Friday, May 30, 2014

Paint Party Friday

It's Friday again and I actually have art to share. Seems I'm only getting here every other week this year. But I check everyone else out every week :) 
This weeks art is a 5x7 inch card that I made to send my daughter. 
She is an avid fan of the Grateful Dead and even followed them on tour the last year that Jerry Garcia was alive. Memories for life were made that year. Now she's all grown up and married with kids and has gone back to school and is now working on her Doctorate Degree in Early Childhood Education. 
Our schedules are so busy that we don't get to see each other often and I've really been missing her a lot the past 2 weeks. A road trip is in my near future!
Here's the art...

Still spending most of my free time outside these days. Here's a few shots of what's blooming this week. 
 This is the only Iris I have left blooming and it just happens to be my favorite :) I'm thinking that this fall I am going to plant some re-blooming Iris .  
My Rose's are a little worse for the wear this year. The trellis these climb on broke in one of the late winter storms we had this Spring  :( and I haven't gotten around to replacing it yet. So much repair work this year after such a brutal winter.  
 Even the peonies only had a few blooms... but they were beautiful . 
 I've started a new Wisteria Vine , growing up and around an old basketball hoop. 

I started it 3 years ago from a runner off my big vine out back and this is the first year it has bloomed. I've trimmed it up some and wrapped it around the hoop more since these photos but it's pouring outside so no new photo. It does look much better and I have a bigger concrete pot to replant it in. I'm hoping it starts looking more like a tree soon

The bleeding hearts are one of the few shade flowers that survived the winter. Most of my hosta's didn't :( 

 So that' s it for the flowers .
Todays thoughts....

Once again linking to 
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  1. Love the flowers and plants, and your beautiful painting. Hope you get to see your daughter soon! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Beautiful flowers Carol and excellent painting. I'm sure your daughter will love it and I hope you get to see her soon. Take care, enjoy the outdoors. I am loving all the veggies coming to fruition soon.

  3. Love your beautiful flowers and card, hope you get together soon with your daughter. Happy PPF, Annette x

  4. Carol, I sure envy you of your fantastic flowers! Amazing iris. All of mine are now closed up. Maybe I will plant more flowers next year. Seeing your is certainly inspiring. I like the background you made for the Grateful Dead piece.

  5. Wow, more flower photos! And also so much talk of garage sales recently. I suppose the long winter is really over! I love those dangling pink flowers most. Great tribute to the Grateful Dead!

  6. What gorgeous flowers you have! Peony being my very favorite!! Great card for your grateful dead lover!! Very nice quotes too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  7. Love your iris. We still have a few blooming. Lilies are trying to join the blooming fest now. Cool painting for your daughter, hope you get to take that road trip very soon to see her!

  8. your blooms are simply incredible... i would be spending as much time outside as possible as well... thanks for sharing them... xx

  9. You really have a beautiful garden. Love that wisteria vine growing around your basketball hoop :-) Your daughter will love that card. Hope you'll get to see her soon !