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…

*Chirp, chirp*

Where does the time go when one is busy and doesn’t have much to say? Hey, it goes almost two weeks since a post.

I’m heading out to Atlanta Friday morning to attend the Inman Park Festival. We (our seriously awesome friends and I) had a booth two years ago and back in 2004, and we’re coming back! It’s one of my favorite spring events and I’m so excited to ‘have an excuse’ to be there this year.

I’m hoping we’re to the same spot (or at least on Edgewood) as two years ago. I love being on the parade route! Oh and, please no rain this year!

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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!

Charleston Farmers Market


{ The 2012 CFM poster artist is fellow CFM vendor Amanda McLenon. }

The 2012 season of the Charleston Farmers Market opened on Saturday. I don’t think we could have asked for a more beautiful day in terms of weather and turnout. We had a blast. Last year was kind of like the first day of high school, only at a school in a new district. Not only were we part of the freshman class but we didn’t know anyone. This year felt like we were returning sophomores, with the day far more relaxed and I think possibly more exciting than last year. That didn’t change that we barely got any sleep the night before and we were so fired up as we were leaving I thought I was going to spend a few hours in the garden… until we started driving home and the exhaustion hit. We totally crashed when we got home.

Michael made some fabulous new stands and while we only used one on Saturday, they’re going to work perfectly for my pillows and bags.

Needless to say, I am so excited and so thankful to be participating again this year!

Bon Weekend – Seriously awesome dyed eggs

I’m always a sucker for new and interesting egg dyeing ideas/techniques and Aunt Peaches has delivered the GOLD! This is so going on my ‘need to do’ list.

Have a safe and fabulous weekend!

Rex propagation

Rex begonias and their fabulous foliage is a beautiful sight when sprinkled throughout a garden. They look great indoors as well. We have a small collection that we started in the winter months from Hyams and Logee’s.  There are several more I’d love to get from Logee’s but for now I’m going to focus on expanding the collection we currently have and enjoy.

I looked through a few tutorials, some called for rooting hormone and others didn’t. For this exercise I dipped half of the leaves in rooting hormone and left the other half alone. I have no idea how well I’ll do with these (I had pretty good success with fibrous rex stem cuttings this winter) and I’ll post updates when noticeable changes happen. Any feedback/ideas are welcomed.

What I needed to complete the project:

  • Sterile scissors or razor – I ended up using my scissors for all cutting steps
  • Rex begonia leaves
  • Soil is a mixture of 1 part peat moss : 1 part Perlite
  • Rooting Hormone – optional
  • Container to cover/tent the plants

Choose (healthy) leaves. A couple of mine may be a little suspect. The ideal leaves are mature leaves, but not too old.

Trim the outer edges.

Cut 2-4 wedges per leaf. If using rooting hormone, dip them at this point.

Plant the leaves in the peat moss/Perlite mixture. The leaves with the rooting hormone are in the two containers on the left.

Cover the plants and keep them in a brightly lit area, but away from direct sunlight. Keeping them covered will allow them to stay moist, with seldom if ever watering needed.

Once new growth appears (can take up to six weeks) the cover may come off and the plants are to be watered sparingly. Depending on the pot size they may not need to be transplanted for a while.

*Fingers crossed!*

Framed


{ The bottom prints/frames are actually the same size. My rushed photo op makes them look off. }

I thought a break from gardening posts was in order today. During the bustling activity last week we were able to pick up our sea life prints from McGregor’s Gallery. I scored two more prints since the last post, which are a little larger than the original eight. Kathie, Michael and I went through a lot of mat board combinations until we settled on a palette for the three odd pieces and another palette for the others (I’ll post photos of those soon). Kathie gave us a hell of a deal and did a great job with all the work. We love them!

Speaking of guest room projects, I decided to donate the chair to Goodwill. It had a ton of potential but at this point I’m just adding more projects to my list as well as taking up space we need at the moment. Something will come along or maybe we’ll repurp a chair we already have on hand!

Monday, Monday – I suck at succulents and other confessions

I was out most of last week tending to life, the family and everything. We did manage to spend some time outside and tackled a few projects.

As the title of the post states, I suck at succulents. For a long time I’ve gone about trying to keep them happy with my soil mixture of sand/potting soil and living outside when weather permits. For the most part, I’ve been unsuccessful and it made me sad. I was at the point of swearing them off and having to look upon their awesomeness at a distance. Michael convinced me that we should try one more time. We found what we hope is a good soil recipe to try (bonus is that we had all ingredients on hand) and we planted several plants in a variety of containers yesterday. I’m very excited to see how these do and I’m holding myself accountable for their survival via the blog. Otherwise, I’ll just toss them if they don’t do well.

Another confession is that I also suck at fuschias. I’ve tried several times to keep them alive for longer than a few months but inevitably, they perish. I had also sworn them off but I find them irresistible. I decided that if I am going to work through my succulent issue then perhaps I should also address my fuschia problem. We brought this planter home and discovered a few stems broke somewhere in transit. We dipped them in rooting hormone and set them on the ‘propagation station’. I will be thrilled beyond words if these root and we end up with multiple thriving plants this year and beyond!

We were also able to try leaf propagation with some of our rex begonias, which I’ll post tomorrow.

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