Monday, April 3, 2017

Vertical Gardens Using Sempervivum and Sedum

On March 3, several of my friends and I enjoyed a workshop in my garage!  We used containers found at Goodwill, etc.

Holes were drilled in the bottoms (which will be the backs, once hung) of the wooden and closed containers.


Most of our plants were hens and chicks, as well as other succulents and a few small sedum plants.


Chicken wire was fitted into the boxes.  Once everyone was here, we tamped potting mix into the containers, created little holes for the plants and tamped them in, and put Spanish (spaghnam) moss over all, tucking it under and around the chicken wire.




A little spritz with water occasionally will moisten the soil.



After a few weeks in a bright, sunny window - until it becomes warm enough to set outdoors - will establish the roots.




Then the items can be hung vertically, if desired




Tah Dah!



Poor Joan - Everyone wanted to decorate her!!


  

What a great time we had!!

SG

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February Gardenbloggers' Bloom Day!

We have something blooming outdoors!

It is still "too early!"  It is still Winter-time in Iowa.
However, we have been experiencing and enjoying unseasonably warm and wonderful weather for this time of year!

And look!
Early Heirloom crocus!!


And Just for fun... check out a few goldfinches in a nearby bush!

Have a Happy Day!  I am!!
SG

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Frankly, Friends. It's Fine, Fair Weather for the Finite Future! ABC Wednesday

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Blue skies, warm temps and FUN!

However, I must admit... it is still Winter (season) in Iowa... and I have NOT, as yet, been able to create my annual snowman!!

Mr. Shady and I were both enjoying a Fantastic day (separately) working on outdoor projects!  He, with a group of affable, willing friends, enjoyed their prairie burn.  Me?  I scrubbed part of a wooden fence, preparing it for painting when it IS REALLY Spring and adding a few more flagstones to a backyard walkway.

Best wishes to you during these upcoming days,

SG

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

ABC Wednesday - Y is for Yesterday

Y is for 

Yesterday.


and

Yesterday


Yesterday was good  Let's make tomorrow better. Wishing you the very best during this upcoming year.

SG

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

ABC Wednesday - X is for ...

I wish for you EXtra special events, EXtra special Christmas celebrations, EXtra special memory-makers with family and friends!






and a dose of EXtra anticipation for a Blessed 2017.

SG
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Monday, November 28, 2016

ABC Wednesday - T is for Terrific!!


I am "in love" with this Terrifically Beautiful Oak Leafed Hydrangea!  
It is still a "baby," but
this is what it looks like today!


This is 'Munchkin'
He is deciduous, thrives in zones 5 - 9, grows from 3-4.5 feet tall and wide, blooms in June-July, the blossom is "aging white" to pink, the light requirements are full sun to part shade.  And check out the fall leaf color!!  

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Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!!
SG

R - Rejuvenation!



Mrs. Nesbitt's post on Renovation spurred my post on Rejuvenation!

Our screened in porch had become a storage room... for bikes, flower pots, etc., etc.  But we have such a peaceful, wooded backyard, I wanted to be able to use it again (during the warmer months of the year)!

So, Rejuvenation looks like this:

First coat on the ceiling:


Beginning the first coat on the walls


Painting the walls continues



Finished!  Tah! Dah!  (yes, still working on organization)
Second coat on ceiling finished.  Second coat on walls will happen next spring.



Rejuvenation is good for adults, too!  :-)
Happy Day!
SG

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