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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Small Outdoors, at That Old House

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do.
I'm half crazy, all for the love of you. . . .

It's daisies on Outdoor Wednesday!

Thanks to Susan at A Southern Daydreamer, who dreamed up Outdoor Wednesday, and now has billions of participants. You can see other outdoor stories, including gorgeous garden shots that make me green with envy, by clicking here!


We inherited some lovely perennials when we bought That Old House last year, and this summer
they've popped up bigger and better and are fiercely slugging it out for space in the borders:

At the top of the stone wall behind the house, there are daylilies:


and ... daisies!

The daylilies started their lovely long display a couple of weeks ago.

The Sedum are working up to their autumn splendor.

The daisies are just beginning to bloom:

And I chopped their first blossoms right off, to bring inside!
But I left the freeloading critter outside. I am not sure who he is,
or what he is up to, but I suspect he's up to no good!

Yesterday, on the clearance table at Pier One, I found a darling old-fashioned looking vase.
It is an ear of corn, done in great, murky, Arts & Crafts-y colors:

And now it has fulfilled its destiny:

What more could anyone ask for?

Did you notice the "real life" part of this post? Weeds!
They are to our garden what dust is to our house --- our most prolific product!

Now get outside and enjoy your very own Outdoor Wednesday! -- Cass

P.S. My daughter Anne was today's photographer. Thanks!


  1. Great photos. I can't pass up a good daisy myself. They are such a happy flower. I am in love with sunflowers too for their color and size. I remember when I was younger I would take them and let them soak up food coloring. Hey,
    I do have a craft for some of those young kids to do this summer!

  2. Daisies add such a 'touch' to a bouquet. Love the vase ... TTFN ~Marydon

  3. I often paint daisies in my work. That is one scary looking bug and I'm not afraid of bugs.
    We have the same daylilies, sedum and daisies in our garden.

  4. What pretty flowers! So fresh and summery looking! Love the vase too!

  5. your garden matches your home beautifully, happy ow

  6. Great flowers and love the stone wall or path. . .Fun to bring a little outdoors inside (not the bug though). . .Have a great day!

  7. I love your flowers and I really love that vase! It looks like old Majolica. Great find!!! :D Jewel

  8. I love all of your flowers in this combination. Tell Anne her photos are wonderful. The shot of the sedum,day lilies and daisies is wonderful. How great that you inherited this blooming succession? Someone thought this out. I even like your margined soldier beetle. and the vase sure does look like it is right from the Craftsman era! Beautiful. Now I must go look at my Pier One!


  9. Beautiful flowers. Oh - I can grow weeds real well. :) Like the vase. Your daughter did a good job of taking pictures.:)

  10. Lovely to catch up here - great photos!
    Your perennials are so large and lush - we've planted this year, now that we have a deer fence. I look forward to seeing what we'll have next summer!

  11. The weeds are winning the battle here! Daisies are so darn cute :)


  12. I loved all of your flowers, but the sedum caught my eye. Moma always called it "Live Forever", as you never had to root it, you could just put it in the dirt and it would grow. I loved the pinkish purple tiny flowers when they open up late Summer I believe. Yours looks so healthy and green. Ofcourse who doesn't look at a daisy and smile. They are so refreshing. I have signed up to follow your BLOG, as it is so interesting. I would be honored if you pop over and sign up to follow mine as well. "Country Hugs", Sherry

  13. Great photos Cass! How's the U know who?? Thinking about you, Ghost Hunters is on tonight! :D

  14. How wonderful to 'inherit' such beautiful perennials with your house!

  15. I love Daisies-simple beauty. Love the vase. I am a sucker for Arts and Crafts anything!

    Blessings, Misha

  16. Your "old" house is absolutely beautiful. I love daisies..thank you for sharing all your pictures.

    I hope you have had a wonderful day!


  17. Hi Cass, that old house is lovely!It looks like it's going to reach out and hug you as you run up the steps. Our landscape is a mess after severl constuction projects but I hope to have a nice cottage garden full of daisies next year!

  18. What a lovely post! Your flowers and photos of them are beautiful. Your garden is really a delight. Blessings...Mary

  19. great pictures very pretty and remind me of my grandmothers house of days gone by

  20. Your daughter did a wonderful job with these photos, and you've done a wonderful job with your flowers. I love daisies, and yours look so sweet in your new vase. laurie


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