Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Gardening on the Deck

First of all, I want to thank all of you who extended their thoughts and prayers for my in-laws this week. My father-in-law has a terminal cancer, and has managed to survive three years when he was given three months, so at this point we are just hoping for a dignified and pain-free end. My mother-in-law is suffering from dementia, and it is hard to see her retreat further into the darkness of the disease. Your thoughts and prayers are so greatly appreciated.

This has been such a hot and humid few weeks here in my part of New Jersey. Saturday, in particular, was truly awful -- about 96 degrees and super muggy. Yuck. But late Sunday afternoon a thunderstorm rolled through, bringing cooler temperatures in it's wake. We were thrilled to be able to have dinner on the deck, amid the flowers. :)

The purple Angelonia, shown in these mosaics, is one of my favorite annuals to plant. It grows well in our climate, and it's spires of purple or pink or white flowers are always upright and abundant. I'm also loving old-fashioned zinnias this summer, especially as I found some large pots of it at our local supermarket on sale for $1.99 each. :) With the heat, I've been watering every day, and although my basil has been fading, the angelonia and zinnias are still going strong. My dear friend Toni has even been growing tomatoes in pots on her patio, and you should see how tall they've grown! Next year, I'm going to try that for sure. :)

Now let's have some mosaic fun! Here are the instructions:
1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
That's all there is to it! It's always a good idea to then check and see if your link is working. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: mrcarroll(at)optonline.


  1. Very mauvey mosiac today Mary. I have some zinnias growing in my garden too but they have not begun to bloom. Keep happy thoughts.

  2. Beautiful and cool feeling in this lovely mosaic! Just the opposite of my very hot looking lilies!

    I will continue to remember your in laws in prayer.

    Kindly, ldh

  3. I remember as a child having my special plot in the garden in the back yard and I was the one who planted the zinnias. Pictures brought back wonderful memories. Thank you! Cathy

  4. These mosaics are so lovely...our zinnias are mostly pinks and oranges this year.

  5. Wishing you and your family well.

    The flowers are beautiful. I love Zinnias -- old-fashioned and beautiful! I grow tomatoes in pots. You must try next year.

  6. I love your zinnias, Mary! I am thinking I need to try them next year as the heat is wilting everything but the verbena! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have been through similar circumstances and I know it is not easy! Thanks for hosting...hugs...Debie

  7. Your mosaics are always so very lovely and simply so. It's obvious to me that you are one talented photographer as well!

    Mary, you and yours have my prayers. While I don't know the specifics in your family, I certainly deal daily with dementia/Alzheimer's caring for my grandmother. It is wonderful that your father-in-law had extra time...I know something about that as well with my mother...but if now is his time, dignified and pain-free sounds like an excellent prayer.

  8. I have grown Angelonia before in pots and also liked it. We have finally cooled down here and it's quite pleasant.
    Beautiful mosaic.

  9. I'm so happy to be able to join you this week, Mary!

    Just this morning I was out shooting Zinnias! I made it a point to get up early and get to a local farm stand by 7:00 am. The rows and rows of them are just gorgeous. You would be in Zinnia heaven : )

    I wish Summer would last forever.

  10. Hello Mary, I am sorry to hear about your in laws. My prayers go out to you and your family.

    Your mosaic and flowers are just gorgeous. The zinnias are my favorite, I have some on my deck and I am very pleased with them.

  11. The purple Angelonia, which I have never seen before has just become one of my favourites.

    The Seasons of our gardens can bring us comfort as the seasons of life evolve. Sorrow & loss become rejoiceing and delight when babies are born; as winter becomes spring.

    I hope this season passes gently for you.

  12. Hello Mary...

    My friend, your photos always take me away to a "magical place"...absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us today for Mosaic Monday...such a treat! I also wanted to thank you for hosting this sweet Monday party...I really enjoyed being able to participate this week!

    I am so sorry to hear about the struggles that your family is facing with the ill health of your father-in-law and mother-in-law as well! I will certainly be whispering a prayer for them as well as your entire family, my friend!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  13. Oh, Mary, your mosaic is divine as usual...your photography is outstanding.
    I'm sorry to hear of your in-laws ills but hope for you too that the end can be pain free and dignified.
    Blessings to you and your loved ones.

  14. Beautiful collection if colorful flowers.

  15. Hi Mary

    So sorry to hear what your family is going through! My thoughts are with you and your hubby and children at this time!

  16. That is about the extent of my gardening now, containers on the deck. Hope your family are all better soon. Prayers for all. Blessings

  17. Mary I am so sad to hear about your in-laws poor health. I know what you are going through as sadly my in-laws went through a similar fate before they passed away. Big {{Hugs}} and prayers to you an your family!

    Your mosaics are lovely as always. Your photographs are always so crystal clear..just beautiful!

    ♥ Pat

  18. Lovely mosaics, Marry!

    Sorry to hear about your family. My thoughts are with you and your family!

  19. My prayers are with you and your inlaws. I hope you have a better week. Carla

  20. Continued good wishes for your in-laws, Mary. These are difficult times and we have been through very similar circumstances.

  21. Mary, your mosaic is lovely as always! May God's grace be with you during this time. I just lost my father to terminal Cancer and I know God's grace and comfort will carry you through. ~Diana

  22. Oh my! Your pink flower photo is wonderful today! And... all my best to your father-in-law during this time. May his passing be dignified just as we all would wish for ourselves. Take care my dear.


  23. I hope that you will find some moments of serenity in the weeks to come Mary. Your flowers are lovely.

  24. Thank you for taking the time to share some wonderful photographs with us, they are always so beautiful! May your family find comfort in each other during this difficult time. My prayers go out for you to all find inner peace in dealing with close family members going through such hard times…

  25. Mary,
    Thanks for doing Mosaic Monday. I made a little goof and got my link on there twice. I tried to delete the second one, but couldn't. Can you take one off? Sorry!

  26. Sorry, I seem to be doing everything wrong tonight. I asked you to delete my second entry, but the first one is linked to your page and not mine, so keep the second and delete the first.

  27. Wonderful colors in your mosaic today. Saying a prayer for peace for your family and inlaws. Thanks for hosting during this time.

  28. Such beauty captured by such a talent.
    I never fail to go "Awww...." when I visit here.
    Our prayers will be with all of you during this sad time Mary.

  29. Mary, your flowers are gorgeous!
    I sincerely hope that your and your family find comfort in this difficult time. You must be exhausted from trying to help your in-laws (and husband) through this....

  30. Dear Mary,
    my best thoughts for your family.
    My father too, suffers at dementia, I understand how you feel.
    I wish you quite hours to get the strenght for the storm life can have.

  31. Hello Mary
    This is my first time visiting your blog.
    It is lovely and I've already written my "note to self" to plant Angelonia for Summer.
    I'm in New Zealand in the Southern Hemisphere so it is mid Winter here now - rrrr.

    I hope you may come and visit me one day and I'll get out my prettiest teacups and make you very welcome!
    Thank you for sharing.

  32. What a lovely mosaic..very pretty hues!!

  33. Mary, you are indeed very talented. Those photos are just amazing, love the details and blurry background.

    I'm sorry to hear about your in-laws.

  34. It looks like you grow similar plants to me in your deck pots. I want to try tomatoes next year too. This year I did potatoes and they turned out wonderful.

  35. Hi,
    meraviglioso mosaico di fiori !
    Buona giornata.

  36. Hi Mary - So sorry to hear about your family. I hope today is peaceful for all.

    First time joining you for Mosaic Monday. Your deck garden mosaic is Lovely! Beautiful colors!

  37. I am so sorry that your family is going through this Mary. I am praying for all of you since these things affect an entire family. Sending hugs your way.


  38. Mary such beautiful gentle images of your flowers.
    I send prayers and gentle hugs to you and your husband. I pray that your FIL is spared from too much suffering and know that God watches over him.
    I understand the difficult journey one has with a parent diganosed with Dimentia as my late mother suffered with that cruel disease. One that I cried many a tear as I said my slow goodbye to her. I became the mother and she the child as you well know.
    I will continue to hold you and your precious family in my daily prayers.
    love and light anna

  39. Very pretty mosaic. Yours usually are.
    Prayers going your way.

  40. Hi Mary,
    Lovely mosaics! Sorry to hear of the difficult time your family is having.

    Take care,

  41. So sorry for the illnesses of your inlaws. I pray God will give you all comfort thru this hard time.

    This hot, humid weather, when my flowers are struggling to stay alive is but ONE of the reasons my favorite season is WINTER..:))

    Your mosaics are wonderful.

  42. Oh, my friend, my heart is touched with the needs of your dear mother-in-law and father-in-law. I am praying for you and your family through these days. It's not an easy path to walk but knowing God is holding you close and friends pray and care makes the days a bit easier. Thank you for your gorgeous photography. I enjoy it all and often feel as if I'm right there with you as you capture it with your camera.

  43. Oh Mary, I'm so sorry to hear about you are all going through so much. I'm praying for you and all your family during this very difficult time.

    Thank you for finding the time to share with us your beautiful mosaic of your very pretty flowers, and for still hosting Mosaic Monday.

    Blessings to you and your family,

  44. Your mosaics are sooooooooooo gorgeous... I love them.. and am learning!! :-)

  45. Thanks Mary,
    for sharing your beautiful flowers and mosaics.
    Warm sandy hugs..
    (prayers also)

  46. Good evening, Mary!
    Lovely flower mosaics you are delivering!
    Iam also delivering flower mosaics, about the theme blue roses, or not!
    Have a nice evening, and a nice week!
    Best wishes,

  47. Dear Mary, I am so glad that you were able to eat out on your deck. We don't quite have the porch that we envision, here, yet. Right now, it's small and has victorian posts on it (odd on a federal house.) It is very unfinished BUT has been such a peaceful respite for us - in view of the sweeping lawn that leads down to the pond and the apple trees in the distance. Also, it's shady and a bit cool because it is right next to the lilac hedge. This year, sadly, it has been an uninhabitable wreck because of puppies and the stone work for the walkway and the garden wall. BUT, rejoice with me! Tom has finished the wall and pressured washed the porch and we can sit out there again.

    All of this to say that I can completely commiserate with your longing to eat outside. Actually, come to think of it, I just posted a few photos of it (closeup =]). And, wasn't it gorgeous, today????

    I will pray for your father in law. What a time this must be.

  48. I am so sorry to hear about your in-laws' health problems. My husband's aunt and uncle are experiencing the same thing, so I have an idea of what you're all going through. I'll keep you all in my prayers.
    You're flowers are lovely, especially considering the brutal NJ summer we're having!

  49. What a sad, sad, story about your in-laws! It must be a difficult time for you and your husband as well.
    It has been unbearably hot here in Virginia. We set records a few days ago with heat indexes of 115 and 110. Too hot to be on the porch, even with the fan on.

  50. What a lovely mosaic - it belies the hot, humid weather you've been having.
    I'm sorry to read about your in-laws' health. This puts you at a time of life that so many of us are experiencing, watching, helping, but sometimes just helpless in the face of disease.
    Thinking of you and yours......

  51. beautiful flowers, they do calm the soul...

  52. I am very sorry to hear about your in-laws...very difficult I am sure.
    Heat makes everything harder to take.
    My mother grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, and I remember swimming at a community pond in the summer.....smiles.

  53. Hi Mary, Anne here from England. You and your husband are in my thoughts my dear. I lost my mum last month after a 10 year battle with Alzheimers. It took her from a lively vivacious fun loving woman to someone who could not speak or walk but sat in a chair and ground her teeth all day. I was with her when she died a very peaceful and dignified death at home. I pray that your father in law will have a peaceful end when it is his time. Very hard for him to leave your mother in law with dementia but I pray that he will find peace.


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