Friday, June 28, 2013

Pink Lilies Even in the Heat of Summer!

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Beautiful Crinum Lilies are the LAST thing you expect to see in Central Texas when the temperatures hit triple digits in the afternoon, but that’s exactly what I’m sharing for Pink Saturday…My friend Nancy at My Crafty little Page gave me a start from old heirloom lilies given to her by a neighbor.

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They have a delicate pink inside and they look like a Georgia O’Keeffe painting. Another very bright pink version came to me from my mother’s gardens…it had come from her brother who also had his start given to him by a neighbor.

moonvine and lilies 013 I love that about gardening with shared plants…they remind us of people…I don’t know where the Purple Lantana  came from…Lowe’s or Home Depot…but ask about the sprawling Moon flower vine, and I can remember when Mother gave me my start…

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One morning I was greeted by a dozen of the fragile white flowers…bees LOVE them…

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These night bloomers will be wilted and wan by noon. So I cut a cluster and brought them inside where they will last until supper time.

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It’s not an elegant arrangement…it’s not an arrangement at all. They can’t be handled much, just plopped into a vase of cool water. That sounds like a good summer plan for us all.   I hope your summer is enjoyable wherever your are. Here in Texas we enjoy our mornings and then seek the shade. Look at one of our does and her twins in the afternoon shade. I love how that one little fellow has his head flat out down in the grass…he spent the morning running little deer circles around the lawn and now he is out cold!

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I’m off to check in with out Hostess of all things Pink, Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to check out her weekly contribution to our celebration of Pinkness. Have a Pink Week.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pretty in Pink Recycled Dishes/Yard Art

I’m a sucker for Pink…all of us are…I’m also a sucker for pretty dishes…especially Pink dishes. Well, look what I found at the Master Gardeners Herb and Plant Fair…

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Yard Art made of layered Pink dishes…looks like a luncheon plate, a shallow bowl, and a salt shaker!

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If you look at the top of the pink rose, you can see that it’s actually a salt shaker! The craftsman who made it is from Austin. She had the most amazing combinations, but I knew this would be right at home with the Opal Basil and the Polka Dot plant.  I may let it spend some time in the side yard with the Purple Coneflower which isn’t purple at all, but a wonderful, bright Pink.

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They were in full sun when I took this shot and the color is a bit washed out, but would you just look at all those buds! The flowers last forever and the center turns orange as it matures. Then the little finches come to eat the seeds. The deer love the flower buds, but leave the full open flowers alone. These are behind a little fence and I spray them with deer repellant to make them less attractive to the does and the fawns.

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I’m heading out for a Margarita, some queso, and a fish taco in our favorite cantina on the banks of the Guadalupe River. But first I’ll link up with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound… I’ve noticed that my link is out of date, but my Blog guru, Nancy at My Crafty Little Page is not available to help me fix it…she just got a new knee last Friday and she is still working out the kinks…but, you know how to find your way back to Beverly’s Pink Saturday party.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Sweet Pink Eggs

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A sure and certain sign of spring…nests and bird eggs! There are at least four in the nest now. It wasn’t easy to get this shot, and the color is not perfect because in reality  they are pale pink.

We have the sweetest little bird couple who construct their little nest on our front porch. This is the fourth nest to have been built on our hanging lanterns! They make a little round nest of mud and grass with a bowl shape in the center. On year they raised five little ones in less space than an average tea cup!bird nest and flowers 051

This year she decorated it with parts of flowers from a nearby St. John’s Wort shrub…

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See the stringy parts? well, that’s what she used to line the top outside layer of her little mud nest…

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Have you ever seen such a thing? I don’t know why she picked the yellow when two different Rose of Sharon shrubs have lovely shades of pink she could have used.

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Wouldn’t this have made a perfectly pink nest? Or this blue-pink…

 

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I think her nest would have been perfect in pink! Nearby is a mother dove nestled down in her nest…

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She has only two young birds and her nest has no decoration at all! A few quick sticks in the crook of an oak and she was done. We love watching our spring bird  babies in the trees and our newborn fawns in the meadow.

Well, I’m off to search for today’s Pink. If you have a chance, visit Nancy at My Crafty Little Page…her post for today is sooooo funny. She may not have had a chance to link to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound but her humor is worth the visit!

Until next week, Have a Pink Week!

Limping Deer and the Twins

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They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.