Sunday, June 14, 2009

Share a Garden Sunday

Welcome back! There were so many beautiful gardens last week that shared, I thought we'd take a stab at a second Share a Garden Sunday! If you'd like to share your garden, grab the button above and make sure to link your blog through the comments portion of this post. (I still can't seem to get Mr. Linky to work!) Make sure to get around and see all the great posts!

This weekend has been projects projects projects at Casa de la Vanderdogan. I had to scrape the back porch, sand it, fill the spots, sand it, fill the spots ... you're getting the picture, right? The chores and tasks seem endless when you own a home that's older than you and your partner combined! In the middle of all of this though, I took some time to plant a beautiful urn with flowers, vines, and grasses for a wonderful neighbor on our street.

If you've been coming to my blog for long, you'll know all about our Garden Walk. This year - our second annual - we decided as a block club to honor one of the residents of the street with a planter. This special planter would signify the dedication the recipient has for Orchard Parkway, and their neighbors. This year, that award goes to a very special person who has lived on the street for longer than I've been alive. She, and her recently deceased husband have been wonderful stewards for this street - keeping it, perhaps, the most beautiful in the city. So, in order to honor her dedication - this urn, a beautiful resin piece made to look like rusting antique wrought iron, is filled with purple queen, wave pink petunias, english ivy, spider plant/grass, and beautiful dahlias - which partial proceeds of purchase go to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

The dahlias were really a thoughtful touch. Our recipients late husband used to grow dahlias as a hobby. Impressive, massive dahlias, at that. We certainly hope that she is as impressed with this planter as we are with her service and dedication to keeping Orchard Parkway beautiful. I am happy to give it to her next Wednesday - though I will miss looking at it in our backyard.
Now, check out these great gardens being shared this week!
Shell @ Sit A Spell
Bridget @ My Silly Blog
Chris C and Jon J @ The Great Wall of Lutz
Deborah @ Midlife Poet
Karen Deborah @ Fresh Fixins


  1. I've just recently found your blog and begun to visit. Your tribute to the former home owner is very touching. Your work in your yard is inspiring. I have just posted my Share A Garden Sunday at

  2. Hey twin! I love the chair you picked up and what you are doing to honor the stewards of the street and the thought and care that you put into the tribute for her recently departed husband is so kind.
    Your yard and gardens are just looking more and more beautiful!!
    I'm featuring my little garden that wouldn't die no matter how much I neglected it LOL come see --
    and thanks the party -- gardens and Sundays are just such a natural fit. Now I just need coffee and my newspaper!
    xo Isa

  3. Artie,
    This is another beautiful creation and a very moving story!!!

    Thank you for sharing!!!


  4. I love your urn -- it is stunning! We have a couple of porch chairs similar to yours -- interesting!

    I am participating in Share a Garden -- how could I not but . . . since my time is now IN the garden instead of taking pictures, I cheated and did an older post! Please forgive me -- next week it will be updated pictures of Linderhof's garden!

    Please add me to your list:

    Thanks -- Martha

  5. The urn is lovely! So pretty in pink! You've been busy! I am looking forward to seeing more gardens this Sunday. Thanks for hosting! ~~Rhonda

  6. Hi Artie, I'm joining your Share a Garden this week. Love your pictures of the urn, I'm sure she will love it.

  7. I have really enjoyed my first visit here tonight. I actually have a garden post up and would love to join y'all. However, I am kinda new to blogging and haven't learned how to do the "button" thing yet.


  8. Ooh, the urn came out so beautiful, Artie! She's just going to love it. And how sweet to honor her in such a special way.

    Justine ;o )

  9. Wonderful post, both the story and the flowers. Please link me

  10. Hi Artie, Count me in! Thanks for the instructions on how to add a button over at "Sit a Spell". Now I get it, and can join in the fun! Your urn is beautiful and thoughtful. Isn't it rewarding to gift someone something from the heart..... I love your blog! Please link me

  11. Oh so sweet! I love the idea of a garden walk and the award! Lovely. I just posted my Share a Garden Sunday...**blows kisses** Deborah

  12. Beautiful pot you are a pot head too, eh?

    I'd love to join your par-tay!

    Off to look at all the others!

  13. Atie it is a beautiful place you have!
    I really love how your created
    such a pretty arrangemnt with the urns.

  14. I wanna play too!
    Here's our post:

  15. I just found your blog, and I would be honored to participate next week if you decide to run it once more. I think it is just a wonderful tribute to your neighbor who has contributed so much to the beauty of your neighborhood. Bravo.

  16. I guess it would be nice if I gave you my link instead of making you look for it! Sorry...

  17. sure come by and browse,

  18. Thanks! I just added a bunch more photos. This is a great idea. Your garden is lovely by the way. If you'd like a real treat go see my friends garden
    Wisteria & Roses and prepare to take your time. She has 5 acres.

  19. Ohhh... I missed this last week and ALMOST today! I hope you do it again next Sunday! I would love to participate...loving all the gardens/gardeners out in blog land!!!! Thanks for sharing everyone!

  20. My post this week isn't a garden but something to put in your garden - a teacup birdfeeder, if this doesn't qualify I understand........Jo

  21. Hey Artie, I know that I'm running a little late here, but I finally got home and finally got to get my blog up. I wanted to get my Share a Garden space up for you this week. Please add me to your list.

  22. Love the metamorphosis of the chair, I love to see things repurposed! Your garden is exciting, so beautiful and such an inspiration! My garden is growing at

  23. Hi again Artie,
    What a touching post. How special she will feel to receive the beautiful urn. I hope to you do Share a Garden Sunday again. I would love to play.