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I hope you are all having a great week so far. 

Mine is busy finishing up a landscape consult write-up, doctor’s appointment and on Friday, we will be having my father-in-law’s memorial service.  


Although memorial services are sad events, the one thing that I do enjoy are the beautiful, floral arrangements.  It never ceases to amaze me how flowers can brighten anyone’s day.

I was so happy to see the following September Bouquet in my inbox that just made my week brighter.

This beautiful bouquet is from my blogger-friend, Pam, who is the creator of the blog, Pam’s English Garden.
She grew up in England and now gardens on a farm in Pennsylvania.
I love the flower combinations that she used – Buddleia, Marigold, Zinnias and Roses.
Pam also made a very creative bouquet, using herbs from her garden.
I recognize Basil, Parsley, Mint and Echinacea in this bouquet along with Nasturtium for color.

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Would like your bouquet to be included for October’s Monthly Garden Bouquet?

Just send me a photo via email, or send me a comment with a link to your blog post.  

I will provide a link to your blog and ask that you do the same.

*If you do not have a blog, then simply send me a picture of your bouquet, and I will be happy to feature it.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR MONTHLY BOUQUET PHOTO OR LINK TO ME BY THE 19TH OF EACH MONTH.

I hope that you are inspired to create bouquets from your own garden this month 🙂

Well, it is time again for our Monthly Garden Bouquet.  July is a great month to create a bouquet from the plants in your own garden since so many plants are in bloom.

I am announcing a change in this ‘me-me’ that I created over a year ago.  Instead of featuring bouquets from my garden (which you have seen a lot of), I thought it would be nice to feature bouquets that you create from your own gardens.  


That way, I can share with all of you a great variety of different bouquets using different types of plants from all over.

I must admit that I got this idea from David from Tropical Texana who created a beautiful bouquet last month and ‘sent’ it to me (virtually).


So, if you would like for me to show your bouquet, please email me your photo (using the email link on the sidebar) by the 15th of each month.  You can always post your pictures of your bouquet on my facebook page as well.  Please tell me what type of flowers you used – in case I can’t recognize all of them.  As much as I would like to claim that I can recognize all plants – it is certainly not true 😉

Well, are you ready for this month’s bouquet?  Becky sent me a photo on my facebook page of this beautiful arrangement that she created using flowers from a Plumbago shrub (Plumbago auriculata).  

Becky wrote that this photo is of three of her recent fascinations – raising backyard chickens, rescuing beautiful containers and taking photos.

I think she did a fabulous job, don’t you?

Cape Plumbago is one of my favorite shrubs – first, because I love the color blue and secondly, because it brings back memories of growing up in Southern California, where this is a popular landscape shrub.

Luckily for me, it also grows in Arizona where I now live.  I actually planted some in our first home in Phoenix and they did very well.  It is native to Africa, grows to 3 – 10 ft. high and wide.  Hardy to zones 8b, it does suffer frost damage, but quickly comes back in spring.  In the desert, it does best planted in light shade, in my experience.

For those of you who blog, if you would like to share your Monthly Garden Bouquet, please feel free to add your link to Mr. Linky below.  You can also post your bouquet to my facebook page for us all to see.

So, I am very excited to see what types of bouquets you will create for August’s Monthly Garden Bouquet.  Remember, you have until August 15th.

This has been a rather tough week, yet one full of thoughtful acts of kindness.



As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I were preparing to go to the doctor with my father-in-law who is suffering from a fast moving form of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

As many of you know, doctor’s visits can be exhausting.  Well, imagine not only seeing your doctor, but also a dietician, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, a respiratory therapist and a physical therapist in the same visit.  That is what my father-in-law’s appointments consist of and they take about 3 hours.



There were moments during the appointment when I found myself on the verge of tears, especially as I watched my father-in-law struggle to complete the simple tasks that were asked of him.


After I came home, I scarcely had the energy to make dinner, but I did throw something simple together before I went on the computer.  


As I was reading the many thoughtful comments from my last post, I was so overwhelmed by one particular comment from my fellow garden blogger, David.  He had created a bouquet for me from his garden and posted it for all to see….




You know what?  It didn’t matter that I couldn’t smell the fragrance of touch the beautiful flowers of his bouquet.  It was just as special.

David lives in Houston and writes the blog “Tropical Texana” and has been one of the faithful contributors to the Monthly Garden Bouquet.  I did not create one this month, so I have posted his on my sidebar. 

I just wanted to thank you all of you for your support.  It means so much to me and my family.  I often show my husband what you write in your comments and it does bring comfort.

I promise that I will get back to my regular posts about gardening and other assorted subjects.  In fact, I have a fun posts coming up that has to do with a recent visit to Starbucks and how they helped me with my garden 🙂

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

I am a little late in posting this morning because I had to venture out into my garden and cut flowers for today’s post.

“My Garden Bouquet” began last month rather unexpectedly.  I was preparing for my daughter’s birthday part and had forgotten to buy flowers.  So I rushed out into the garden with a pair of hand-pruners determined to cut some flowers from my flowering plants.  I was quite honestly surprised at how beautiful it was and it lasted for about 7 days.  You can see what it looked like in the photo below.

My February MGB 
Globe Mallow, Desert Senna, and Purple Lilac Vine.

And so, the idea of have a monthly “My Garden Bouquet” (MGB) post really appealed to me as well as the fact that I have a beautiful bouquet to enjoy.  You can’t beat the price (free), how long the flowers last and how beautiful.
This morning, I wanted to concentrate on the cooler flower colors in my garden and so I picked flowers from both my Pink & White Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), and Goodding’s Verbena, (Glandularia gooddingii).
 
As you can see, it is not fancy, but that suits me just fine because I am not a very fancy person.  You do not even need a vase…..any container will do, just add water.  As you can see, I used a mason jar.

I would love to see what types of flowers from your garden that you  use to make into bouquets.  If you do not have much blooming, you can do as my friend Balisha of Never Enough Time did last month when she had no flowers in the garden.  You can view her February Bouquet here – it was very creative.

And so, on the third week of each month, I invite you to venture out into your garden and see what you can use to create a beautiful bouquet.  Please leave a comment and your link on my MGB posts so that others can visit you to see your bouquets.
I hope you take a walk outside in your garden today…I cannot wait to see what kinds of bouquets you create. 

**Please visit the following bloggers and see their beautiful bouquets:

Diana at Elephant’s Eye

Balisha at Never Enough Time

Heidi at Gippslandgardener

Catherine at A Gardener In Progress

Jan at Thanks For Today.