydrangea!!! I hope so. I planted it Sunday! Or rather my son did! I do not have the outdoor magic of seeing things yet... I'd better hurry. Both grandmothers and my mama did... Love, love, love to the point of tears that quote about doing nothing, not trying, living in hurt wondering. Love you!

  4. ruth@rutherupp.comMay 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    What an incredible change you have already made. Can't believe the first pictures you printed of this space have turned into such a beautiful welcoming spot. And just wait until it all starts really growing. You have a real gift, Cielo! I so enjoy reading your about your progress, both inside and out of your darling home. Enjoy every bit of it.
    Hugs, Ruthie

  5. I am just amazed at all you have accomplished in such a short time. The garden is so pretty, pretty, pretty and from the daisies floating in the pond to the blue swing that I so would love to have, its perfect. I can envision what it's going to look like when everything starts growing and filling in. This garden is every bit as lovely as the house in the roses, just a different style. It may even be better with the mysterious, woods as a backdrop. You should be very proud of yourself...

  6. Your gardens are beautiful and your photos are stunning!! I know exactly how you feel after working so hard! I've been working in my gardens and am pretty tired and sore. It's all worth it, though, when I spend time in my little bit of Heaven.


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