Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/2/2014

Happy September, Friends! I can’t believe fall is officially on the way. Out here in Eastern Iowa, the corn is turning golden and the beans are too. The weather is just beautiful – so unlike a normal end of August, beginning of September BUT I’ll take it. And I’m swimming in tomatoes – I’ve been busy canning Roasted Tomato Sauce, Crushed Tomatoes, Pizza Sauce, and Salsa, and we’re eating sliced tomatoes and my delicious Mediterranean Tomato Salad with most every meal! I think BLTs are in order very, very soon.

Typical for me at this time of year.
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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 9/02/14

From your host this week, Jami @ An Oregon Cottage:

Fall Hydrangeas - An Oregon Cottage

I, like many of you, grow lots of hydrangeas – many of them the variety Endless Summer. This type of hydrangea is affected by the acidity of the soil: less acidic soil produces pink blossoms and more acidic turns the blossoms blue (not all varieties are affected by the soil this way).

Since I don’t do blue anywhere in my house (and very little clothing besides denim – it’s just not my color), you can guess what kind of soil we have here, can’t you? Yep, from May through September every blossom that could be pink is blue. Bright, in-your-face blue. So you can imagine how I wait for the fall weather to start changing those blossoms a perfect greenish-pink. With Endless Summer you’ll have both on the plant at the same time, since it produces blossoms all season, like the first photo. Whatever – I’m just happy to have some pink-green blossoms to finally bring in to decorate our mantel with a little ‘welcome fall’ display!

Now to the features from last week’s party:

Tuesday Garden Party Features 9.2.14

1. This garden is stunning and there’s so much inspiration and ideas in the photos shared by Conrad Art Glass Gardens.

2. I loved how this garden carrier was rescued and revived with some chalkboard paint and a twig by Artistic Endeavor 101.

3. How about making potpourri using the flowers from your garden like Penny’s Treasures?

4. Delicious looking recipes using garden fresh tomatoes and basil from Annie’s Place to Learn.

5. Wouldn’t it be great to have a secret sitting area like My 1929 Charmer?

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We’re all looking forward to seeing what you’ve got going on in your gardens this week!

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