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Monday, Monday

Saturday found me out running a few errands. One of the traffic lights in the area was having some hiccoughs and I took an alternate route, which took me near a flea market that we are always forgetting to visit. I stopped by in hopes of finding planting vessels and I was thrilled to leave with a lovely bundle in my arms! First is this lovely vintage ceramic elephant planter. Most that I’ve seen are usually stands/seats and this is slight smaller and an actual planter. I also happened upon two vintage green ceramic planters. I was eyeing a third, but it was a McCoy, and even though I was willing to spend $10 on it for it’s beauty, I wasn’t sure if I could allow myself to drill a hole through it. If it’s at the next market I may just get it for another use. We filled top of the elephant (who may or may not be named) with succulents and the other two with some of the carnivorous plants that were getting a little crowded in the big pot-bog.

I’m looking forward to our next excursion! A nice way to end one week and start another.

The accidental Ortonist

The first lily opened this morning, amongst the intermittent rain and steam. I went out to shift some pots around and decided to bring the camera with me. The lens got completely steamed over and I thought it had cleared when I took the photos, but apparently not. Seems I have a little accidental Orton effect happening here. I think I can live with that!

Bon Weekend – Operation Jurassic Park

The new fence is up around the pond. I was originally cracking ‘Escape From New York/Snake Plissken’ jokes but Michael thought ‘Jurassic Park’ was more appropriate. The quick attempt to get the barrier up had us using what we had lying around… small wood dowels. They weren’t much but enough to last until we got something sturdier. For cost purposes we went with PVC piping.

I was also motivated me to make a few changes in the planting scheme in front of the pond. I was not happy with some of the sedum I used and pulled it out to make room for three clumps of Hakone grass that I’ve been wanting to move to a more prominent location. We added pea gravel and three pavers for maintenance purposes. They’ll make things easier when we have to clean filters and such, as well as adding ledges for various containers. I like this new direction with the plants and will look much nicer when the wall comes down in a few months.

Here’s Harry, by the way.

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

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Lock down!

I know I’ve gone on and on about the ‘Big Pond‘ that we’re planning to build. I made a pinkie swear with Michael that I would not entertain the thought of koi until the new pond was dug in, filtration installed and the water was ready to host fish. I was doing really well until recently when I saw some koi on my FB friends list and I caved. I started looking around the internet. That led me to setting bids on some fish. And winning them. And they arrived yesterday. And we love them.

We feel they should be ok for a couple/few months in this space (we do have great filtration), but two of them are a pretty nice size right now. But what happened after a couple of hours? Michael found one outside the pond. He quickly got it (dunno the sex yet as they’re too young) back in the water and cleaned it off. We knew that we needed netting ASAP. I told him that I would guard the pond while he went out to the store. I was a sight sitting beside the pond in the rain but we got the area covered and it appears all is well as everyone seems to be happy today. We’re planning on building a ‘wall’ with the remaining screening so that we can put one of the plants back in the water and the lily can bloom. There are three buds close to the surface so that is our project for this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

I joked that it would be the one who wasn’t named. We named the other two were named prior to arrival so we came up name for this one… Harry Flopper, The Fish Who Lived. We’ll just go with a shortened version, Harry.

Monday, Monday

I thought it was time to start addressing on of our ‘corners of shame’. I haven’t given it a great deal of effort as the soil is absolute dreck and we eventually want this to be tiered, hopefully. However, it’s in mom’s main line of sight from her bed and I just couldn’t have her look out onto this patch of ick. We cleared out some of the area we cleared last year, laid down garden/weed cover, gravel and a couple pavers. Besides, it was time to move some of the pots from the other corner and patio. One of the many benefits of containers – when one space starts getting full it’s easy to rearrange and add focus to another area.

So, here we are last year in May:

And when we finished yesterday:

The red canna is struggling in the ground. It was planted last year, and the cannas in the pot are transplants from last year’s mother in the front corner. The bananas are only doing better because we’re on a more intensive fertilizing program. I hope if we up the fertilizer with them we’ll see some change.

I shared our Mothers Day gift we gave to mom last week and now it’s time to share the gift I was given for being an awesome stepmom/fur mom. 😉 We transplanted one of our rescue Jades into the pot, per mom’s request. I’m on the fence whether it will stay there or if we’ll wait until it gets larger. I shouldn’t complain as it’s done very well since we found it last year.

And since I talked about it last Friday, I decided to go ahead and tray the carnivorous pots before it gets really hot here.

I haven’t shown the Nepenthes in a while:

A while back I professed my black thumb in regards to succulents. I think I’m doing a little better now:

I’ll finish the post with a little details eye candy!

Here’s to a fabulous week!

Bon weekend – Keeping up with the Carnies

The Lowcountry climate is suitable for a variety of carnivorous plants. One of the common methods of watering is the tray method (Nepenthes are one of the exceptions) as many plants live in water in the swampy/boggy areas and need to be consistently wet, or climate conditions dictate that the plant needs a bit of special handling.

One such beauty is Darlingtonia Californica, aka the Cobra Plant/Lily. It gets it name from the from the forked leaf that resembles fangs or a serpent’s tongue. It is native to Northern California/Southern Oregon and requires a lot of water, preferably cool to cold. Since I tend to get hung up on aesthetics I’m always on the lookout for something other than a plastic pot to house ‘the kids’. I found a lovely green vessel while out thrifting this week. Michael used his masonry drill bit to make the holes and now she has a lovely new pad.

I think I need to use a different colored (and potentially deeper) saucer than the one pictured in the first image. This combo isn’t really working for me.

Oh, and, how awesome was it see on the front page of last Sunday’s Home & Garden section of the Post & Courier a picture of pitcher plants? Beyond awesome!

Love your mother

My next to last Inman Park Festival vendor shout out goes to Drea Firewalker (sadly, no website) and her garden art. We bought this bird feeder for mom and it is now about a foot and a half from the millstone pond. I snapped an update shot of it the week before last:

This eCard from Tyler made my day yesterday.

I love that boy.

Speaking of ‘Love Your Mother‘, we were treated with several rain showers throughout the day yesterday. That’s the ultimate mother loving!


{ Bumper sticker image credit: Peace Resource Project. }

I hope it was a safe and fabulous weekend for all!

Bon Weekend – share the love edition

I’m going to end the week with a shout out to another Inman Park Festival vendor, Southeast Succulents. I stumbled upon their booth while on my way to pick up some lunch and to the ATM machine. We NEED sea urchin shells and we can always use more air plants, and the three combo deal just couldn’t be beaten. These are now living in the bedroom and I’m sure we’ll give them some outdoor time every now and then!

Speaking of more air plants, we grabbed a couple while we were at Hyams the other day. We needed to replace the ones we lost over the winter. We also decided to attach them to an old hanging planter in hopes of making it easier to bring them inside when the cold weather is upon us once again. The old branch screwed to the railing wasn’t as easy. 😉

Thanks so much, we really enjoy the new additions to the family!

Also, I would like to thank Apartment Therapy for including our garden space as part of their Great Outdoors series. We have a long way to go but I hope we’ve provided a little inspiration.

Leather

As I mentioned yesterday, our third anniversary was on the 1st. We don’t normally subscribe to the ‘anniversary gift giving guide‘, but if we did I’m sure we could have said that we’d purposely given each other this beautiful Nepenthes Miranda because of it’s leathery pitchers. Nah, it was the perfect gift for us.

I think the humidity levels right now are just right. I am having to use that mantra as we’re beginning to swelter!

Bon Weekend

We found an old ceramic welcome mobile in the trash pile at the previous house (we were renting) and I saved the fish. I’ve tried but haven’t been able to think of a clever use for them so I added them to the pond a couple weeks ago. The fish seem to like them and seem to ‘hang’ out with them quite a bit. I’m thinking we’ll transfer them to the big pond once it’s in place.

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

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