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Weekend accomplished

So much awesomesauce in the yard this weekend. Yesterday we started seeds for Poppies, Nasturtium, Clary Sage (won’t bloom until next year), Hollyhocks (again, in a year), Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cypress Vine, Chinese Lanterns, Nigella, Marigolds, Morning Glories, Beets, Sweet Peas and a few others I can’t think of at the moment. So, the edible garden now has Tomatoes, Basil, Greek Oregano, Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro, Banana Peppers, Habanero Peppers, Bell Peppers, Pablano Peppers, Serrano Peppers, Beets, Okra, Collards, Squash, Zucchini, Eggplant and Cantaloupe. We’re waiting for the lettuce to sprout.

We recently planted some Hyssop, Rue, Veronica, Lemon Balm, Bee Balm and the Mint is starting to run wild. We bought another tiny creeping Mint that is quite delightful. Trying to grow Fennel for their seeds for the amount of space we have and for the amount of work involved isn’t worth it, but we’re going to grow it to use the bulb in cooking. I’m ready to start another raised bed for herbs and flowers.

We starting installing the gutters along the back on Saturday and added the first of two rain chains. We bought them at Tuesday Morning for a pretty sweet price. They’re obviously not copper but as much as I love it, do we really have to have copper cups and chains? Each chain is eight feet long and we have about a twelve foot drop from the eave so we’re going to pick up some link chain and add a few spacer links between each cup. We’re going to buy the rain barrels soon so in the interim the rain will fall into a large ceramic pot with pea grave that will allow the water to gently trickle into the soil. I also hope to train some vining/creeping plants along the outside of the rain barrels when they go in the garden.

I think that’s it for this edition of the garden report. ♥

I’ll raise you eight inches

As promised, here are pics from the new raised edible garden. We planted tomatoes, eggplant, squash, zucchini, several varieties of peppers, basil, oregano and thyme. I’ve also added a few Nasturtiums we had patiently waiting for this space and we’ll add more companion/beneficials/more edibles in the coming weeks.

Mid-April Side

Also in the picture is the newly hung Green Man at the gate. Very happy to see him out and about again!

Now, on the my first day at the Farmers Market. But only it wasn’t. We were in line for those horrendous storms that hit other areas of the southeast and we really dodged something terrible, and my heart goes out to all who were affected by them. Wind Advisories were in place for Saturday and when we got downtown at 6:00 there were maybe 6 tents set up. The winds were pretty brisk and one of the vendors told us that several others had canceled. Our spot is on Tobacco Road, which was much windier than the King Street side and my stuff can be easily lifted from displays. So we decided to cancel. Unknown to me (as I didn’t check email on the way downtown) was an email telling those of us with fine art, glassware and anything that could be damaged to not feel obligated to come down.

As vendors, are required to have our tents weighted down. Some people use the sandbags that are made for the commercial tents, some use barbell weights and some get crafty. That’s what we decided to do. Michael made these awesome cement weights using pvc pipes, caps and and eye bolt with a washer.

Tent Weights

Saturday did turn out to be a nice day as we’d been very fortunate in skirting the storm, but we were told that Tobacco Road still had some pretty fierce winds and were wise to have canceled.

When the gardening gets tough, the tough get scattered

Mid April

This space started as a clean slate this year. We added Creeping Jenny and Asian Jasmine to the front area of the pond on Sunday. The Hostas around the corner are getting huge for their second year, andw e’ve been patiently waiting for the Caladiums to show themselves. I think I may have planted them too late? We may just have to buy a few. I need to see what Hyams has in their stock as I haven’t been very pleased with Lowe’s selection.

The bed on the opposite side of the porch is the one with the most returning plants this year. When we moved into this house in June, we brought with us several plants that had to get into the ground. It wasn’t till the end of the month before we had time to plant them, which was not the most ideal. We have another area on the other side of the house where the majority of those plants are located, but I’m not feeling it, hence the lack of photos. The fence bed needs more structure and that will come later. It’ll be easy for me to dig a trench for the recycled bordering material. I think we’re going to have to wait until next year before we will build the path from the gate to the patio. We’ve just seeded the yard and will remain content with that for the time being. I also stuck the Loquat tree in this section for a little height.

Mid April

Mid April

We built the box for the raised vegetable bed on the side of the house yesterday. It measures 10′ x 4′ and I think it’s an ideal size for starting out. We have to get more dirt tomorrow and then we’ll plant. I am intending on planting several things in front of the bed such as another Loquat tree, a few Oleanders, Bee Balm, banana trees and some other odds and ends. By the time we’re finished, the bed itself won’t be visible from the street. The picture below was taken yesterday and I was standing roughly where the back of the bed is now sitting.

Mid April

I think we’ve done pretty darn well in the amount of time we’ve lived in the house. We’ve decided to hold off on the front until later, as I want to focus my energy getting the side and back areas lush, lush, lush! That, and finishing the patio. I’ll post photos of the edible garden soon. We completely forgot to take a pic before we started but I don’t think it will be hard to imagine how it looked.

Tales of the Market coming up!

ClayCell Ceramics

I don’t know if anything I could write about these pieces made by artist Kelly Wu in Oregon could do them any justice. A picture can say a thousand words, can’t it?

All of these lovelies are for sale at Kelly’s Etsy store, and she’ll be at the Ceramic Showcase at the Convention Center (in Portland), April 29, 30 & May 1, 2011.

Bon Weekend – Full Frontal

My gardening obsession has reached a fevered pitch recently and we’re going to address the main front bed shortly. The above photos were taken the day we looked at the house. I love variegated Pitosporum (the small bushes in the front), but they have a nasty fungus on them. Actually, most of the plants in the front are infected with something. Apparently we’re not the only yard suffering. The other bushes, mom knows their name, also have to go. I’m just not a fan. In their place we’re planting a loquat tree, white oleander and some lower growing plants. One of our sago palms is already in the bed and we have another sago inside that will now make it’s home outside. I’m in hopes of eventually having a curved palm or two in the front. They cost more, but I love their lazy slope.

I ordered some Hakone grass (aka Japanese Forest Grass) from Hyams this week. Oh Hyams, it has been my secret desire to work there for most of my adult life. Maybe one day!

{ Grass photo credit: BHG }

Elin Thomas aka ELINtm

I just stumbled upon the work of UK artist ELINtm on Pinterest today. Time to add another to the *smitten* list!

Be sure to check out her Etsy & Big Cartel shops.

Bucket Birdhouse

I was trying to catch up on a little blog reading this morning (I’m woefully behind) and found this AWESOME birdhouse tutorial via Brooklyn Limestone. I love it and I absolutely want to see a version made using only found/upcycled parts.

{ Photo taken from Blue Roof Cabin. }

Juicy Fruit

This weekend’s gardening adventure was our first foray in handling fruit trees. We purchased an Improved Meyer Lemon tree and a Navel Orange tree. There were a few varieties of the oranges and I would love to go back and pick up the Blood Orange tree at some point. We were also hoping to find a grapefruit tree in the mix but alas, not. We’ll have to stay diligent with weekly and perhaps bi-weekly nursery visits. Though there are few flowers left, the scent wafting around the orange trees was divine. Bitter Orange blossoms are used to make Neroli essential oil, but the fragrance from these varieties was enough to send me into a state of complete bliss. I took a bit of effort from Michael to lure me away so we could make our purchase and get our new additions home.

I really, really hope they do well.

{ Photo credit: Sunset }

Bon Weekend – Stepping into the Dudeoir.

I’ve mentioned this before but it does bear repeating, and often. I am truly blessed to call some of the most extraordinary people my friends, and Stacey Bode is one I count among said people. Last year she introduced us to a new facet to her photography, the Cheeky Lamb Boudoir sessions, and now she’s done it again with Cheeky Lamb Dudes. I’ve talked about recreating this scene for some photos and after seeing Kevin and Reuben, Michael said that he would love to do a session in his lab. I had a mental squee at the thought of this!

Oh, and the Men of Dads Garage Calendar photos? They’re too fabulous.

Barbed and beautiful.

This beauty by Helen Magnusson has had a few showings around the blogosphere and it ended up on Pinterest, which I immediately repinned to my lighting board. I just had to share this. And yes, I would love to have one! 🙂

{ Photo credit: Helen Magnusson as posted on DIY or DIE. }

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