Saturday, June 4, 2016

Things I'm Delighted to Share...Flowers and a New Book!


What could be more beautiful than these lovely roses that I'm delighted to share with you? I give roses out as "Thank You's" to folks at school who have worked on my committees or supported my program in special ways throughout the year. These are some of the leftovers that I arranged and displayed on my kitchen counter.

The deep red, salmon and yellow just blend together so beautifully, don't you think? Roses are one of my favorite flowers!

Outdoor Flowers

And I'm delighted to share some of my outdoor flowers with you, as well. These marigolds are really brightening the path up to the front of my house. 

I planted two more pots of marigolds today, so now there are four. I'm loving the yellow and orange colors!

And I have ferns, again, on the front porch this summer.  But, only two pots of ferns this time. Last year, I had four pots of ferns and it overwhelmed the porch a bit. They grew so big that I cut them in half midway through summer and ended up with eight pots of ferns! Have you ever tried to cut ferns in half? What a job! The root systems are VERY tough. I was sweating by the time I got the job done! They are very resilient plants, though. 

I also have two pots of Impatiens on the front porch. They are not labeled as "deer resistant" like the marigolds, so I hope they make it through the summer without getting eaten! We do have deer coming around. 

A "New" Book

This book is not newly published, but it is new to me. I am currently reading, "The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat," by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. It was published in 1997. I picked it up recently in a local used bookstore and am really enjoying reading it.

The story is told from the point of view of a cat named, "Foudini" who lives with his "humans" that he calls "Warm" and "Pest." In the book, he is trying to impart wisdom, told through the story of his life, to a little cat sharing his home named Grace. I'm not super far into the book yet, but already this cat lover has fallen in love with the story. The book is still available through Amazon in both hardback and paperback. 


So, these are the things I'm delighted to share with you today. I hope your weekend is going well. Is anything delighting you right now? Any good books you have read? Any beautiful flowers you are planting or enjoying? Hope you'll leave a comment and share. I enjoy hearing from you and appreciate your comments so much!

Until Next Time,


Amy Johnson said...

Such beautiful flowers. I've actually always struggled growing ferns until this past year, when I discovered they love to grow in moss baskets. Now my ferns grow beautifully all year long. I was wondering what I do when they outgrow their basket. Happy to hear that they can be divided.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Amy. Yes the ferns can be divided. I literally just took a sharp knife and cut straight down through the middle of the plant. The roots are really tough, though! The ferns looked a little lopsided for awhile after the cutting, but by the end of summer they were full and lush again!

Laurie Oien said...

Love ferns and you're right they are resilient. Had two last summer and one actually lasted through the winter in the house. It didn't make to spring though. :(