Gardens, Wanderlust and Summer Dresses…Weekend Meanderings
Happy weekend friends!
How was your week? It has been a busy week here, plumbers, electricians, deliveries and more. The best part, the cabinets are in and the knobs are on! Late yesterday afternoon the stone company came to template for the counters! I may be baking sooner than I thought.
Enough about me let’s get to weekend meanderings. Today I am sharing gardens, meadows, shrubs(the drink), a few adventures and my summer style. Lets’ get to it.
Gardening has never been a passion or my strong suit but now that I am in my new house I have found myself dabbling in plantings and flowers to create my dream garden. That said, I will never have the English garden that I dream of simply because I live in house surrounded by pines but I can add plants and shrubs and flowers that will hopefully give the beds a touch of England.
We have one green space on our lot, it is in the front of the house and and in the middle of the circle driveway. The green space is a combination of grasses and weeds with a small bed in the middle where I removed all of the small boxwood and ornamental grasses.
This circle is part of the next phase of landscaping, but in the meantime I have been doing my best to make the center look like a wildflower meadow. Finally after 2 months the wildflowers are out the pollinators are buzzing around. In the morning when I have my hot chocolate on the porch I can watch the humming birds flit from flower to flower and the bees buzz around.
Lawns to Meadows
While I was researching wild flowers I came across many articles about lawns and the environment. Guess what? Your beautifully manicured green lawn is detrimental to the environment and contributes to climate change. Who knew? I have never heard that in my life, have you? You can read more about it here, and here and here.
Down the rabbit hole I went and I learned that most grasses are not native to the USA, they came over from Europe.
Consequently they don’t thrive in certain areas of the country like California and Arizona and as a result use up too much water to keep them green. Grass lawns are not good pollinators and the mowers used create green house gases.
There is now a movement to turn lawns into meadows and that is my plan for my little green weed circle. Currently I am reading Lawns into Meadows and I am perusing American Meadows to see which seed mix to order.
In the Garden
I do not have any roses at this house but at our last house we had them and had a lot of problems. For those of you that love roses and have them in your garden, you might enjoy this article A Rosarian on Whether to Spray, When to Fertilize, and Other Questions About Growing Roses.
7 Ways to Attract Pollinators. By the way pollinators are not just bees, they also include butterflies, birds, bats, small animals and more. I had no idea? Did you?
If you want to attract bee pollinators to your year why not add a bee barn? This little house attracts solitary bees that pollinate 20x’s the amount of plants as honey bees.
Recipes to Use Your Garden Produce
Cucumber lime tequila cocktail anyone?
Molly went to the farmers market and this morning is sharing all of the things she made with her haul. You can read the post on Molly in Maine.
Have ever made drinking shrubs? I learned about them years ago and every summer make a few berry shrubs to use in cocktails and mocktails.
You can learn more about the history of shrubs here.
What the shrub is drinking vinegar? Great recipes and combination of flavors for your next shrub.
Here is an easy recipe for any berry shrub.
If you have always dreamed of moving to France and living in the country, “The French Art of Countryfication” is a must read.
Many people travel to France and never leave Paris, which is ok but you should really take the time to go further afield. Visiting the chateau of the Loire Valley is one of my favorite things to do outside of Paris. I never tire of the history, the gardens and taking a little time to imagine life in these amazing places. If you have a trip planned to the Loire Valley here are The Best Chateau in the Loire Valley. My all time favorite is Chenonceau.
If you are traveling to the South of Spain you will enjoy this article.
Small Group tours to Europe
Debra Phillips of the blog 5th and State is an interior decorator, landscape designer and more. She also owns Sentimental Gardens in Geneva, Illinois a delightful shop filled with finds sourced from all over the world. Over the last few years Debra has been leading small tours to Europe to visit gardens, shops and more. For more information about current trips check out her website.
Elizabeth aka The Contessa went on one of Debras’ garden tours a few years ago if you want more information about her experience I am sure she would be happy to answer your questions.
Summer Dresses and Summer Style
I love dresses, in fact I prefer to wear a dress no matter the season. Especially easy breezy dresses with added fabric. You might say I have “embraced the mumu” as one reader mentioned on a previous post,
What can I say, I love the idea of plucking one item from my closet, adding shoes and voila, I am ready for the day.
You can read more about 10 Target Dresses Under $35.00 Here.
At H&M this summer I ordered this dress in 3 color ways, it is a beautiful cotton dress and everywhere I wear it people compliment it.
If you are shopping the Nordstrom Sale this cardigan looks like a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe. I like this sweater too. This is a great scarf in my favorite pattern, plaid. I typically buy the Oliplex hair care and a perfume along with one or two sweaters.
Amazon Prime-day is actually two days, July 12 13th. What is the best deal you have scored at Prime Day in the past?
J.Crew an extra 50% off sale styles
Boden Up to 60% off summer styles
In case you missed it
I shared an easy and delicious recipe for Lavender Lemon Shortbread cookies.
Pizza, pasta, salads, drinks, books and more on the Friday Favorites Post.
That is it for weekend meanderings, I hope that you enjoyed the post have a wonderful weekend my friends.
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