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Friday, October 21, 2011

A SpEcIaL GaRdEn..;)

Good Friday morning..I had no intentions of blogging again today..but I had a very special and exciting thing happen to me yesterday..I was sitting on the couch after my work out eating my lunch and enjoying some of my recording programing..when there was a knock on the door that about scared us all..well the cats went scattering every which way and Tucker started I looked out the window and there were 2 ladies standing on the porch..I opened the door and they said they were from the Indianola Garden club and they put the "special garden" sign in my front yard!!!!! I was sooo hoping they would show up after all the work I did this year..and my wish came true..)
so I invited Marilyn (aka Woolie) and Darley in to take a peek at my halloween decor..Marilyn told me that she brings her granddaughter that lives 30 minutes away to my house every year and that she drives past my house all the time as she just lives up the road from me about a block away and Darley too lives about a block away..they both loved my home and loved how it was decorated and said I should be in a magazine..I wouldn't go that far as I don't think its that great as I have seen far more beautiful homes then mine..but I so loved the compliment anyway..its always nice to hear that someone loves your home..come on admit makes your day..well we chatted for a while and I sent them both home with a jar of my nectarine jam..and then I set out to take photos of my special garden sign..
and the lights all aglow..I did put out this big retro pumpkin up by the front gate to greet our visitors this halloween..
and to show you that I did indeed bark more in the front around by the wheelbarrow to the driveway..and down the walkway to the front door..

I pulled out all the plants that were starting to grow in the driveway..they get mushed down by the truck and I wanted it simple and clean..
there is a black metal kitty keeping guard in front of the lawn mower but it was getting to dark for it to show up..

and I took out all the shasta daisies under the camilla tree and rebarked there too..and you can see the neighbors tree is letting loose her leaves..and I don't have to clean it up..although I still want too..its that muscle memory thing..I have done it for 17 its hard not too..
I have a dahlia just wanting to bloom and I hope it does so I can see its is late in blooming..
and I have a little primrose in bloom..I love these little beauties they are the first things to bloom in spring in my yard.. and I am still picking strawberries and eating them from the back yard..and they are anyone else getting strawberries.this is really late in the season..but I am not complaining..its a nice treat..oh and this is the 3rd time I have gotten the "special garden sign"..once about 4 years after we moved here to our home and then again about 5 years ago..and this is the first "halloween" time for me and the gals said probably the last for the I am one happy camper to say the will also go in our "breeze" newsletter so folks can walk by and take a peek at the special this sign will be here for about 3-4 weeks...

some cute cat funnies to leave you with for the weekend.:) have a great weekend and enjoy the fall beauty that surrounds you;) thanks for stopping by and sharing in my joy today.:)


  1. THAT is WONDERFUL!! and you deserve it. You can show them your blog and all the work you have been doing for years and years on your 'patch' of land. YOU deserve it, (did you get a crown with it too! you totally deserve it!)

  2. Congratulations!!! It's so nice when all your hard work gets recognized by others. You sure deserve the praise!

  3. How wonderful for you! You must be havin one great day! You did a great job and its so nice when someone notices. Good for you.
    DO the HAPPY dance.
    Hugs Friend!

  4. WOW...CONGRATULATIONS Gina...all the decorating and preparing your yard for Halloween, how special to be chosen!

  5. OH MY GOD! This is wonderful, what an very special honor. Thanks for sharing it with us, you deserve it, you've done a fantastic job landscaping.

  6. This is fantastic news! I am so happy for you after all the hard work you put into your garden ! Yippee!!I can think of no one else more deserving.Happy Fall my friend!Hugs,Jen

  7. How cool is that?!? You must be on top of the world right now, and rightfully so. Very proud of you!

  8. CONGRATS! I've always known you had a special garden but I'm sure it's nice to hear it officially;) No strawberries here, just chilly, rainy weather with all the pretty leaves coming down way to fast!

  9. That is so awesome! Congrats to you! Your house looks so cozy even from the outside. Nice job with all that yard work and outside decorating too!

  10. Congrats, Gina! You SO deserve it! I forgot to tell ya congrats on your weight loss, yesterday. I am walking a lot with my neighbor 3 to 4 miles. I am back to working on doors, the last two and on the drawers, I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel! Have a great weekend.

    Bear Hugs~Karen

  11. You sure do deserve it! I am fascinated with your garden and magical decor! Love seeing it!Wish I could stroll along and see it all!

  12. Gina, Congrats what a HUGE honor and you so deserve it , your garden is special and beautiful and for all that hard work you definately deserve at ATTA GIRL or three ! have a great weekend and enjoy your sign hugs lilraggedyangie

  13. Congrats Gina!!
    I'm doing the happy dance for you. It is so wonderful that they noticed all your hard work. Your yard is beautiful and it is awesome all decked out for Halloween!!
    Have a great weekend, my friend, and enjoy your "Special Garden"!!!

  14. Well, that was very nice. All your hard work finally paid off. Good for you :-)

    p.s. awesome cats in the tree pic :O

  15. Congrats on the garden award. It is nice to be recognized by others for all the hard work. Love all your fall displays and beautiful flowers.
    Can't wait to see what you do for the Christmas season.
    Country at heart

  16. That is so cool, congrats!!! Your yard always looks great, I give you the year round great garden award!!

  17. GINA!!!! CONGRATS!!!! How exciting is that!!! Such a beautiful yard, so much work, well deserved! OLM

  18. Well Ms Gina you have just had the best surprises and honors this year. All that work that helped to reshape thy self and a sign to honor your beautiful garden and all your Hard work... that deserves a big huge ole YeeeeeeeHaaaaaaa hats off to you!!

    Enjoy your sign and the honor!!


  19. Gina,
    I am so proud for you! You have worked so hard at this and put so much into it. Every time I saw a post about your yard, I just cringed because I haven't worked in my own gardens for the past 3 years. I do have physical limitations but with Mike home all the time, I've let him take over. He is pretty selective about what he works on. LOL I love what you have done and I envy your spirit, will power and stick-to-it-iveness. You are my garden hero!

  20. Congratulations sweet Gina!! I think your yard deserves to be in a magazine too. When the word spreads about your beautiful yard I would not be surprised if there is not a traffic jam in front of your house like I asked about. Your yard is beautiful and all your decorations on holidays are great! Hugs

  21. Congrats to you. All that TLC has got you one special garden & how wonderful others have noticed & more to come in the next few weeks. So cool you still have tasty fresh strawberries. Mine only bear in June. Blessings!

  22. What an honor! I am sure that will never happen here! Your yard is gorgeous to begin with, but the fun Halloween decor just make is so great. What a fun honor. Surprises like that are the best!

  23. Oh wow Gina! What an honor! Congrats!


  24. Hi Gina,
    I am so proud for you!! I know you put so much work and sweat into doing your yard this summer. What a special honor for you! Of course, you are proud of the ladies and the things that said about your home and garden. All of us would love to have a knock on the door and for a stranger to tell us that they just love what we have done with our yard and the way we have chosen to decorate our home!! Good for you!! Enjoy all of the neighbors coming by to visit and I just love all the fall and Halloween touches you added to your Garden decor. My favorite is still the bird feeder made out of the old mailbox!! Have a wonderful week!