Monday, April 13, 2009

What a weekend!!

Can I get a Hallelujah? I think this past weekend was about as close to perfect as anyone could ask for. The nights were cool and the days were warm and sunny. Despite the rocky start to my week, I ended up feeling rested and relaxed by the time it was over.

Friday we spent working in the yard, getting things ready for the Charleston Farmers Market. I took most of the day but like I said, the weather was just perfect so we didn’t mind having to work outside all day. Working in the garden never feels much like work to me anyway. The day ended with a surprise visit by my daughter.

Saturday was the first day at the Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square. Obviously a lot of people were waiting for it to open because the crowd was great. At several points during the day, there were so many people that you had to push your way through to get where you were going. I heard that part of that was due to a cruise ship being in port which may have been the case since there were a lot of visitors down there. I met several people from China and also a woman from Croatia. I love talking with people from faraway places. Saturday ended with a birthday party down at the Winery and I had my share of the BBQ.

What can I say about Sunday? Easter Sunday is always special and ours was no exception. We talked about getting up really early and going to a Sunrise Service but everyone was tired so we opted to sleep in and rest up a bit. Instead of having a big lunch, we decided to have a big breakfast instead. Here was our menu;
Scrambled eggs, Country ham, home fries, grits, biscuits and Orange Juice. I can cook can’t I.

That pretty much held us off until dinner. Around 3 we headed to my BIL’s house for a big family dinner. There was a crowd there as well but it was very quiet and everyone had a great time. I think I gained 10 lbs on Sunday. Now it is diet time again and what better time to start anew than Easter. I will leave you with some pictures that I took in our garden on Sunday. I hope you enjoy them;

This is Tigger Tiger guarding the cooler.

This is a Louisiana Iris. I don't remember where we got these but we have lots of them.

This is one of my grape vines. Future source of wine maybe?

This is the best this Azalea has ever looked so I had to take a photo.

Do you think we have enough daylilies?

One of my wife's roses.

This is a Cherokee Rose.

Goldie in our fish pond. She has friends but they are being shy.

I posted this Iris before but it goes with the others so I posted it again.

This Iris was in with the Louisiana Iris' but it obviously isn't the same.

See the difference.

This is our purple bearded Iris. It didn't want to open fully for me.

This is called a walking Iris. We like to put them in hanging baskets.

That about wraps up the photos for the day. I hope you enjoyed them.

Have a great week,


Beverlydru said...

Beautiful yard! I wsh we were neighbors so that I could come over and enjoy the exopression of hospitality in the "giving of plants" tradition!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

That last Iris is a great representation of the cross. Beautiful.

Peggy said...


Gosh what a nice Easter Day you had. Ours was quiet, we were invited to my husbands brothers house, but we decided to say home with our adult son and have a quiet day.
You always have such beautiful pictures, what kin dof super camera do you have?
Hope you are all recovering from the car accident. I keep you in my prayers.

Debbie said...

It does sound like you had a great weekend. We were blessed with excellent weather Saturday and Sunday as well.
The Farmer's Market sounds like so much fun. I would love talking to people from other countries as well. And your brunch sounds yummy.
Our irises won't bloom for a few weeks. But, I like the simple purple ones the best. We have some that we dug up from my husband's grandparents' house.

The Dental Maven said...

Looks like Tigger's got her priorities straight.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I am SO glad after your rough week you had a perfect weekend! The pictures of your flowers are gorgeous. I didn't realize there were so many varities of Iris'.
I am going to have to send you of one of our Mardi Gras Plants. They multiply like rabbits but are so gorgeous when they bloom

Anonymous said...

Love all the photos, Greg. The one of the cat is hilarious!

Jenny said...

Glad you had a great weekend. I love the picture of your cat on the cooler. That lst Iris the walking Iris is so pretty.

Chatty Kelly said...

What a weekend indeed. You definitely have a green thumb, and I agree with Linda, that last iris is BEAUTIFUL and does look like a cross.

Glad you had a lovely weekend!

Becky said...

Beautiful flowers. Glad you had a relaxing weekend.

Monogram Queen said...

Wow I love your flowers!

How nice you had a visit from your daughter too!

I even googled the Farmers Market but just wasn't sure if it was open yet since it was Easter Week-end. Okay now I know when I come down. Gonna surprise you one of these days!

Sharon said...

Enjoed them yes sir I did, absolutely beautful my friend, I am a orchid Loverrr! But those are just breath taking wow, I cannot even pic a favorite, they were all outstanding. Sounds like your Easter was a Blessed one as well. Mine too, come see!
Have a beautiful day :)

MGBHLH said...

I have several favorite flowers - daylillies and iris. Growing up in Winnsboro, SC my father had a large bed of iris....they are my favorite to this day, but I do love daylillies too.

Your flowers are gorgeous - you my bloggie friend need to share that wealth with those of us STUCK up here in the midlands of our beautiful state....although I am headed back down to God's part of the state (Edisto) on Thursday. That is really the only place I truly feel like I can breathe.

Glad your Easter wonderful..and that breakfast was diet worthy.

Sharon said...

It's called "Story of Jesus" and it's Wauchula, florida at the cattlemans arena

Terri Tiffany said...

Is the market the one under that long building- two buildings right down town? I went to that and loved it! Do you sell something there?
Gorgeous flowers!

B His Girl said...

I have Louisiana Iris too. Mine are in bloom also. I love Day lilies too. Wow, You are a gardener. I love flowers. Do you have any white LA iris?
Yes Easter was special for our family too. I kept thanking God for what He is doing in our lives. Love the flower pics. Thanks, B

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

I'll be so excited when our Farmer's Market opens. Your floweres are lovely. I especially like the last one.

Glad you had a wonderful Easter. We did too.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

PS: You are not a virus; I'm sure of this. Glad you're in for phase 2 of the 30 x 5. I expect hilarious posts about this.

Wanda said...

Oh my Greg.....those are the most stunning pictures..... breathtaking...indeed!!

I have several Iris just getting ready to open...

Glad you had such a good Easter, so did we.


skoots1mom said...

ahhhh, the beauty of it...
great pictures!

Scarlet said...

Wow, your flowers are amazing! I love the walking iris...I wouldn't want to sit still either looking like that. ;)

Your breakfast sounded wonderful. I'll tell you come to Miami and I'll round up a few foreigners for you to chat with (including myself, Brooke...) and you can make us breakfast while we whip up the best mojitos you've ever had!

Your wife's invited, of course!


Susan Skitt said...

Lovely flowers, stunning colors! And what a cute cat enjoying the sun too!

My son once had a goldfish named Goldie also! Although ours lived in a little fishbowl that we got from a local fair. That fish lived for almost 6 years!!! We had a proper burial when he went!

Sounds like a yummy breakfast :)

And I loved your previous post - really good - very well done! You are a super storyteller!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Great was a beautiful weekend, wasn't it?

Erica said...

OH my gosh! What do you sell at the market and where is your stand? I avoided the first week because I figured it would be CRAZY busy! I am going this Saturday though! Please comment back on my blog or email me at! I look forward to meeting you :)

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