My Lady Banks Roses are in full bloom.
They are so beautiful with their delicate yellow blooms and vining branches that just monopolize a space.
Donnie and our neighbor, Jonathan, built this pergola for me several years ago specifically to plant Lady Banks Roses on. I researched different vines and found this thornless spring bloomer was exactly what I wanted. My house is a traditional brick with a flat front. I needed to add some interest and color to soften it up. There’s a lot of brick.
What I like about the Lady Banks is that you cannot kill it. Honestly, if it’s still alive at my house then I can attest that you cannot kill it. It is planted in the smallest little piece of dirt off of my carport. The wooded branches come up from the base and trail up a small wooden ladder trellis I screwed to the brick. From there, it’s a free-for-all. The Lady Banks goes wherever she wants. I usually will take time in the Spring and Fall to run new shoots around the pergola and snip any rouge arms that are going astray. Very little maintenance. I guess my only complaint is that it is almost impossible to paint the pergola and cleaning it is usually done by hand.
I made a little planter using an old wooden chair and a crate to sit under my Lady Banks. Ivy, Dusty Miller, Creeping Jenny and pink Zinnias fill the crate.
I pulled out my Dutch girl quilt for the photos. My MeMaw made this for me when I was little. It’s old and stained, but I love and cherish it.
I put a metal table beside the chair with a wood slice as a top…after a terrible ice storm a few years back, we had plenty of spare limbs to make into wood slices. This little decor just adds some needed color to the corner and helps to somewhat cover the outdoor spigot.
I have not had time to craft, cook, work in the yard or post to my blog lately and I hope that today’s post will get me back in gear. I am a full-time Realtor and my husband has his own business installing commercial audio and video systems. We have been soooo busy!
I am sitting here writing to you now as the dryer buzzes that clothes are ready to be folded, the dishwasher needs to be unloaded, weeds need to be pulled and many many papers need to be sorted and filed. I just finished our business tax return paperwork yesterday and will still need to do our personal. BUT….I could feel that stirring inside of me. The stirring to do something, create something….. Do you get that way? I’m not a shopping girl or one that needs manicures or spa days but there are times I need to find a yard sale and dig through other people’s junk or go through my craft supplies and make something. It’s like the call of the wild. A time when to be myself and let my creative side go crazy.
My wish for you today is that you listen to your calling. What do you want to do? What has been stirring inside of you? Whatever it is, go do it! To quote Aunte Mame (a wonderful move starring Rosalind Russell):
“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”
Aunte Mame’s motto? “Live, live, live!”
Go out and live! Enjoy being you.
Until next time…God bless you and thank you stopping by!
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