Views of the Neighborhood – Close to Home

There is not much going on today in Lakeway, so I thought we would have you all over to tour the garden. We are being catered by Pecan Square Cafe of Clarksville. Our entertainment is Shania Twain.

Menu

Smoked Tarama Dip trout roe, vegetables, flatbread

Summer Melon Pecorino Romano, Hungarian wax chili, mint

Zucchini Fritto anchovy green goddess

Local Lettuces Moscatel vinaigrette, soft herbs

Roasted New Potatoes schmaltz, herbs

Pecan Sticky Bun

Pancetta & Pecorino Romano Scone

Handcut Tagliatelle summer pesto, chili crunch

Kale & Sausage Pizza Fontina, Bianco tomato, salt-cured olive, confit garlic, fennel flowers

New Potato & Taleggio Pizza parmesan cream, 1015 onion, thyme

Fruitful Hill Golden Squash Pizza ricotta, squash blossoms, Texas Rose garlic

Grilled Kale Sausage, soft scrambled eggs, Pecorino Romano

Chickpea Crepe Suzette goat’s milk ricotta, Grand Marnier

Provençal Salad tuna conserva, blanched vegetables, chicories, olive vinaigrette

Pork Schnitzel root vegetable slaw, caper aoïli, spicy mustard

44-Farms Steak and Eggs anchovy butter, new potatoes, salsa verde

All drinks.

Picture of an old time school bus

So let’s get on the bus.

A shot of red pentas, white vinca, and creeping Jenny.

Calibrachoa million bells, and English ivy.

Red begonia, green potato vine, miss muffet caladium, green ivy.

White vinca.

Blanket flowers (Gaillardia)

Sun impatiens.

Purple supertunia, purple potato vine, white verbena (not blooming)

Pink hibiscus and moss rose

Red angel wing begonia

Double knock-out red roses.

I’m sorry, there is no such thing as a scratch and sniff on the internet. This magnolia blossom smells divine.

Heirloom Homestead tomato.

Basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender, and parsley.

Well, that’s the tour. I hope you all have a great week. Now relax with some food and enjoy Shania Twain.

85 comments

  1. Your garden looks amazing!! I love how you have mixed the flowers in the baskets. I need to work on mine now as I have garden envy. Also love Shania Twain. That is such a great video. Have a super Sunday.

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    1. Thank you Darlene. The Producer loves to mix them up. I always liked this video.

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  2. The menu sounds delicious, the flowers in the garden are beautiful, and the music is top-notch. What a wonderful way to spend the day. Thank you for the tour, John.

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Karen. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

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  3. The flowers are beautiful, John! I’ve never heard of a creeping Jenny. I’m sure the hummingbirds love your garden. Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday!

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    1. We don’t have a lot of hummers. They pass through very quickly. I set out feeders when they returned and none were touched so who knows?

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  4. A wonderful way to decorate one’s home. Your hard work is paying off. 🌼🌺
    I’ll just have a sticky bun, please. Not very hungry this morning.

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    1. Good choice then. It only weighs a pound. 😁

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      1. Yikes! 😬

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  5. And a great time is had by all! Thank you.

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    1. I’m glad. Thanks for letting me know, Annette. 😁

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  6. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Your garden is beautiful, John. Kudos to Molly for all the lovely flowers and to you for keeping the pups out of the planters. 😊 Together you’ve created a lovely welcoming retreat.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. We do like it a lot. The dogs do as well.

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  7. Your greenery and blooms are looking lovely! I’ll have the pecan sticky bun, if you please.

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    1. Coming right up.

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  8. Nice shots. Looks like a relaxing collection.

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    1. It is relaxing.

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  9. Your garden looks so lovely! That Magnolia blossom looks stunning!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. That was a blossom on my birthday tree last year.

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  10. Thank you so much for the garden tour – gorgeous! I’ll have the zucchini frito and will listen to Shania again – she’s one of my favorite divas!

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  11. Love the garden John. Magnolia blossoms are something else. And the rest of them are nothing to sneeze at either. Happy Sunday.

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  12. You’ve created a lovely oasis, John (and The Producer, no doubt). That spread sounds too delicious! And Shania? Any time.

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  13. Your garden is so pretty, John, and I can’t believe you know the names of every plant. I seem to forget that the instant I plant. And what a gorgeous magnolia blossom. Very different that here in Oregon (what I’ve seen). Enjoy your colorful yard. Gotta love June.

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  14. Loved seeing your garden, John! You’ve obviously found plants that work well for your yard and sun conditions.

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    1. The Producer is totally responsible for the yard. Thanks, Becky

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  15. Somebody’s been very busy … and your garden looks amazing! I remember moss rose from when I lived in Texas. I don’t think I’ve ever seen angel wing begonia, though. Your hibiscus and magnolia are stunning — I can close my eyes and imagine the smell of the magnolia (yum!)

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    1. It is such a sweet smell. Thank you, Debbie.

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  16. Nice, John. Good food, good music and a great view of your gardening. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for coming along.

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      1. My pleasure.

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  17. Your plants are usually just backgrounds for Lucy and Twiggy, so it s nice to have them features as I was always trying to figure out what they were. Good job with the gardening!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. Wishing you a beautiful rest of Sunday.

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  18. Is it wrong to want to move to a place just to have that Golden Squash pizza every week? Ha! (It sounds absolutely divine!)

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    1. I agree. Thanks, Willow.

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  19. Amazing plants, dear John! Perfect for the Twiggy Resort. Do you use any of them to make tinctures? My congratulations! A home tour is always the best. 😊😊😊🍤🍻

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    1. We do not make tinctures. We just enjoy their beauty.

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      1. 😎😎😎 They are wonderful, dear John! All the plants are very picturesque.

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      2. Thank you, Maria.

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  20. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Beautiful flowers and garden. I wish there was scratch and sniff for wordpress.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. Wouldn’t that be terrific. Of course if it was something stinky not so much. 😁

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  21. Beautiful flowers, John. Did Costco have a sale on kale? I’m going to go with the Pancetta & Pecorino Romano Scone.

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    1. Kale is always featured these days. You made a good choice.

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  22. Lovely garden, John.

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    1. Thank you, Pit.

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  23. Nice yard. It’s so neat compared to ours.

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    1. Thank you, Craig. We are all about neatness in the yard. I do have a corner where the derelict stuff sits. 😊

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      1. You may have given me a story idea with that statement.

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      2. Oh good. That made me smile.

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  24. Now we no longer have to ask the question, how does your garden grow?

    And umm . . could you pass me another slice of pizza por favor?

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    1. Here you go on the pizza. Thanks, Marc.

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  25. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I’m impressed with how vibrant and fresh everything looks.

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    1. Thanks, Pete. 😁

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  26. I love magnolias, John. We have a lovely tree in our garden and it is now blooming twice a year because of all the rain. A great post to kick of my week.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it. This magnolia was a present from The Producer to celebrate my 80th birthday. I do love it.

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  27. Wow, John! I loved your flowers but thought, “Wow! Look at that magnolia!” I don’t know if I’ve seen one so large here in Utah.

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    1. This one is putting out the most fragrant and lovely blooms. This is a first for me.

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  28. Your flowers and herbs look so healthy! My usual nursery was flattened by the tornado back in December, so I wasn’t able to get the flowers I normally do. With Lowe’s, usually only half of them survive, and I don’t think my basil has grown an inch. Hoping it takes off soon. Have a great week, John!

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    1. Basil needs lots of shade. Too much sun and it stops growing.

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      1. That may be part of my problem, lol.

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      2. Try moving it to a spot that only gets a little afternoon sun

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  29. Whoa…it might not impress Shaina much but it sure does me! First, can I say (in between mouthfuls of chewing on that FABULOUS menu), the garden tour was AWESOME. If the power of suggestion holds true, I am intoxicated by what I imagine is that magnolia. What a lovely respite outdoors. Thanks for the tour. P.S. I sorta, kinda picked up the crumbs from my pockets that ‘may’ have been left on the bus. 😉

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    1. You can always have seconds sine the menu and servers are here till next Sunday. The magnolia is intoxicating, Monika. It was a present from the Producer on my 80th birthday. It is my totem.

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      1. Wow, what a fabulous gift for a guy who surely is only in his 50’s!

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      2. Inside I’m in my 30s. Yes it was quite a gift in that the tree is big enough to enjoy now.

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      3. We’re all in our 30’s inside. LOL

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      4. That is true.

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  30. Haha. Well, unlike Shania, I am most impressed. Thank you, John, for allowing us into your lovely garden. What a nice escape. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Teagan. I’m glad you enjoyed the tour.

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  31. Your menu looks so good, John, and your garden is gorgeous. I love that magnolia and was sorry I couldn’t scratch and sniff. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these beauties.

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  32. You’re a gracious host John. Great food menu you had me salivating to, great music and gorgeous garden. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Debby. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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  33. I dearly miss Magnolias! None in New England. I was hoping for a scratch and sniff. The hibiscus with the moss rose is my favorite!

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    1. The hibiscus is beautiful. It had six blooms on it the day before I took the photo. Little imp knew I wanted a shot so she wrapped them and just put out one. The magnolia was a gift from the Producer for my 80th birthday. It is lovely. 😊

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      1. Wonderful, John!

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  34. Beautiful flowers, John. I love how you’ve mixed different plantings together!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. The Producer is in charge of the garden. I’m there for the brawn.

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      1. A good team!

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  35. BEAUTIFUL!
    Although I’m thinking it was a short bus ride….very short…. very, very short.
    I didn’t even finish my squash pizza.
    Note: It does not keep well in the freezer!

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    1. You could stay around until you finish. There is never any hurry. 😁

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      1. My house. My rules.

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