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Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Entry Garden

Be sure and check out the other "Fertilizer Friday" gardens - they are all so fun to see! Thanks Tootsie for hosting this for us!http://www.tootsietime.com/
Also linking to Favorite Things Friday at http://thehillsarelivin.blogspot.com/ and Show and Tell Friday ww.romantichome.blogspot.com/ lots of fun and creative projects

Entry area about 3 weeks ago after I first cleaned it out.

Entry area today - 3 weeks of growing - amazing!

I wanted to show what the plants in our Entry area are doing, they are starting to pop!

This area is a shade oriental garden.
My wish is that everyone who comes through this area to our front door feels peace, joy and love and when theyleave they leave feeling refreshed and loved.

***Top left is is my lime bleeding heart, it is always about a week behind the other bleeding heart.

***The top right is my bleeding heart that was my grandmother's who died about 15 years ago.
***The lower right is our tree starting to bud out. These leaves get so big and thick that in a rainstorm you can stand under them and not get wet.
***The lower right corner is a picture of the pansies I just bought for one of the door pots.

This is the wreath on our front door, I made it a couple of weeks ago - it add's so much zing to the entry area! I am really excited this next week to get my pots all potted up and really showcase this wreath and the entire entry area. Instructions on how to make it are on my personal blog ----->http://bucketideas.blogspot.com/2010/04/project-19-81-to-go.html
I found these adorable pictures of garden angels last summer. I had a computer crash last week and lost some of the information so I don't have the links I am sorry to say. If these are your pictures please let me know so I can give you the proper credit and add your link here. I think they are totally adorable and collecting the supplies to make me some of them.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Tulips Are Starting to Bloom!

Here are my first three tulips - WOO HOO!

These are marsh marigold's the first flowers blooming
in our pond.


Thanks to Jean for sponsoring Blooming Tuesday - check out the other Blooming Tuesday Gardens - they are always lovely.... http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Few Garden Wreaths

Be sure and check out the other "Fertilizer Friday" gardens - they are all so fun to see!

Also linking to Show and Tell Friday http://romantichome.blogspot.com/

Lot's of fun things here too!

We have had a lot of rain and so our color of green is nearly flourescent -------------- it is beautiful.
(Today alone we received over an inch of rain - not bad considering that we get about 18 inches per year and that is mostly by snow!)
The only flowers blooming right now are daffodils. I have pictures of them in my next post. I thought I would share my garden wreath creation. The tools on this wreath were my mom's garden tools. I have saved them since her death and it is nice to have them back in the garden again.


Here are a few more garden wreath ideas I found:

Recycled Water Bottle Wreath

This wreath has a sweet story. Each of the hanging tin pieces are wishes. You can read about it here: http://www.penick.net/digging/?p=455

Cute Wreath from Michaels

I love this one - I have an old garden trowel that was my grandmother's - I would like to make one like this and put her trowel in a place of honor in my garden.


http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/item/12379/summer-garden-hose-wreath Wreath by Junk Market
This hose wreath is from all crafts http://westwood.fortunecity.com/ghost/818/allcraftsfloral.htm This one was on photbucket, another hose wreath by Pammie Jo http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb177/pammiejo_bucket/IMG_2489.jpg This is another clay pot wreath http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/junk/msg0122581226509.html

This hose wreath from Cobblestone Nursery www.cobblestonefarms.blogspot.com/.../my-trash-to-treasure.html ******************
These are the instructions on how to make a hose wreath

A couple more links:

I also found this darling clay pot angel -
Next week I would like to share some fun angels for decorating the garden.......

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blooming Tuesday! There Are Daffodils in Idaho!

My daffodils are finally blooming. I just planted the ones with the pink center last fall and so excited to these daffodils this spring.

Thanks Jeane for hosting Blooming Tuesday again this week! To see more gardeners for Blooming Tuesday, visit http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/

Monday, April 12, 2010

All Kinds of Pot Ideas!

Linking up with Blooming Tuesday and Fertilizer Friday!

I am watching all kinds of green things come through the ground this week but nothing really blooming yet. I have also been cleaning out and I have a some empty spaces and lots of black plastic pots and other odd's and end's. I need some more pot ideas.
I have been looking online for ideas and this week I am showing you
some of the ideas I have found.
Planted ChairsThis website has all the instructions: http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/junk/2003053413030862.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Look at these recycled black plastic pots. Instructions at: http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/junk/2003043245028444.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Spraying Plastic Pots
Pastel Planters
Sometimes it's hard to find garden pots in exactly the color you're looking for, and often those pots come with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, it's very simple to follow these quick decorating tips to make over your existing garden pots, whether they're plastic, terracotta or enamelled. You can spray paint your pots to reflect the color of the flowers in your garden, or to tie in with the color scheme you choose for your garden accessories and furniture. The paint is tough and weatherproof - ideal for outdoor decorating.
You'll need
Two garden pots, Newspaper, White Primer, Satin Ice Cream, Satin Pastel Green
Hints & tips
"Apply Valspar Premium Clear as a top coat to prolong life of your revitalized pots."
Step by step guide
1-Clean your pots carefully with hot, soapy water to remove any traces of dirt or grease.
2-Lay out sheets of newspaper to protect your workspace. Your work area should be well-ventilated - if it's a clear day, you could apply the paint outdoors.
3-Apply White Primer to prepare the surface.
4- Spray one of the pots with Satin Ice Cream and the other with Satin Pastel Green.
This article has all kinds of ideas of "Junk You Can Plant In"
(Photo from Google Images)
Posted by Bigred: I just fished an old blue splatterware dutch oven out of my neighbor's scrap pile, punched holes in the bottom and potted it up w/impatients, coleus and caladiums. Turned out so pretty now I'm on the hunt for other junk to pot up. I also have an old chair w/ bottom planted and a septic tank clean out box planted 2-3 years w/semps,and other rock garden plants that have just gone wild so now I'm hooked on using "junk" to plant in.
Posted by xkmorris: Well when I retired last year I also retired my old steel toe work boots. They are planted with plants now and looks pretty good.
Posted by klynnnn: I have an old gray enamelware pot that I partially buried on its side and I have thyme planted in that next to some rosemary
Posted by patricia_mi: While I was up visiting my Fathers 40 acre christmas tree farm, I found an old metal childs potty (white) with several holes in it. I was thinking some pretty strawberry plants or hen & chicks would look nice.
Posted by goofyj: I like baskets and have one small one with a lid that opens and makes a backdrop for the plants. I also have a picnic basket that the lids open to the middle and I will put pots of mums in; a kids tractor about 18" tall with plants inside, and a kids rocking chair with pot on the seat. Problem is the deer, now they jump up on the porch to taste the goodies.
Posted by Phyllis__MN: Last year I planted an old coal bucket with impatiens, which looked really nice, and a Red Flyer wagon with fibrous begonias which was gorgeous. I have a pair of black rubber kids boots that are going to be planted with shasta daisies today.
Posted by Bigred: Sets me to thinking about the old wooden soda crates I have out back. Since semps don't need much watering maybe plant 2/3 in semps and fill the other holes w/ gravel. Have an old wooden tool caddy (double wide) that would look great w/pots of mums in the fall.
Posted by chancygardener: I have this cute wooden crate type thingie from the grocery's dumpster. Green beans came in it (stamped on front that its beans). It's that real thin wood that's tied/hinged with thin wire and a lid that's hinged on so that's its like a box. I put 2 old black nursery pots full of my geranium cuttings and jew cuttings inside (the pots don't show).
Posted by Seamommy: Out by the well house I have a copper tea kettle someone threw out. I put a hole in the bottom and partly buried it. It looks pretty cute too.
Posted by luvsroses: I planted snapdragons in a little metal wheelbarrow. It is only about 7 inches tall or so.
Posted by pplantlady: I plant up everything.....boots, old sinks, bathtubs, chairs, schooldesks, teacups, beds....you name it! If it will hold soil...it will hold a plant. One of my garden favs.....a childs bed. It's a couple of years old now and was originally planted as a quilt with a pillow. Now its just a catch all for extra seeds. I like that wild look aboutit. My sweetie and I got it for ten bucks and he built me a wooden box where the mattress was. We drilled holesin it for drainage and planted it up. It has faded a bit from the sun....but it still looks pretty cool!
Posted by CraftyGardener: I have an old drum from a washing machine planted with mint. Other things I have planted in are frypans, saucepans, teapots, old mugs, old wheelbarrows, and old seed spreader, old wicker baskets ... just about anything that can hold dirt can become a planter.
And here are a few more ideas from Member CraftyGardener (her member name speaks for itself!):
Fill an old wheelbarrow with dirt and plant in it. If it is rusted out like mine was you won't need to add drainage holes. I have chives, hens and chicks, and some other ground cover plants that like to trail over the edges. Any old piece of garden equipment is great for planting in. I have used an old seed spreader, old metal buckets, an old watering can, and old wheelbarrows. Remember to add drainage holes.
Use old tires filled with dirt to put tomato plants in. During the day the tires soak up the heat and over night that helps to keep the plants warm. I have seen old sinks, bathtubs and even toilets filled with plants on various gardening shows on television. Barrel halves, old or new, make great containers for plants. You can even transform them into mini water gardens. A great place to put lots of pots of various sizes is in a old child's wagon.
Interesting pieces of pottery, bowls, tea cups,tea pots, mugs, bowls etc. found at garage sales look beautiful with small plants in them. Old plates placed under pots act as a catch-all for the water. An old saucepan, a teapot and cup and saucer, an old fry pan and a metal bucket filled with various plants sit in my "pot garden". http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/junk/2003054940029002.html

(Photo from Google Images)

What do Junkers use for Flower Pots?
Posted by Fanni: Now that summer is coming and my plants start getting "babies", I never have enough pots. I use all kinds of things as pots, yogurt cups, old plastic cups, buckets. I'd be interested to know, what do you guys use as pots?
Posted by Kim_in_AB: Everything ! I have old tin soup pots, a taken apart wok, a mysterious metal thing - I have no idea what it was in it's former life. Anything that will hold dirt becomes converted into a flower pot or seedling pot in Spring.
Posted by Rosebud531: One thing I ended up using is a stainless steel coffee pot. It's the kind you put on your firepit. The top (glass) had broke, so I put some soil in it with some flowers and have it hanging from my shepards hook. I have gotten so many compliments from it. I love to have unique things in the garden.
Posted by Jan_Hobbs: I have a couple of old coal buckets that make very nice planters. Last year I had caladiums, ivy, and a trailing sweet potato plant in one. Something else I use is my DH's old "brogans" (high top work boots) they usually have cracks in the sides when I get them and so are perfect for drainage. Just make sure you stuff the dirt all the way to the toes. You just have to watch the soil to keep it from getting too dry. Then I have an black antique baby shoe that I have a tiny plant in on my kitchen window. Hen and chicks really look good in it. I use an old kerosene heater for a fern stand. I also have a couple of 'worn out' wheelbarrows that really look good with training plants in them. My DH says if it ain't nailed down, I will either paint something on it or plant something in it!
Posted by bouncingpig: Everything! I use old mop buckets, galvanized tubs, old enamelware basins & coffeepots, plain black plastic pots with mosaics on top, old toolboxes, a couple old chairs. You name it!
Posted by YUKON_GOLD: Old plastic bowls with drainage hole in bottom - now known as the official wax begonia containers. Old ice bucket, with holes drilled in bottom. Old angel food cake pan (used that one on the patio table and stuck the patio umbrella through the hole in the center).
Posted by CraftyGardener: Anything that can hold dirt can be planted in at my house ... old frypans and saucepans, cups and saucers, teapots, old wicker baskters, buckets, wheelbarrows, seed spreaders, old washing machine tubs, old boots, and the list goes on and on
Posted by handmayyd: A neighbor & I 'saved' some ski boots left by the dumpster in our alley - We painted one white with silver stars for her dil, put in an ivy (the one with the white edge) and are pondering what to do with the other - I think a pine tree seedling belongs in at least one.
Posted by CMWren: All of those cute mugs you've accumulated for years, don't want to ditch for sentimental reasons, but whose numbers are so great even the worst caffeine addict and laziest dish washer could never use them all... Glass jars don't make it to the recylce bin in my house because they get saved for water-rooting cuttings. I've even started filling all the pretty pottery bowls that I keep buying because I love them but never end up using for food. Why have them stacked on the sideboard collecting dust when they could be showing off a plant, and could have a plant in them to show off the lovely bowl?
TIP: For solid bottom containers or anything you don't want to put holes in: Bit of gravel in the bottom, piece of old window screen next, then soil on top.
Posted by nutcase: I have a grain scoop that is really cute with some Sweet William in it. A chicken watering can with moss in the bottom part and millon bells in the top. One large and one small galvanized bucket. Two large (larger than wiskey barrels) plastic containers that minerals for cows came in.
Posted by LibbyLiz: I use: Bush's Baked Beans cans (16-oz sz) with yogurt cups inside; An old painted label Musselman's Applesauce can with a Solo drink cup inside; Coffee cups with yogurt cups inside; A white metal red-rim wash basin; A blue spongeware canning bath with a pot inside; A coal bucket with a pot inside; A porcelain chamber pot with a pot inside; A 1970's copper hanging bowl-type thing with a yogurt cup inside; A little red wagon; An American Indian pottery votive candle holder with a 3-oz plastic Solo bathroom cup inside; A 5-gallon bucket for 'maters; A 5-gallon bucket for Elephant Ears *** The 5-gallon buckets may get decorated with Con-Tact adhevsive shelf paper; Pre-decorated margerine containers; Pre-decorated Cool Whip containers; and clear deli containers.
TIP: For all the plastic cups & containers, I use a wood burning tool with a round tip to make drainage holes and for the 5-gallon buckets, I use a drill & the largest bit I can find to make drainage holes.
bean57: Galvanized washtubs, old copper fish boilers, old farm pee pots, brass fire extinquisher, wooden tool box, washbasins. I like containers that look rustic and old fashioned.
iracountrygirl: I love to find those cheap they can't hardly give them away baskets. I just spray paint them. I have some spray paint that I think the color is called pottery or old pottery. It's a real dark terracotta color and I use the flat (no gloss). You can even glue the flat marbles (gems) on them to dress them up and give them some sparkle. If you want to sit the basket on anything that needs protecting just line the basket with plastic before you fill it. They look really great. They're really cheap. They come in every size. I love them!
TIP: I use a soil mix for my containers that is roughly (very roughly!) 75% soiless potting soil, 25% good garden soil, time release fertilizer (pellets) and some of the water absorbing crystals. http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/junk/2003052512005288.html


Here are some other fun links with a more ideas including bowling ball gallery, back of a toy truck, more chair ideas, teapot bird baths and more:


As always thanks to Jean for Hosting Blooming Tuesday and Tootsie at Fertilizer Friday!

To see more great Blooming Tuesday Gardens visit : http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/

To see more Fertilizer Friday Gardens, visit: http://www.tootsietime.com/

Thursday, April 8, 2010

What a Difference A Week Makes!

I was hoping I would have more to share today - but we have had two snowstorms which slowed down the growth of our spring flowers.

What a Difference a Week Makes!
My First Daffodils

I took this picture a week ago today. I see yellow ready to pop. Woo Hoo!


This is Today Same flowers - Daffodils are the most amazing flowers!

These are "Snow on the Mountain" popping through in the side yard - All over my yard I have all kinds of green things doing this! WOO HOO!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

One of my favorite tree's in the yard is the my blue and glass Bottle Tree! It is in the play yard and next to the Fairy Garden. It is pretty scuffed from winter - but I wanted to share it with you today - needs to be cleaned and straightened, but what a fun little tree to see out my window all winter long.

Just a little more snow to melt
I also did my first fertilizing of all my perenials this morning...spring is really here.
Be sure and stop by http://www.maydreamsgardens.com/ to see lots more gardens from everywhere! So fun to see all the different stages different parts of the world are in right now.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bloomin Tuesday - My Entry!

I love it when I can clean out our entry area. It is a sure sign that spring is here. It is 42* here and that is so perfect to be able to finally get outsie and clean out flower beds.

The snow is melted and there are things coming up all over!

Here are a few pictures


I have to share a minute about this entry way - it was one of those spots that was awful to work in. It was a shade garden and I didn't know anything about shade gardening. Several years ago I decided to give shade gardening a try and put in an Oriental Garden. The entry way with the tree is so perfect for it. I added bamboo sticks, bamboo wind chime and oriental pots. We added the rock square (above) because we had a hard time getting things to grow right under the tree. It adds so much ambience to the garden area . You can't see it but there are large glass marbles scattered through the rock. The plants in this area include sweet woodruff, columbine, lilly's, hosta's, and more. I add pansy's, begonia's and other oriental annuals to the pots. Each year I choose a color theme for this area, thinking about doing it in coral and purple this year, but still not for sure. I hope to find an oriental statue this summer to add to this garden.

You can see a few plants!
Then it started to rain then snow........so I had to come in the house. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is what we woke up to today - same space! Good thing I cleaned out yesterday - when the snow melts it will be so nice and clean!!!

Next week I should have some daffodils from my cutting garden area to share.

As always thanks to Jean for Hosting Blooming Tuesday. Be sure and visit her blog to see more Blooming Tuesday Gardens. http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fertilizer Friday - A Little About Peony's

Thanks to Toostsie for hosting - you find the links to other Fertilizer Friday Gardens at: http://www.tootsietime.com/


It is cold and I am sitting at my computer watching a blizzard. It is snowing and the winds are gusting at 60mph. It is a good time for me to do some "Plant Studying " and recover from being so "OUT OF YARD SHAPE!"
When I cleaned out my beds last week I have peonies just peaking through.

I have two kinds - pure white which was my mom's plant........

.....and I also have dark pink which belonged to my paternal grandmother. She was born in 1890 and died about 45 years ago. My uncle was cleaning out his flower beds and had these plants from her garden. He gave me quite a few starts, so I have them planted all over my yard.

My dark pink one's look like this:

I always use a peony ring or a cut down tomato cage each plant to help give them support.

A Little About Peonies

The care of peonies is a relatively simple and maintenance free task. These beautiful plants with their large flowers and subtle fragrance have been cultivated for hundreds of years and are really quite easy to grow. Once you have an established plant it can grow on for up to 50 years!
PLANTING - The care of peonies starts with the planting. Peonies are best suited for climates that have a winter season. They work best in full sun but will be tolerable of some afternoon shade. They like a well drained soil and can benefit from adding a bit of compost into the hole when planting. Plant in early fall with the eyes being no deeper than 2" in to the soil.
CARE - Once you have them planted, the care of peonies is rather simple. It might take 2 years for them to bloom if you planted them from roots, but if you plant from a plant growing in a pot, you could see blooms that year. Fertilize in early spring and mid summer. A low nitrogen fertilizer is best and try to keep the fertilizer away from direct contact with the plant.
FERTILIZING - Apply mulch in the spring and water frequently in summer. Remove the side buds for larger flowers on the ends. Peonies tend to grow long stalks and can break or bend over almost to the ground if not staked -avoid letting them touch the ground as I have found that ants like to eat them and ruin the flowers! Remove the flowers as soon as they fade - they make a wonderful and fragrant bouquet in a vase!
***The peony is the Indiana State Flower - they also have an abundance of information to aid in planting and caring for these beautiful, vintage flowers. http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/ho-76.pdf


Wishing you all a Happy Easter!
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