Monday, May 23, 2011

Picket Fence Planter - Week 2

Success... but next year I'll pick different flowers. Ones with more color, ones with different heights. And NO WAX BEGONIAS! Double impatiens, dragon wing begonias... but no wax begonias! Other than that, the rain has added much needed moisture and this part sun/part shade planter is loving it!

As I mentioned in my first Picket Fence Planter post, the remaining flowers were planted in a crock I purchased from an auction. The crock does not have drainage holes, so I gathered rocks from around our property to put in the bottom.

Again, I'd choose different flowers, but for now I'm anxious to see if the rocks solve the drainage issue.

Since all this began, I have discovered Creeping Jenny... a trailing green plant perfect for planters and ground covers. What makes this find even better: one of my very good friends is named Jenny! I guess you'd have to know her to realize how funny this actually is!

We have had so much rain over the past week; the Lamppost Flower Bed is patiently waiting...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Picket Fence Planter


The Picket Fence Planter was our first garden project of 2011!

The planter was a gift from my husband a few years ago. I just love that thing! All of the plants were purchased (for next to nothing!) at one of the nearby Amish greenhouses:

2 Spike plants

2 Trailing variegated vinca

3 White "Snow Crystals" alyssum (from 6 pack)

3 "Super Olympia" mix begonia (from 4 pack)

4 Impatiens (from 6 pack)

The remaining flowers, and a 3rd spike plant, will be planted in an old brown glazed crock purchased from an auction. It will be a great accent in another corner of the porch. The flowers I originally bought for this planter turned out to be sun-loving and would not have been happy here on the covered porch. So, instantly I have a second project (or is that now a third project?)... a Lamppost Flower Bed!

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The Old Park Homestead


Hello and welcome to our adventure!

On a trip scouting crows (yes, he hunts crow... among many other animals, all of which I really don't understand), my husband came across what soon became our dream home. It was up for auction, in the country, and had all the space we had been looking for... not to mention minutes from the conveniences of the "city" (in Central Podunk, the word "city" is used loosely). We won the auction and have been here ever since.

After settling in and letting things fall into place, it's time to get dirty and have some fun! The house is old but has good bones and good space, but it's all very dated. Blue carpet, red carpet, green carpet... and colored paneling to match! Peel-n-stick vinyl floor tiles. Dark wood cabinets. Need I go on???

So, where does this adventure begin? Stripping wallpaper, painting walls and replacing floors... only to name a few! And let's not forget the endless craft projects, auction finds, and garden additions I can get myself into!

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