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Garden To Do List May 2016

I have so many garden ideas floating around in my head that I started a list last Friday.  I didn’t number it – thought that might be too depressing!  All the items crossed off are those that I accomplished over the weekend.  The bottom four items were added this morning.

  • put up brackets for hanging baskets
  • plant morning glory seeds in one hanging basket
  • fill second hanging baskets with plants
  • hang hanging baskets
  • repot gardenia
  • repot pink hibiscus
  • purchase Texas hibiscus
  • plant Texas hibiscus front flower bed
  • move tiered steps outside to southeast corner of back fence
  • remove compost from left bin
  • put trellis up on two tomato containers
  • purchase trellis for squash container
  • plant squash in container
  • find sweet mini pepper plants to buy
  • dig up & amend north side of back fence line
  • dig up and move daffodil bulbs
  • plan iris bed area
  • repot blueberry bushes
  • plant some zinnias and marigolds in containers
  • move or buy holly bush for front flowerbed
  • purchase more border bricks from Walmart
  • plant peppers in bags that blueberries are currently in
  • start miscellaneous flower seeds in small pots
  • apply linseed oil to the fence
  • plant more lettuce in the shade – will need container


decorative flower steps boxMy mom sent me money for my birthday and told me to buy a plant.  Well, I bought something to hold plants instead.


My original plan was to place it inside the house in the living area and set my African violets on it.  I thought it would be great for the plants, as they’d all get more access to the light coming in the east window.  And I was right.  But then I couldn’t see the blossoms on most of the plants, as they were facing the wrong way!  Bill laughed at me and wanted to know what I thought was going to happen.  It was just one of those things that I couldn’t envision but actually had to try it out.  As soon as I did, I saw the fatal flaw.  So, I moved it outside against the back fence and it is working wonderfully there.

flower steps


You can just see one of the hanging baskets that went up Saturday, another item bought with birthday money (thank you very much, Roberta Gibson).  Here’s a better picture:

hanging basket

yellow lily



The second hanging basket is in the middle of the fence and has morning glory seeds planted in it.  I hope they grow!  I harvested them from my mom’s morning glories last October – hers were a gorgeous variety that I had never seen before, a double morning glory.  I think they’ll look lovely cascading down out of the basket.


The lilies that I planted last year are just beginning to bloom.  My very first bloom appeared on Mother’s Day!  Very appropriate, as my mother’s favorite color is yellow.

Dierdra Afghan Pattern Inspired Table Top Runner

I should be writing this morning (I am way behind in NaNoWriMo due to traveling earlier this month), but I have had this blog post on my mind far too long and it is time to get it down on paper and posted so you all can see it!

Last summer I was on a crochet thread kick and made this Winter Garden Runner for a homeschooling friend in Missouri. And then I made a variation of it for myself in slightly different colors. This looks great in our new guest bedroom on top of the black dresser with a couple of Santas on it, which you can see in the first picture on my Decluttering Progress post from late August.

Since I was on a roll, I decided to make another large runner for my cousin Roberta for her birthday. Unfortunately, by the time I thought of it, her birthday was looming large. But I had the project underway by then and finally finished it in late September.

First I sent Roberta several possible patterns and then asked for color and size guidance, since she knew where she wanted to use the runner. The pattern she chose was beautiful, but unfortunately I was unable to figure out a crucial stitch – although now I think I know how it should go, after working on this project, which turned out to have a similar stitch!

In the end, I chose something a bit different that I thought Roberta would like and that I felt would be fun to work up. I took an afghan pattern, Dierdra, from Crochet Celtic Afghans
and adapted it to make it into a runner of the proper size.

Here are pictures of the Dierdra Afghan from the Crochet Celtic Afghans book (designed by Dot Drake):

And then I began crocheting! 33 leaf layers (green), 33 flower centers (17 white, 16 burgundy), and 33 flower petal layers (16 white, 17 burgundy).

Next step is to intertwine all the layers.

Color combination one:

Color combination two:

The two color combinations interwoven.

Now that all the layers are interwoven, it is time to crochet them together into strips.

An edging goes around the first square.

Then when you make the edging around each successive square, you join it as you go to the previous square.

Alternating each color motif, you end up with three separate strips that have edging around them.

Then you put join two strips together with an edging down the center, doing that twice until all three strips are joined.

A final edging around the whole piece and voila! It is done!

Thursday’s Treasures – Watering Cans

I’m a collector of things. There. I said it. I’m sure there is a 12-step program, but I’m happy with my collections and they haven’t taken control of my life, so far. So far…

I collect Santa Clauses, but I’m rather particular about the style, so that has kept my collection rather small. I also collect vases and had many in storage, or so I thought until I discovered in May that we lost many more items than we previously realized in a burglary. C’est la vie, right?

My watering can collection could hardly even be called a collection. I had one very pretty red flowered ceramic piece in storage and I had this piece with me:

I guess I had this one with me because it was more utilitarian, rather than decorative like the red flowered piece. Just goes to show, if you are going to have a collection, make it a useful one!

Last month I saw another watering can that I liked

My cousin Roberta helped me find the right shade of green/yellow/cream flowers when we were craft shopping last month in Phoenix.

Does two items make a collection?

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