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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Stars and Stripes...Happy 4th of July!


        Despite the extreme mess here at Le Beau Paon Victorien, what with our landscaping project underway and taking seemingly forever, I still had to put up the new patriotic bunting that we purchased awhile ago.
       We were very excited to buy this "vintage-style" bunting and put it up and we were not going to be deterred by the mess of our yard. I saw this bunting in the catalog for Plow & Hearth and had to have it!

A few dollar store flags added to my pots of annuals give my front porch more patriotic flair!


Please excuse the dust! There is stone dust all over everything. I try to rinse it off every few days, but the minute they start cutting stone, it's back!

I had to move some of my plants around on the porch and take down the hanging fuschia, so I created this little sitting area in the corner.

If you missed my last post about the HUGE landscaping project we are doing, and all the pictures, you can click HERE.

Inside the house, I have put up two 4th of July banners that I bought at JoAnn's back in May. They actually had these out and on sale, for Memorial Day, even though one of them says "4th" on it.



We've had the worst weather this year for flowers and gardens. We had an early spring, with unusually warm temps, but not a lot of rain. We finally got some rain in late April and early May, but the temperatures were cooler than normal during those months, and we had some pretty cold nights. Then came the drought. We have not had any rain in over six weeks. Everything is curling up and dying and everyone's grass is dead.

 It hasn't helped that we have had horribly hot and humid weather for weeks also, with temperatures close to 100 degrees and high humidity that makes it feel like 110 degrees.

My flowers are hanging on because I have been diligently watering them, but many of them are not doing very well because of the heat and the dry weather.

My coneflower garden is still looking pretty good.


My pots of annuals are flourishing, due to massive fertilizing and watering pretty much every day:



Luckily, the hydrangeas, ferns and hosta are shaded well from the blazing sun.





The front yard is a complete disaster right now, and most of my planting beds are tore up. In the back yard, by my back porch, my orange butterfly weed and red bee balm were doing wonderfully:

But this is what it looks like now:

Yeah. Yikes!!! It's pretty bad.
On the plus side, the project is coming along and hopefully soon we will have things put back together and looking nice again!
The walkways are completed now:


And the wall is progressing nicely:


I hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
Thanks for stopping by!

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and
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday!




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7 comments:

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Katie, Everything looks so pretty! I really like your bunting and the flags from JoAnn Fabrics. And that gorgeous wicker chair at the corner of the porch! Have a Glorious 4th!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love the vintage bunting! I am sure the place will look beautiful when done. For the weather your flowers are gorgeous.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love the vintage bunting! I am sure the place will look beautiful when done. For the weather your flowers are gorgeous.

piccolaceleste said...

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Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the bunting! Your home is so beautiful, don't let a little dust get you down. When all is done it will be AMAZING and worth the hard work.
Happy 4th of July!
Patti

suzyq said...

I.LOVE.THE.BUNTING!!!
Your home looks so charming -
Your newest follower - would
love to have you visit and follow back
Hugs,
:)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Katie,
O My!! Your gardens look magnificent even in the midst of your landscaping project which by the way is looking fantastic! looking forward to seeing the finished project!
LOVE the wickler on your porch. After all, what is a Victorian home without wicker on the proch, right?
And I am so very jealous of those Patriotic banners that you got at Jo Ann's!!!
Michael's and A.C. Moore are both located about 5 minutes form me and it takes me about 25 minutes to get to Jo Ann's so being lazy, I don't go there too often but now, I guess I should be getting my butt over there more....

Hugs,
Debbie