Thursday, July 9, 2015


I started all of these sun flowers from seeds and they like the hot dry weather.

This one is going to have lots of Sunflowers, such a pretty shade of orange.

This one is almost black - it's stunning.

These are smaller with lots of flowers on them.

Sunflowers always make me happy as they look like they have smiling faces.

Now on to just a few of my roses that are doing okay -

These are a soft lavender and smell so good.....

This is a pale creamy white rose and the smell is heavenly.

You are probably wondering what on earth is this flower.  It's a heirloom tobacco plant, and the smell comes out at night and they can grow to 6 feet tall.

They spread quite easily and I have them coming up all over the back yard.

So here are a few of my favorite flowers.  Love to sit in the garden and take in all their beauty.  I really hope with all my heart that I don't loose my roses.  I found one bush dead this morning.  That's two this summer.  So please pray that God send us some rain.  I don't care about the lawn, but I do care about the flowers.

Looking forward to reading all your comments.


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  1. Love all of your flowers, Mary-but those Sunflowers really caught my eye today!

    1. I always smile when "I see the Sunflowers - they make me happy. I had never seen that dark Sunflower either. The package came with 4 different kinds of seeds. So Zoie, Kevin and I started them and they turned out really good.
      Thanks for stopping by Jemma and leaving your kind comments.
      Have a terrific weekend.

  2. Hi Mary, wow what pretty sunflowers and roses. The dark one is different and unique as I've never seen that kind before. Sunflowers are one of my favorites too. The roses are nice too and i love the yellow peach one. I do hope you get some rain so that the flowers will not die. Take care and have a nice day and weekend.
    Hugs, Julie xo

  3. Your sunflowers are wonderful, your right that black one is stunning ~ and I also like your roses! Such pretty colors.

  4. What a FUN post! I am an avid gardener, but since moving have pretty much limited myself to container gardening on the deck. Still, I have a big blue ceramic pot just loaded with giant red zinnias. It never occurred to me, though, to grow sunflowers. I love them so, and the colors are so diverse. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Love your sunflowers. I've never seen a black one - gorgeous!


  6. Love your Lavender Rose the color is so pale and soft.
    Hope the rain comes soon.
    Linda C in Seattle.

  7. I wish I could send you some of all this rain we are having here. This weather is so crazy everywhere. Your roses look so pretty. I am sorry you lost a couple of them. Hope the rain comes soon.

  8. Hi Mary, your sunflowers are gorgeous. I have never seen a black flower variety. Love it too. Your roses are so pretty and the white one is just lovely. I hope you don't lose your roses. The tobacco plant is awesome. I wish I could send you some rain. Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, cm

  9. Mary, love your unique sunflowers! I didn't get any new ones in this year and all of them that came back are just small. I hope you don't lose anymore roses! I thought that looked like a Nicotiana plant.

  10. That black sunflower gave me pause Mary. I've never seen nor heard of them,,but they're quite stunning!

    We've had lots of rain here in Massachusetts. In fact,me haven't been able to get some yard work done because of it. Hardly two days go by without it. If I was able, I'd send some your way gladly!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. I tried to visit you via your comment but received a 404 error message then remembered you were a friend of Julie's too so came here that way. Hope to see you again!

    Have a great weekend.


  11. Hi Mary! I was wondering if you could tell me if Phyllis from the blog "Around The Houes" is okay? I know you two are friends. Just wondering about her. I tried to email you but somehow it wouldn't let me. Here's my email:
    Thank you,
    Shelia ;)

  12. Your flowers are so lovely and I imagine it to be so pleasant to sit and chat in your lovely gardens! I pray you receive some rain soon! I wouldn't want to lose all those lovingly tended flowers either. Have a lovely week!

    Hugs, Vicky

  13. Mary, your sunflowers are stunning. I saw some when I was driving the other day on a country road, and had to take a pic of them. Aren't they so cheerful? And your roses are always beautiful. Oh, I do hope we get some rain. We surely need it here in California. I love that soft lavender rose, I've never seen a rose that color before.

    Try to stay cool, Mary. California can get hot in the summer, as you know.

    love, ~Sheri

  14. I will say a prayer that you receive some much needed rain, Mary! Love your sunflowers, they are so cheery. And your roses are just gorgeous! The creamy white one is my favorite. Bet they smell heavenly. Keep cool!

  15. I'm visiting you from Erin's "My Painted Garden". I've had a grand time wandering through your yard and having a look at all your beautiful flowers.....roses, sunflowers, hydrangea, iris etc. Thanks for the garden tour!!

  16. Mary, oh, how I love sunflowers. Yours are just beautiful and I planted some a few years ago and they didn't grow well at all, so now I just buy them at the grocery store. Your roses are gorgeous and I sure hope that you will keep all of them. I've seen the Tobacco Plant before and smelled it too. Just lovely. I envy you your beautiful and versatile garden and hopefully we will have some rain that will help to keep it that way..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  17. Love, love, love all your flowers, but especially those sunflowers!
    Sunflowers are just 'happy' flowers, aren't they?! Sunflowers always make my heart smile.
    I do hope you get some rain soon, and I hope that your roses do ok.
    It's been a crazy weather year, that's for certain.

    Have a great rest of your week.

    Smiles :)

  18. Lovely garden....I can see why you want to sit there and take in the beauty. Love your sunflowers. I forgot to plant some this year. I never tire looking at gorgeous roses. Love the yellow one. Here's hoping for some rain. I grew up in Anaheim. We now live in northern California. Happy weekend.

  19. Look at you and your seeds!
    I love sunflowers and roses and your sweet Debbie. Umm dishes..doing a rain dance for you!

  20. Mary, I hope you noticed that you were on my list of friends today because you are such a dear friend to me as well. Thank you for your friendship, Mary. I love to see your sweet roses all the time.

    love, ~Sheri

  21. Hi Mary! You to have the green thumb touch! That sunflower is beautiful and of course all your roses. Thanks so much for popping in to see me and I hope your week is great.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  22. Hi Mary, stopping back by to say hello and love seeing your gorgeous sunflowers. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment for the office reveal. Hubby says he is glad to have at least one room besides the garage to call his own. LOL
    Have a nice day my friend. Hugs, cm

  23. Oh, your flowers are gorgeous! My hubby would be jealous of your sunflowers-he loves those! :)

  24. I really have a thing for sunflowers! I don't get enough sun to grow them here. I've never seen a black one - it's gorgeous!

  25. You have such an amazing green thumb!...The sunflowers are so beautiful and that lavender rose stole my heart!...Between the heat and the drought I do not know how your flowers are so beautiful...it is because they love you!!

  26. Mary,
    Me again!! Thanks so much for stopping by again and glad that you liked the tutorial on the toilet paper pumpkins!
    They are really easy to make!


  27. Nature always attracts and Most Beautiful Flowers in the World are priceless i want to touch all of them once in my life