Friday, July 15, 2011

A little clean up & prepping a site for my homemade DIY potting table

OK, so it doesn't look that bad from far away, but this is actually quite a mess

Been working on getting all the weeds out of the sitting area, been very neglected while finishing up classes. As you can see, I have taking some of my time off chilling in my pool... I decided to change the water first and was using the bucket to splash water in & around the flowers, you know, no wasting the stuff around here! BUT.....what I didn't know was that my cat, Tess, was sleeping under the daylilly leaves and she got whacked with a bucket of water...OOPS
Amazing with just adding an umbrella can do, beside the fact that  it is just plain beautiful outside today.

The pictures weren't staying in order UGH...anyway, here is my latest addition to the gazebo graveyard. Hubby moved it to my garden since its been almost 2 months since I said I would clean it up. This puppy lasted a whole week, I think, before trying to see if it could fly and do flips etc. I thought, or maybe I should say dream or prayed, that if I put it on the side of the garage that maybe, just freaking maybe, it would escape the freak wind tunnel that insists on barreling through my backyard.
Back to the this up today so I can start on my potting table. I'm going to up cycle some pallets for this baby!
Making some nice headway here till this showed up:
you know that song: I don't like spiders and of course it took some convincing to get this guy to move on, I was taking over. But then it seemed like everything was moving and probably a snake....OY!
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Well, she cleaned up pretty nice, though I still have to get rid of some stuff, or put it somewhere or who knows.
Of course the whole time I have been working here in MY garden, the house wrens who are raising a family here have been very vocal about letting me know it was THEIRS. Check out them ears in the back, cool huh? VERY, especially since I grew them last year for the first time dug them out in the fall & promptly threw them in a bucket and forgot about them in my basement. I wasn't very nice or considerate to them, but apparently they weren't offended. I really wasn't expecting them to do anything so I am very pleasantly surprised and promise to treat them with more dignity and respect this fall!
Looking much, much better! Time to get making some hypertufa castings off those leaves to!!! Hey, notice the cleome that has made a late appearance this year off to the left. Just when I thought none were going to show up, they are popping up all over again.

OK, seriously, I swear I do NOT have a chimnea addiction, well kinda sorta maybe. Thinking the one on the right is going in the garden in the fall to be a new planter next spring. This particular garden is actually on top of my septic tank (on the right). There are TWO manhole covers and about 5 or 6 pieces of PVC pipe sticking up all through  it.  I will put the chinmea on top of one of the manhole covers since my other contraption I have there rusted away and couldn't hold a potted plant anymore.


Tufa Girl said...

I was waiting for you to tell us the evenings were very cool.... It looks like a great place to spend some time.

Grace said...

Congrats on the Elephant Ears. They look fabulous. You've got a great garden.

Karen said...

Jester, I would have been cleaning right alongside of you until the humongous snake appeared and then you could have clocked my escape and gotten me in the Guinness World Book of Records for highest land speed achieved by an overweight 53 yr old woman.

That said, wow, what a transformation and your elephant ears are amazing. I can't grow them at all, have to try ignoring them, maybe?

Love your sitting area, how wonderful!

Cally said...

Clicked on your blog because I thought the title was just to great. A sentiment I often feel as will my plants and seeds to get bigger FASTER.

laxsupermom said...

Your gardens are beautiful! Even weedy they had a beauty to them, but cleaned up their just gorgeous! We've lost a couple of gazebos to wind, too. Our current one is bolted to our deck. It's lasted a year so far. Your elephant ears look fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

Robert said...

I came across your blog and all I can say is that this is a Great Project! Your garden is very nice. Me and my wife love it!

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