Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Garden Happenings

Happy Tuesday! We're skipping our Be Inspired link party this week to bring you a little garden tour to wrap up the month and we'll be back tomorrow with the July Garden Party. ... Funny how I  always think the summer is just getting started and suddenly it's the 4th of July already! ... So here's a peek at what been growing in June.

We had a record amount of rain this month and it shows. 
The vegetable garden is going a little crazy!

Raised beds are amazing, but they are no match for crazy gourds.

 These little guys are popping out everywhere!

The carrots and red beets are coming along ...

the green beans are almost ready ...

and we can hardly wait for the first ripe tomato!

We have a variety of hydrangeas and I love that they all seem to bloom at different times. I could tell you that was planned, but I think we just got lucky!

These Twist-n-Shout hydrangeas are a new addition to the garden. They are part of the Endless Summer Collection and bloom all summer long. Three of them were meant for another garden, but the homeowner decided she didn't like lacecap hydrangeas. Well I love them!

And if you have shady areas, you know that hostas are your best friends! They come in so many varieties. I especially love pops of chartreuse in the garden.

 And hostas range in size from teeny tiny ...

to really, really large!

In my opinion, the leaves are the real star of the show. I'm actually not all that fond of the flowers and often cut them off early. 

The more sun-loving perennials like coneflowers, daisies and phlox are just coming into bloom.

 And no garden tour is really complete without saying hello to Bubba.

As you can see, Bubba is always hungry!

But fortunately, we have an excellent little fish feeder!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Be Inspired Features and Link Party #168

Happy Tuesday! Welcome back for features and party day!

Elizabeth and Co.

And Happy Summer! 
Hope you have plans to get out of your routine and do something fun!

So excited to share this week's amazing features with you .....

Lauren from  Sobremesa Stories shared her favorite 4th of July dessert - a beautiful Berry Almond Tart!

These Lemon Poopyseed Muffins with Streusel Topping from Simply Suzanne's At Home look amazing - ooh that crunchy top!

Cassie from Primitive & Proper shared her fabulous DIY Forest Mural Dresser - reminds me of Twilight!

Sharilee from Armchair Decorator Blog came up a clever use for kick plates on her cabinet makeover!

Shanna from Restoration Redoux used a beautiful shade of blue to update this antique dresser!

Lauren from Bless'er House has a great tutorial for adding a little character to boring windows - a small project with a big impact!

This upholstered wingback headboard is a fabulous DIY project from Kristi at Making It In The Mountains!

Love this DIY stone fire pit with wood beam benches from Tara at Lehman House - what a great spot to gather!

How cute is this little tabletop industrial cart from Angie at Knick of Time!

These patriotic 4th of July stars are from The Sophisticated Hillbilly!

And this is just one of several repurposed vintage sink planters from Tuula at Thrifty Rebel Vintage - so fun!

Thanks so much to everyone who linked up and linked back!
If you've been featured, feel free to grab a cute little button from the sidebar!

Elizabeth and Co.

And don't forget that you can share your garden and outdoor related projects here and all month long at our June Garden Party!

Elizabeth and Co.

Now on to this week's party...

*Link up your furniture makeovers, DIY projects, home decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, etc... whatever is inspiring you at the moment!

*A link back would be appreciated, especially if you'd like to be considered for a feature.

We'll be back next Tuesday with features and a brand new party!