Summer Garden

Okay, so the title of this post is a bit misleading.

I do not have a summer garden. 


I do have a really pretty crab apple tree with a enamel basket that says, "Summer Garden", so that counts right?

I actually don't have much of a green thumb. Gardening seems like learning a new language to me.

But that doesn't mean I don't want to try my hand at it, and hopefully will soon. I have told my daughter that we will plant something, so that will be my motivation to do it.

Keeping my word to her.

Until then we will enjoy the beauty that nature brings all on its own.
And yes, that is a chandelier hanging in our tree. 

We used it for my daughter's second birthday party and just never got around to taking it down.
I don't think we will.

It belongs to the tree now.
Do you have a green thumb? What's the secret? I would love to know...

Till next time...
~Alice W.


  1. I do and I garden year round veggies, herbs, flowers and roses. The secret for me is good soil. We use a lot of organic chicken manure. Our gardens are organic. Oh and bees are necessary for pollination so plant flowers that attract bees to have a healthy garden.

    Growing veggies is the only way that I got my children to eat them. Now that they are young adults they eat mostly organic, healthy foods. And they all want to have gardens of their own someday.

    Your children will love it. Sunflowers are always exciting for them to watch grow. Enjoy!

  2. Oh the chandelier on the tree looks gorgeous-looove the idea!!! Beautiful photos,nice day ! xoxo

  3. Hi Alice,
    Gardening is one of my passions. I love to watch things grow. Watching something grow is watching the miracle of life and only God gives life. Your kids will love it. When I was a little girl at school, we always planted bean seeds in milk cartons with the tops cut off so it was just a paper box. The beans sprout quickly and grow fast. They're fun to watch. I always take our grandson and let him pick out a six pack of flowers and then he plants them and when he visits we check on them and water them. He loves it. We haven't done that yet this year. Thanks for the reminder. Have a good weekend! I'll see you on Sunday for Sunday's at Home!
    Love the chandelier! Wish I could find one,

  4. I LOVE that chandy in your tree!! I have one exactly like it in my bedroom, but I think it needs a tree. lol. BEAUTIFUL photos as always Alice!!

  5. Lovely tree! Gardening is not so hard. Some people make it more complicated than it needs to be. I would start with a potted garden first. Clay pot, potting soil and some seeds. Do not start with herb seeds, they take forever. Coleus is a good seed to start with, lots of beautiful leaves, not a lot of work. Grows fast. Just follow the directions on the back of the packet. Don't overwater and you should be good to go!

  6. Lovely pictures! I love to garden, it takes some patience and some work, but definitely worth all the effort in the end when you get to enjoy things growing. I could imagine a shade garden just beyond your crab apple tree.

  7. What a sweet thing to do...the chandy hanging from the tree! And the little flower bucket! :) I think you would have a lovely garden with all of your creativity. Starting out is a lot of hard work but take your time and enjoy the process. Reap the physical rewards of feeling your body stretch and get stronger. I have a picture of my daughter sitting right in the middle of my little veggie garden when she was just two years old. It was such a lovely excuse to get outside! Now...dig yourself a little patch right next to your back door and sprinkle in a package of old fashioned seeds in it (try four o" clocks or sweet allysum). Let Hazel do the watering can stuff every day. You will be hooked!!


  8. Wow! Gorgeous pictures. Your tree is dreamy with the pretty chandelier and all of the pick buds. Love the summer garden container too!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  9. No green thumb here. We have a little garden here at my condo building but mercifully I am not in charge of it. I do the books! Love that chandelier. I would keep it up all year!

  10. Beautiful post and I wouldn't take the chandelier down either! It looks wonderful! I have a green thumb and its easier then you think. Don't be afraid to ask for tips or advice, it just takes patience and remembering to water.

  11. I hope you don't get tired of me coming over here and repeatedly saying, "beautiful photos!" haha. I just love your photography so much, Alice! I haven't had a garden (or a yard) in three years, so I'll spare you my advice, but I know little by little you'll find your gardening niche and it will bring you much joy.

  12. Love the chandelier!!! The trick to gardening is to start with impossible to kill plants, and plants that bloom all summer this way you see all summer the plants you didn't kill. :) Not sure what zone you are in but I'm in zone 7, and here are a few of my can't kill fav's, bloom all summer. Catmint - light blue flowers, smells yummy, and fills out great. Day Lily's - they come in all sorts of colors, don't require any work, and beautiful blooms, Salvia comes in several varieties attracts butterflies and bumbles, the dark purple are my favorite, (you don't have to dead head Salvia but if you do they are even better) Candytuft is an awesome low plant with bright white flowers, bonus stays green year round, if you want to try a rose knock out roses are perfect for the beginner novice plant and walk away. :) Actually all these are plant and walk away which is awesome and Lowe's carries all these varieties, and Lowe's has a if you kill it in a year we will give you your money back - just bring in the dead plant and your receipt. Perfect for those of us on budget with a tendency to kill. :) Bonus none of these plants need any special soil, they would like it but will do beautifuly without.


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