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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.

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 }

Bon Weekend – Nice surprises

It’s been another slow week here blogwise. I have added more to already heavy DIY list and if I get any of them finished I’ll probably have content for a month! We were thrilled at this surprise popping up from the open compost pile on Wednesday… a sweet Alocasia. I have no idea when we tossed any tubers, but somehow one got in the pile so it was quite a shock when we actually stuck our heads over the fence instead of just tossing over yard refuse.

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

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.

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!

{ Images click through to larger versions. }

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!

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!

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