Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Bloom

The fruits of our fall labor in planting 300 or so bulbs sure makes me happy each day I get home from work. We may move some of them for more spaces for other perennials and pockets of annuals. I'm thrilled with the explosion of color. One of our neighbors came over, completely mysified and asked "how did you do that?". They must not have been looking out the window last October/November. Oh, I'll bet the Halloween display threw them off...
 We imagined getting a house with lots of character, maybe something older, but none of those houses were much more than dumps, so we went for this place that has quite a large lot for the neighborhood. I think if we get a new tree (the maple in front is diseased) and maybe a pergola over the front window with some sort of flowering vine, this place could gain a lot of charm. A new paint job is a must. I call this color drab greenish gray.
 A view of my bicycle planter in the daylight. The back basket will be planted with masses of flowers.
My current favorite view is the one looking out the front door. The goal was to make it more inviting. Now we really have to get a no soliciting sign. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014


We went to Edwards Nursery and got two shorter clematis plants for a container on our deck. I tried clematis before, but the exposure at our old house wasn't good. I'm hoping these guys are happy in one of the huge containers we scored last fall. All I need is a trellis and our hostas to get bigger. I wasn't sure what to pick, but we took a lot of time and some of the plantings they had as examples showed us we had to get two different types for added interest. This is what we chose
 The first is "Multi-Blue" a 7'-8' pruning type 2.
 This is "Ice Blue", we just fell in love with it, evenings on the patio will be spectacular with this one.
We lucked out and found a few with blooms, I can't wait to watch them grow. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bicycle Planter

I'll post a step by step on this project once I get my ducks in a row, but I'm loving our bicycle planter.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Starting With the Garden

Today was our first day of real hard work in the back yard. We have several overgrown shrubs and trees that need to be removed to keep them out of power lines and from overgrowing our fence. The second thing to go (the first was a tree that blew over the same week we moved in, so it removed itself mostly) was a huge overgrown super prickly evergreen that had a lot of dead parts and an awful vine that was choking parts of it and overtaking our fence. 
 Of course it was raining, but we have  the two next garbage pick-ups that will take large amounts of yard cleanup waste. Otherwise, we would have several trips to the dump that would cost us money.
 So we put on rain coats got loppers hand pruners and a saw and set to work. This photo is after two large wheeled bins had been filled and taken away. This bush is horrible stuff. It is very prickly and will embed right into your skin. I had to wear welders gloves because the little dead prickly's would fall into my sleeves when I was cutting the higher stuff. Wet leather gloves aren't fun. Neither are wet feet. 
 It actually got easier once we made access to under the tree. I was able to find actual branches and cut them with the hand saw. It started going a lot faster then. All the brown stuff is dead, super dry, super spiky pieces that we well probably be cleaning up for a very long time.
 Hey, there is a utility box back there! I can actually walk around it for the first time. We'll chainsaw the rest down and deal with the stump then. The white trash fence OSB boards are temporary dog proofing that will come down once we have them trained on the new invisible fence. We had some escapes and a six foot tall fence wasn't enough to keep them in. 
These guys are waiting to be planted along the fence between the shed and the corner that we are clearing out. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Seedlings 2014

 Most of the seedlings have been put into 2 inch pots, which the petunias seem to be overcoming. I know I will up pot the tomatoes and a few others into 4 inch pots, hopefully not too many. We have about 160 plants started so far. There will  be around 50 more that get started just a few weeks before last frost. Luckily we have s south facing bay window I can move a table into behind the couch if we get caught in a bind. 
Most of the seeds started this winter are flowers. Some annuals and perennials.  I think we have 8 or 9 tomato varieties, mostly small ones like cherries and grapes. Kyle has his jalapenos and I started a couple big Italian peppers for grilling. 

Now all we need to do is build beds and fill them with soil and amendments...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring!

 I made a great Craig's list score with this older cruiser bike that I am retiring as a bike and making into a planter at the entryway. The rear basket will be lined with plastic and filled with potting soil and then planted on the top and side and rear with an abundance of flowers and trailing greenery. I have a woven basket for the handlebars that I'm waiting for spar urethane to dry before lining and planting with a wave petuinia. You can also see our bulbs that are coming up happily.
The indoor grow op is growing well. The petunias that take forever to grow are looking really good right now.