Monday, June 27, 2016

Welcome, Summer!

Hi there, and happy summer!

It's been a long time since I've posted- things get so busy, and so exhausting at the end of the school year, it just takes over everything!  Now, we're both lucky enough to be on summer vacation for a few weeks before summer school begins.

The break started with some very sweet end-of-year cards and gifts from my littles.  While, of course, I expect nothing, some of those little tokens of appreciation are just so sweet.  This card was just adorable, and these pink peonies were stunning!  I don't have peonies this color, but they are on my list to get and plant this fall for sure!

I have so many things to share with all of you.  First, our gardens are blooming!  Every year, I get so excited when things begin to bloom, and of course, I overshare photos of them on my Instagram account (sorrynotsorry).  If you haven't been following along there, and want to, I'm posting @pineapplesandpolkadotsblog

So far, we've had bleeding heart, bachelor buttons, foxgloves, peonies, and white anemones blossom.  I am so partial to my peonies, but I've really loved the others, too!

The bleeding heart are the prettiest pink, and I love those little heart blossoms!

Bachelor buttons are also always some of the first to bloom, and then they often come back for a second round later in the summer.  If you have some, don't cut them back just yet!

I have a dark pink and a light pink peony plant.  The dark pink blossomed first, with just one big flower.  The light pink one did so well, with 9 blooms this year!! These plants are relatively new, and after swooning over Chelsea's (she blogs at, I HAD to have some!  Like I said above, though, the medium pinks are next on my list. :)

Foxgloves aren't super common, but there's just something about them that I really like.  We found some growing wild on the edge of the woods along our driveway when we first moved in, but then Rich accidentally weed whacked them once the flowers had gone by.  They didn't come back the next year, so last summer I happened to find a 6-pack of them at a greenhouse and scooped them up.  They did so well this summer, and we also found our old friend blooming by the driveway again.

I love these white anemones.  They just are so wildflower-esque, and look so pretty in a big bed together.

We recently hosted a get-together for the amazing adults who work in Rich's classroom (if you're reading this, I meant it when I said it- he is SO thankful for you!), and I went out to cut some flowers for the deck table.  Last year, I posted a few backyard bouquets on my instagram feed, and here on the blog, so I wanted to share the first of this summer.  The foxgloves really make it, don't they?

I can't remember what's up next to bloom.  There's a bit of a lull before my rosebush or lilies will be ready, and a big lull before the rose of Sharon or hydrangea do anything, so it's anyone's guess.

I FINALLY got around to planting annuals in containers on the deck, and I'll be back to share those soon.  Choosing flowers and filling those is one of my favorite summer-readiness chores! We spent a lot of time last week getting the yard and deck spruced up and ready for summer.  This should totally have been done sooner, but we were both sick during our April break, and then it was baseball season for Rich and the end of the year for both of us and it just didn't happen.

Also, we completed a new summer break tradition- we went strawberry picking yesterday!  This reminded me to re-share my post from last summer about making homemade strawberry jam.  This is seriously the BEST jam I've ever had (thanks to the Pioneer Woman blog for the recipe!).

I'll also be back soon to share an end-of-year coworker gift.  In the meantime, if you're looking for a perfect gift for this time of year, check out these mason jar annuals I made last year.

So, happy beginning of summer, and as always, thanks for reading!


  1. How sweet is that card! What an awesome reminder of how special your job is!

    Your garden is flourishing with so many gorgeous blooms!

    1. Isn't it the sweetest? The child is equally adorable. :) Thanks for stopping by!


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