Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Spring in the Heartland


     It isn't often that we find something that our little grands haven't already done. They live with the other grandparents and they keep them very busy with zoos, orchards, movies and events. When they were here recently, we took them strawberry picking. They were so excited and while we didn't stay very long, they said it was their favorite thing they did while they were here.


The lack of spring sunshine made the berries
very small and they were few and far between.


Great-grandpa had as much fun as the little guys.


     Yesterday, after a day of rain, I took a few pictures of my large tropical planter on the deck. Some of the plants were added this season, but the banana plant and the jasmine we planted in it last year. Imagine our surprise that they are so beautiful this year after spending an Illinois winter in the garage. We were amazed that they came back from the shock of the cold.




I am joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer
for Outdoor Wednesday.
Please take time to visit her today.

 

16 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Your grandsons are so cute, and your dad is a very dapper gentleman. Your tropical planter is beautiful. xo,

koralee said...

Such joy...strawberry picking!!! Ours are far from being ripe..so chilly here for JUNE...still wearing sweaters.

Hugs to you. xoxo

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I am sure they enjoyed doing that. The fun of finding them and picking them and eating them. Send some rain here.

Linda said...

I bet they had loads of fun :0) One of my best memories of my Minnesota summers with my Grandma was picking wild strawberries! Your planter looks beautiful!!

Traci said...

Strawberry picking sounds fun! Your plans & flowers are beautiful!!

Blondie's Journal said...

It looks like a good time was had by all strawberry picking. I'd like to do that someday!

Your tropical planter is amazing...I never knew we could grow such things in our climate. We lost 2 of 4 palm trees over the winter. They were in the window at the lakehouse and honestly, I think they burned up!! But a banana tree. How awesome!

XO,
Jane

Glenda/MidSouth said...

They looks so proud of their bounty. :-D Being fresh picked, bet they tasted good also. Your flowers are so pretty. Mine took a beating when the storms rolled thru Monday, but they should pop back.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a fun thing to do with the grandbabies! And you are making sweet memories!
Yvonne

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Beautiful grandchildren..beautiful flowers too!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm sure the kids loved the berry hunting! Your tropical planter is just beautiful Sue, love the colors and textures-enjoy:@)

Pondside said...

I'd love to go berry picking with our two little grands - yours look like they had a really good time!

Sherry said...

What sweet pictures. Lovely memories to keep. Thanks for stopping by.
Sherry

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your grandsons are so cute! What a fun outing for them. I think your tropical planter is stunning! :D

mountain mama said...

fun, fun! =)

Angie said...

Gorgeous flowers! And it looks like the strawberry-picking was a blast.

BrightenedBoy said...

It's not still spring there, is it? I've been surprised by how cool the City of Fate can still be in the middle of June.

It looks like you had a great time with your grandchildren. They're lucky to have two sets of loving grandparents!