Tuesday, February 3, 2009

OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY AND DREAMING OF GREEN

It's Wednesday and time for Outdoor Wednesday hosted by our gracious hostess Susan over at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/. Be sure to swing by to find a full list of participants. I'm so delighted to be joining Outdoor Wednesday for the first time this week. I'm looking forward to all the "great" outdoor spaces that await us. After putting in another long cold day I remembered about the beautiful pictures I had taken last summer. These are a few of the pictures I was going to post on RMS and for whatever reason never did. I actually had forgotten about them. I'm so glad I ran across them so I could share with you. It's a mere 7 above zero here promising to go to 0 by morning. So, anything green in my book looks pretty good right about now.. lol
The weigela bush I planted almost 12 years ago now. It's a bush that tends to take over an area, so occasionally has to be pruned back to almost nothing. I really dislike when I have to do that. I'm almost afraid I'm going to kill the beautiful bush off. But, each time I do prune it back it blooms out even more full the next spring.

I dug each and every hole for all these bushes the second year we moved here. Hubby was out making a living and quite honestly I love playing in the dirt and had a ball planning out what was going to go where. The flowering trees are Flowering Crab Apple Trees. The last 2 years they have bloomed out beautifully. With our temperatures taking nose dives every 2 to 3 days and then spiking to the middle 60's I'm worried about the blooms this year. I'm sure they are as confused as we are. :-)

The blue spruce to the left of the picture that's almost peaking at you was such a Charlie Brown tree when I planted it. It's now over 10' tall.
I hope you enjoyed the short tour of the side/back yard. There is alot of ground to take care of here. We live in the middle of town on 40 acres, so girls there are alot of Outdoor Wednesdays coming your way.. Don't forget to swing by Susan over at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ for alot more Outdoor Wednesday posts . Thank you Susan for hosting a fun filled day of outdoor spaces. hugs ~lynne~



44 comments:

Cynthia said...

Hi Lynne,
I think we had the same idea this week! LOL thanks for sharing you beautiful pics. Your yard ? (40 acres) looks amazing. Stay warm, Cindy

imjacobsmom said...

I'm glad to hear that your Weigelia returns better than ever after being pruned to the ground. I have a three huge bunnies in my yard this winter that munched that baby to the ground. ~ Robyn

Diane said...

Your yard is lovely Lynne! I'd forgotten you're on 40 acres. I can't even imagine how big it is. You've done a wonderful job of creating a park. Love the little/big charlie brown tree... ♥ Diane

Cindy J. said...

Oh Lynne, your yard is so beautiful it looks like a park. I can't even imagine how beautiful your home looks with 40 acres in the middle of town. My goodness you poor girls have sure had cold weather this year. Are these your average temps? I feel guilty we have been having beautiful spring like days here in CA. although I think we are in danger of a drought. We could use some rain. Well, sweetie, I love your yard and I am looking forward to seeing some more. Love, Cindy

mbkatc230 said...

Lynne it looks like you have a beautiful piece of property. I love that wiegala bush, I'm not sure if I've seen one before, or at least if I did I had no idea what it was. How long does it bloom? And what climate does it like? It's really a very pretty planting. Kathy

santamaker said...

Lynne, what a beautiful yard! I'm bringing a picnic as soon as it warms up.

Jessica said...

Lynne~

Lovely views of your yard. I love playing in the dirt, too. I can't wait. :)

Have a great day & stay warm!

Hugs~ J

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynne, methinks you have a green thumb, lady! Such beautiful plantings, and I love the Charlie Brown tree story! I know you enjoy this lovely yard. :-)

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

XO,

Sheila

Cam said...

How nice - 40 acres sure would provide lots of outdoor posts :)

JudyBug said...

Beautiful pics. We planted a weigela bush a couple of years ago. Wow, mine looks nothing like your's yet. Gorgeous!

~CC Catherine said...

Love your Weigela Bush, How gorgeous your property is! My husband would love to have more than the 1/4 acre plot than we enjoy in our subdivision! ;) (I won't show him your lovely property and Weigela bush to drool over~ ;) ~CC Catherine

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I really enjoyed walking through your garden. Beautiful pics. Have a great day, Theresa

Happy To Be said...

GM Dear friend...40 acres WOW!! and I complain about my 11...this all is so pretty girl and now I can just see you on your tractor mowing all of this..How is Bill doing today?? I has so forgot about you doing taxes now..girl get some new batteries to keep going with..love ya sis..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Betsy said...

Beautiful! It's a little early for spring fever though....in Ohio we could have 2 more months of winter weather! eeeek!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Cindy, I'm so glad you came for a visit. Our temperatures have gone up and down like a yo-yo all winter. So, when it's nice we try to get outside as much as possible. Enjoy your spring like days.. hugs ~lynne~

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful yard and gardens, Lynne! I can't wait to see more!

Hello Mary Lou said...

What a big piece of property. Beautiful!

Susan said...

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday Lynne!

40 acres? Oh my.. I would love to have that much land!

Your weiglea bush is beautiful. I think I planted one and it didn't make it...but after seeing yours, I might have to try again..in a different spot!

Thanks for sharing your photos....you have a beautiful yard...and I look forward to seeing more of it!

Susan

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful - thanks for sharing. That is a lot of grass to mow. :) In the high teens early this morning, so great to see green and plants in bloom.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Lynne...What gorgeous photos! Your yard is beautiful! I love playing in the dirt, too! But our poor old Georgia red clay is sooooo hard now from yers of drought...it's hard to dig a hole! :-( Have a great day...Debbie

Barb said...

Good morning Lynne.

Thank you for sharing your lovely pics with us.

Hang in there. Spring is just around the corner.

Blessings on your day.

Barbara Jean

ellen b said...

What a lovely back and side yard you have! It must be great to look out at so much space. Love how that pink pops! Have a wonderful Wednesday...

Susan S. said...

WOW that's a huge yard...and So pretty! I don't think we have Wiegela bushes in Texas...but it sure is pretty.

Frippery said...

I can't wait for more pictures. I love garden tours and ideas. I am still enjoying the snow but did post pictures in other seasons too. Pam

Lana said...

Oh, I can't wait to see more of your outdoor photos. With your acreage you must have lots of wildlife. Please, pretty please, show us some of your visitors. Great post today!

Blessings, Lana

Raggedy Girl said...

What a beautiful bush. I am going to get one this summer, I really love it.
Question: what is RMS?
Roberta Anne

Melissa Miller said...

You have such beautiful land Lynne!
The crab apples are gorgeous. :)

Lynette said...

I want spring time now!! We woke up to a little snow this morning - UGH!!

Pretty pics Lynne ~

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Ohhh...me too!!! I'm sooooo ready to see some green!!! But I'm afraid it'll be awhile yet! I hear ya about all of the temperature fluctuations...today we are supposed to get up to 60...and I'm lovin' it! But it's been pretty cold here the last few days!

Girl, your yard is simply gorgeous!!! It's so evident that it took alot of hard work to get it that way! I love the flowering crab apple trees...we have lots of them around here...they're so pretty in full bloom!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, Sweetie...
Love ya,
Chari

Glenda said...

I was here earlier but I must not have commented. I'll correct that oversight right now.

You have a wonderful piece of property. I'm sure it requires a lot of work to keep it up. I know how much effort it took to keep up the 3+ acres we used to have. Now that we have less than an acre, it is much easier.

Your plantings look just great. I'm gonna have to keep my eye out for the weigela plant.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Glenda, I'm always so delighted when you stop by. Our grounds do take a lot of work.. A full day of mowing and another half day of trimming. So you know I'm out in the yard quite a little bit.. lots of sun and fun and talking with mother nature. I'm looking forward to getting back out there. I hope you find a weigela plant.. low maintence and beautiful to the eye.
hugs ~lynne~

Bo said...

Hi Lynne...40 acres qualifies you as a ranchette in these parts...who does the mowing, weeding, watering...it sure is pretty! ;-) Bo

KATHERINELLEN said...

Welcome to your first Outdoor Wednesday...WOW! 40 acres...I know you have lots of phtos to share with us...Beautiful place you have...Beautiful Bushes...Great phots..

vintagewindow said...

Hi Lynne, Your yard is beautiful. Like you I can't wait for spring. If I had 40 acres to run around in. I'd be barefooted all summer. :)

Happy Hump Day

Kris

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Lynne, OMG!! You have 40 acres in the middle of town. That's awesome. I do all... of the yardwork at our house too. My dh is too busy to help at that time of the year. Well, he did plant the trees. He doesn't think I can plant them straight enough. LOL You have done a wonderful job. It looks so beautiful.
Hugs, Terrie

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you. I cut my wiegla's back at least.. once a year. I have 3 variety's. One variety I cut down to the ground every spring. They are beautiful.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

I have enjoyed visiting with you tonight, and yes I think we all are looking for green,and i am looking forward to seeing more of your flowers and plants this summer.Sue

9405018--Pat said...

Hey Lynne, your yard looks great! Can't wait till spring get here...enjoy the great weather so far...Pat

lvroftiques said...

Lynne!!! Oh girlfriend I've missed you sooo!! Mom is doing so much better and I'm so thankful for all your prayers. They are working!! Praise God!! Your yard looks just lovely!! That weigela bush is gorgeous!! I wonderif I could grow one here...hmmmmm And 40 acres???!!! Oh I am GREEN with envy!! I can only dream of that kind of space! OK well I have lots of catching up to do so I'm off to play catch up with your blog. Can't wait to see what you've been doin'*winks* Vanna

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Lynne, oh, how beautiful your yard is! At first I just looked through the pictures and thought this was a park. Went back and read and found out it was your yard! Truly gorgeous! What a blessing to have so much lovely land!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

9405018--Pat, thanks for swinging by. I hope you're looking forward to the warmer temps they are promising us.. hugs ~lynne~

Sharon said...

Your place is just beautiful! You have planned it well and executed your plan to a T. I love the wiegela bush! I don't have a green tumb as you do and I certainly can't dig and plant any more so I'll just be content looking at yours. I know what you mean about the temperatures going crazy. We've had enough warm weather that the daffodils are blooming so last night and tonight we have deep freeze warnings. I'm sure they will freeze their blooms off. Surely spring is on its way. Stay warm!

carolinajewel said...

Your weigela bush and your whole yard are beautiful!!! Definitely makes me long for Spring! :D Jewel

Kathysue said...

wow 4o acres that is amazing.I live in little suburbia so this is massive and wonderful.The more I know about you the more I realize you are truly a mulitfaceted lady with more energy in your pinky than I have in my entire body.Can't wait to see more as it gets closer to Spring,Kathysue