Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wheelie Wednesday - Harvesting Lavender

Hi everyone! It's me, Autumn!
Mom and I picked a whole basketful of lavender yesterday! We need to decide how best to use it besides just taking deep whiffs and saying AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I was wheeling around in the garden to see what else was in bloom! Isn't this red Lupine the prettiest color?!
Mom sprinkles lots of seed packets every year and she never knows what colors will come up! It's a surprise - a nice surprise!
This Astilbe is red too! It grows in the shade portion of the garden!
Mom was ecstatic to discover this beautiful white Shirley Poppy in bloom! Mom loves ALL poppies! There are a lot of poppy buds so we're hoping that we get other colors besides white!
This is our only rose bush, other than the thorny Rugosa Rose! Mom has horrible luck with roses! Do you think maybe it's because she doesn't feed or spray them when she's supposed to?!Look what we found blooming outside! It's a fragrant Gardenia! Another AHHHHHHHHHH smell! We've had so much rain that there's no sense in leaving this beautiful bloom outside to get mushy and ruined! So we picked it and brought it inside to enjoy!
Our country's Independence day just happens to be this coming Saturday and mom and I made a red, white and blue flower arrangement to help celebrate it!
See you all next Wednesday!

Love, Autumn


  1. Happy Wheelie Wednesday, Autumn! Your flowers are all gorgeous! We don't have ANY rosebushes anymore. Our mom has awful luck with them. The last 2 we had were called Roses for Dummies, but our dummie mom even killed THEM! Happy 4th of July!

    Poppy, Penny & Patches

  2. hi maggie & mitch and autumn,

    i have never seen a real lavendar before so i dunno how nice smelly is it. i sooooooo wish i could smell it tho.

    wet wet licks


  3. Ciao bella Autumn!

    I am taking some virtual deep whiffies of that dolce lavendar, la mia amica and it smells meraviglioso!! And that bellissima arrangement of red, white and blue fiori for the 4th is much prettier than all the noisy, scary fireworks put together!!

    Your mama definitely has a green thumb!!

    Tanti baci!

  4. Good Morning Autumn,

    You and your Mom have really been busy in the garden. Everything looks so beautiful and our Mom is enjoying seeing it all (you know about her brown thumb!)

    Have a fun day.
    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

  5. Your garden seems to be thriving despite the relentless rain lately.

    What a lovely arrangement of holiday blossoms.

    Me? I am almost afraid of the vegetable garden at this point. The vegies all seem to be mutating.

    Mango Momma

  6. Such beautiful flowers Autumn. You mum has such a knack in the garden and you too being such a good helper.

    Noah Willow Tess Lucy

  7. You sure do know a lot about flowers Autumn.

    Thanks for the info.


  8. Lavendahhhhhh! And that is a lovely bouquet, Miss Maggie

    gussie d

  9. We wish we could smell your lavender!
    Good idea with the red, white and blue flower arrangement.
    We thought you were very artistic in your placing of the flags Autumn.
    Happy Wheelie Wednesday
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  10. Hi Autumn!
    We love all your beautiful flowers!! It must be a lovely surprise when all those flowers come up.

  11. pretty pretty... we love to visit on wednesday w/you autumn...always get to see the "gardens"...the humomm just came in from hers and she loves lavender mmmmmmmmyummy <----suggestion was to chop it up and make lavender soap. her lavender hasn't 'Lavened" yet...oh no!!! we brush up against it all the time and she sez we smell soooooo good.
    enjoy ...i think another rainy day.
    theBUSTER, Ms.Persephone & Ms. Blue

  12. Lovely flowers, we donts have many roses as the possums eat them, occasonaly we eat a possum buts they eats all our garden, they donts eats the lavender. Mums takes off the heads, the lavender not the possums, puts it in a bottle and fills it up with white or cider vinegar, leave it in the sun and give a shake every so often for a couple of weeks to however long you want, strain it an use it on yourself or your mums to keep insects off yous

  13. Oh no, now Mom is really wishing to get her house built so she can have surprise flowers. She thinks that is a really wonderful idea. If lavender will grow around here, we are pretty sure it will be included.

    You have a gardenia bloom? Mom is jealous of that too. Her gardenia bush bloomed in May and now it is too hot. She is feeding it so maybe she will be able to get another round of blooms out of it. Your picture has made her hope it will happen.

    We love the flower arrangement! Your mom is very talented. Yet another thing for our Mom to find inspiration?

    Roxie, Sammy & Andy

  14. Hi Autumn

    Loved all the pretty flowers and especially the lavender. The little man's mum sews little lavender bags every year to put in her linen cupboard. She sews and the little man fills them up!

    Take care

  15. I love your garden tour every week!! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Old Girl loves the smell of lavendar, but it makes me sneeze! Meanwhile, your A-merry-can arrangement is very nice.

  17. Autumn,
    Your garden keeps getting more beautiful! My mama LOVES the smell of lavender and gardenias!!! I bet your house smells divine!

  18. When mom uses those seed packets she usually ends up with weeds! She has absolutely no green dewclaw at all!

    But boy your mom sure has good luck with them!

  19. Do you have a secret for growing Lupines? I've planted them so many times and they never come up.

  20. what beautiful flower you have. WE love your red, white and blue's...

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  21. Maggie & Mitch,

    When my mom tries the 'wildflower packets', she gets nothing but dandelions. your mom must have magical green thumb.

    I hope there are lots of place to pick up p-mail!


  22. Lovely tour of the garden and the flowers are beauties.Just like you!
    Wish I has smell o vision...

    Wiy wags n kissies, Eric xxx

  23. I love the smell of lavender. Your house must smell wonderful!

    Teddy Bear

  24. You guys are great! Thanks for the kind comments on my blog. Your pics are beautiful. Happy Fourth!

  25. Beautiful flowers you have there Autumn, you have been very busy.

    Holly & Zac...XX

  26. OH MY I LOVE those mama and I have lavender too...but we dont harvest them...should we?

  27. More gorgeous flowers - there are so many. Ahhhhh, lavender is so soothing and Mom just loves gardenia. Thanks for sharing such beauty.

    Woos, the OP Pack

  28. Maybe if you put some of the lavender in a tiny satin pillow case and sent it to Asta's mommi, it would help her neck pain and head ache. That's what Moma liked to do when she lived where she had lavender to pick. We hear her mumbling that she needs to plant some more. Your lovely flower garden is what got her thinking about what she wishes we had at home.

    So pretty,
    Miss Fergi and Jake

  29. Furry nice work woo did!

    Mom misses her lavender...she used to love to make iced tea with some...


  30. Hi, Autumn!
    My mom loves lavender!
    Kisses and hugs

  31. What a fab garden you have!! Our mommy keeps trying to grow lavender, but it never comes up. She has one green thumb!HA!!

    You be a good girl now Autumn!
    XXOO-BRD & Hootie

  32. We love your garden! Thank you for sharing!!!

    xo sugar & martine

  33. Hi M&M and Autumn
    What beautiful flowers you have.
    The lavender- we just picked ours too. Smells so good. Your lupines are fabulous. We can't have them because aphids like them here- but in the wild- no aphids. Strange huh? The poppies are gorgeous. We have some pink ones and new ones come up every year, They are beauties,
    All your flowers are so pretty- the Gardenia - oh it must smell so good,
    thank you for sharring

  34. Between the gardenia and lavender.. I can smell your garden all the way over here. And lovely arrangement.


  35. Oh, Autumn!

    My girl and I are remembering your mama's bootiful garden ~ hard to believe it's even more bootiful now than when we saw it. Good thing your mama got those red Crocs. Now you won't be able to lose her if she starts wandering around witihout you.

    Your Auntie Lydia sounds like a fabulously sweet lady. The painting you all had done for her is very cool, and I wouldn't mind being on her cookie list. Everything she sent was just perfect. I can totally see your mama wearing that pin.

    LOVED the tongue pics. I have one almost exactly like that one of yours, Maggsie ~ with my teefers showing (I'm going for ice cream in that photo just like you).

    Sorry I haven't been by for a few days. I had to catch up with all you've been doing! Give your mama a big juicy smooch from me & a hug from my girl, okay?

    Goober love & smooches,

  36. We LOVE that red, white and blue arrangement! So pretty!