Dressing for Summer Success

First the eye-candy:


I am attempting to hypnotize you with Cenizo, Leucophyllum frutescens


As you can see, my Cenizo is dressed for a successful bee-business.  It’s been loaded with bees for two days now.

I’m so thankful I didn’t get around to pruning it.  Pruning was on my to-do list but so was planting three vines & five perennials, watering the entire backyard, painting the top of the car (yes), doing laundry, and so forth…


I’ll never know whether the Cenizo bloomed because I’d recently mulched around it or because Cenizo (also known as the “Barometer Bush”) felt the change in our barometric pressure when we got rain.

And I just learned in the writing of this post that Cenizo’s leaves can be used to make a tea.  I might try it.

So while my Cenizo is dressed “to the Nines” I thought I’d let you see the trendy outfits I wear in the garden.


Notice the cute dog paws at the top of the photo?  Elly, the Lab, was my assistant.  She located the misplaced spade for this photo. (Thank you, Elly.) I highly recommend you teach your dog, if you have one, to find your spade.

Fashionable gardeners and homeless people prefer the above look. Dogs like it too at the end of the day.

Let’s pick apart this outfit to see why the successful summer gardener should wear it.


Notice the frayed collar?  This is a necessity to wick away perspiration.  Cotton is a must. Both the t-shirt and bandana are made of cotton.


Above: General random holes in the shirt allow additional airflow.


Above: The essential air hole at the knee for ventilation.


Above: The clogs have air vents too. Clog storage is important.–I  keep mine outside in a basket right beside the back door.


Another snazzy little “number” above.  If you don’t own garden clogs, old Birkenstocks will do. Note that it’s important for your shorts to wear some ground-in dirt.  Otherwise, people think you only pretend to garden.


Above:  Thrift store belt on hat.  If your hat lacks a cord, you can start your own trend by adding a stylish thrift store belt on which to loop shoe strings that act as cords to tie your hat to your head.

I tried to get my dogs to wear some of my gardening hats for this post, but they refused.  I wonder why?

What not to wear:


Above: This is a sweat catcher.  It catches sweat, bugs, and dirt.  Don’t wear one!  Not sure what men use it for, but please note it does not make a good gardening hat. However, you might try using it as a bird feeder.

And let me tell you the truth.  I really want my garden to pop, sizzle, and shine NOW, but it’s still very much a baby.  This song pretty much expresses my gardening sentiments to some extent.

Have a great day!


7 thoughts on “Dressing for Summer Success

  1. That tree is beautiful with its pale foliage and pink flowers. Your gardening outfits look really comfortable and cool. I usually wear loose long pants, old shoes and gloves because of spiders. I do get a bit hot but there is plenty of shade. Our dogs also try to help but steal tools rather than find them. And you can’t leave a gardening glove unattended or you might never see it in one piece again.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I’ve never seen one of those trees, and it is lovely! Just one gorgeous blooming tree or bush in the yard can increase it’s beauty by so much. Your gardening outfits are spectacular, and a belt around a hat? Genius.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. While I do wear those old t-shirts and capris to garden in, I know most people probably wouldn’t wear these things. I was poking fun at myself. The outfits are meant to be funny simply because they aren’t trendy or stylish, but yeah. that’s what I wear to garden in. I put my nickels & dimes toward plants, pots, etc. and not garden clothing. Thanks for the comment!


  3. The Cenizo is a beauty. As for your gardening outfit, I’m sure it looks better than what I wear. Incidentally, you left a comment on my blog indicating you hadn’t seen my answer to your earlier comment. I did leave an answer, though. Just wondering if there is something odd going on where you can’t see some comments or replies on my posts.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Well, when I went back to look at my original comment, I couldn’t see where I’d commented at all. It is weird, but you have answered the question so we’re square.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. After reading this post I looked up the leucophyllum to see if it was hardy in my area, but alas it is not. Too bad – the bush is a stunner!

    My gardening wardrobe consists of old and tatty clothing, made for comfort. I really like my son’s castoff long sleeve t-shirts, which have been worn into holes.

    I don’t dress much better when I am working in my public garden. Every once in awhile I think perhaps I should,,,then nah! Comfort rules!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That’s how I feel – comfort rules. I like the bush too, even though I didn’t plant it; however, I had the same bush in Austin and that one was beautiful as well. It had a twisted trunk, which added to its appeal.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s