Summer Flowers in the "Limelight"

Sharing a bit of my garden today

It's so hard to believe that here it is the middle of summer already.  The grand-children have been visiting and we have had so much fun.  I am teaching the oldest how to sew a bit, cooking, horseback riding lessons, Bible school, pool time, crafts, and even helping me with painting some of my shop projects.  Today we hit the farmer's market.  When we first moved to our home in the country, I planted a huge sunflower field and it was gorgeous.   We had a late summer barn party and had masses of sunflowers in old buckets everywhere as the decor along with hay bales.  The next year, I planted the same field, but unfortunately the deer discovered it and devoured it.  The following year, I planted in a different field but the sunflowers were soon discovered and the deer didn't even let the stalks grow to 10" high before they ate them.  So now I just let others grow them and I buy from them.  :)  So at the farmer's market today we bought sunflowers.   To them, I added from my garden, green and yellow acuba, daisies and limelight hydrangeas.  Plopped in an old white pitcher I found at a church yard sale, I think  it makes a gorgeous arrangement and the colors mesh so well.  Don't you think?

I also wanted to show you how you can make a potting bench or center from any old thing.....an old bar cart, chest of drawers, baby changing table......any thing you can imagine. I shared this last post, but thought those who missed it might want to see.   I found mine at a country auction.  This wonderful old country cupboard was in really bad shape.  I think I purchased it for $5.00.  I removed the top section, added a few nails to the  bottom and kept the original old peely green paint.  I love the original barrel pulls on it.   It makes a dandy storage for my pots, fertilizer and gardening utensils and a place for potting and soil storage.  And placed right next to the hose, it's an easy clean up. 

Hope you are having a wonderful week. Have missed you.    xoxo

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Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I love your arrangement and the old dresser too! Great idea!!!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

It sounds like you have had the most amazing time spent with your grandchildren Lynn. I once grew sunflowers in an old veggie patch and they were stunning. Like you, I made several attempts to grow them again, but they never grew prolific like they did that very first season.
Have a lovely weekend. Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Betsy Brock said...

Great minds think alike.....I've been looking for an old dresser/cupboard to make into a potting bench myself! I worked an auction yesterday and thought I'd find one but not yet! I love what you did for yours...absolutely perfect!

Art and Sand said...

I love your potting bench and your hose holder.

I need to find something cute to hold my hose.

Diana said...

Thanks for hosting, Lynne (and friends!) :)

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