Thursday, May 31, 2012
You can see all three arbors from this view:
From the front yard under the apple tree:
Looking back into the woods where I allow the disobedient orange poppies and wild phlox to spread with abandon.
The little rusty wheel garden will soon be ablaze with bright orange poppies blooming in front.
Some areas near me had frost last night. I am thankful that we did not. It is in the mid 50's right now. Not so good for my tropical planters, but GREAT sleeping weather!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I recently went to a blog and this ad popped up...
I am finding blogs less interesting to read. There are way too many bloggers out there waiting to be discovered. They blog only to make a profit and it's a huge turnoff. Reading blogs is getting to be just like reading magazines--the ads outweigh the content. That is whey I let almost all of my magazine subscriptions expire. Now I am almost at that point with blogs. It's just not fun being used as a "hit" for their advertising aspirations.
Off my soapbox and back to gardening...
DH was shocked when he noticed how big this Burning Bush was.
It is in flower right now. The flowers are nearly invisible against the golden green foliage.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
This is an old pinky-purple with a yellow beard. I have no idea what the name is, but I like it.
I am trying to get the spring phlox to bloom in only the wild garden areas. I pull most of it out in the more tame gardens. That stuff will take over very quickly if left to seed.
I have tons of this common purple iris, but only these few have opened.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
When I was off last week, I finally put the binding on my pink star quilt. I put this on with the sewing machine and I am pretty content with how it turned out.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
You can tell I went back to work on Monday. I now have no time to garden, photograph, or post. It always amazes me how much I get done at home when I don't have to spend my most productive hours at my real job. :)
Today the Big Kahuna (boss) and I went to buy plants so I can do the 4 containers at work. Truth be told, he came along just to write the check and haul the plants in his vehicle...all he did was complain about how long it was taking. The lady who works for the plant company used to work at our hotel. She bluntly told him to be quiet and wait....he has a good sense of humor and just laughed when she said that. We ran into quite a few locals who found it strange that the Big K was out flower shopping! I think he was embarrassed!
As I expected, I could find no big thriller plants (cannas). In fact the selection was pathetic for all plants. I ended up buying a bunch of the same things I used in my containers--coleus, fireworks fountain grass, etc. I told the Big K that I would bring some of my own cannas.
So when I got home today I dumped out my very best pot of Tropicana's and split it into 5 sections -- 4 for work and one for me. It did hurt a bit to be giving these away. This bag is in my car waiting to be planted at work tomorrow:
I also took a dozen of my yellow calla lilies that were in the long wood container that I said was rotting out.
I just hope they produce now that I have separated them. I don't mind planting them at work--I wanted to tend to less containers at home anyway. The only problem is that it will be a few weeks before either the cannas or callas shoot up their magnificent foliage. It's a lot different designing a container for a retail establishment than it is for my own home. At work I like to have the planters looking good when they are planted.
Oh well, I guess if he does not like it, he can hire a real container designer who will charge him upwards of $100 for each of the four planters! :) You can't complain when you get it for free!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I have faith and I think it will. It is the container that I plan to put on the front porch right next to my entrance door. At this stage it is too ugly to put out for eveyone to see, so I will hide it until it begins to fill in.
To start this combo, I had to mutilate the beautiful Cordyline plant that I overwintered in my garage.
Most of the leaves were brown and brittle, so I cut them all off,
except for the top few, which still looked good. It's a good thing I saved this Cordyline, because I can't find any red Cordyline to buy this year. That seems to be the norm for my small town. One year it's available, the next three years it's not.
I also used two pink perennials from my garden-- Sedum Autumn Joy and Guara to spill over the edge.--two high impact plants at zero cost.
I know that some of my readers notice EVERYTHING, so I must let you know that in this pic, astute readers may recognize Purple Fountain Grass in the middle. It was there for a day, but then I pulled it back out, so I could use it in one of the deck whiskey barrels. So at the current time, this container has no fountain grass.
Guara is to the left of the grass and it's the plant inside this milk can:
It won’t be long and the “thriller” plants in this pot should cover the bare stalk. As is always the case with my containers, you can't see any “thrillers”, because they are under the soil. Here they are:
Unfortunately I did not mark the container I took the dahlia out of, so it could be anything. If it's purple, it will be perfect. If not, it will at least be a surprise to see what blooms. Either way this container will look totally different when I show it to you in late July (at least that is what I am hoping!)
If you are looking for the recipe for this container, here is what I think I have planted :
1 Guara (perennial that I save from year to year)
3 Purple Salvia
3 Dark Purple Coleus
2 Pink 'Park Princcess' dahlia (saved for the past umpteen years)
1 Purple Rembrandt dahlia (saved for the past five years)
1 Sedum Autumn Joy (yanked out of my perennial gardens--I have hundreds of these)
4 nasturtium seeds that I stuck around the edge to use a spiller
All I had to buy this year were the 3 salvia and the 3 coleus. I forgot what they cost, but it was pure pennies in comparison to what one would have to spend if buying all of the plants... truly... maybe $2 total??? Gotta love that!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
That is all the planting I did today. For my old age deck gardening, I plan to have just six of these big barrels - 2 flanking each entrance (there is another side to the deck that you cannot see in this pic).
Since I am not yet in my "old age" years, I still have a ton of other planters that we just brought out. See that long one? It must have at least 3 dozen yellow calla lilies in it. The wood is rotting, so I will be removing all of them and integrating them into other containers.
I have some new ideas for this year. After spending slightly over $100 each for my big urns last year, I decided there must be a less expensive way to get my new container fix. Once again I "shopped" my basement and found three wooden crates that my father-in-law made years ago. I decided to splash a little paint on them in the same colors as my other deck furniture. Cute? I think so and they cost me nothing but a little time as I already had both of the paint colors.
As my 80-yr old work friend always says, "What's life without a little fun?" I hope all of you are having a fun Sunday!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Anyway, there was no visible life to the grass, so I tossed it out and replanted both urns with some pink-striped 'Fireworks' fountain grass.
These should fill out quickly. They look sparsely planted now, but they are actually filled to the brim and should be HUGE in about a month.
In addition to working on a few containers today, I also did what DH calls "ta ta" work and turned my living room sled coffee table into a "Sea Savvy" table for the summer. I shopped the basement for shells and even used some of my son's old fishing tackle.
All in all we had a very busy day. DH stained the deck floor and we made a shopping trip to Wally's World, Home Depot and Ace Hdw. I was looking for some kale, but could not find a single plant. Bummer! The kale makes such a great autumn pizazz plant!
Friday, May 18, 2012
At first I had no idea where to begin. Then I did as I usually do and started walking through the main rooms to see what I could find that was green. I found green boxes, drinking glasses, faux cabbage, and books. I brought it all in to the family and within a pretty short time, I had this done.
Updated 4pm: I just found this pic on my desktop. It is very similar to the sofa I ordered. What grabbed my attention today was the wall color. Mustard! This is pretty close to what I was thinking.
Oh, I did not show you the ottoman I ordered. They did not have it in the store, but I found it online and called the store and they ordered it. I am ordering everything I want. It's been 19 years since I purchased new furniture, so I feel no guilt...not even a smidge...if these pieces last as long as the previous, they will probably outlive me.
Besides the sofa does not recline, so I think the ottoman will be useful.
Update: It's 3:00 pm and the furniture is now in place. It seems huge...way larger than it seemed in the store. Why does that always happen? LOL. It all fits fine and I like it. DH should be home any minute and I am hoping he likes it, too.
Even though everything is not done, I will give you a sneak peek.
Years ago when I had DH hang the Thomas Kincaid artwork on each side of the entertainment center, I liked having two on one side and one of the other. Now it really bugs me. I want both sides equal. The fourth picture is sitting on the floor below the single pic. I have been asking DH to rehang that side for at least two years. He HATES to put holes in walls, so he just ignores me. I am hoping that he will do it this weekend after I whine for at least a day. If not, I will get the hammer, measuring tape, ladder, and do it myself. Earlier today I removed a heating vent from the bathroom, sanded it and painted it a dark grey color. It was a brassy color, but it was beginning to rust. I wonder if he will notice that when he gets home? I already screwed it back in place.
Update: DH just got home. He noticed the bathroom vent right away and he thought I went out and bought a new one. He also likes the furniture, though he ran right outside when I told him they came through the front door with the biggest piece. He wanted to make sure they did not bang up his porch. I just shake my head...I guess it's true that opposites attract. :)
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I did not follow the recipe exactly. I put my cream cheese in the center instead of on top.
Nontheless, I found them to be quite tasty after I added a dollup of vanilla frosting and a squiggle of chocolate syrup.