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Bon Weekend

A few garden details from around the garden recently.

Black bat flower, Tacca chantrieri:

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I love good company

My sweet, sweet husband ordered me a few plants for my birthday last week. At his request I sent him lists from several sellers. He chose Wellspring Gardens in Florida on eBay, and they arrived today.

One Allspice, one coffee, two Nepenthes Lantern alata, two Agave potatorum, and two COLOCASIA ‘Tea Cups’.

Here they are without their protective wrappings.

This is the second time we’ve ordered from Wellspring and we’re very happy with our plants.

ETA – I totally forgot to mention that the box was filled with the scent of the Allspice when I opened it and it was wonderful.

Painted Planter DIY

I finally getting around to posting the process of the planter I posted not long ago, which was featured in Design*Sponge’s Painter’s Tape DIY Contest. The design was inspired by Solanum pyracanthum (if anything ever happens to it I’ll be beside myself as I can’t stop talking about it). While it is small now, we’re looking forward to the day it is large and bushy, and we found a lovely small blue glazed ceramic pot for it’s current home. I wanted the permanent pot to be as unique as the plant itself. Keeping with a complimentary blue palette I picked three shades of blue and blue/green for the chevron pattern. I also wanted to simulate the beautiful orange spikes in an abstract manner and I choose mint green and orange for those.

We found a Madagascar palm on sale recently and it’s the perfect plant to live in the pot while the S. pyracanthon continues to grow. Based on photos we’ve seen of Madagascar palms, we’re going to need a much larger pot in the not too distant future.

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Bon Weekend – Meanwhile on Apartment Therapy…

Two amazing spaces that I’ve had the honor to share recently!

Leila & Buff’s Beautiful Beach Abode

Loree’s Dangerously Beautiful Garden

Here’s to a safe, fabulous and inspired weekend!

Sneak Peek – Painted chevron and spikes clay pot

Here is sneak peek at a painting project I worked on last week… which took a week to complete! I’m very happy with it and I’ll share the rest of the project in the next couple of weeks.

Punk plants

Solanum pyracanthum “Porcupine Tomato” just arrived on our doorstep. There were other plants in the box but I have been beside myself waiting for this to arrive. It’s adorable, yes?

One more to end the week

Our Amorphophallus konjac (aka: Voodoo Lily) just arrived! It’s almost 4 inches and already sprouting a new shoot. We don’t know if we’ll have a bloom this year or if we’ll need to wait a year or two, but the stinky goodness will be worth the wait.

{ Blooming lily photo credits: 1 | 2 | 3 }

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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