Wednesday, June 9, 2010

T is for Terrific! (I'm a week off!!)

Today is ABC Wednesday.
Click below to see who else is participating!

Terrific because these were seedlings begun in milk jug greenhouses in January 2009.

Tennessee Coneflowers from Gail
Last year they were little seedlings just sleeping.
This year they're creeping? (Some are leaping!)Terrific because this little plant was sent to me by Kathleen in 2008.
Filipendula rubra - 'Queen of the Prairie'
Last year it was creeping and this year it's leaping
(given the amount of shade it has to deal with!)
Great leaves. Hey! Doesn't that look like a . . .
Yep! Definitely something "brewing!" ;-)
Click here to see what this will look like soon!

Terrific because this is one of the items on "The Project List!"

Early last Spring, I created four panels of my own design. The photo below (taken 4/19/09) shows a panel in progress.
I do need to make one more. However, there are now two installed! Yea!! (Thanks to Mr. Shady!) ;-)

Some very nice, out-of-town friends visited last week. She helped with some necessary weeding. He cut the tops off three posts. I wanted the one on the right left "tall."

Everything has now a nice fresh coat of paint.

Can you see a little something atop that tall post?

Can you see it a little better here (below)?
The finial was purchased at a lumber store. I painted it to match the birdhouse my dad made. He had painted it blue and yellow. I embellished it a bit. I've also added racing stripes to the tall post. ha! What do you think?

This is a project I'm wanting to finish soon. Isn't it nice we've had the excuse of a Garden Tour? :-)


Roger Owen Green said...

Well, it COULD have been a U - UTTERLY beautiful.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Tash said...

Terrific fence. Lovely garden.
I got a chuckle about your being Tardy.

Kathleen said...

omg Shady!!!!!! I LOVE your panels and your painted finial!!! I think they add a LOT of interest and structure to your already beautiful garden. You are going to get loads and loads of compliments from the tour (and your blogging friends).
I'm SO glad Filipendula is happy in your garden. She looks fantastic ~ better than her sisters she left behind even!! I'm sure she will spread nicely for you since she's doing that well. :-) Hooray, our swap was a smashing success!

Shady Gardener said...

Wow! Thank you, Roger. :-)

Hi Tash, Thanks for visiting. T for Tardy, right? ;-)

Hi Kathleen! I love that we have a mutual admiration society. :-) I can hardly wait until the other panels are in place (and the flower boxes are built - Mr. Shady volunteered)!! Won't you love it then?? Once the third panel is in place, I want to plant a Korean lilac (I think). Do you like the Forsythia I placed next to the birdhouse? Thanks for your enthusiasm!!

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Great post!! Those leaves are very interesting, and do remind me of something else...I love your fence, from far, I thought maybe Bilbo was perched on top of a tall post, but your birdhouse is GORGEOUS, I'm sure they'll be very happy there! I replied to your question in my comments, but since I'm here I can let you know that Barbara Sherwood is planted in full shade, how about that? :) R

Raised garden beds said...

You have such variety of greens in your garden. Plus, you have ample spaces available for gardening.

Thank you for sharing an area of your garden.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

The panels are great with all the lovely additions! The best part is your friends and your Dad's participations in this project. TTTTerrific!

jo©o said...

Handy with a hammer, aren't you just!
That makes a great focal point in the garden.

"May your rice never be gummy and your flowers never washed out just before Open Day."

Old Chinese proverb. Well, sort of.

Rosemary said...

How nice to be able to walk thru your garden and see plants given from friends. Love the bird house!

Gail said...

Hi Shady! Thank you for the thank you shoutout! I will send more seeds of TN coneflower later this summer! I love seeing flowers that friends have sent me! gail

Kate said...

Oh, these are so cool! I need to follow your lead and build some for my garden. :)

troutbirder said...

Ummm. Well. If you ever run short of projects for the garden Shady......

Shady Gardener said...

My own comments from last night seem to have disappeared, so I'll try again!! :-)

Rebecca, does that mean you'll save me some seeds? I'm now harvesting seeds from Geum triflorum 'Prairie Smoke' -- would you like some?

Hi Raised Beds - speaking of which(!) do you have veggies in yours?? I'm working on a little space in the raised bed garden ... hopefully late veggies, at the least. :-)

Hi Tatyana, Thank you - you are absolutely correct! Plants and memories seem to go perfectly hand-in-hand!

Hi Jo! Love the proverb... hope your use makes it effective. :-)

Too windy to haul rocks? Not! I hauled a few today and maybe just a few more tomorrow!

Hi Rosemary, Thanks! :-) And thanks for your visit.

Gail, you are definitely very generous. I'm not sure I'll need more seeds - but Someone will!! I've been sharing my plants. :-)

Hi Kate - I am flattered! I thought the panels turned out great, too. Keep me 'posted!' ;-)

Hi Troutbirder!! Do you have some ideas for me????? :-)

The Garden Ms. S said...

Hi Shady, I love the birdhouse and finial - very inspired! (I'm sure your Dad would be very proud) :)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Garden Ms. S - I've told Dad to check out this post. Hopefully he's seen it. :-)

Anonymous said...

How fun, Shady! You're a woman of so many talents. Your garden looks fabulous too by the way.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

How nice to have such nice plants from fellow bloggers!
I love your panel and the cute birdhouse. Terrific!!

PS I will save you some Veronica seeds when they are ready I'll let you know. :)

jo©o said...

Oops. Thought I was in the wrong place. All new. Nice too.

Anonymous said...

The panels are pretty neat. Love the bird house, cool colors.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Grace, Thanks!! ;-)

Catherine, Yea! :-)

Hi Jo, All new? Oh, yes... I checked out some new web designs... Really ok?

Chad & Brandy, Thanks! (Since I made them.) ha.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I just love Queen of the Prairie. How pretty it will be. I love the the new fence & the birdhouse post, oh, so charming!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi MMD! When are you coming to Iowa?? ;-)