Monday, June 23, 2014

Sophie's Garden

I've been AWOL again!  We had a house guest from California and were very busy getting everything tip top for his visit.  This was the first houseguest for Gracie May and Sasha.  Gracie May was very social, but Sasha chose to spend her time in the garage.  We've decided she's just a solitary gal.  Anyway, we all had a great time and are finally getting back to normal around here.

Most of you may remember that our Sophie passed away Christmas before last.  She's resting out in the East side yard.  I decided it was time to plant a garden for her.  Of course we call it Sophie's Garden.

 Alll of this was planted recently.  I have three Clematis on the chain link.  I'm hoping by next year you won't be able to see much of the fence at all.  I have no idea why the previous owners installed this short bit.  The next door neighbor has it all along her property line.  Except for this, all of our fence is wood.  So, what better way to cover it up!  So far there are a few perennials and I happened to find some verbena and snapdragon at Home Depot the other day.  The rose is a John F. Kennedy tea rose.  Next year I'll fill in more of the space with perennials.  In a year or two the drip line won't even show.

Looking the other way is our new arborvitae hedge.  We removed a very old Spirea hedge, which while it was gorgeous in bloom, was a pain to trim every year and had begun to die in spots.  We plan to keep this hedge at about the height of our neighbors trash cans.  Next year we'll plant Alyssum under the hedge.

I am not back to sewing as yet, although I wish I was.  However, I got bit by a great sale the other day.  Check out this gingham!  I loved it as a child and still do.  Not sure what I'll do with these just yet, but am working on some ideas.


Needled Mom said...

Sophie's garden is going to be gorgeous. The clematis on the fence should be stunning when it fills in and is in full bloom.

Yummy gingham! You should participate in Madam Samm's gingham hop in September.

Stephanie said...

Sophie's Garden is a beautiful tribute to how much she obviously was loved. Love the gingham!

Sue said...

What a lovely garden for your Sophie. The clematis will be beautiful and should cover the fence nicely

Tammy said...

Sophie's garden is so lovely, and I love the new hedge you planted too. You are such a busy lady and always do such beautiful things whether it's sewing or gardening or just anything. Love that gingham too, it's always just so fresh and pretty. Hugs!!

Karen said...

Beautiful gardens, all. I love your clematis, very nice. I have one that's many years old and never performed well. I wonder if it needs to be taken out and put in deeper! Glad to hear you are feeling better and better!

Prairie Stitcher said...

Glad to have you back. I was getting ready to send out the gen d'arms (sp?) for you. Love the yard and Sophie's garden. So nice.

Anna said...

Oh the dreams that a garden named Sophie brings to mind...and the fabric just makes me giddy!

B J Elder said...

You've been busy! Sophie's garden and the rest of your yard is going to be great as things grow and fill in. It is always interesting to try to figure out why some things were done the way they were (ie the fence). You found a great solution for it.
When I got married (on a hot August day) my bridesmaids had gingham dresses!

Houseelf said...

What a wonderful space that corner will be to Sophie's memory. Have you tried Morning Glory on chain link? When I was on Rhodes, they had whole tennis court fences covered in it in purples mainly but there is a gorgeous red variety called Scarlet O'Hara.

Happy gingham plotting! My school uniform was blue gingham in Summer- such a welcome change from the plain blue Winter one.

Ulla said...

Lovely garden for Sophie! Your new fabrics must be a great inspiration for a future project.

QuiltSue said...

Your garden, as always, is looking beautiful and Sophie's Garden will be a great tribute to her.

I wonder if we so many of us love gingham because it was our summer school uniform so it meant that winter was over and soon school would be too?

Kaaren said...

I always take a "second tour" whenever you post photos of your gardens. They are a work of art and devotion, Candace. Sophie's garden is a perfect tribute and will look gorgeous when it matures.

I just bet that you're itching to get back sewing. I know the feeling!

Me and My Stitches said...

Sophie's Garden is just wonderful - love it! Snapdragons are one of my favorite flowers, my grandparents always had them growing in their yard - such great memories! Glad the girls did ok with a visitor. How have you been doing? Hope you are healing and almost ready for sewing!

Marie said...

Love your garden and also the gingham check is among my favorites. Have a beautiful day. Hugs, Marie

Carrie P. said...

How sweet to plant a garden in remembrance of Sophie. It is will be beautiful just like the rest of your yards.
Been a while since I have seen Gingham.

Jeanna said...

Sophie's Garden as well as the other new plantings are very pretty and will fill in nicely. Love the gingham also and can't wait to see what you come up with.

I've been AWOL too, so many distractions at work and family health issues. Ugh!

pratima said...

Sophie's garden is going to be very pretty with Clematis blooms and leaves covering the fence and all kinds of flowers on the ground. Adorable gingham! Those colors, yum!

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