Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adorable Annuals

  
Early this morning, I found the cutie patooties 
on my patio cuddled together trying to shade each
  other from the scorching heat of the Mediterranean sun.


 Shutters closed, doors locked, and windows sealed, only
 the bravest of beauties confront the blazing, torrid temps.

Portulaca, thriving, since last seen here

 Thankful for refreshing sea views and some shelter
from the eaves trough, the colourful, boxed ones are
  cooler, and thus, more courageous, hanging out on 
the balcony and the terrace, above.


Empty pots, piled on the front lawn, 
await new inhabitants, but the very bright
spot deters those who cannot tolerate full sun.


 Close to amenities, however, (a direct pathway to the
 pool, and just steps away from the main water supply),

 

new tenants were tracked down, and a lease was
signed, (just for the season, of course!).


 Because, in the end, 


whether you're a cutie patootie,


or an adorable, precious kitty,


'made in the shade',


basically comes down to
location, location, location!


Thanks for visiting,
and happy weekend!


 xx
Poppy
P.S. Was away for a few days;
will visit you all tonight!


41 comments:

  1. Such a refreshing post! Bright Greek sunshine and colors! :)

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  2. One day I am going to drop in, and never leave, just to see that gorgeous view.

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  3. It is always such a treat to come to your blog and visit.
    I love your neck of the woods.
    Xo Marissa

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  4. Beautiful! I just love all the colors. It's is terribly hot here too and I'm trying desperately to keep my plants happy.

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  5. Wow Poppy, I feel the heat.
    I love portulaca...but so far mine aren't too happy...they need a bit more direct sun I guess.It has been rather temperate this week.
    Stay cool:)

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  6. I know how the house looks like when the heat is blazing outside. Darkness and AC all the way! :D You have a great garden!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  7. Your flowers looks so pretty. I know what you mean about closing up the house. I hate it when I have to pull the shades and drapes to keep the sun out so the house will be cooler. I think our climate are the same. However, we have been having high humidity due to storms coming up through Mexico, no rain though.
    Kitty is so pretty and she looks like a good girl. Good luck with your pretty flowers.
    Have a wonderful weekend Poppy.
    Hugs my dear friend.
    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,

      Thank you! Yes, as we've said in our emails, California and Crete share a temperate climate, but we don't get the humidity you might, which I cannot bear!

      Kitty is actually a 'he', and goes by the name of Prince Richard, or P.R. for short!

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a lovely weekend, with perfect summer weather so you can open those shutters to let the sunshine in!

      Hugs to you!
      Poppy

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  8. I'm hitching a ride with Art and Sand. Maybe the two of us could get cheaper air fare....;) You truly live in a dream and I thank you for sharing it with us!!!

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  9. Your flowers are lovely, the kitty is too cute...but that view!! Oh! I am breathless! ;)

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  10. Hello Poppy, your annuals are beautiful. And the kitty is precious! Stay cool and have a happy weekend!

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  11. How I love your house and the flowers in the pots really look so pretty and brighten everything up! You cat is so cute too! Thanks for showing us the outside of your beautiful house Poppy! Have a good weekend.
    Julie

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  12. Poppy - your gardens are just gorgeous! That cat seems to think he owns the place - and probably does. LOL Does your landscaping stay that green all summer long? Beautiful.

    Judy

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    1. Hi Judy,

      Thank you! Well, despite the dry and scorching heat, our gardens stay pretty green, thanks to my husband's diligent and devoted efforts in watering, pruning, repairing and trouble shooting anything that may come up, like weeds, leaf munching critters, and sunburned trees. I, on the other hand, only have the responsibility of tending to my pretties, which can be time consuming, in itself, as they demand a lot of attention!

      xx
      Poppy

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  13. You have the most beautiful home and lawn! Your flowers will be very happy there and you'll enjoy them in the cool evenings. It's hot here in Florida and the sun is always so bright. We have to be careful what plants we try to grow. Enjoy your day my friend! Hugs, Diane

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  14. I love your cutie patties, both floral and feline! Do the evening temperatures drop a lot up there at your elevation? I hope you can enjoy the beautiful terraces then.

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  15. hope you have a wonderful weekend....it will be a ladies night on Saturday and I am so looking forward to it, nothing like getting a good doze of my besties to center me ....love all your flowers and your patio...I can see myself hanging near your cutie pattooties sipping a cup of coffee and enjoying all your beauties...I hope your visit was fun too!!!!

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  16. Everything seems to be thriving in your hot climate,...even Prince Richard seems to be tolerating the heat quite well! My plants are not having a good year :(

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  17. Beautiful annuals, have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. How beautiful are your home and garden Poppy and how amazing is this view! It must be a little paradise even with high temperatures and a plunge into the pool would be the biggest pleasure of the day! Your annuals are thriving so well, enjoy all this beauty!
    Hugs for you
    Olympia

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  19. Olá Poppy! Parabéns pelas lindas flores!! Kity é adorável! Beijos, Lígia

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  20. Your flowers are gorgeous. We are going to Greece via cruise ship this August. This is the one stop that I am really looking forward to! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. Wow! That Mediterranean sunshine sure does shine bright! Your cuties look quite happy with their location at your lovely home. Everything looks hot! hot! hot! Here we're having fairly cool temps with bright sunshine, and since our pool isn't heated, no one has ventured into it for a week! Enjoy your weekend Poppy. Wendy x

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  22. Great, clever post! Love it! I have already lost my purple trailing petunias to the heat while I was away, but got some new ones and will be watching them carefully now!

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  23. Lovely! I adore the portaluca.

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  24. It's getting hot, hot, hot here. But probably not as hot as where you are. The very thought of a pool is pretty wonderful!

    xo
    Claudia

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  25. Poppy, you are so clever with words! And your hot climate just calls for bright colorful sun-loving flowers. That pool looks oh-so refreshing!

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  26. How did you get the Prince in that cute little 'house'?? Love it, and love the gorgeous pictures as always!!

    The vibrancy of those flowers is astonishing! Enjoy your weekend in Paradise:)

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  27. Hi Poppy! I need those flowers in the scorching south Texas heat. It's always so fun visiting you!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  28. Everything looks so beautiful Poppy, especially your precious kitten! Enjoy the weekend and your refreshing pool.

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  29. I hope you're inside in the cool drinking something delicious and cold! I love the deep red of the pansies in your pots. They are so pretty. Your annuals look great, and I love your selection!

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  30. Prince Richard looks a bit upset, I think it's because the gorgeous flowers are getting all the attention, but he should know he's very handsome too !

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  31. Wow so beautiful flowers and lovely pictures, summer and sun is wonderful.
    Good weekend Marit of Norway.

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  32. What gorgeous flowers, stunning views and sweet kitty!! :)
    Susan

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  33. Yes, location and plant material are important. It's nice to see you can grow a number of pretty flowering annuals without them burning up in the heat.

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  34. Such beautiful flowers and photos. Hey, I call my cat Tommy a cutie patootie, too.

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  35. I just love happy annuals. Yours are beautiful.
    Sherry

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  36. Wonderful suggestions for the garden! Great kitty photo - too precious! Wow! These look awesome - they make a terrific fence! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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  37. I love ALL of your photos but especially that beautiful cat!
    Have a wonderful week dear Poppy - see you soon!

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  38. Your pots look great! It's so hot here, nothing in a pot can survive the heat. I'll just have to enjoy yours. :) Thanks for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday! Have a great week!
    ~Liz

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