Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Garden Gate & Climbing Rose



 Today I want to show you 
my latest garden project.
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Some of you that have been following
my blog for a while
might remember my garden gate.


It was a gift from my sweet
friend and neighbor Shirley.


She had it in her garden for years
and was ready for a change . . .


So she offered to gift it to me :)
Yes, was out of my mouth 
quicker than you can imagine, LOL.

I Love It!!!


I have decorated with it
throughout the house . . .


But decided this week to move
it outside. 
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 I planted this bright pink
climbing rose under it.
The window you see is 
my kitchen window over the sink.
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If it makes it through the winter
and starts climbing this lovely gate . . .
I think it will be a show stopper.

At least to me :)



Last week I made a short trip to Oregon
and while I was there I purchased 
some Russian Sage. 
This plant does beautifully in our area,
but I can never find it.
So I bought 4 plants :) 


 My cone flowers are starting to bloom 
out by the front fence.



and while I was out walking the yard 
this morning
I picked a small mixed bouquet.

Notice the little glass stone beside it.





 Here's the stone up close.
it says,
Connie is an Artist
Whose Life is her Canvas.
I am always delighted when a personal letter
 shows up in my mailbox, 
but this one was beyond special.
It is from Ann, 
an Indiana follower of my blog.
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Thank you Ann for your kind words 
and for this adorable
and thoughtful little treasure.



I leave you with this.

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Life is beautiful
enjoy each and every day . . .
after all it could be our last,
so make the absolute most of it.
That's what I plan on doing!
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Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)






32 comments:

  1. Well I didn’t enjoy today so much because I had skin cancer removed from my nose. They had to take quite a bit out, then take some skin from in front of my ear and graft som skin onto my nose. So, not so good. But it could always be worse. And I know that. That gate looks great painted and that rose is going to smell wonderful while you are standing at the kitchen window doing dishes!

    Cindy

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    1. Cindy, I am so sorry about your nose. I go around with a hat on my head and a white shirt as a jacket, all summer. I'm out in the sun gardening and doing lawn work all the time, because I love it. So, skin cancer is always on my mind. Here's to a speedy healing . . . now go shopping and buy a pretty straw hat or two. One for working and one for just looking pretty :)

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  2. I love the gate, Connie. It looks fabulous in front of your fire and out in the garden with the pretty pink rose growing on it. Your flowers are looking a treat. Isn't it lovely to have vases of fresh picked flowers throughout your home. Enjoy those blossoms.

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    1. Hi Kim, thanks for stopping by, I love hearing from my blogging sisters. You're so sweet. :)

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  3. Hi Connie.... I love garden gates for some reason... any kind, metal, wood, whatever.. they seem kind of mysterious to me.. like what is on the other side? And I love flowers that climb and love arbors, ladders, etc. for flowers to climb on. Your lovely little gate and the climbing pink roses will be awesome by the end of the summer I bet! I've set up the old "ladder" I made last year out of misc. boards and painted white... against our fence so that some climbing nastursiums can make their way up. last year my lemon cukes climbed it.. this year I wanted flowers. All of your flowers are just so gorgeous and plentiful! xoxo Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn, your ladder sounds adorable. I love nasturtiums, but i've never had good luck with them. Everyone says how easy they are to grow . . . just not for me, LOL. Thanks for stopping my to visit.

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  4. Love all the ways you have used the garden gate, the latest is a great idea. What a sweet little gift that stone is and the saying fits you perfectly

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    1. Good Morning sweet friend. Thank you for all your sweet words. I do hope that today is a better day for you. It's going to take time, but you're a strong girl and you'll come through this. Give yourself a break and be kind to yourself. Sending you a big hug:)

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  5. What a pretty colour your rose is. It will look sweet climbing up through the gate.

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    1. Good Morning Elizabeth, and thank you for your kind words. I do love the bright pink of this rose and think it will be a beautiful sight to behold when it starts growing up to the window :)

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  6. Such a lovely post this morning Connie. The perfect thing that I needed to begin my day today. You chose a lovely place to use your gate. The rose is absolutely gorgeous growing up behind it. And what a perfectly sweet gift you received. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it. How thoughtful of Ann to send it to you. I hope you have a lovely day my friend and stay cool.
    Blessings always, Betsy

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    1. Good Morning Sweet Spokane Sister :) It's nice to read your kind words of encouragement . . . I do think this rose will be a beauty when it actually starts growing up and around the gate. Old houses like this one need roses climbing up their walls. I feel blessed to have so many sweet friends, living next door and in blog-land. Life is good:)

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  7. Hi Connie, I always love your posts you are most inspirational, you always have a project that you have put into action. Love the gate and roses will look good. Christine

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    1. Thank you :) I do love doing projects and almost always have one going. It's just fun to me :)

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  8. That gate is very pretty and just the right size for moving around. Looks great hanging outside in the garden with the lovely roses and all your beautiful flowers.

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  9. What a perfect gift for you. I can imagine all the ideas that popped into your head with that garden gate, and you've used a lot of them. Oh the white gate and pink rose will be beautiful there at your kitchen window. It will grow...everything you plant grows like crazy. Your purple coneflowers are beautiful and look at those big healthy stems. Mine are blooming too, but are not as big and pretty as yours. I've always had a weakness for fences and garden gates. One day when I win the lottery, I'm going to fence in our five little acres with a pretty wooden fence and sweet little garden gate. Guess I need to start playing the lottery if I expect to win. :(

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    1. Every now and then I think of what I would do if I won the lottery, but like you, I never buy a ticket, LOL.

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  10. Hi Connie - I'm here from Crystal's page. Love the ideas with the gate. I'm sure the roses will be happy climbing! :)

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  11. Perfect. I love how you already have it reaching up and taking hold. I have faith it will keep striveing.
    Lisa

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  12. Great ideas for the garden gate. I love it by the fire place.

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  13. Hi Connie, I see you can respond to comments now! Great! What a super gift that gate was! Love the pretty flowers. Love the addition of the dill to the one! Wish I could grow beautiful roses like that! What kind are they? Would you mail me a little of your ability to be creative! LOL Wish you could! Nancy

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  14. I LOVE the gate, I have a wonderful image of the rose climbing up it. What a special stone with such a lovely message, this blogging community is indeed a beautiful place to be.

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  15. What a nice gifts you were giving. Your such a sweet lady, I love your photo's and post.

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  16. I've loved that gate in all its different spots and this one is no exception. How smart to tuck the Rose in behind it so it will grow up where you want it to be.

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  17. Connie, I love what you did with the little gate! My Mister made an arched trellis for my climbing roses and they are always so pretty, once they bloom out! I can't wait to see this gate next year!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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  18. This will be gorgeous whenever it fills the gate with blooms. I have an old iron bed frame and still trying to get something going near it. This year I planted gladiolus bulbs behind it but only two have bloomed.

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  19. Great idea for your gate, so nice when you can use it in more than one place and I think your roses will be happy to climb it :)
    Such a cute glass stone with the little message, I bought some of those years ago to make magnets but never did that, thanks for the reminder :)

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  20. Great idea for your gate. I have one of those too that I picked up at a yard sale. They are fun to decorate with. I think it will be beautiful with the roses growing on it. All of the blooms in your yard look amazing. It's always a treat visiting you.
    xx Beca

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  21. You've had some great ideas for that garden gate! I am sure the climbing rose will be a show stopper. You are such a creative one! I think the words on the little glass stone describes you perfectly ~ "Connie's an artist whose life is her canvas." I love it!

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  22. A garden gate has been on my wish list for a long time, but with no read plans for how I would use one. Now, I really NEED one to use as a fire screen in the non fire months. I really need to step up my hunting efforts.

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  23. I love that garden gate - it is perfect! I would choose different spots in my home and gardens, too...play around with it. Love your pitcher of beautiful flowers and your little gifted stone!

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