Wednesday, April 4, 2012

" A Few Pleasantries "

Today is a special one for me. On this very day, 34 years ago, my beautiful baby boy came into this world! I was six days away from my 20th birthday.

I wanted this baby so much. He was all I had dreamed of since I was very young. Frank is a wonderful man. A hard worker. He's been with the same company for 15 years. Or is it 17, my how time flies!

I am very proud to call him my son. And very proud of the life and family that he has made for himself.




Frank doesn't read my blog, at least I don't think he does. You could say he's a bit like his mother in so far that he is always busy working. If not on the job, then at home.

Anyway I still wanted to say that I love him and wish him a Happy Birthday!

I've been amazed at the beauty of the blooms in my yard. I went outside this evening and took a few photos. The colors are beautiful.










And this is what I worked on this morning.

Step 1...



Step 2...





Step 3...




It took me 2 hours and 15 min. I would have liked to use actual weed barrier but had to settle for the newspapers. Which is fine it just doesn't last as long. 

There are a few Easter Lilies in there and some other unidentified flower. I've found quite a few unidentified flowers this year. I planted several perennials around the yard last year before the knee surgery and I didn't bother to record the in my garden journal. So I will have a few surprises this summer!!

We are expecting rain the next couple of days but I am hoping to get some more work done in the yard this weekend. The lawn mower died last week so we get to go lawn mower shopping.

I'm so excited, not!

So how does your garden grow?

24 comments:

Rebecca said...

Happy birthday to your son.....I "hear" your pride and joy in him.

And WOW! Your flowers are marvelous! I can see hours and pleasure have gone into your beds...I hope you stop long enough to just sit/stand and enjoy the beauty.

Barb said...

Happy Birthday to Frank! You really have some colorful blooms already. Is that red a Clematis? (My favorite color!) Hope your knees still feel fine after all the garden work! Take care, Di - I'm thinking about you.

Sandi said...

Glad to see such a lovely post and pictures of your handsome son! The flowers are gorgeous.

I am amazed that you got that whole area done in 2 hours! I haven't even considered gardening yet! I'm lucky that my husband does the weeding and most of the planting. I just reap the harvest of cut flowers and veggies in summertime!

Gail said...

HI DI - "Happy Birthday to your Frank! Wonderful loving sentiments and tribute. And I always admire your outside projects. You are so talented.
Love to you
Gail
peace.....

Wanda..... said...

Happy Birthday to Frank! The clematis flowers are lovely Di, yours are farther along than mine ...but like you, we have to shop for a push mower this year too.

Tamara said...

Oh Di! Happy Birthday to Frank!!! Your flowers are beautiful! Those beauties don't thrive in Arizona. I miss that, too. Most things here either have stickers or thorns. Tumble weed is especially nasty with their stickers at the root area where you grab and try to pull them up.

Linda Higgins said...

As my sweet mother use to say: HAPPY BIRTH-DAY (since you are the one that actually gave him birth) to you Di! And of course I hope your son aslo has a wonderful day as well. You should be celebrating and your family celebrating the gift you gave. YOUR SON! My mother always called me on my childrens birthday to wish me well. I has always thought that was soooo....right...to do that. BOY OH BOY my garden is going to be so pretty this year, I planted lots of bulbs...and flowers galore, not even sure...what, they just looked so pretty at the garden center I grabbed all kinds hehehe. I LOVE what you did to the side of your yard and the newspaper is such a great thing to use, as it is bio- ya know! It is going to be so pretty! HOPE that the life altering situation is coming along alright!

Bonny said...

Happy Birthday to your son! The gardening looks great! Lots of work.

Maria said...

Hi Diana!
Happy Birthday to your wonderful son, Frank!
I can tell how much you love him through your words ~

Your garden blooms are coming along so nicely! It's perfect timing for this holy and very special weekend.
Wishing you a blessed weekend and a Glorious Easter!
always,
Maria

Anvilcloud said...

COngrats to Frank.

Our garden: the crocuses have come and gone. The daffs are not in flower yet. Other spring plants, such as tulips, have sent up shoots. That is all.

Jackie said...

Happy birthday to Frank.
What a beautiful blogpost, Di. I feel the love that you have for your sweet son.
Your garden photos are gorgeous, and I can tell that you worked very hard on your flowerbeds. I'm so happy that you are out and about and doing the things that you love to do. What a blessing!
I love you, my friend.
Jackie

All Dolled Up Doll Clothes said...

Hi Di,
It's been a long time since you've heard from me. I just read your last few posts and I'm sorry for the stress you've been dealing with. hen I've had time, I've read your posts and I've attempted to comment on several of them but blogger keeps kicking me out for some odd reason. Please know that you are in my thoughts often.

Hugs,
Terrie

Dee said...

i am amazed at your blooming flowers...it will be a few more weeks before our flowers bloom as pretty as yours. Happy belated birthday to your Frank...I have a three Franks :)

Teresa said...

HaFppy Birthday to your son Frank. I can tell you are a proud momma! Love your flowers and what you did with your flower bed. I never thought of using newspapers, but if it works it works. Hope all is going well in your world!
Love T

Jackie said...

April 10
Hi, my friend.
Just dropping in to let you know that I'm thinking of you!
Love,
J.

Sabi Sunshine said...

Hi Diane,

Wish your son a very Belated Happy Bday... May God bless him with lots of happiness,health and prosperity in life.

SOrry Lately i was not up to writing anything and was feeling really down.

Take care of yourself
Keep smiling and world will smile with you.
Love
Sabi Sunshine

secondhand bicycles in uk said...

Best Working Dear friend keep working get more success in the name of LORD
second hand cycles in uk
secondhand bicycle shops london
secondhand bicycles in london
secondhand bicycles in uk
used bikes in london
used bicycles in london
cheap bicycles in uk
used bikes in uk

Leontien said...

Congratulations with your beautiful son! I hope he is going to have many many more birthdays!

Your garden looks wonderful and i didn't know you could use old papers so thank you for the tip!

big hugs
Leontien

Talin's Corner said...

Happy Birthday to your son. Love all of your garden pics.

Nezzy said...

Oh darlin', am I late to this party or what??? I do want to wish that handsome baby boy of yours a very Happy Late Birthday!!!

I see you are blessed to the moon and beyond!

God bless ya and have yourself a great weekend sweetie!!! :o)

Theanne said...

Happy Birthday to your son!

Like what you did along wall...very nice!

Beautiful flowers!

Ginnie said...

Hi Di ...I thought my sons didn't read my blog either and just found out they've been checking in for a long time !! Frank just might read your Happy Birthday wishes.

Arti said...

Belated Birthday wishes to Frank.
And what a beautiful garden you have, colorful blooms.
Loved them. And hard work always pays, your 2 hours were definitely not wasted.
My first visit to your blog, have a nice day Diana:)
Arti~India

Mar said...

Oh I am sooo envious of your garden!
It's still too cold up here, even though it's called 'Southern Ontario'. We can't really get into the gardening until near the end of May. This year I'll have the chance to start a brand new garden as there isn't really one at this house. I can hardly wait to get "down and dirty", LOL.