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Bon Weekend – Small things take up large chunks of time.

What is this? An azalea in my garden? It cannot be! Well, it is and it’s one of the things that has kept me away from blogging for two weeks. Michael first started playing with bonsai when he was about 13 and has wanted to be able to take it to another level. We had the opportunity recently to invest in a lot of bonsai pots and decided it was now or never. He has a few trees that he’s been working with for a some time and he’s transplanted them to the more traditional pots. After seeing images of mature azalea bonsai, I couldn’t resist. But only in this state.

Here are a few of the many trees we’ve been working on, some new and some have been around for a bit.  (more…)

Munch time

This has been an incredibly busy week with Tyler in town and getting our hurricane prep done. Thankfully we’re out of Irene’s path, but now we’re set for the season. Tyler will head off in about a week and a half to spend this semester at the Disney College Program. We’re so very excited for him!

We were cleaning out the millstone pond pump and I noticed that most of the venus flytraps are happily munching on some food. I’m trying to figure out what this one is eating, I think it may be a grass hopper, but the antennae gives it an awesome profile!


I took some progress photos about a week ago and I think the killer garden is coming along nicely since the photos I took on July 1st.


Monday, Monday

Wow, what an incredibly beautiful weekend we’ve had here in the Lowcountry! We’ll start to feel things return to ‘normal’ over the next few days, but in the meantime we’re spending as much time outside as we can. We worked on clipping several plants for rooting and we’re about to separate the papyrus’ and a few others and move them to other beds. I am so excited to see the garden starting to propagate!


I can’t get over how many gorgeous varieties of coleus we’ve seen this year. We’re propagating about four different plants right now.

Shelter from the swelter


We’ve been doing our best to embrace the onslaught of summer, but we have our breaking point. It’s rendered the yard virtually unusable during the daytime, and that’s the best time for mom to try to take her mind away from the daily pain she lives in (even after the last round of surgery). She has dreamed of having a pergola one day but we need something NOW. We all agreed that a sail shade would be perfect for this space. I found some on Overstock.com for a really great price and we ordered one with a square shape. We only have two fixed anchor points to work with and I really didn’t want to have permanent poles installed in the ground, so we brainstormed an idea to sink the poles in tubes seated in pots. I originally wanted to go with large ceramic pots but that seemed a little cost prohibitive with buying two pots at the time, and we have plans (and need to budget) for using large ceramic pots elsewhere in the garden. So, we went with these resin pots from Lowes.

1. Cement is mixed and the pvc pipe is set into place.


Bon Weekend – bounty from the rescue rack

We’re not sure what some of these will look like when they bloom again, but we’re patient. As soon as the plants have finished flowering, we’ll repot them. Most of the time they’re sold {at non-nurseries} planted in nothing but sphagnum moss keeping the roots continually moist, which is not a good thing. We’re also looking into installing a couple of glass shelves in the the window insert to give ample light and space for everyone, and then we’ll get the humidity trays set up for them.

Oh, and don’t mind that weirdness on the wall below the window. Something Pictureshow added in one of the filters. I almost panicked like it was a ghost patch or something. 😉

The Killer Garden

Among the many things that gave us great joy in our old loft garden, the container mini-bog was one of our favorites. Most of the plants were locally grown, which was pretty awesome. With so much uncertainty about life back home in Charleston, we decided to give the container to a neighbor when we moved. It was painful but we felt it was for the best.

Here are a couple of photos of our mini-bog back in Atlanta.


Pitcher Saraccenia

We’ve been waiting to make a fresh start with a new container mini-bog. We checked with Hyams a couple months ago but with no luck. Michael picked up a few plants at Pike’s while in Atlanta but it wasn’t until he was about an hour away from home that he realized that he’d left them. Poor thing, he was inconsolable for a while and Tyler was at a loss at what to do for the plants as he’s never dealt with any green thing before! We considered ordering some plants online, and The Carnivorous Plant Connection in Asheville looks amazing, but we decided to try Hyams again last week. They had a small selection of carnies this time and we scooped up several and went off to find a container.

We’ve tried finding another shallow pre-form liner like we had before, and even wanted to use the same for the millstone fountain, but we can’t find them anywhere. We spotted this beautiful ceramic planter on sale last week at Lowe’s and thought it would make a lovely place to lay down roots.

Killer Garden

Planted are a Venus Fly Trap, a Butterwort, a Sundew, 2 varieties of Sarracenia. We found the corkscrew rush on the rescue rack at Lowe’s and added it to the mixture. I’d like to find another dwarf papyrus. I think we’re also going to look at some of the larger, more variegated Sarracenia from Asheville to add to our collection, but I want to spend a little time with what we have and I want to make sure I can keep them alive before investing in more!. It’s been almost four years since we lived with them and it seems I’ve forgotten some things.

Happy eating!

And there was much rejoicing.

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Photo by Flickr user ursmajor.

I’ve been away yet I’ve been right here. There have a few events happening in RL that combined with trying to keep up with multiple social networking sites I, well, let the dust start collecting here. When I was ready to start posting a few weeks back I couldn’t think of where to start. A friend simply said, “Just post something, anything, but do it to get rolling again.”. She’s right! I think I’ll share some highlights of what I’ve/we’ve been working on since I flew the coop. I’ll then repost each with more information and details! So without further ado and for your viewing pleasure I give… you pictures!

We revamped our breakfast nook last month. I really love hanging out in this space!

I made these collapsible display busts for the booth inspired by this wonderful tutorial on Design*Sponge:

I completed an intensely fun painting project recently. No really, it was incredibly therapeutic!

Michael cleaned and rewired this beautiful clock we found at thrift store.

We’ve made some great progress in the garden/back yard. We installed a shade sail/sail shade with a collapsible pole system this weekend. It’s not finished but I have this so far.

We had some water issues in the pond that had us stumped for a while but I think we’ve worked them out. This little frog has taken up permanent residence in the pond.

As well as one frisky dragonfly.

We got our new carnivorous garden started.

I showed no mercy when I ripped the nasty old carpet off the stairs last week.

That’s it for today. I’ve really missed this place. ♥

The Weekend

Saturday was my second weekend at the Charleston Farmers Market. I’ve had some pretty decent sales both days and some great feedback from Market goers. The first weekend was a little wobbly as I really hadn’t worked out the dynamics of my both displays and such, but it really wouldn’t until I physically set up for a day. I took notes and made changes/improvements and this is what it looked like on Saturday.

I still have a few more things that I want to make to help the bib necklaces look better. I’m starting to think about this tutorial on Design*Sponge.

For Mother’s Day we made a new fountain for my mother (she lives with us). We have an old millstone that belonged to my grandmother and it passed into my mother’s possession when I was a child. It was placed at the threshold to the main entrance of their last home for 25 years. It was one of the last items to be removed when they sold the house.

Millstone fountain

I’m very pleased with it and can’t wait to see the plants we planted in the water to start showing. We’ll add some fish in a few weeks. The water flow is very gentle and shouldn’t be to much for them.

Mom’s having back surgery this afternoon and I think this space is a nice addition to her ‘recovery suite’, as she calls it.

The Garden Salad Days

Garden progress! The weather was absolutely uh-mazing this past weekend and we’ve spent the last three days outside. It’s been a while since we’ve truly felt like we could start something in terms of an outdoor living space. The last two houses were temporary dwellings and we decided not to spend too much energy, or money for that matter, trying to make permanent outdoor features. I can be very impatient and I can easily forget that the garden sanctuary we had in Atlanta took a couple of years of hard work and we had certain advantages, such as no real yard maintenance. I do love container gardens! We moved into this house a little late in the season to really start planting. Top that off with the hottest summer on record and we pretty much hid indoors.

Ok, back to what we’ve done so far. Our old pond form has been in the garage since we left Atlanta. Today it is comfortably setting in it’s new digs. I even have a little animated gif behind the jump of the digging process.

Pond - Phase I

If you click through to the hosted photo on Flickr you can see a few notes I’ve set up to explain the next phase of work to be done in this section. We’re undecided where the second pagoda is going to live. A little history of those two – mom bought them for the front gate of the old family house. When Michael and I moved everything out two years ago, they came with us. Stacey got a great shot of one during the wedding.

Patio pavers

We bought 50 x 16″ pavers. It took two trips to Lowes to bring these home. We actually need more! We got our workout for the day loading and unloading them. The beers definitely made things a little ‘easier’ these last few days.;)

Patio pavers

This is the very temporary pad. We were desperate for a patio fix and to be able to kick back with some adult beverages and watch the clouds roll on by. When we actually lay the pavers for good they’ll have an inch or two in between for moss, herbs and other creeping ground cover. We’re about twenty squares short of our {my} desired patio size, but even just two more rows will be nice. The lounge chairs were purchased for our wedding. They were on sale for $25.00 at Target! We considered selling them before our move last year and now I’m glad we kept them. The second pond setup will go in front of the chimney, which is in the left of the photo.

Patio pavers

It’s a good thing I don’t try to keep my nails well manicured. I honestly do not like wearing gloves while playing in the dirt. It’s just so therapeutic to feel it, and even caked on my hands.

I’ll continue to post progress photos. (more…)

Backyard Scrabble

I love Scrabble® and I can’t think of a better use of a small patch of yard than this. Ok, maybe a chess board. Once again, Pinterest has brightened my day. It also reminds me to subscribe to Sunset in my reader. My mother has been reading the magazine since I was a child and I love it!

{ Photo credit: SFGate via Sunset Magazine }

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