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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.

More Goodwill hunting

We were treated to an unplanned visit from Tyler last week so I stayed off the internet for most of that time. We had a great time with him and wish he could have stayed longer. We got some other projects started after he left and will share those soon, but I wanted to share the gifts the thrifting gods provided yesterday!

My dear friend Aileen mentioned that she would love to have a terrarium, so I volunteered to make one for her. I’ve been on the hunt for something really awesome to house the plants without much luck. We found this large round vessel at Goodwill yesterday and I think it’s time to start ‘terraforming’. 😉

We also found a few brass items on the shelves. One was planter but it wasn’t actually brass and they wanted $8.00. Sorry, but I thought that was a bit much. Phoenix & dragon pot. Elsewhere was this beautiful phoenix & dragon pot for $2.00. This was a much better deal in my opinion!

I believe it probably had a lid with it originally but we are intending to store something openly in it so it wouldn’t make a difference!

A sweet little glass box with mirrored bottom.

There have always been a brass cricket boxes in the house and most have come and gone, except the one on the left, which has been around for as long as I can remember. We’re passively rebooting our collection, starting with the small box we bought a couple months ago. Part of yesterday’s score was the larger box on the right.

And of course, I’ve started looking online at more beautiful boxes! As tempting as they are, I’m going to hold off and allow them to find us locally.

Not that I follow trends but I do love my brass!

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!

Go go guest room

Broyhill dresser

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from moving forward with the larger guest room projects since the one that got away, and to save money for other needs. That ended recently when we found this Broyhill Premier Collection “Emphasis” credenza at a local thrift/consignment shop. It’s in wonderful condition, so much so that I am resisting all urges to paint. There are several pieces/projects in the room slated for painting and my thinking has now shifted to having some wood grain in the room. I am also thinking of adding feet to it, giving it a little ‘lift’.

While I’m at it, perhaps it’s a good time to list what we hope to see done in the room:
– Paint ceiling.
– Paint walls.
– Crown molding.
– Finish the chair we purchased.
– Make pillows.
– Make pelmet.
– Make headboard… unless something awesome finds it’s way to us.
– Make bed skirt.
– Make curtains.
– Lampshade for table lamp.
– Decide if we’re painting the base of the lamp.
– Ceiling fan… this doesn’t have to purchased right away.
– Order louvered closet door. We need to order the one for our room and mom’s room at some point.
– Get our old sofa out and downstairs, and get the credenza upstairs.

Stay tuned!

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!

Inman Park goodies

The Inman Park Festival was absolutely amazing as always! We had a pretty sweet spot and wonderful vendor neighbors. I had some really great response to the pieces I brought, which was a serious creative boost. I also took the opportunity to spend most of the earnings with fellow festival vendors. I’ll have to wait to post some (to share the vendor love) after they’ve been given to their new owners. First up is something I bought for Michael, a jellyfish cast in glass by The Amazing Jellyfish. They had a variety of colors and sizes and I selected the blue because it will most likely live in the guest room. An added bonus with these is that they glow in the dark. Michael is going to build a light stand for them and I’ll post images when he’s finished. We’re also going to do another black light exposure like our vaseline bowl. The other was purchased from a vintage/antiques dealer that sadly doesn’t have a website. I was originally attracted to the booth to ask about an antique perfume bottle and ended up walking away with the paperweight. I think they’ll be perfect together!

Yesterday also marked mine and Michael’s third anniversary! More on that in a few…

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