In the spring I was gifted two ‘Lil Miss Sunshine’ Caryopteris shrubs to test in my garden. They have reached the status of 2020 Standout for sure.
- I love the color of the leaves.
- I love the compact size.
- I love the blooms.
- And, most of all I love how well it pairs with Music Box roses.
I have several Music Box roses and they are standouts every year but adding ‘Lil Miss Sunshine’ as a companion turned out to be a great decision. Just look at how fabulous these two neighbors work together.
Even though my garden is a cottage style garden and it is packed with many, many plants, I am careful about neighbors for the roses. Roses need good air circulation and are extremely grateful for plants that can help hide their “naked knees” that tend to happen by summer’s end. And, summer’s end is when ‘Lil Miss Sunshine’ goes from a pretty little shrub to a STANDOUT. Look at these soft, lovely, blue blooms… What better colors to pair with Music Box. These two plants have been so good together all year. I will be adding more Lil Miss Sunshines in the future and if you are in Zones 5 – 9, you might want this little cutie too.
Hydrangeas are just wonderful right now and ripe for the picking. This week I made an arrangement for our dining room table.
If you would like to see the process for holding a large arrangement in a small container, here you go…
It is so fun to work on projects outside as the weather has been just about perfect. While we badly need rain, it’s hard to complain about 75 and sunny every day. The night temps are dipping closer and closer to frost and I am getting things ready to come inside. Which means reorganizing the Potting Shed! It will be my place to “garden” for the winter.
The garden still has some beautiful blooms…
Mr. G and Me
This week is the 43rd anniversary of me and Mr. G starting our lives together and we are happier every year. Yes, like all of you, life has thrown us curve balls out of nowhere but we stay anchored to God and to each other and are committed to being each other’s best friend, support system and very best cheerleader. Plus, he is just the cutest thing! Look what he served me on the start of our anniversary week. He knows me well – COFFEE!!!
As you look at this sweet cup of coffee (and it was outstanding), know this, Mr. G is not the most comfortable man in the kitchen. But he does believe in having the right tools. So, when he decided he wanted to make me a special drink he found the right tool – a frother! We are putting it to good use! In our life together we have learned that it is the little things we do that add up to the big things! Note: During lockdown, he is learning more and more about cooking and is proving to be a very apt student! 🥰 If you would like to make someone’s day … here’s a link to the frother! I highly recommend it!
I hope you and your friends and family are enjoying the beauty of fall and continue to be safe and healthy!🍂 What are the little things in your life that are meaning so much these days?
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You always give me inspiration with your blog, beautiful rose and other flower photos. And all of your good tips. I love the shrubs with the purple flowers. What is the name of the medium pink rose that has a lot of blooms? Beautiful! I received my ARS magazine with the rose handbook in yesterday’s mail with the lovely pink David Austin roses on the cover. My husband and I will be celebrating our 53rd Wedding Anniversary on September 30, 2020, and we do love coffee. I will check out the frother. Thanks a lot! I baked pumpkin spice muffins for our breakfast this morning. They were so good, and I added English walnuts to the batter. If you have a Big Lots store near you, they have all kinds of seasonal products now on sale. We bought some Gouda cheese which is so good there along with some Cranberry-Orange muffin mix. Our store has their Christmas decorations out now, too. And we do love Biltmore. I would love to go there at Christmas sometime. I have a beautiful anniversary card for my husband which has a perfect verse as he is Mr. Right. Happy 43rd Wedding to you and Mr. G! We still write in our Gratitude Journals, work in our garden, feed the birds, so thankful for all of the seasons and what they offer, and for this gorgeous weather we are having.