Plant shopping at the end of July

This summer has been very, very non typical Savannah weather...
Normally by this time of the summer
I have not only stopped thinking about buying anything,
 I have most likely stopped caring about what is going on outside at all.
But because of all the rain our temperatures have stayed on the mild side
 and even though it is so wet that I really haven't been able to do much...
The milder temperatures have me making plans
for when or if the rain ever stops.

and I have figured out
 ~ if you go shopping this late in the season
 you find things on sale.
You find things you have been wanting but haven't been able to find
 and you find things that might not have peeked your interest in the spring...

Like these marked down New Dawn Climbers 
Yesterday I picked up three for the price of one...
But the fun part about this is I didn't even realize until this morning
 what I had bought ... Now.... let me explain..
Yesterday I got to make a quick stop at a nursery in Statesboro, Georgia
I went in with one thing on my mind. They didn't have it so I left my name and number
 and was headed for the car when I saw the roses.
I have been thinking about planting some small white roses along the front walk.
I found what I wanted went and got a cart threw 3 roses on it
 turned around and saw a Lady Baltimore hibiscus placed it on the cart, paid took off.
 I unload the car when I got home and I still had not notice I had pink roses.
This morning I go out to water.... I stopped, looked around
 ( you know like maybe someone is playing a joke and is hiding to see me react )
 I grabbed the tag and guess what I have 3 New Dawn Climbers
well how ya like that .. I have been trying to decide which climbers
I wanted for my arbor in the backyard...
Well I guess that decision has been made..
Lady Baltimore hibiscus I could not find her in the spring but I have her now

Black coral elephant ears Taro Colocasia
The wouldn't have peeked my interest in the spring
but I'm gaga over right now... I can't wait to watch this grow.
The leaves are iridescent, when the sun hits them they shimmer..
I also bought a Limelight Hydrangea, Night Blooming Jasmine
 and was given a piece of a Taro named Tea cup.
So I say get out and go shopping ya just might find a treasure...

Now let me tell ya what else I did yesterday but don't tell anyone else
 cause it's pretty silly and well it makes me sound a little goofy..
The hubby and I went to lunch, time I walked into the restaurant
I headed for the restrooms. I went in did my business walked out of the stall and thought hummm that's a urinal on that wall.. 
Why would they have a urinal in the ladies room..
With no more thought about it..
We had a wonderful lunch with the nieces and the babies.
I got up to leave and walked right back into that restroom again
 and dang if there wasn't a man standing there drying his hands...
He smiled, I say is this the men's room
he gives me that Bill Engvall look... You know the one
The Here's your sign one... and yes there were signs very clear signs on the doors..
I just once again was not paying attention
yep pretty silly but it sure gave us all a good laugh
 and something for the kids to rag me about for the next thousand years..
hugs and happy weekend ya'll, Cherry

Gracious Southern Gardens Tour #1

Back around the first of May the Southbridge Garden Club
 held it's first Garden tour.
 The Gracious Southern Gardens Tour
for weeks I have been thinking I had lost all of my pictures
 only to remember last night during a very sound sleep
 that they were on my old computer yippee here we go...
walking up to this home I knew it was going to be good.
The home owner is an artist and it showed through out the entire yard.
I loved these giant hibiscus that she had made.
the little courtyard at the front door was filled with color
heading towards the back
there was plants tucked in everywhere
and how cute are these name tags she made

she also had "before" pictures and it is amazing the difference
you never even noticed the neighbors while in the back 

from wide open to a cozy haven
her Coleus pots were awesome..

tucked in a far corner was this tropical sitting area

from this side of the yard you do see the neighbors
and guess what we are visiting their home next.

we were guided through a side yard
 that had been turned into a hidden shade garden

I was pleasantly surprised that she had so much going on in such a small space 
you could get lost in here in a good kinda way. 

I didn't notice the wrapped arbor until I started going through the pictures. 
I bet this is beautiful by now.

another cozy little sitting area

and look how cute a mantel along the path.
and at the very end was her potting bench it was right
 beside the garage which you never noticed until you were right up on it.

it was the perfect spot to get lots of work done.
following this path will take us next door.. 
I'll share real soon promise.
hugs and happy day ya'll, Cherry
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Mid ~ July all is wet and well

This has been the summer of rain drops and hibiscus blooms 

We have had rain everyday.. from light sprinkles to non stop down pours

the bees and the bugs are loving it

the flowers are loving it...

My newest rose..France Meilland is loving it......
I am completely smitten with this rose.
I bought it for it's fragrance, the beautiful blooms
 just make it that much more special.
 I planted it at the edge of our back porch/ doorway.
It glows in the evening light
 and it's citrus fragrance will stop you in your tracks...
It has bloomed all spring and summer.
 If you come across this rose I highly suggest it...

Purple heart ~ Setcreasea 'Purple Variegated' 
is not loving it...
I'm loving everything about this tropical beauty but it is not loving all this rain.
I have broken off and planted pieces in several different area's hoping it will take off.

brief moments of sunshine makes all of us want to get out and soak it up.

Scrambling sky flower ~ Thunbergia battiscombei
this is what I see from my kitchen window.
It has been the bright spot on those cloudy, gloomy days..

Four O'clocks
A must in a bed close to where you spend your summer evenings
it will reward you with the most intoxicating fragrance.

split second morning glory this one reseeded it's self in a flower pot on the front porch.

rain drops on roses ~ white carpet rose.
I'm thinking I would like to have a row of these in the front yard they bloom like crazy.
I have had a few in the back for over 10 years and they have never needed anything.

Front flower bed

More rain drops
I hope it doesn't sound like I am complaining because the truth is
I am enjoying the rain.. 
Well I'm enjoying the mild temperatures.. 
I have been able to work in the yard between rain drops.
The new plants that I put in, in the spring are doing wonderful
 and we have a real lawn.. 
Which is needing to be mowed in double time to keep up...

Elizabeth and Co.

and Mosaic Monday over at Little Red House 
ya'll come join us to see all the pretties everyone is sharing..
hugs everyone hope ya'll are enjoying your summer, Cherry