Saturday, May 27, 2017

The good, the bad and the lovely ~

My week started off  in a stressful way with a very sick Miss Twiggley. I woke up one morning and found her sleeping under the bed - not a normal thing for her to do this time of year. Then I saw that she hadn't eaten, both signs of illness in a cat, or at least the cats I have lived with.

I quickly got her to the veterinarian where she was diagnosed with a high fever and an intestinal infection. After four days of antibiotics and a lot of anxiety on my part, she is finally feeling better, her fever is gone and she is eating again. I just hope it doesn't return. 

my beautiful girl

Now for some of the good parts of the week.
The poppies have all bloomed, they were beautiful this year. I have been waiting for them to dry out so I could collect the seeds. It is so much fun to turn the pods, which I am saving for dried flower arrangements, upside down and watch all the the tiny seeds fall out. As my very nice friend and exceptional gardener, Ralph said, "It's like shaking a pepper shaker"! I will plant them in the fall and hope that they will do as well next spring as they did this year.

I am trying to finish the new drapes for the entry hall. I was held up waiting for the gimp trim I had ordered to arrive. I found what I think will be a perfect accent trim online here. They always seem to have the trim I am looking for at very good prices.

The zinnia seeds I planted have germinated and put on their second set of leaves. I love the old time Pink Enchantress but this year I am also trying a new offering, a bi-color zinnia in pink and chartreuse. I am looking forward to seeing this new zinnia bloom, the photos in the seed catalog are gorgeous.

I also sowed sunflowers and nicotiana Sensation seeds. Nicotiana  used to be available in six packs but for some reason they haven't been available the past few years in my local garden shops. It makes a lovely, colorful and fragrant summer annual.


I leave you with the picture taken in the front garden...roses, Queen Anne's Lace, Foxgloves and Cleome. I have had never planted Queen Anne's Lace before, goodness what I was missing. There will be a lot more next year!

I hope you have a lovely, peaceful, and relaxing week.

Thank you for visiting.


  1. So glad that your kitty is doing better. She is a beautiful cat and I know she give you so much pleasure and company.

    Your flowers are stunning and the gardens are beautiful. I have the old fashioned Nicotana plant that gets about 6 ft high and does it smell wonderful, but only at night. I have them all over the yard.

    Thanks so much for the tip on fabric and trim. I used to go to a fabric store that I called the $2.00 fabric store, but unfortunately they have gone out of business.
    Looking forward to seeing your beautiful drapes.

    Enjoy your weekend.


  2. Hi Mary,

    Yes...I think those are the old fashion Nicotanas that I used to have, and they did reseed themselves - which I am hoping these will also.

    All of the good fabric stores are gone in my area, there is nothing left but JoAnne's and they seldom have anything of interest.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. Have a great weekend!

  3. Oh such good news that Miss Twiggly is on the is so stressful when our cats are under the weather....and your garden looks lovely..

  4. It is so good to see her eating and playing you said it is very stressful when they are ill.

    Thank you for your comment about the garden.

  5. I'm so glad to hear that Miss Twigley is on the mend. That's pretty frightening when they are so ill. I always love seeing your drapery projects. Do you line them? I need to get busy and work on some for our home but I'm rather busy with things right now. In the winter, perhaps! Queen Anne's Lace is a favorite of mine. It grows wild along many of our roads in this part of Oregon so that's always a special treat!

  6. Your garden is beautiful, Adrienne. So glad Miss Twigley is doing better. It is so sad when they don't feel well and can't tell you all about it. Can't wait to see the finished drapes and Happy Memorial Day..Judy

  7. Lovely glimpses of what's growing in your beautiful garden. I'm glad your cat is doing better.

  8. I'm glad that Miss Twigley is doing better; I am very happy for you dear Adrienne. It is stressful. As we say in France " Tout est bien qui finit bien ".🌸🌷 🌸🌷 πŸ’• πŸ’•πŸŒΈπŸŒ·πŸŒΈπŸŒ· 🌸🌷 πŸ’•


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