Monday, August 19, 2013

Taking Time Off

I think we missed a month around here with this weather lately. Feels like fall and I am so not ready for that.
I am going to be taking some time off. My heart has not been into blogging or much into gardening this summer. I am hoping it is just a phase I am going through.
Having said that I want to thank all the great gardeners and friends I have come to know through garden blogging. Some of you have become dear friends to me and I have appreciated the years of sharing since I started this blog in 2007. I will leave you with some final pictures of some of the blooms now in the garden at the ending of summer.

Bill Warriner Roses

Yellow Redskin Dahlia



Midnight Marvel Hibiscus

Unknown Hibiscus from seeds

Lily_Resurrection_Lycoris squamigera
Resurrection Lilies Lycoris squamigera

New Dawn Climbing Roses

Katherine Phlox

Gerbera Daisies

Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry


Rose of Sharon





I wish you all the best and may your gardens always be blooming.


God Bless and Happy Gardening,



Balisha said...

Oh Lona...this sounds so final. Say it isn't so. I depend on you for brightening my days with pictures of your beautiful blooms. I have learned so much from you. My week just won't be complete without a Lona fix.

I know how hard it is to come up with fresh things to blog about and I have felt the same way as you. Health issues come into play and we don't want to sound like complainers.

Please take a little vacation, but when the pumpkins are ripe and ready for displaying I hope to see you back again.

I almost forgot...the little side trips you and your daughter have shared are so special.

Oh, dear...I've said too much, I think.

Take a break my friend...but not forever.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Come back when you feel like it. You have beautiful flowers. You're always welcome to visit my blog even if you don't post your own. Fun talking gardening with you. Be well!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I totally understand how you are feeling Lona. Sometimes it is difficult to pour your heart into something and it is time for a break. Come back soon!


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Lona ~ I sincerely hope you will keep on blogging. We all hit slumps at times and just need a little time off.

Your flowers are all beautiful as always. You have such a wonderful variety of color, texture and form.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

cherry said...

you have so many more blooms than me this summer.. It has been such a wet summer around here I am ready to move on. Don't be gone to long!
hugs see ya soon, Cherry

A Garden of Threads said...

I understand completely, as I often struggle to put anything on the blog. An artists break is what is needed and when you feel up to posting again I will be waiting for you. Feel free to pop in and visit me anytime, comments are not needed. Find your peace and stillness. Blessed be! Jen xox

Nadezda said...

I'm sure, Lona you will come back to us!
The garden is a passion and you love your garden as well.
I wish you good time off and see you later!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Lona, I understand you. I think it's normal to take a break. Write and show your pictures when you will feel so. Life is much bigger than blogging! Take care of yourself and enjoy the life!
I will miss your posts, but I'll be here when you are back.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Lona ~
I lost you! By that I mean I must have had a broken link from my blog to yours. But, now I've found the new link to your blog. Only to see this bummer news. I'm a little dismayed to read that you are taking time off. Certainly understandable, I'm feeling a little burnt out on keeping the blog current, as well. Anyhoo... I hope you post now and then because I'd love to stay connected with you. Besides! A garden as beautiful as yours needs a permanent spot in the blogosphere. :)

Happy Gardening,

RobinL said...

Well, I hope it's just a break, because I'd miss your lovely garden! But at least we have Facebook!


Hi Lona Dear,

You sound like me last summer. Only I was probably much worse than you are. I just couldn't get in the gardening groove. I paid for it royally this spring when having to clean up all of the neglect.

Take care sweetie and come back soon. We'll be here.

Kalantikan said...

Hello Lona, i hope you don't completely stop blogging. You have followers and we love your photos, plants and flowers. This blog burn-out gets to most of us, but with me the urge to post came back, and i even made a 2nd blogspot. Take time out and rest, enjoy life. Thanks for everything, in case you don't resurrect your posts! But we will wait still.

Karen said...

Dear Lona, I will miss your posts, too. I always love to see what is blooming and what is happening with you in your beautiful Hocking Hills garden. Best wishes to you and I'll definitely be here when you return. Hugs, Karen

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Lona girl !
You sound exhausted and very much needing a break .. we all do at some point.
Please take a good time out for YOURSELF and enjoy it .. and PLEASE come back when you are ready.
I haven't been visiting blogs much this summer at all .. I find I am just too tired by the time I get to the computer.
I hope that is all that is happening to you and that a rest will help cure it ?
Take care dear friend .. and come back when you are ready.
Your pictures are always awesome!!
Joy : )

Serenity Cove said...

I'm really behind in reading blogs I follow since I was gone for 2 weeks. I understand how you feel but hope its temporary. I really enjoy your blog.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Lona, I totally understand taking a break. Come back when you feel like you have had a rest.

Muddy Boot Dreams has moved to a new address, if you could change your links that would be great.


Joe Todd said...

You sound like me LOL.. as far as blogging and I had no garden this year.. couldn't compete with the deer.. Stay well

Karen said...

Lona, I've been thinking of you and hope all is well. We're facing winter again, aren't we? And the holidays are fast approaching. The sad part is, I'm not prepared and sadder yet, I don't care! Maybe it's old age on my part. Just wanted to let you know I miss you!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Lona ~ I just tried sending you an email and it came back saying no such address.

Thank you for commenting on my blog and I do hope you will come back to blogging once again. You always shared such lovely blooms from your gardens.

Wishing you a lovely Christmas holiday.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

pogonip said...

Miss you, Lona! I hope this holiday season finds you enjoying paperwhites and amaryllis and poinsettias and grocery store flowers that just brighten up our lives so much.

Jeri Landers said...

Lona, I hope you will drop in from time to time, your posts are always full of beauty and interesting tidbits of plant knowledge. Wishing you happiness in the coming year from the Hollow. Jeri

Sunray Gardens said...

Wondered where you've been. Hope you are taking a nice relaxing time off.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Such beautiful flowers..and I see you mentioned a "passion" for gardening.. :) LOVE gardening. Me too but I am not as good at it as you. I loved this post..
My poor plants are cooking. It cooled down for awhile but now we are right back to heating up!
I too am looking forward to Springtime.