Monday, June 25, 2007

Blooms & Yardsale Finds

I think I mentioned how pretty my hibiscus are every year and this year is no exception! They are really bustin' out right now & we just had a pretty good rain one day this week, so they are loving the water. These were only planted a year ago in February & they bloomed & bloomed last year & are even bigger this year.
This is the whole bed...there's a Limelight hydrangea in the middle of the 2 hibiscus (the hibiscus on the right gets less sun, so is smaller). I can't wait for them all to be in bloom at the same time. That's a real treat.
Here's an update on one of my containers. It's really getting hard to get these things watered every day, with this dang drought we're having, but I'm trying.
My basket is doing OK, not great.

Yardsale Finds: I know you all won't be too surprised to find out that I've found some treasures to keep for myself & I hope you all are enjoying the items I've put in my shop. I just had to share a couple of things that I found in the last 2 weeks. I hit a wonderful estate sale on Friday & really lucked out on picking up 2 tole trays. There was a line to get in & everyone made a beeline inside the house when the doors opened in the garage, but I decided to browse out there first & these 2 tole trays were waiting for me. I paid $8.00 for the black one & will be keeping it. I've only found one other tole tray while yardsaling, so I figured I was due for another one. This one is a beauty, even if some of the black is a little scratched around the's gorgeous!
This large green one was priced at $20. I'm putting this one on Ebay in case anyone is interested. It's large & really pretty. Here's a closeup of the floral on that one. I don't have a place to put this one or I would keep it too. I have an affinity for the black ones!

And last weekend, I found yet another Harold's skirt for $4.00...I keep finding some great designer fashions out there in my size & cheap! This one is all about Italy, one of my favorite places, so I had to have it.
That's my recap on my weekend. Hope you all have a great week!

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Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

I love seeing your Harold's finds as I'm a big fan of their stuff and I'd be the one that pays full price. If you ever get tired of those skirts...I'm a size 6!!! hee-hee

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Great finds, as usual ! I love that green tray but have no place for it either unfortunately.

Your flowers are beautiful.

Nicki said...

Love your little store! I keep checking back for soon as we find a house to buy I'll start stocking up!! But I don't have a clue as to how I will decorate if I don't have a house!! =) All in God's time......I'm trusting Him!! Loved all your neat finds! Have a great week!

Suzanne said...

Your hibiscus are beautiful! And the trays are great too!! You always find such wonderful things.

Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I am doing the rain dance~ are you? I think we need to get James Span to start dancing with us.

Rosemary said...

Beautiful flowers!
Great finds too!
I need to check out your shop again.

PAT said...

Your flowers are gorgeous, Rhoda!

I love the trays and that skirt is wonderful!


The Decorated House said...

Great looking trays! I always forget that some hibiscus can be grown where it get so cold. What beautiful blooms!

Susie Q said...

That skirt is too cute!! You lucky lady!

That try is so pretty and your flowers are gorgeous!

Have a sweet week dear Rhoda...I am going to do the lamp post *hee hee* this week! Thanks for allowing me to be such a copy cat!


justabeachkat said...

I LOVE the hibiscus...what a gorgeous color!

I don't blame you for keeping the black tray. Very nice.


Betty said...

Your hibiscus are beautiful! My little nephew in Florida called them 'hot biscuit'.

I have an affinity for tole trays and have several....they never go out of your skirt also...Betty

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Your flowers are so pretty, and so are those tole trays!

Cindy @ My Romantic Home said...

Your flowers are beautiful!

I love coming by your blogs on Mondays to see if you went yard-saling and to see what you've found! You always find the best things!

Adriann said...

Ooh! Great finds!!! Your Hibiscus are gorgeous!!! I can't believe how big they are. You obviously have a green thumb. Beautiful!

Cheryl Wray said...

Love the trays and the skirt. It totally looks like you! So stylish!
And your hibiscus are gorgeous!!!

Marilyn said...

Beautiful flowers, Rhoda. Mine just aren't doing well this year so I guess I'll have to just look at

I love the green tray! I never find very much when I'm out bargain hunting. I think I need to move to the South! But then I'd have to leave the mountains and I don't think I can do I'll check out your ebay site....what's your "handle"????

the feathered nest said...

I think your thumbs pretty green too LOL! Your hibiscus are just gorgeous - they're so big! It's nice to get some rain isn't it, but it's still not enough. I've had a couple of planters just die on me this year. I've replanted one twice already.

Love the tole trays that you found and the skirt is cute!


Southern Heart said...

Wow....your garden looks beautiful! You are doing really well even with the drought we've been having. And, I love your skirt! You are going to look adorable in it.

Great finds at your sales! I can't believe the deals on those toleware trays. I went to an estate sale about 2 weeks ago where they were asking *more* than they go for on eBay---at an estate sale! I'm so glad that you found those!



Trudi M said...

Love your hibiscus and I want to shop where you do. We're having no rain in Norther In too. It's a never ending story to water the flowers.

KLKinFLA said...

Those hibiscus are divine...we do need rain, don't we. Your finds are lovely, and it sounds like you had a great weekend. Enjoy your week!

Rhoda said...

Thank you girls for stopping by! I appreciate it so much.

Marilyn asked about my Ebay shop, so I added a link to that on my sidebar, in case anyone is interested in looking.


Sandy McTier said...

Love those hibiscus and your trays - what a bonus find!
Have a great week.

Leslie said...

Gorgeous flowers! Thinking I am hearing thunder in the distance...(please, please, please rain) rain desperately needed here too.

RealEstateGirl said...

absolutely gorgeous hibiscus! Can we keep those year-round here in Alabama? My mom (who lives in Georgia) thinks it would die in the winter if I bought one.

I am loving all the stuff you find at yard sales! I'm going to have to accompany you some time!

Still looking forward to a trip to B'ham to meet you soon!



Sandy said...

Love the finds and your flowers.
Hey, I was down in the south last week. Little Rock at Family Life Radio.
And I'll be in Atlanta in 2 wks. I was reading your profile :)
Happy Week Rhoda!
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Felicia said...

Oh, your hibiscus and all your flowers are so beautiful :)

HeatherJ said...

Get out! I love those trays! What a great find.

Lizzie said...

The hibiscus is breathtaking. Such a happy flower, isn't it?

I love black, and want to start incorporating more of it into my kitchen. I didn't know you had a shop online- I will have to check it out!!!

~Dawn~ said...

Those flowers are GORGEOUS! All your neighbors must adore you - I know mine defintely appreciate my floral quest for beauty! For me, I have found that if I fertilize once a week, I am having bigger and brighter blooms. I buy fertilizer from Walmart by a company called's granular and you just mix it with water. Maybe you could try that on some of yours!

Raised In Cotton said...

Oh my what perfect flowers and more perfect treasures. Love the pictures!!!


Lana said...

Oh what gorgeous flowers ~ both the real ones and the painted ones!

Sue said...

Your hibiscus are beautiful. I have some just like those but they don't bloom for about another month up here in Michigan. You lucky Southern gals get all the pretty blooms for so much longer than we do.....
Love the trays, I would be so tempted to keep them both.
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Lallee said...

Your hibiscus are beautiful. It takes mine until fall to grow back and bloom again, so it is hidden behind my hydrangea.

I sold a black tole tray on eBay several years ago and I still regret it. I've never run across another one--at garage sale prices, that is. Yours is very pretty.

I love your skirt. It's adorable.


She'sSewPretty said...

Your hibiscus is absolutely gorgeous. I love it against the picket fence...very pretty!

Jen @ The Cottage Nest said...

Rhoda- I'm so jealous of your green thumb. Everything looks so beautiful that it's hard to believe you have been in that house for such a short time. Love your yardsale finds too. I never find cloths so designer duds are especially lucky.

Daisy Cottage said...

Beautiful blooms! Love them! And your latest finds are wonderful too! I love your new on-line shop! Have fun Rhoda! You are such an inspiration!

Deb said...

Your yardsale finds are fantastic! I took Folk Art painting lessons in '86 and the amount of work that has gone into your trays is incredible! We planted a hibiscus in the garden to celebrate my husbands 50th - last year was the first time it bloomed ... large burgandy tea plate size blossoms. Your gardens are gorgeous!

Mom Kristi said...

Wow, I love your blog! I love yard sales too. See somewhere near the beginning of my blog for some of my exciting finds. I am currently all pumped up to go to the local antique show/flea market that comes to our town the second Sunday of the month! I'm sure I will be a devoted reader of your site from here on out! Thank-you for the neat ideas for your finds!

Mom Kristi said...

P.S. Hibiscus are my second favorite garden flower next to hollyhocks. Yours are gorgeous.