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Friday, August 22, 2014

{Picket Fence & White Hibiscus}

One would never tell that only this past December husband Pieter redid our Vinyl Picket Fence by digging out a trench, pouring concrete and putting concrete blocks on top. He had to remove the Picket Fence entirely and even extend it with two more sections. Now there is no tell tale sign that we ever had a huge pine tree that got cut down and having so much digging done. The grass grew very well with almost a daily shower this entire summer. Only the last week or so has been without rain, except for Tuesday. So it looks quite lovely together with the White Hibiscus at the end.
We can't recall any summer as lush as this year's...
Photos taken by husband Pieter, except for the top one. One can tell that he too enjoys our new camera...
There is a lot of pollen for the hummingbirds and the bees to feast on.
Such a lovely green-white setting!
We love these great Gothic Picket Vinyl Fence Panels!
And we are blessed for having this part of the water control project completed before the spring.
With that much rain we have had, we were safe now.
With a view of our new tiled patio in the front of the house... Plants are very happy this summer!
Clouds are visible again on this mid June day; preparing for a late afternoon shower...
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38 comments:

  1. yes, it looks extremely well established and very pretty. :)

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      We sure are quite pleased with it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Your property is so very pretty. I just love seeing green, green, green -- with pops of color! Have a terific Thursday. Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Thank you and for sure I understand your sentiment about 'green' when living in a desert country... Enjoy your upcoming Friday!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Dearest Mariette,
    the white Hibiscus and the white fence, wonderful!
    Love and hugs,
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Both do go very well together and it looks so lovely with all the green.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello Mariette, There are few sights more charming than a white picket fence with flowers growing on it or nearby. All of your hard work has paid off beautifully.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      It is looking quite charming indeed and this year has been very rewarding for all the work.
      Best wishes to you!
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Mariette,

    Theresa schreibt es: sehr hübsch!
    Sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja stimmt. Danke für deine sonnige Grüsse,
      Alles liebe,
      Mariette

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  6. The whit hibiscus looks great. I guess that had to be cut back when you put the fence in.
    Enjoy your garden.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      No we never had to cut it back and it is standing free, there is 1-½ meter in-between the hibiscus and the first panel. The fence was there years before the hibiscus got planted and the first panel did not have to come out as Pieter did not pour concrete there, only all the other panels. But it is a perfect total.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Oh, Gorgeous White Hibiscus blooming beautifully♡♡♡ Wonderful job of your husband and love the white fence and white flowers matching together, Mariette;

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*


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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Thank you and yes, this is a very pleasing combination. The hard work is long forgotten and now we can forever enjoy the nice sight of it.
      Hugs back from Georgia/USA
      Mariette

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  8. Leuk als je zo mooi profijt hebt van al het werk dat jullie gedaan hebben en nu kunt genieten van het resultaat. Het ziet er prachtig uit.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja het is een mooie beloning voor al het harde werk! We zijn er erg tevreden over en ook blij met het prachtige resultaat.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  9. Hello

    Beautiful garden, the flowers are lovely.

    Manuela

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    1. Dearest Manuela,
      Thank you and we throroughly enjoy it!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. The hibiscus is a pretty anchor for the fence and both enhance each other. What variety is your hibiscus?
    Oh these lovely summer days............*s*

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    1. Dearest Suzi,
      It sure is a pretty anchor and looks very nice there.
      What variety...? Just a single white hibiscus, given as a starter from a friend. This one has performed always great and we do have on in the back of the gazebo that grew quite tall, more like a tree! We love those flowers.
      We have again lovely summer weather!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Hello! I thought of you last evening as hundreds of emotions flooded my mind. My second born .. Carl, age 52 and developmentally disabled has been diagnosed with diabetes. Carl lives with me .. the perfect housemate. He works at our local Safeway supermarket, walks everywhere (does not drive) and is loved by everyone who meets him. We are on our way back to his physician this morning. I am concerned for his future, whether we/he will manage the disease well ... most likely be prescribed medication this morning. Just needed to hear a positive voice about this turn of events and I knew you would provide it.
    Love,
    Helen

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      So sorry to read this... On top of everything else dealing with diabetes is not easy. The way I handled it since 2007, is just by Discipline; yes with a capital D. I've cut the sugar out of my diet as much as possible or do substitute it with sugars that have a low glycemic index such as coconut palm sugar that we find at Trader Joe's. Of course all the healthier food is more expensive too! Agave nectar is a great sweetener with a low glycemic index. There are so many things to consider like if we increase its glycemic index (number that determines the rate at which sugar enters the blood) by overcooked potatoes or pasta...
      In the future I will address some more of these aspects in several posts. Hope your son's physician will try to minimize the prescription of medication. Always best to handle it in the most natural way, avoiding any stress to the kidneys.
      By the way, not drinking any soft drinks is a very important thing. I drink only water and tea and coffee without sugar.
      Knowing how you feel, it did overwhelm me at first in 2007. Like your entire routine of cooking needs to be revised. It takes some time and meanwhile there is a lot more on the market for helping us achieve this goal.
      Sending you a big hug!
      Mariette

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  12. It sure has been very wet summer. Your grass grew very nicely and as you said, I can't tell that so much work was done. The white hibiscus is perfect with white fence. Really lovely setting.
    It's great your husband Pieter is enjoying new camera, too. I look forward to seeing more photos. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you for your kind words and we still are enjoying a lush summer; got some good rain showers this week!
      Yes we both do enjoy our new camera.
      Hugs to you and a lovely weekend ahead.
      Mariette

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  13. Hello dear Mariette
    Neat as a pin!
    Your new picket fence is so attractive - what a big job for Pieter - all that digging!
    The white Hibiscus finishes it off beautifully!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs
    Shane

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    1. Dearest Shane,
      It is looking neat as a pin and we enjoy it so much.
      My Pieter has performed in such a great way, considering his age of 85 now. A lot of young(er) male could learn from him.
      That white Hibiscus fits there so perfectly and is quite happy in the lower ditch area where it is more moist.
      Happy weekend to you.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. It looks absolutely wonderful, Dear Mariette! I remember your terrible flood and all the hard work your dear Pieter has done to ensure this never happens again. I love the white picket fence and the beautiful hibiscus. It compliments your home so beautifully. Hugs xo Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Guess we both got inspired by some higher power for completing all this JIT = Just In Time.
      With such a wet summer we would have had a disaster in the basement area but thank goodness we are safe forever and the joy is double.
      Thank you for your kind words.
      Hugs and happy weekend.
      Mariette

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  15. Dear Mariette ,your white hibiscus tree is so preety!!
    I adore your beautiful garden!!Enjoy it these hot summer days!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thank you for your lovely comment and yes, we too enjoy it and even the hot summer days... A few more weeks and it will get more pleasant.
      Happy weekend and hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Dearest Mariette,
    husband pieter is picket fence by digging out a trence. and he remove the picket Fence.Huge pine tree cut down and so much diggong done.The gress grew with almost a daily shower this entire Summer.
    The photos yaken by Husband Piter except top one,He does enjoys the new camer the hummingbirds and the beento best on.your new tiled patio in the front of the houseplants are very happy your summer both of you!
    Hugs and Love!
    Michiko


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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Thank you for your loyal visit and for your words.
      Sending you sunshine, lots of hugs and love,
      Mariette

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  17. I love your picket fence and the white hibiscus in full bloom is splendid!!!!
    Enjoy your beautiful garden, dear Mariette!!!!
    Many hugs and have a nice weekend!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment.
      We surely enjoy our place.
      Wishing you a lovely and sunny weekend.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. I really like your white fence and beautiful hibiscus. I greet you.

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Thank you for visiting and sending you greetings back from Georgia/USA.
      Mariette

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