~An Earth Day Story & Favorites~



Peppermint Twist Geranium



Salmon Rose Geranium



Norfolk Island Pine


We gave ourselves one day, Sunday, to rest from our drive home.  Well, J mowed the grass Sunday, so his day of rest was abbreviated.  Monday morning, we hit the ground running and ran every day.  J purchased landscaping blocks to build the tree ring.  He filled the center with mixed Portulaca/Moss Rose.  We’ve had great success with “moss”, in the past.  It has always returned, year after year.  We’re hoping this fills in nicely and returns next year.

Do you remember this tree from our visit in Ste Genevieve Missouri?


This is a Kwanzan Cherry.  At first we thought it was a flowering plum.  J can usually identify just about any tree, with or without it’s leaves.  I found photos, online, identifying it as a plum.  After we picked up the landscaping blocks, we drove out to our local nursery for a few things.  While there we asked about the tree, which they ID’d as Kwanzan Cherry.  In the end, we tagged a two inch tree that will be delivered and planted in the next few weeks.  We aren’t sure when, since we are at the bottom of the list.  We have a spot, in the back yard, picked out for planting.


Strawberry Sizzle Geranium





Secret Garden




This is a draw or natural drain, we call the creek. It runs behind our house. We left this area wild and love the look of it.  Molly likes it too, when there is water there. The secret garden is at the edge of the creek.  J transplanted Iris, last year, from his Aunt Ruth’s gardens.  There is a concrete bench, in the garden, as well as flowers, including Daylilies and ornamental grasses.  The purple Iris are the first to bloom.  I saw several different colors, about to bloom, when I was there this morning.


A glance over the back yard fence, on this 40th anniversary of Earth Day. 

Our new neighbor’s garage door is seen in the background.  When they were planning their home, they discovered they needed a larger lot.  An arrangement was made for them to purchase a portion of the small lot between ours and theirs.  There was a 20 foot section, from street to creek, left after their lot was expanded for the construction.  We were delighted to take that extra 20 feet and add to our lot.  This brought our lot size to around 3/4 of an acre. 

We were concerned about the trees, seen in the upper right of the photo, and wondered if they would stay when the new home was built.  Not to worry, we believe they will remain.  A few of them are on our side.  We will do our best to care for them.  Even though they are scraggly little trees, we think they are beautiful and worth saving.

J and I come from rural folks, gardeners and farmers and try to continue the family tradition of being kind to the land. 

This is my little Earth Day 2010 story.


 There are small glimpses of the back porch, in this post.  It is progressing along nicely.  We are driving to the lake, next week.  When we return home, we’ll bring the wicker chest.  When it is painted and placed on the porch, I’ll take photos and write about Our Back Porch 2010.

I’m adding this post link to Laurie’s Favorite Things Saturday.



Sandi’s Friday Favorites at Whistle Stop Cooking.

Happy Weekend!


Jeanne said...

So beautiful and lovely is all that you share.
Love Jeanne♥

salmagundi said...

Beautiful, as always!! Enjoy your weekend. Sally

Loui said...

absolutely beautiful!
I love my visits to your place..
the photos are exquisite..
the words perfectly thought out..
and mesh just right!
I'll have to post my Earth day story in a bit..
thanks for sharing!

Lavender Cottage said...

I really enjoyed your lovely post and am craving the lushness of your plants and garden for mine.
Geraniums have always been a favourite and it's nice that they come in so many colours now.
Happy Earth Day.

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, your florals are so pretty! You always have the prettiest photos! Your yard looks so nice and I do like the tree ring!
Hope you'll get a chance to rest some this weekend. Mr. Precious and I have been painting our socks off!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Adrienne said...

beautiful! we are not that green here yet. i bought geraniums today :)

Helen said...

Your photos are so vibrant and alive! We are just beginning to see buds on our trees ~ and that's a good thing.

kim said...

Pat, I thoroughly enjoyed my stroll around your beautiful yard. You have such gorgeous flowers. We had a cherry tree that we planted a few years ago and it did well at first, but then the cut worms destroyed it. I hope yours does well!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, those geraniums and iris are gorgeous. I'm not sure if it is your photography or the flowers that are gorgeous - I'm thinking it's both! I love that photo of your secret garden - it looks beautiful, and I also love the creek area. I'm so glad you left it a little wild. from your photos, I think it feels like another secret garden. So glad you'll be linking this post to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

Light and Voices said...

Excellent flower images! I'm impressed. J did a wonderful job on landscaping around that tree.

Pieced Pastimes said...

Just lovely! Your yard reminds me of my Mom's. She works in her yard from morning till night and it is filled with every flower and plant you could imagine. TFS.

Cozy Little House said...

And I so enjoyed your Earth Day story! You know, I worked all day with my hands in the earth, and didn't even realize it was Earth Day! Your photos are exquisite. Such subtle beauty is a work of art. Love that J wants to keep the irises in the family. Yes, we must be good to the land. As it is good to us.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh, such gorgeous pictures. I love geraniums and while I often buy red ones...this year I'll be using shades of pink to match my wreath. It is still just a bit early here...but I may risk it this weekend.


Manuela@TPOH said...

Beautiful Pat! I have to go this weekend and get some geraniums and ferns for the front of the house. I never see the pretty ones you showed, just red and white.

Have a great weekend!


Mom said...

I noticed your ZZ plant in one of your pictures....they are amazing plants and will live and look beautiful with low light and water every two weeks....I have two - they are both huge! Your pictures are just gorgeous - just love those cherry blossoms!

suzyq said...

Pat, As usual you have the most beautiful photos - I wish I could come for a visit!!

deborah said...

Wonderful pictures, and beautiful plants! I love geraniums too.
We have a kwanzan cherry tree that was planted when we were married 18 years ago, and it blooms on our anniversary each year. We love it and the pink 'snow' when the blooms start to fall.

xinex said...

Very pretty yard, Pat. You have a secret garden too and your yard by the creek is so similar to ours except we have yellow irises instead of purple....Christine

Kat said...

Gorgeous photos Pat. You and J certainly stay on the move. I like that.


Kammy said...

O Pat ! Some of these photos look like they should be on a calendar or post card - they are BEAUTIFUL !
WOW - I must go back and look again - you are my IDOL, LOL !

♥ Kathy said...

Happy Earth Day Pat!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, that tree is going to be exquisite. I love what you've done to your yard. You are so gifted in so many ways!

I have crawled out from under workmen to blog yesterday and this morning, and then I have to crawl back into the heap! Don't know when they will finish, but others will have to come after them. We had some delays. Hopefully, I will be back to blogging again soon. It depends on "the men." ;-)

Sounds like you are having a lovely spring. I have worked in our yard at the retreat, and it looks so much better. I just wish my blogging friends could have seen this end product. I couldn't cut back when they came because there was still a threat of frost. And we couldn't paint either. But that is being accomplished as I type.

Hope all is well with you...


Sheila :-) said...


I recognized the Kwanzan Cherry tree immediately because there are quite a few mature ones here. I love them. Your strawberry geraniums are gorgeous. Thank you for the lovely morning stroll. As always, it's such a pleasure visiting you!


Elz said...

Gorgeous, such lovely photos and beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing.

Beverly said...

Pat, it all looks so pretty. And, I see lots of pink. ;-)

I adore Kwanzan Cherry trees. I think the blooms look like little carnations.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Pat your photography is fabulous!

I was playing with my linky and messed it up :-(
come back!!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Not only are you a marvelous gardener, a beautiful woman, an talented writer, but you are also an inspired photographer! Very very enjoyable post! Thank you for the lovely visit!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Pat,
OOOOH, I just love this! Peppermint twist geraniums? Gorgeous! I just know I need some now. I read this post last night in reader and I am now getting a chance to come over and comment. I love the secret garden and that cherry tree! Exquisite! Your photos make my heart go pitter patter~ hehe. But honestly, they are inspiring!
Have a nice week-end,

Tammy518 said...

Beautiful pictures, and I love the color of the geraniums. The secret garden is so neat!

Rowan said...

Lovely post full of gorgeous photographs, I like your Secret Garden, the iris are such a lovely colour. You have a lovely garden.

sweet european dreams said...

beautiful photos! I'm hoping that when I finally get the toddlers out of diapers, I can actually do some gardening as well. I just found you on Laurie's page - have a great weekend!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers & yard. I need to get a geranium - I usually have at least one by now. I may stray from the usual red this year. :)
Not real thrilled about the weather getting ready to come thru! :(
Enjoy your weekend.

Natasha said...

What amazing pictures! The flowers are just beautiful but I would love to know where you found that Norfolk Island Pine! I love it! I don't think I have ever seen one out of Australia before.

Best wishes for a beautiful weekend,

Natasha said...

Or Norfolk Island, of course!!


Sherry said...

Your photos are lovely! That strawberry sizzle geranium is fabulous!! What beautiful additions you made to your yard.

Kathleen said...

Ok, I can't tell a tree without its leaves, but I identify that wicker rocker as Pier One! :)

I love the Kwanzan Cherry...Non tree people will think you mean a 2 inch tall tree, LOL..They are thinking, heck I could have put that in my purse and Pat has to wait to have it delivered...:)
Your grounds are beautiful..I am so impressed about the tree ID!
I do know..Leaves of 3, let it be! :)
Don't work too hard..sit and enjoy!

Pat said...

Just beautiful ~

thestonerabbit said...

What GORGEOUS photos, Pat. Makes me want to get off my duff and start potting a few plants! I did buy two Boston Ferns yesterday for our front porch..that's a start!

I can't believe it's been 40 years since Earth Day Celebrations started. I was a JR in college for the first one....and I took part in many an Earth Day Event during my years of working with elem. sch. age kiddos. We certainly are much more aware about the importance of taking care of the planet we are so lucky to call home.

Have a terrific weekend! L, Dana

Melissa Miller said...

~Wow! It's beautiful at your place Pat. I really like how your did the pear tree ring. ~Gorgeous.

Laura said...

Oh Pat-
Visiting your blog is like reading a beautiful magazine.
Have a wonderful weekend.

I am off to create a tree ring. I am in inspired.


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♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Simply Stunning~! All your flowers and plants are so beautiful..
You surely have a green thumb.


Allie and Pattie said...

Pat, what a beautiful yard! I'm not at all surprised
xoxo Pattie

Unique Unique Design said...

What a beautiful place you have. Must keep you very busy, but feeling very rewarded. Your photos are fabulous.

bBchronicles said...

Hi Pat! Nice to meet you! Thank you so much for dropping by my blog - such an honor! Your yard is magnificent - so filled with plants, flowers I can only dream of now. Our spring is just getting underway - I'm pretty excited too. Thanks for your sweet comments and taking the time to drop by. I'll be back to visit!!!

Stella said...

Your secret garrden is charming. Love how the Iris glow in the muted light. Wonderful photo's.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your flowers are so pretty! Such a beautiful yard! How nice that you were able to expand a few feet. :-)

Punctuation Mark said...

beautiful photos... love those deep pinks and all the green... have a nice one!