Hope every one had a good weekend. Things were pretty quiet around here. Nice to have you stop by. For the past four years we have had a wreath on the front door every summer made by a local artist. Her pieces hold up really well but this year it was time to replace our old one that had gotten pretty faded. When I went to the shop this wreath was on the front door, the colors and material just called my name the minute I got out of the car and spotted it. If you click on the photo you can see the detail better.
This monogram hedge also will greet you when you come by for a visit. The shrubs in the bottom part of the 'S' with the branches sticking out of them are Hydrangeas that will bloom later in the season. The first year we had them we cut off the branches before we learned that the flowers bloom on old wood and it took a couple of years for them to flower again. The top part of the 'S' is filled with Lilies that will be a pretty soft peachy pink. At the top left you can see the creeping Lemon Thyme that smells heavenly when you walk up to the door. The little tree is a pink flowering something that bloomed earlier.
On the other side of the walk there is a bigger 'S' that holds more of the same things as the one on the right but the front tree is a Lilac and the bigger one closer to the house is a Bradford Pear tree. Up against the house under the bay windows on either side of the porch are little Holly hedge rows that are great for picking stems from at Christmas time. They are hard to grow up north here but because of their protected placement these have done fairly well.