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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!

Monday, Monday

Eeeek! Today’s post is a tad late in the day but errands had us out and about for a good portion of the day. I’m sure it would be hard to imagine that we would be found out in the garden this weekend. The weather was amazing, minus the tornado warning and severe storm that hit us late Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day Michael took me to the ‘Plant Guy’ to pick up a few things. I can never remember his or the company’s name, but he sets up in the parking lot at Hwy. 61 and Wappoo Road for two to three months during the spring. We make a couple of visits while he’s here. Oh, and we also hit Hyams. Some things are so predictable. So for today I will share the latest photos!

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How does your moss grow?

I’ve always loved the look of moss covered pagoda lanterns. I have dreamed of one day seeing the two we have covered. Ok, one isn’t going to be a reality as long as it’s sitting in the sun all day but the one behind the pond has started to see some growth on the paver base. We have a nice row of moss along the bottom porch step/landing that I scraped off and placed on the roof and side yesterday. I didn’t add a coating of anything to it such as yogurt or beer. I figured that since it was growing elsewhere without help then maybe it would take off on the stone.

I’m open to suggestions!

{ Top photo credits: www.tochigidailyphoto.com1 | 2 }

Monday, Monday

I’ll start the week off with a mega dose of cute! I finished clearing the back porch of the remnants of Operation Greenhouse and while I still need to do a bit of organizing, life has returned to normal. And by normal I mean the cats are out there from the moment the door is opened until late in the evening when we close it for the night. Well, minus the time they spend hanging with mom.

Now, a little more on the ‘good’ side of a mild winter as mentioned in Friday’s post. I cut back most of the parrots feather in the pond and lo and behold, lily is coming back! The King of Siam is a tropical lily and in my laziness I didn’t bring it in for the winter.  Now we wait to see if we get this in a few months. Oh, and we’ll most likely move it to the big pond where it can get a little more exposure to the sun.

Hyams had these beautiful hanging baskets on sale a couple months back and I finally got around to planting something in them. We also picked up two begonias (our collection is coming along quite nicely!) while we were there and I decided to add those to the baskets. I also rummaged around the beds for various additional foliage. I hope these grow into something lovely!

And last but not least, another fun discovery. Back in November or December I cut a stalk of the umbrella plant to experiment with the prescribed propagation method, which is to turn it upside down and stick it in the dirt. It was in a spare pot and I thought it was long dead from the wilds of neglect and was wonderfully surprised when I saw this little shoot peeking through the dirt. I planted it behind the pond on Saturday. Now on to more propagating for other areas in the yard and to share with others. 🙂

Happy Monday!

The makeshift greenhouse worked wonders

I made some pretty good progress in the back beds over the last couple of days. The side was empty a year ago! I’ve made it to the other corner of the house, to the banana plant. In a fit of hating the creeping jenny I planted in various places last year (it got leggy and has made me unhappy), I’m pulling it up and replacing it with the sedum ground cover pictured below, which we have elsewhere. Like in the top photo. The big fish will be moved to the big pond once we have it dug and everything installed. I hope that happens before it gets too hot but we’ll see! The parrots feather needs to be addressed and I’m waiting to see if the lily is going to come back. I didn’t winterize it. The fish seem to be very happy!

Dirt therapy

We’ve spent time every day this week working to reclaim the back yard. We brought the plants off the porch to give them a taste of the outside and will hopefully take the plastic down this weekend. It’s exciting to see life popping up from their winter hibernation. Several stalks of ginger are quite high at the moment as well as the canna.

I decided to pull together some of my favorite photos from last year to inspire us to make it bigger and greener this year! It feels great to have dirt under my nails again. 🙂

Mail order love

A couple weeks ago I pinned a photo of a Begonia ‘Curly Fireflush’. I knew we had to have one so I headed out to Hyams to see if they had any but no luck so next was Abide-A-While. Again, no luck but I didn’t leave either establishment without some other beautiful tropical begonias! I turned to the trusty old internet and discovered Logee’s, based out of Connecticut, to find my precious. I placed my order on the first and my box arrived yesterday. I added a couple more plants to the order to even out the shipping and they arrived happy and healthy! They’re shipped in adorable 2.5″ pots and I’ll most likely repot them tomorrow as they don’t seem to be in any kind of shock.

Thanks Logee’s, you’ve earned a new customer for harder to find plants!

2011 in review

When I look back on what we did last year I see that we accomplished quite a bit! Sometimes it’s easy to lose track while going through the daily, weekly and monthly grind. Here are the highlights of what we did/made…

Bedroom
We went from ugh to ah in a matter of months. I was frustrated with myself for putting off starting a few things but in the end I think it worked for the better!

What we did in 2011:
Painting and a needed update for our bedspread. I’m still thinking of going with white and accenting with color through pillows.
Hung our Nelson bubble lamps.
Starry pelmet

What we need to work on/finish:
Recover bedside stools & redo lamps
Wood floors or decent carpeting
Louvered door for the closet

Stay tuned to Offbeat Home this week for the constellation light tutorial!

My Studio
I loved it when we got it set up the previous year but after working in it for a while I realized I needed to make changes.

What we did in 2011:
Made the steel prep table mobile
New flooring
New center work table
Reorganized the layout

Window shelf (in action)
Thread storage

What we need to work on/finish:
More shelving
The closet of doom

Breakfast Nook
A lackluster and unused space became a family project. Mom served for much of the inspiration.

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Monday, Monday

What a wonderfully busy and fun weekend was had by all. Saturday’s HCAF was much fun and I sold a few things. I mentioned to friends that I really don’t need to get attached to some of the things I make as I almost cried when this walked away with a delightful new owner. I’m busy trying to get more inventory ready for the closing weekend of the Farmers Market, coming up this weekend!

Here’s to a fabulous week! I hope to have photos of the newer pillows taken and uploaded to Etsy tomorrow.

Bon Weekend – ‘Tis the season…finally!

We got most of the Yule | Christmas decorating finished last night. Here are some teaser photos of some of our stuff. More to come on Monday! I’m very thankful the awesome lady at the tree place gave us an armful of tree cuttings!

Almost everything is from last year, even the snow!

I also have to include a photo of the matriarch, who rarely poses, but she was having the best time with her sassy new garland!

The boys are spending most evenings sleeping under the tree.

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