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Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall in the Desert



In the desert we are just the opposite of most of you weather wise. You have had wonderful summers and a lot of pretty flowers and a chance to enjoy the outdoors. We have been up to 110 or much higher since May, so there are no flowers, a lot of things have died and the yard desperately needs attention. Since it's cooled down now to 99 degrees and the cooler temps are just around the corner, I am really ready to perk up the yard and start enjoying the outdoors.

This is a picture of an area where all of the plants died. I cleared all the dead ones out and am ready to create a place to sit and relax.


This is a little bench that I bought for $10 at a thrift shop a few years ago. A fresh coat of Antique White paint and it looks good as new.


A trip to the nursery for some pretty flowers and trying to figure out an arrangement for some pots.


I think this is going to work. I love the red geraniums and white petunias together. The smaller pot has Cabaret yellow in it and will fill out and drape down the side of the pots.


Adding a couple of pillows that I've had for years and my little garden fairies and this is starting to look inviting.


I've added a couple of pots on the edge of the patio, so I'm at least on my way to getting a few flowers blooming. Still a lot to go.


I can't wait until these all grow and really fill out the pots and drape down the sides.




Thanks so much for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits and hope you come again soon.

Hugs, Marty

60 comments:

  1. That makes a pretty spot. It doesn't get too cold in Florida either.

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  2. Marty, I had never thought about the desert and flowers, as we are getting ready for indoor living, you are able to come outside and enjoy the beauty. I love red geraniums so much! Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend! Sue

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  3. I love that metal stand that holds the round container with the white petunias. Perhaps you don't enjoy the outdoors in August, but you can enjoy it while we are freeze drying up north.

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  4. It's all looking so nice. I love the bench! That was a great bargain!

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  5. Marty-It does seem completely foreign to me to be planting now! I am ready to rip out all my dead things and just plant a few pansies. I know you have dry heat as opposed to our humidity, but 110 is just HOT anyway you cut it :) I know you are looking forward to spending time in your pretty little corner--looks great!

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  6. Oh Marty...it looks so pretty! That's where I'd have my coffee in teh mornings! I am still so amazed at how different the seasons are for you! I really had no idea! It's like you get another Spring while we are dealing with the onset of Winter!! Just gorgeous!! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

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  7. Hi Marty! I think you are gonna have a lovely place to relax there. :) I just read your blog and you were born in Texas. :) Yippee! It probably doesn't get that cold in Arizona either. I can't wait to see your progress on your garden, my friend. Take care.
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  8. Beautiful!!! I am in Alabama and we don't have that much cold weather either, but I do have to bring my "precious" plants in! You are lucky to be able to enjoy it year round!

    And this is a gorgeous setting!! Love geraniums!

    Have a great weekend!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  9. I do love yard art and the containers sitting around!

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  10. Marty, you have a lovely spot to enjoy the winter. Here in TX we can put out new things this time of year as well. It's so different from our friends up north who are preparing for winter. :-) Have a great weekend. ~ Sarah

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  11. Marty, I'm trying to imagine a climate like that. You have certainly made a charming oasis in the desert land. I was noticing that my petunias are spent and acorns are fallin on my deck. Does it ever get cold there? Linda

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  12. Hi Marty,
    Well, I'll be there in a month! I sure hope its down in the 80's by then. My son and wife talk about the cabin fever they have during the summer there while we'll have a bad case come January. Your outdoor sanctuary is so lovely, our geraniums are starting to look a little scraggy, yours are just coming to life! Hugs, Cindy

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  13. Hi Marty - Your little sitting area looks so pretty! Love your little bench - it is just perfect for that spot - our high for tomorrow is supposed to be 69 and rainy! We are heading to the mall though so it won't bother us - Meghan needs some new "dressier" clothes for the games that she'll assist at.

    Oh, I love, love, love what you did with your table arrangement and how you sprayed your pumpkins - what a clever idea to make them blend better with your decor. Have you seen the DIY blog's take on mercury painted pumpkins? To.die.for - they are gorg - I cannot wait to do some like that. I have her blog on my "list that I follow" if you want to check her's out!

    Have a good one and try to "stay cool" friend -

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  14. Here's the link to the pumpkins to look like mercury glass (I hope)!!


    http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/09/week-1-diy-show-off-fall-festival.html

    Aren't they pretty -

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  15. What a pretty spot to enjoy! My flowers are still looking pretty, but not for long...maybe another month to enjoy. The temps are around 80 degrees during the day still. I love flowers and when winter comes, I get a little depressed!

    Blessings~
    Tonya

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  16. Beautiful arrangement! Have you loved the somewhat cooler weather we are enjoying? I know that in the early morning hours I have loved turning off the AC and opening the windows and doors to the low 70's weather.

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  17. The little sitting area is lovely, Marty. I can just picture you with your Bible and ice tea relaxing in the yard.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  18. Hi Marty, this looks so nice, not desert like at all, very peaceful cool and relaxing, Great Job!! Hugs Kathysue

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  19. I always use red geraniums and white petunias. Truly my fav combo. I haven't started yet.....couple more weeks. I do want to get a few more pots this year. So pretty...still gotta see in person one day!

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  20. What you have done looks lovely and I agree, a very nice spot to have morning tea or coffee.

    I chuckled when I read what Smiling Sally wrote. It depends on what part of FL you live in. Here in N FL we get a good bit of below freezing temperatures but they are not sustained days and days of freezing weather. I lose quite a few of my perenniels but the good news is that in late Oct. I can plant pansies, snapdragons, petunias and other annuals that enjoy cooler temps and enjoy them throughout the winter months. I feel like I have the best of both worlds living in N FL.

    I have another friend who lives in Arizona and she had told me the same thing about nothing blooming there.

    Marty, can you grow Hibiscus or Bouganvilla in Arizona? They are tropicals but in S FL bloom year round. Just a thought. Here in N FL they die back to the ground when we get our first freeze.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  21. Gorgeous little sitting area. Can I come over for some iced tea? And stay forever?

    Much love,
    Kate

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  22. Your garden is pretty - really like the bench.I remember what the Summers were like when I lived in Phoenix. I think I was the only one in the neighborhood that would get out and water in the evening just to keep a little green going. I knew I was in trouble when I got off the plane and it was 116. I did not live there that long.

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  23. That looks Like fall in SW Florida.

    If you enjoyed the tour I would appreciate it if you grab the button and post it so more people learn about it.

    Cheri

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  24. HI!!!!
    Where did you find those darling yard fairies??? I have to know to get some for me!!!!
    I love the new fall look and it will be a pleasure to sit out there now!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  25. It's a beautiful setting, Marty. Just about the time your flowers are trailing down the sides of those pots, we will probably have snow on the ground.:-) I'll come by here to be reminded of spring!

    Happy Weekend!

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  26. Isn't it wonderful that the days are getting a little cooler. Your back yard reminds me of ours. We have grass with rocks around it and a fence just like yours. Great buy you got on the bench. Yes yes yes, I'm glad it's cooling off here in the desert. I like your little angels too.
    Charlotte

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  27. I love your table setting and centerpiece. Wow! So warm and inviting.
    Hugs,
    Karen
    Ladybugcreek

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  28. Love how your yard is looking. We are still having warm weather here in the North Bay area(meaning north of SF). Today it got up to 96 or so. I looked at your tablescape post too and it is gorgeous. Just love it.

    Thanks for your encouraging visit to my post!

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  29. Well at least you still have green grass Marty. Ours went all brown last summer and thank heavens we had some winter rain this year or it would still be that way. We are not allowed to water our gardens unless we use tank water and we tend to save that for washing the car and the special plants.
    You have done a wonderful job with re-potting and that little corner looks very pretty and inviting ... I love all your fairies, they're gorgeous. I only have one, that my mum bought me ... I would like more.
    Enojoy your weekend.
    Warmest hugs,
    Sandi

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  30. Hi Marty,Love how your yard is looking...What a great brick wall in the background....
    xoxo
    Julie

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  31. I'm another that's never really thought about how hard it would be to have lush plants in the desert in the summer. I have lived in N. IN my whole life and believe me we have all 4 seasons here!

    Your sitting are looks great!

    XXDenise

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  32. Looks like its going to be a great spot to hang out when your weather cools down a bit! All of my flowers are starting to die out as fall is setting in here now. The trees are starting to change now too. I love fall.. but I get sick of winter very quickly!
    have a great weekend!
    hugs
    vivian

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  33. It looks like a beautiful spot and not hot at all....so pretty.
    I am already getting ready for winter...my very favorite time of the year....
    Your tablescape is just beautiful, too. I didn't get a chance to see it yesterday but I did just a few minutes ago. Your stem ware is so so pretty....

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  34. Hi there Marty girl, wow I love those fairies in your garden, what a lovely oasis :) I think it looks so peacful. Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for coming over for pink Saturday, I had to post it early, my mom's having a yard sale this weekend and I volunteered to help out. Take care.

    Blessings,
    Heidi

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  35. Hi Marty, I am having a terrible time posting to your blog...hope this one goes through...crossing my fingers.

    Your sitting garden area is beautiful....so serene and gracious.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

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  36. Oh Marty, as usual, you did a wonderful job....what a pretty place to sit and relax......

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  37. Hi Marty~

    It was so much fun to see fall from your point of view in a desert climate. Thanks for the stroll!

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  38. It's looking really inviting, Marty! More so when the plants start spreading and they will soon for sure. I hope you have a nice weekend!...Christine

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  39. M, it look great and the bench was a lucky find. I love the look of a pot spilled with the flowers growing in the spill, that could also be a option for you. Thanks for the sweet note that you left me.

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  40. Doesn't that look so darn lovely? I love the bench....you lucky gal! TEN DOLLARS! Whoa, that was a lucky day. It's fabulous. I'd love one too.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs,
    Spencer

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  41. Marty, thank you for commenting on my china cabinet on my blog. Yes.. pictures would be great. I want to put one of my husband and me when we got married since the china is our wedding china.
    Also, I love that dark purple tree in your pictures. What is it called? I think it would do well in deep south Texas since you have it in Arizona. What do you think?
    How neat to change your living room decor according to the seasons. I always think I want to do that and just never get around to it. Your blog is such an inspiration!
    Hugs,
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  42. Very pretty Marty, May you enjoy your yard this weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  43. Love your garden area with the bench, flower and little fairy statues. Very pretty and a relaxing area to sit and read or visit.

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  44. Hi Marty,

    I am trying to have a better green thumb, this is inspiring! I never thought about desert flowers!

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  45. Hi Marty, thanks so much for coming by and sweet words of encouragement. I am feeling better emotionally after finding out there's nothing major going on! Your garden spot is beautiful and it is amazing that you can have flowers in the fall like that. Keep us posted on how it's going. It looks like a great place to relax and enjoy some time with a magazine.
    Debra

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  46. What a lovely garden re-do! I just love sitting in the yard surrounded by lovely flowers. Very nice!

    Sharon

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  47. Marty, Looks and sounds like Texas this past summer. Looking good and I hope it cools off more for you all, we are in rainy Va and the weather is semi cool, but very wet. I haven't taken many pictures...no one wants to stand in rain.

    Hope you have a great week.
    Barbara

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  48. what a great spot Marty, i could saet out there for hrs(if is not too hot;o)lol...
    how lucky to have nice flowers all year, we should trade places sometimes, let me know ok..lol
    thanks for stopping by and take care my friend!!!

    xxx..Silvia.

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  49. what a great spot Marty, i could saet out there for hrs(if is not too hot;o)lol...
    how lucky to have nice flowers all year, we should trade places sometimes, let me know ok..lol
    thanks for stopping by and take care my friend!!!

    xxx..Silvia.

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  50. Hi Marty,
    Your yard is lovely! The cute bench with its fresh coat of paint and pillows will be the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the nice weather.
    Cathy

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  51. Your bench is adorable! Great find and all dressed up with paint and pillows.

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  52. What a cozy little corner, Marty! You can take a book back there, or a magazine, and listen to the birds.
    Brenda

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  53. Hello Dearheart...

    Just read your sweet note and wanted to come by! Girl, you always stay soooo busy!!! Hehe! I just love your pretty little sitting area! Ohhh boy, I could give some of our outdoor furniture a fresh coat of paint too! But to no avail at this point...with snow on it's way! My friend, I bet it's difficult keeping up with your flowers and such in the heat...but your yard looks so pretty and green and all of your flowers look beautiful!!! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE your garden fairies! So sweet and so much fun!!! You've done a beautiful job, Sweetie! I love it!!!

    Just wanted to tell you that I looked through your tablescape post too! Marty, it's gorgeous!!! I love your new autumn floral arrangement...it's fabulous! Girl, you really do have a gift when it comes to doing arrangements!!! Your place settings are gorgeous too! Love that pretty china! Fabulous table, my friend...it looks so elegant!!! Well Darlin', hope that you're having a wonderful weekend! I'll talk with you later!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  54. I'd be sitting back in that little area with a book and some iced tea. What a bargain little bench, and what a nice job you did of bringing back your old bench from your parents. Paint, varnish, and stain can do so much, can't they?
    Enjoy your time planting and making your yard look pretty!
    hugs, Sue

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  55. Marty,
    How pretty. I guess you know, you will have to show allot of us frequent pictures of all your beautiful flowers until we have the chance to plant our own, after the snow has melted.
    Sandy

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  56. Everything looks great. You say it has cooled down to 99...I don't know how you ever leave the house. I'm a mess when it gets out of the 80's these days!

    Sue

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  57. Marty I've gotta say I'm jealous your still planting flowers! Your backyard looks so inviting. That bench is adorable! Traci

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  59. Has creado un maravilloso rincón en el jardín, llegué aquí a través del blog de CIELO, me encanta todo tu blog
    KISSES

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