Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Flat-Ware Friday! ;-)

I'll provide a link to my upcoming "tutorial" soon, but for now...


The outcome of a Fun Workshop this evening!
Members of our little local Garden Club enjoyed a couple of hours' fun.

Flattened flatware 
(I'll soon turn up those curly tines a bit more, to close each loop.)
You might like to consider making this project, too.

While all flatware will offer a semblance of music,
creating one of these is Best done with Silver or Silver-plated flatware.
(Silver is more malleable.)

Now, that being said, look for one fork from which to hang your windchime,
and four more utensils for the chime itself.

Fun times!


For an enjoyable tour, visit the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden, billed as an Urban Oasis!
This less-than-an-acre at 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA is packed with plants and ideas for gardens of any size.  (Click the garden title above for a link to their website.)

Finally, you can enjoy the "one-stop" retreat; visiting several gardens in one stop:  A testing ground for plants,  A display garden, and A photography studio!

Open to the public from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., May 4 to October 5, 2012.
Group tours by appointment.

FREE admission.


"Green  Space - Your Place!" 
You might like to visit Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens,
a beautiful public green space.  (Click the garden title above for a link to their website.)

This 72-acre arboretum is open daily from April 1 to October 31.

Guided tours are available and depend upon availability. Please call the office at (319)226-4966 two weeks in advance to make a reservation.

FREE admission.

Looks like a great opportunity to tour some gardens this Spring, Summer and/or Fall!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

This Sunday's words are an interesting collection:

. . . over and around . . .

A Glimpse 
into the newly constructed upstairs hallway/rooms and girls' bedroom - nearly completion!

notes from granddaughters



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Friday, February 24, 2012

Fragilistic Friday!

Fortunately, we received some snow today.  It's beautifully white and fortuitous.
(We need the moisture.)

around 8:00 a.m.

around 3:30 p.m.

 Six blossoms on my yellow moth-orchid phalaenopsis (above)
and one blossom on the plant below.

My dad painted the iris picture about 20 years ago.  I love it!  :-)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

(One from the archives - Grandchildren July 2008)


(Another archives - December 2010)

Trend or Trending  
A trillium found in the woods in 2007 had 5 petals;
Below, in 2008, it had 4 petals;
 Below, in 2009, it had 3 petals (as it should);
 In 2010, it had 4 petals;

Again, in 2011, it had 4 petals.
 And in 2012??  We shall see!  :-)
 (Are you noticing the distinct change in markings, also?)

(If it's in print, is it not real?)

The Plastic Shredder and Gobbler!
Without which I could not cope with All the Leaves here!  :-)

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Nothing "shady" here - just me!  ;-)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

ABC Wednesday - "E"

I'm going to feature one of my friends whose name begins with the letter E,
and another Iowa public garden!



Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum, 
5300 Indianola Road,
Des Moines, Iowa
(click on the title to link to their website)

Click on this link to view photos by a Ewing Park "Fan!"

Another park I hope to visit sometime this summer.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Gives us opportunity to show Five more photos . . . here are mine.

Facial Feature
Do you see a scary face on the underside of this spider?

 One of my most favorite sky photos... shadow-y or "shady?"  ;-)

and YUMMY!  :-)

 Inside the dome of the Iowa State Capital Building

 Actually, this is not fabric.  But it gives the appearance?
It's part of a huge mural on a wall of a stairway in the Iowa State Capital Building.

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Have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Snowy Day - February 4, 2012

The snow was heavy.  It was Wet.  The Flakes fell in "clumps." The snowfall didn't last very long and the snow didn't remain long on the ground!

But it was wonderful while it happened.  It was a reminder of "what is supposed to happen during Winter in Iowa!" 

I filled the bird feeders and everyone was happy!  :-)

PS  The snow is again gone.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Gardeners "D!"

Here's a chance to meet more gardening friends and an Iowa Attraction!

 stands for 



Des Moines(Iowa)Botanical Center 

Clicking on the title above will take you to their website.
I admit that the photos below are from their site - I couldn't seem to locate mine!

Inside the dome...

 volunteers work outdoors

One last look at the Rainbow Sculpture!

Visit their site.  There are interesting things going on all year!

Nothing "shady" here! ;-) 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Brings Five New Words!

Strike a Pose
Campanula glomerata 'Supurba' - Clustered Bellflower
Upward facing violet ‘bells’ on 1-2’ plants are clustered at the top of upright stems.  They need only a moderately rich, well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade  A vigorous grower, the stunning richly colored violet flowers are on stiff stems. Blooms heavily in late spring through early summer. Cutting back foliage by half to 2/3rds after flowering will keep the mound low and compact if foliage declines. Can be divided every 3-4 years in spring or autumn.

These Eastland shoes lasted from 1982 to 2010.  Not bad!
They worked very well as nice, leather gardening shoes!

Chandeliers inside State Senate Chamber of the Iowa State Capital building.


Traditional Ukranian egg decorating for Easter.

Color Me Green
 Allium 'Hair'
Not scary - but it LOOKS like it!  lol

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