Garden Goodies and A Giveaway...


This giveaway is now closed
I've just returned from a wonderful relaxing vacation with my parents, brothers, sister, and their families in California!  We had such great visits and it was a refreshing and restful time for me...everyone should have a time like that once in awhile! Thank you SO much for all your sweet comments on my last post and best wishes for my trip!
It was fun to see how the gardens at home had grown during my absence...there was plenty of rain and it is looking lush!  The climbing roses have begun to bloom!  Thought I'd share a few photos of what's happening in the garden this week...


















Isn't it fun to watch the changes in a garden?  The Asiatic and daylilies will be next!

This is my 200th post!  I have enjoyed blogging SO much and have decided to do a little GIVEAWAY!  Just leave a comment on this post and I'll enter you into a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate from one of my etsy shops!   If you put the giveaway on your blog, leave a second comment and I'll give you a second entry!  Please be sure to have your email enabled, so I am able to reach you!
I have three shops~ there are linked buttons at the top of my blog, so you can check them out and see the goodies there!  The giveaway will end at 10 PM CST on Monday June 27th.

Thank you for ALL your support and comments...it is REALLY appreciated!

I am joining Fishtail Cottage's Cottage Flora Thursday

Until next time...GOOD LUCK in the giveaway!
Linda

102 comments

  1. Congrats and Thank you for this give away! I would love to win and shop...

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  2. Hi Linda, your garden is so beautiful. I really enjoyed all the pics. I'd love to be entered, you have so many wonderful etsy things! xoxo, Debra

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  3. I love your garden and especially the roses. I will check out your store on Etsy.

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  4. Your flowers are gorgeous, Linda. I'm glad you had a wonderful vacation.

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  5. That is a very pretty garden! I enjoyed the tour. Thank You for sharing....Julian

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  6. I added your giveaway to my sidebar.

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  7. Linda, I can't believe your garden is already this beautiful. You just had snow a few months ago! Glad your vacation went well. Congrats on 200 posts. Thank you for the chance to be entered to win a gift certificate to one of your shops. That is a great prize!

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  8. I am posting about your giveaway on my side bar now!

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  9. Hi Linda,
    How FUN to get away for a vacation. Indeedd, all this rain has made your flowers so pretty.Congrat's on 200 posts!
    I would love to win and do some shopping in your "store"..Thank for having this generous giveway!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  10. Congratulations on 200 wonderful posts. Count me in.
    Your garden is beautiful. Whenever I'm gone for more than a few days, I notice subtle changes in the yard too.

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  11. Linda,
    I love your garden. It is exceptionally beautiful! Plus it is huge.You do a beautiful job on your blog. I can't believe you just just done 200...I would imagined you have been doing it for ages. I, of course, would love to be entered!
    Hugs,
    Suz

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  12. LInda~
    Congrats on your 200th post! I would love to win your giveaway & get to choose something from your Etsy shops. You have lots of goodies!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  13. Your garden looks like a restful haven... just the kind of place we all need now and then! I love your header and the whole look of your page, so pretty, so you. I don't know if I over looked it before, I don't think I could have but it really caught my attention today. Keeping my fingers crossed for the giveaway! t. xoxoxoo

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  14. Hi Linda, just wanted to let you know that I posted your giveaway on my sidebar using my favorite picture from this post.

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  15. I added your button to my sidebar to tell everyone about your giveaway, but from what I can see on blog, my sidebar is now at the bottom of my page. Someone left a comment last post saying that they could still see my sidebar but I can't. Blogger is being a booger. LOL xoxox

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  16. Congratulations on the big 200! I would love to be entered. Your garden really hit it's stride while you were gone.

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  17. I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful vacation with family!
    Congrats on your 200th post. I would love to be entered in your giveaway!
    Thx!!
    Jane

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  18. OK, I put it on my sidebar.

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  19. Hi Linda, Your garden is lovely. Congratulations on your 200th post. I checked out your Etsy stores and would love to win your giveaway.
    Barb

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  20. Love your pictures and I especially love the giveaway! I love shopping on Etsy!

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  21. Your garden is gorgeous! Does your Hosta bloom every year? My neighbor and I were discussing this yesterday, both of ours, and we have several between us, are all blooming and we have never seen it do that before. Just curious.
    I'm glad you had a nice time in California, it must be very different from Minnesota.
    I would love to win your give away!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  22. I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip, and your garden is just beautiful! What a great giveaway, thank you for the chance to win!

    Kat :)

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  23. Looks like your garden did just fine-it is full of pretty blossoms! Congrats on 200 posts! What a fun giveaway-my fingers are crossed!!

    ~Trisha

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  24. Oh my goodness! 200 posts! Congratulations!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

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  25. linda, love the pincushion flower, and the nest hanging from your arbor is awesome!!

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  26. Your header is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your garden pictures - very lush. Congratulations on 200 posts.
    - Joy

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  27. You garden and flowers are so beautiful. I would love, love to shop in your Etsy store!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Come and join my Giveaway from the Novica Artisans!

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  28. Loved all the pictures of your flowers. So pretty. I would love to enter your giveaway. Now I am going to check out your etsys.

    Danielle

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  29. I love your garden. I am just starting to appreciate my own small garden & recognized some of the plants I have in mine. Thank you for sharing!

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  30. Wowee...glad I did not miss this Linda. Your flowers and photos are so very pretty. You are really working that camera of yours. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

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  31. What a breath of fresh air my time was spent here on your site. I really needed this. So serene; thank you.

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  32. Congrats!! Your garden is looking glorious! It must be so wonderful to come home to all that beauty! X

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  33. Beautiful Garden! Mine's coming along slowly.Such pretties in your etsy,I'd love a chance to win.Warm Blessings!~Amy

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  34. i love the garden pictures linda. especially love the swing tucked back in. i would be sitting there reading a book all the time. have a great day.

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  35. Beautiful garden photos and glad you had a great vacation!
    Thanks for the chance to win $50.00 giveaway!

    ♥Rondell

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  36. Beautiful garden with great variety! I've been enjoying mine too:)

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  37. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time on vacation! All rested now.
    Your flowers are beautiful, I love the rain.
    Please enter me in your giveaway!
    Enjoy your day sweet friend~SueBee

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  38. Linda,
    Happy 200th! I would love to win a certificate to your esty shop!

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  39. Your garden shots are beautiful. Everything looks so fresh and lovely. I always worry about plants when we're away. I'm glad you had a nice break!

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  40. Beautiful! Wish I was a gardener, but I'm not but I am a follower, practically the same thing, right?
    Susanne.

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  41. Congratulations on 200 posts! Your button is on my sidebar.
    Susanne.

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  42. The garden is gorgeous! Congrats on 200 post.

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  43. Vacations are good for the soal.
    Count me in...

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  44. Congratulations - I love your blog

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  45. Hi Linda, I'm so happy you had a nice visit to California with your family. :-) Your garden looks amazing! We are leaving on vacation next week, & I always worry about my plants getting enough water while we're away...it's always a struggle to keep them happy during the summer months.
    Congratulations on your milestone! I need to get over and look at your shop again.
    Happy weekend. :-)

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  46. A vacation? What the heck is that? But I'm glad you got to have one! You have such a lovely yard. Love the little hidden spot with the hostas and swing. Put me in the hat for the giveaway, 'kay? I can find oodles of stuff in your etsy shops!

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  47. You know I'm happy to put your giveaway on my sidebar! I want all the chances to win that I can get!

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  48. Congrats on your 200th post! I would love to win and shop in your ETSY store!

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  49. Sounds like you had a fun time away... it was lovely to share the photos of your garden.

    Thank you for your visit btw :)

    Karen

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  50. Hi Linda,
    Glad to hear you had such a nice and relaxing vacation! And your gardens are looking gorgeous! I would love to win your oh so generous giveaway! Please enter me, merci:)

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  51. Hi again, Linda!
    I just added your giveaway to my sidebar, please enter me again:) Merci!!

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  52. Dear Linda,
    so fresh and green and flowering it all looks,-beautiful-
    and congratulations with your 200 post-- I will love to be entered, -thankyou, Linda.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  53. Congratulations on your 200th post, Linda!
    Thanks for all of the lusciousness in flowers today. i'm glad you had a good trip.
    xoxo Kim

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  54. I've added your giveaway to my sidebar. I hope you don't mind that I grabbed your banner photo for the photo.
    xoxo Kim

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  55. Oh my gosh, Linda! Such beautiful flowers AND an amazing giveaway!!! WOW!
    XO
    Cindy

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  56. Congratulations! Your garden is beautiful!! Thanks for a chance to win. Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  57. Your garden is looking beautiful! Glad you had fun with your family in California. Mimi

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  58. Congrats on your 200th! Your garden is delish.

    Jan
    P.S. You don't need to enter me in the giveaway - I've just won one recently and would rather leave more chances for others... don't want to be a piggy!

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  59. Welcome home,
    sweet friend!
    Yes, it's a
    virtual JUNGLE
    out there with
    all of the rain
    we've had. I
    heard on the news
    last night that
    we are at about
    the normal amount
    for June, but it
    seems like more, no?
    Your pics are gorgeous.
    Love the new header!
    Thanks for the chance
    to win BIG : ) !!
    xx Suzanne

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  60. Hello to one of my favorite bloggy people in the world!!! :) I'm glad you had a nice relaxing time on your get-away...I need some time away with my family too. I did have a great time at the bloggers day out though...who knew so many great bloggers live in such a small area! It was just bloggers from Indiana and Kentucky (and we had one drive from TN!) We had the best time together...what a great day!
    Your garden is so lovely, looks like a beautiful park instead of your back yard! :)
    Hope you have a great week!
    Hugs
    Missy

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  61. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

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  62. Your yard/flowers look so lush & pretty! I'm going "down" to check out your shops. Would be thrilled to win. Congrats on your 200th post & thanks for a chance to win your generous giveaway!

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  63. Linda, so glad you had a great vacation. My vacation this year is to Minnesota! I looks like the snow is gone! I would love to throw my name in the hat for your giveaway! Congratulations on 200 posts, what an accomplishment!

    Carol

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  64. Congratulations on reaching a great milestone on your blog!

    Your garden is so lovely. What I wouldn't give to have one like this.

    Enjoy your week!

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  65. Congrats on the post!1 That takes allot of time and love!
    Linda, I ahve so many questions about JB...what to and what not too....where can I go with my questions??
    Lisa

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  66. Oh goodie, I'd love to go shopping in your esty shop!
    You have so many beautiful flowers.

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  67. Those flowers are so pretty. I especially love the Hastas. Contrats on your blog achievement...here's to many more!!

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  68. Your garden is looking so beautiful, Linda. With all the rain we've had it seems like everything is growing like crazy!

    Congratulations on your 200th post. What a nice giveaway :)

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  69. Your photography is amazing! You have a gorgeous garden! I will check out your store on Etsy.
    Thank you! ~Emily

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  70. Your garden is looking gorgeous! I love the trailing purple flowers mixed in with the sweet potato vine.
    Congrats!

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  71. Hey Linda....!

    I'm so PLEASED you had such a LOVELY vacation & were able to relax & unwind....So important to be able to recharge the batteries....!!!

    Your garden looks GLORIOUS....For a MOMENT I was tempted to go out & plant something alas....I've NEVER grown ANYTHING except MINT which is a weed & fairly much indestructible so I will just admire YOUR talents from afar....hahahahaha....!!

    Such a GENEROUS giveaway my Friend....I've added a LINK on my sidebar & have my fingers & toes crossed for luck....!

    Cheers from oz,
    Tamarah :o)

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  72. I aspire to create an outdoor space even half as beautiful as yours! Thanks so much for the giveaway and congrats on 200 posts!

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  73. What a beautiful garden! So glad you had a safe and fun trip!

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  74. Your garden is GORGEOUS! and I'm so happy you had a wonderful vacation with your family! It is always so precious to take time to do that! I would LOVE to be included in your giveaway...Thank you so much for the chance to win! I'll go post it on my wall now.
    BIG HUGS,
    Donna

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  75. I just posted your giveaway on my blog sidebar. So enter me twice please! I am also your newest FOLLOWER! I am hoping you will Follow me too if you like!
    Thank you for your generous giveaway and all the fun here on your blog! I am going to be checking out your shop...
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  76. Your twig basket is really beautiful! It is great when the garden looks wonderful even while you were away.

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  77. Absolutely beautiful! Glad you had a nice time in CA with family - bet you made lots of memories : ) Congrats on your 200 mark. I always enjoy everything you're up to!

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  78. Glad you enjoyed your vacation and returned home to a beautiful garden. I love the quote under your header photo and agree. I'd love to be entered into your giveaway...rusdarathotmaildotcom

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  79. What beauty to come home to. Everything is looking so green and colorful. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to California.

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  80. Sure happy I did not miss this Linda! Your garden photos are amazing!~ I would love to be part of your Etsy giveaway. Thanks for the chance!~

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  81. HAHAHAH I did not miss this, I am a ditz, sorry Linda. I thought I did see these flowers, and then I thought to myself, I am looking at so many posts this week, I have lost track of my own mind.

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  82. Hi nice to meet you! Your garden looks beautiful! such a nice place to relax!

    Debbie

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  83. Hi Linda - very kind of you to offer this giveaway - would love to be in the draw! Thanks.

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  84. I never tire at looking at garden posts! I just finished one myself and laughed when I came over to visit ~ well I never doubted that we think alike...your flowers are gorgeous! Your give-away looks like tons of fun! Congrats on 200 posts ~ they fly by, don't they?
    :)Heidi

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  85. You garden is lovely. Congrats to you! Would love a chance to win your lovely giveaway!

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  86. I'm posting your giveaway on my sidebar!

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  87. Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's! You have so much blooming in the garden - i enjoyed scrolling through your photo's. xoxo, tracie

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  88. I'm a fairly new-ish reader, but I love your blog and you have the neatest stuff in your Etsy shop! My favorite of the 3 is the Itsy Bits and Pieces shop. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  89. Congratulations Linda! Your garden looks so beautiful and peaceful! I almost missed this, because I have not been blogging as much. More than happy to add you to my sidebar! Have a lovely weekend!

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  90. Congrats! Beautiful garden! Thanks for the generous giveaway. 8>)

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  91. Congratulations on you beautiful blog. Please count me in on your generous give away. Thank you so much.

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  92. Your garden is beautiful. Love the upclose photos of your flowers. Congratulations on your 200 posts. I'd love to be entered to pick out something from your shop!

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  93. Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

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  94. Lovely photos.Congrats on your milestone.Thanks for sharing!

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  95. Congrats on your 200th post! I too fell in love with blogging. You meet so many interesting people and find inspiration at every turn! It's amazing!! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Please add my name to the hat.
    -April
    romero.april@gmail.com

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  96. Would love to enter your giveaway! Thanks for the chance :0)
    alicia

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  97. I would love to win, you have such beautiful things.

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  98. I posted a link on my blog, Kirkwood Cottage.

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  99. Love your blog! Thank you stopping by to visit mine. I have to say that you look far too young to be a gramma. But so lucky at the same time. Beautiful garden ~ wishing our rain would stop here so I can garden but even then, mine will not look as lush and healthy as yours!

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  100. have really enjoyed your site.
    Great photos.

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  101. Loving your gardens...
    and YOU! What a thrill
    it would be to win a
    spree in your etsy shop!
    xx Suzanne

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