A Stroll Among the Flowers in the Yard

What happened to Spring? It seems as though it rolled in for a couple of weeks

and then told Summer to come on in! It has been unusually hot these past several days,

however, with the rains coming, we will get some relief with cooler temperatures.

In doing my daily watering on the porches,

I decided to take a stroll among the flowers in the yard and porches.

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 The  petunias on the front porch are as pretty and happy as ever.

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My Knock Out roses are doing especially well this year.

We have to make certain to spray them often with deer repellent.

The garden center told me that the deer stay away from the Knockouts,

but not my deer!

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A sea of yellow, cream, and pink!

And the Geraniums seem to be pretty happy too!

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Now let’s go to the backyard!

See these geraniums?

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I love this variety.

Have you ever heard of PlantSnap? It is a plant identifier app. 

Just take a pic of a flower or plant that you cannot identify and it will

identify it for you. Here is a screenshot of what appeared on my phone

when I took a photo of the geranium from the app.

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Here it is in my very old and favorite garden container.

It is from the Martha Stewart collection that I bought over 20 years ago.

The beautiful container is made of resin and has held up very well

through harsh winters and the heat of the summer.

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My other geraniums.

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Every Spring, you can find a potted Japanese Painted Fern

on the table for two on the veranda.

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Petunias and more on the table under the pergola.

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This year I added some Travenia.

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And look what has some buds waiting to bloom?!!…my hydrangeas!

I thought they truly got zapped by the late Spring freeze.

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There are even buds on the multiple hydrangea bushes on the other side of the house

that produced no blooms for the past 3  years. I am so excited!

However,  my house is on the market and I hope I get to enjoy these beauties

for a little while.

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And talk about Travenia,

I added more Travenia to my upper porch window boxes.

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I so love the pop of yellow with the blue.

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Thank you for taking a little stroll with me in my yard and porches.

I took a stroll for something specific to photograph with my iPhone

and then starting snapping away at all of the flowers.

So please excuse this post of my iPhone pics!

Stay tuned Friday for Floral Friday. We will have more fabulous 

floral inspiration for you to enjoy and create for your home! 


I wish you all a most beautiful day!!!

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  1. Donnamae says

    Thanks for the tour Shirley. Your gardens are way ahead of mine….but then 3 weeks ago, we were still having snow. I think we’ve gone from winter to summer, too. Everything is looking lovely…lush and green. That’s a really pretty color on those geraniums…my favorite too. Enjoy your day! 😉

  2. What a gorgeous garden Shirley! I enjoyed seeing your yard and porches. My garden is coming along, not too much blooming yet except the plants I bought from the nursery already in bloom. I love coming out every morning to see what has grown. Isn’t this the best time of year? Have a great week. Hugs, Pat
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  3. Beautiful flowers around your yard. I still need some more for the deck and I have yet to touch the front porch. Life has gotten in my way of finishing anything. We had the super hot weather and we now have the rain and it is pouring! Our grass certainly needs it.
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  4. Ah….to be in the south in the spring (?)….. Love your yard it is wonderful. We have gone from winter to summer here in Kansas……still planting annuals when I am normally done by 1st of May! Thanks for that app! I have a plant that I bought years ago….don’t know what it is, nor where I bought….and people keep asking what it is…..now I’ll be able to find out!
    Enjoy the summer…..and thanks for all your tips and great blog….look forward to reading!

  5. Everything in your yard looks great. Your Knockout Roses are beautiful. They are the only roses I will buy because I have the best luck with them. The man who developed them lives in our area and he opens his yard for garden tours regularly. It’s spectacular, with thousands of rose varieties and so many beautiful flowers, shrubs and structures to see. I am hoping to see some buds on my hydrangeas soon. I am fairly new at growing hydrangeas, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

  6. This is my favorite month, even given the heat. The blooms are non-stop and oh so welcome! Your landscape plantings look terrific, Shirley. They are sure to entice potential buyers in the market for a beautiful home!

  7. sheila k says

    Well done Shirley!!!
    What a calming stroll in the pictures alone.
    You’ve given us ideas of what works in this heat. Now to work on my planters. Thanks for sharing.

  8. So pretty. Thanks for sharing. We just got rid of the snow in Vermont! Dreaming of the day I can walk around and look at my flowers. Have you ever done a post on growing your roses? Would be interested in that. 🙂

  9. Lovely garden! Thank you for providing some wonderful ideas for plant containers for my small garden
    & deck. Have a great day!

  10. I have a pair of Martha Stewart square planters on my front stpes that I probably bought around 1999 or earlier. They still look great and will outlast me!

  11. Shirley, I so enjoyed strolling around your beautiful flowers. Everything looks so healthy and vibrant. It is very hot and dry here, the rain forecasted at 100% is now down to 40%. I hope I am in that 40%. Happy Wednesday!
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  12. Your yard and porches look beautiful! I love all your pretty flowers. Thanks for that app! I will try it. Love that MS planter too. Your porch looks so pretty with the yellow flowers against the blues! We got very strong storms last night and are getting rain every day now til Sunday:(:( The ground and my pots are saturated. Looking forward to Floral Friday!
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  13. Your gardens are beautiful. I think the flowering plants were helped by the colder winter.

  14. Just beautiful Shirley! We’re enjoying a little relief from the heat (and pollen!) with the rain the past few days. I would think that you would be in the midst of a bidding war from potential buyers with your beautiful home! Looking forward to seeing you Friday. ♥
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  15. So pretty ! Nice job!

  16. Your flowers are beautiful! I am looking forward to seeing my plantings this year turn into something great in the years to come. Starting from scratch takes patience!
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  17. Absolutely beautiful! My hydrangeas are going to be nice this summer too. And I can hardly wait wait for them to bloom. I love all of the flowers you posted today. Just lovely. Geraniums are one of my favorite summer plants and I always have them on the front porch. Also love impatients as they bring bountiful color around my greenery. Enjoy your garden!

  18. Everything looks so beautiful! I like the (Regal) Martha Washington Geraniums- they always have a full bodied shape and very pretty flowers. That’s a beautiful shade of pink. How exciting about the hydrangeas. I’ve got two hydrangeas that come up beautiful every year but I barely get any flowers from them. For me I believe it’s a zonal issue. I think some of the garden centers sell us one’s that need a warmer climate. I like your railing planters- I bet that looks wonderful looking back at your home.
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  19. I have those awesome flowers too but its talking about maintain flower garden. How often do you recommend fertilizing? Thanks

  20. Hey Shirley, nice blog! Your garden is simply adorable. I was looking for something new in my garden and your blog gave me idea of how I can make changes in it. Thanks and keep posting!

  21. Hey friend! I’m playing catch up and I’m swooning over all of your flowers! Yours all look so perfect and full. Those roses….did you know we have a virus here that is killing all of the roses? It’s so bad that we haven’t even planted any at this house. I sure miss them!
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  22. Shirley, it was so enjoyable to visit this post again. I know it is bittersweet to be leaving this lovely landscape and home. Thank you dear friend for sharing at Gardens Galore!

  23. Yard looks great!! Nicely done!

  24. I love petunias and geraniums! They are so beautiful and appealing in every yard!

  25. Woh I enjoy your posts, bookmarked!

  26. Great post. Really informative post.
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  27. Great post. Not everyone enjoys yard work like me!!!
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