REMEMBER...

LIFE IS A GARDEN; ENJOY THE STROLL.

April 30, 2017

CRAZY FOR WING

I love visiting my friend at Wing Cottage, and some visits, such as the one this past weekend, was completely devoted to working in her garden.  Yes, I'm crazy enough to commute three hours to a job site.  But, look at what I get to take in on the way.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
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©Linda Nelson 2017
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©Linda Nelson 2017
A dose of bucolic scenery really does wonders for the soul.  And, seeing hay rolls always amuses me.
They remind me of giant beef braciole.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
My friend and I dubbed this planting bed the "Linda Garden".  Over the past few years I've been restoring it from a neglected, haphazard mess, to an eyeful of charming, unpretentious order.  I'm not sure why the previous owner was moved to layering this garden bed with black plastic film and rocks, but doing so certainly made for quite the renovation project for me.  I look forward to my friend sending me a photo of it a month or two from now when it will be in all its blooming fabulousness.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
I've never seen lily of the valley plants as lovely and lush as on this property.  They really do thrive here.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
And now, for some "art" that occupies this residence, courtesy of my friend's beau, who loves to sculpt with whatever he manages to find during his oddity foraging adventures.......
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©Linda Nelson 2017
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©Linda Nelson 2017
And, that's the latest scoop from Wing Cottage.


 

April 28, 2017

'TIS THE SEASON.......

April has all but come and gone, and I have done nothing other than eat, sleep and breathe everything related to gardening.  It's a very critical period during my work season, and when I'm not tending to my clients' gardens, I'm tending my own.  It's been well over a month since I've posted anything or visited any blogs for reading pleasure.  No linky parties, no Google+ scrolling........ nada.  However, I managed to muster just enough energy to post four photos.

Here's a new addition to my garden tchotchkes.  This little guy drove all the way across the states from California.  He used to live with my daughter.  Now he lives with me.  I hope his creepy little smirk scares the rabbits out of my vegetable garden.
©Linda Nelson 2017
Doronicum is in full bloom.  A cheery little plant, no?
©Linda Nelson 2017
I'm not one for cooking, let alone making leek soup.  But, I sure do love growing leeks for their pom-pom-ish flowers.  I should have a nice crop by June.
©Linda Nelson 2017

And, last but not least, these hostas are ones that my mom planted before I was born.  They're not exactly what I'd seek out to purchase; it's their sentimental value that permits them in my garden.
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Now it's time for bed, and for dreaming about weeding, planting and pruning.

Nighty-night.

March 26, 2017

MY FAILED EGG HUNT

Do you ever have an item pictured in your mind, then set out to purchase it, only to find that it doesn't seem to exist, or is simply not available?  My sister and I have occasionally mused about this subject, be it about a piece of furniture, clothing, the go-with-everything basic and non complicated handbag......  What ever it may be, it's frustrating when you search the internet beyond exhaustion or comb every local store, and what you're looking for just isn't there.

Well, that's how I felt about some decorative props I had in mind for a client.  I recall, and I know I didn't dream it, that the big box-type stores sold jumbo plastic lawn eggs.  I've seen them before, I'm certain.  They're the tackiest things going on at this time of year, and are in the same family as plastic flamingos and garden gnomes.  No, my client does not like such things; however I was planning on using them as forms for making giant concrete eggs.  My client would most certainly love that..... and so would I.
FYI, jumbo plastic lawn eggs are available online from
Miles Kimball; however, at this time, they're on back order.

The other vision in my head happened to be colossal-sized dimensional wire eggs, perhaps topiary forms?  An internet search including the most logical key words provided no such luck.

Now what?

I've since drawn up another idea for my client.  However, for myself, I've taken matters into my own hands.... literally.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
I picked up a 7" plastic goodie egg and a package of traditional "egg hunting" eggs from the local dollar store and used them as molds for my concrete "recipe".  I'm pleased with the way they turned out; however, the seams from the plastic eggs clearly showed up on the surface of the concrete.  I buffed the seam lines out as best as I could.

For the wire form egg, I grabbed a piece of chicken wire I had on hand, donned my heavy-duty leather gloves and got to work.
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©Linda Nelson 2017
I like the way it turned out, do you? I used floral wire to reinforce and secure the egg's shape.  Too bad I didn't have any more chicken wire; I would have either made more of them, or would have just made this one much, much larger.  Well, I now will certainly be on the hunt for curbside, discarded rolls of chicken wire.  The painted egg is concrete.

These props are not eggs-actly what I was envisioning, but I'm not disappointed with my efforts.

I'm no stranger to creative ingenuity, but purchasing "right off the rack", or in this case, "right out of the nest", would have been nice.

Thanks for stopping by!

March 12, 2017

LET'S MAKE REAL CARROT STICKS

I realized my house was without carrot sticks.  After all, what's a home without carrot sticks?  So, I set out to make some.  And, these are real carrot sticks, as in, they're made out of sticks!
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©Linda Nelson 2017
Perhaps you'd like to make some, too.  Here's what you'll need -
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©Linda Nelson 2017

  • pruners or small handsaw
  • sticks (preferably weathered and easy to carve)
  • pocket knife (mine has a slightly serrated blade)
  • an awl (optional)
  • a skewer (optional)
  • green jute twine
  • sandpaper
  • acrylic paint
  • glue
Begin by trimming irregular/uneven edges from each end of your stick with pruners or a saw.  Using the pocket knife, whittle away the narrower end of the stick to develop the pointed end of the carrot. Whittle/carve off the shoulder end of the carrot just enough to get a slightly rounded edge.  Finish off the shaping task with sandpaper.  Grab the knife(again) and lightly slice into various spots on the carrot's surface perpendicular to its length.

  • (optional) Using the awl, make a hole in the shoulder end of the carrot just deep enough to secure the pointed end of a skewer into.  This will make for the convenience of holding onto the skewer while painting the carrot)
Grab your paint and slap it on!  Now, cut a 4" length or two of jute and knot them together in the center.  Lightly coat the jute with an alternate shade of green; this will give your carrot stem a more realistic look and stiffen it up a bit.  When dry, glue it to your carrot.  If necessary, trim the ends.

Voila!  You've just made a real carrot stick.
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©Linda Nelson 2017

Now, go put yours on display!
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©Linda Nelson 2017
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©Linda Nelson 2017