While taking pictures of some stuff to list on etsy, I had the feeling I was being watched... the look on lily's shaggy face just made me laugh, it's as if she's thinking...
"good grief, what's she up to now?"
There have been many things I've wanted to share with you over the last several months...so many friends who I've needed to contact but haven't.
(Renee and Joy, I received your beautiful gifts one day apart and love them. Be checking your mailbox, something's heading your way.)
This has been a summer of growing...not only in my garden, but within myself. I do want to go into more detail and will for those of you who have been so candid with me regarding your own personal struggles with depression, etc.
I have an announcement regarding one of my BFF's (best friends forever) and will post it later tonight.
In the meantime, here are a few things that have been eye-opening recently.
1. Did you know that most water hoses are made with lead?? On the packaging, there's actually a warning that says...."Wash Hands after Use" and warnings about the lead content. The link below takes you to an ABC news article and video. If you have a garden hose, you've gotta see this.
Click HERE to be amazed. I sure was! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this...was I the only person who had no idea??
Hmmm....I'm blank on what else I wanted to say...so, I'll close with two links to stories that I found intriguing. oxox
hi...happy tuesday. I've got to make this one quick but wanted to share a little corner of my secret garden. The delphinium is nothing like it was earlier in the summer but you get the idea. :) You'll see our cool hummingbird birdhouse hanging in the corner above the flowers. Look a little further up and you'll see the sweet smiling little girl bust that I got at Ross. I love her, but she creeps the rest of my family out....which makes me laugh. oxox
Above taken a month or so ago...below taken this morning
Good morning! I'm going to try to start this week off productively. I thought I'd start by sharing a photo of my tabletop succulent garden...and instructions on how you can make one too!
I found this great terracotta pot at a garage sale....it was wide and somewhat shallow, which was perfect. I'd always wanted to do it but wasn't sure how...so, here's what I learned.....
1. wide but shallow pot....(my inspiration was a gorgeous garden made within a large terracotta pot tray (the bottom dish that sits under a pot)...it was HUGE!)
2. Cactus Soil Mix *can get this just about anywhere that sells potting soil*
3. River Rocks...I bought mine at Craft Warehouse in the floral department. They come in small bags, I bought two with many to spare....if you have river rock in your landscape, YAY YOU! Just give them a good washing and they'll be ready to go.
4. Pick out at least 4 little pots of succulents...you can choose from so many! We actually had a few different kind in places already. I originally bought 3 others when I first planted this and later, removed a couple of river rocks from the pot and added some more that had darling pink flowers I couldn't resist at the store. In the photos above there are 8 different plants, some have been split and placed in opposite ends of the pot. *many "Steppable" ground covers are actually in the succulant family. These tend to be less expensive than most.* I was amazed that most I found flowered!
1. Prepare your pot for soil. If your using a pot that's deeper than 5" (mine is 5-1/2" high), place a layer or two of packing peanuts at the bottom (I actually do this with all my pots which saves precious potting soil (my bags always run out too quick) and saves your back by making a lighter weight finished pot).
2. Fill with Cactus Mix Soil up to 1" of the inside pot.
3. To plant, remove succulent (I used a paper towel to hold the prickly ones) and gently work off excess soil from the roots. With your fingers, dig a little hole where you want to place the plant and place the plant, making sure that all the roots are under (some are long and will want to spread out of the hole) the plant. While still holding the plant, begin pushing soil underneath, then letting go, secure by moving soil in place around it.
4. Once you've finished planting, take your rocks and carefully add one layer to any exposed soil.
5. Place in direct sun and give a good watering.
I'm not an expert in watering succulents....I just give the top a spray when I'm watering the other pots outside. Some succulents require more water than others and can be spot watered when needed.
Bring your pot inside in the winter OR plant entire pot in the ground to protect it from the cold.
*please send pics if you choose to attempt this project, I'd love to see!*
This doesn't have to be a spendy thing...in fact, I found some pictures of smaller gardens that would take almost no time at all!! (Click picture for a larger view)
I've just discovered a great online Succulent Shop...check it out! oxox
Hi...it's been ages. I hope everything is going well with you. I'm doing great. So much has happened over the last couple of months, and as always, when life is overflowing on this end, my blog becomes very shy and quiet. :) I wanted to send a hello and tell you I miss you....yes YOU! Thanks for checking back here so often.
I've created a new line of rubberstamps for Alphastamps. I think there will be 10 new ones in all, but for now, there are two from my old line *xox fairy and Miss May* and 2 new ones available for sale. I'm excited to share with you all the designs, but I'm only allowed to give you a sneak peak....so, below I"ll show you some of the original artwork and you'll have to imagine what they will look like in rubber stamp form....oxox