Two Beautiful Garden Bouquets and Ups and Downs…

Beautiful Garden Bouquets

This weekend has been an extreme roller-coaster of highs and lows.  

Mostly lows though…..

You know what makes a person feel better though?  A beautiful bouquet.  I would like to showcase two bouquets that were submitted for August’s Monthly Garden Bouquet.

I can’t wait to share them with you.

Beautiful Bouquet

Isn’t it lovely?

This bouquet was created by Marguerite who lives in Prince Edward Island.  She has a great blog called Canoe Corner.

She created her bouquet using flowers from her own garden.  She included one of my favorite flowers, Peonies, which unfortunately do not grow where I live.

The next bouquet is from David who lives and gardens in Texas.

Beautiful Bouquet

David has been a faithful contributor to the Monthly Garden Bouquet.  He always creates a monthly bouquet from his garden for his wife.

This one he named “Welcome Home” bouquet after she began working full-time.  

He made it out of Blue Daze, Serena Purple Angelonia, Yellow Musseanda, Luteola and Bergarten Sage.

David is a wonderful blogger and you can read more about his garden on his blog, Tropical Texana.

So, if you would like for your bouquet to be included next month, all you need to do is to send me a photo via email (link on my sidebar), or you can send me a link to your blog page.  You can also post on my facebook page if you like.

I will post it on the 20th of next month.

The only guideline is to create a bouquet using plants from your garden.

I can’t wait to see what you create 🙂


The past few days have been emotionally exhausting.

My father-in-law, who is suffering from ALS, was taken to the hospital with pneumonia.

We have spent the past three days there with him and other family.  Yesterday, his breathing became even more labored and he is becoming increasingly dependent on a machine that assists his breathing (not a ventilator though).

It is hard to see him suffer so much from this disease.  He can no longer communicate beyond nodding “yes” or “no”.  Using his hands is no longer possible and he is almost completely wheelchair bound.

Today his lungs began to collapse due to his disease, but for now, the breathing machine is helping to keep them open.  

In the midst of all of this was a very joyful time.  You see, my daughter had a 4-D ultrasound where we could actually see the features of our new granddaughter’s face.  Even though she is not due for 10 more weeks, it was so wonderful to gaze upon her precious little face.

granddaughter's face

It was disconcerting to go from such sadness, to joy and back to sadness in a period of 2 hours as we left the hospital to go to the ultrasound and then back to the hospital.

We did bring the photos of the ultrasound to my father-in-law so that he could see his first great-grandchild.  He has been so excited about her.  We only hope that he will survive long enough to see her in person.

For now, we are living in a period of uncertainty.  No one knows how long he will live.  Will we get a call tonight?  Or, will it be a few more months?  No one knows.

What we do know is that there will be a precious little baby born in about 10 weeks.  It is that certainty and joy that is helping us through this difficult time 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful week….

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
7 replies
  1. Ginny
    Ginny says:

    I know well that feeling of being on an emotional roller coaster. When my father was dying of cancer 18 months ago, my niece was expecting a baby, due on my father's birthday. My sister's mother-in-law is ill and like your family they expect to receive a call any time – while in two weeks my sister's son will be married. I remember going with my daugher and new grandson to see my in-laws in the nursing home. Joy and sorrow intermingle. But there is no joy quite like that of the birth of a baby – especially a first child and grandchild. I hope so much for all of you that your father-in-law will live to see the new baby.

  2. Rohrerbot
    Rohrerbot says:

    My thoughts are with your family. It's difficult to watch the disease progress. Hang in there and stay close with your family for support including the sister with the chickens:)

  3. Marguerite
    Marguerite says:

    Noelle, I'm very sorry to hear about your father-in-law. This must be a very difficult time, watching a loved one suffer. Best wishes to you and your family. Also thank you for featuring my bouquet, I look forward to creating a new one each month. This meme always reminds me I can find beauty somewhere if I just look for it.

  4. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    I didn't understand how you were doing the bouquets…maybe I'll enter a picture next month.
    That ultrasound is amazing.
    A friend of my daughter's swam the English Channel, just this weekend, in honor of his father who died of ALS. The monies that were pledged go to the ALS foundation. We followed him by satellite.Doug is in his 50's. Not many people have done this at that age.
    I hope he is not in pain and at peace.So hard on everyone. Hugs to all of you, Balisha

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