Thursday, April 30, 2009
My Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight', soon it will be overtaking that ginormous allium.
A little blurry, but you get the idea of why I love this cushion spurge.
I can't wait to figure out which hosta I dug up from the folks.
My little friend from the North, it's just barely peaking up... soon enough this Tiger Lily will be towering over the hostas. Pin It Now!
Check out my Globemaster Allium. I saw some very pitiful looking alliums at Horrocks; their leave were half the size and had very small stalks with almost-about-to-open buds. I feel so proud of my monstrousities! In the bottom right you can see my new 'Bonfire' Cushion Spurge and my very leafy Limelight Hydrangea in the bottom left.
Here's my list of perrenials, pictures will come soon when the weather is nicer.
- 3 Cushion spurge (1 of them 'Bonfire')
- 2 Delphinium 'Magic Fountains, Cherry Blossom'
- 1 Delphinium 'Magic Fountains, Dark Blue'
- 1 Delphinium 'Magic Fountains, White/Dark Bee'
- 2 Carpathian Harebell 'White Clips'
- 2 Gargan Bellflower 'Dickson's Gold'
- 3 Thrift 'Alba'
- 2 Mallow
- 1 Foxglove 'Camelot Rose'
- 1 Foxglove 'Excelsior Hybrid'
- Bunch of Creeping Flox 'Candy Stripe'
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
1 box rotini pasta
3 stalks broccoli
1 red onion
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts, use liquid too
1-2 containers feta cheese, I like tomato-basil flavor
1-2 containers Newman's Own Family Recipe Italian dressing
Boil rotini. Chop raw broccoli into bite sized pieces, place in large bowl. Finely chop 1/4 of the red onion, I like to only coursely chop the remainder and add to salad for extra flavor as it marinates. Finely chop the artichoke hearts and add to salad, be sure to add the liquid to the salad mix too. Add in the feta, I like feta a lot so I use 2 containers. Mix in pasta and add dressing as desired. The salad will tend to dry out as it marinates, add additional dressing as desired but not necessarily all of the second bottle.
You could enhance this recipe by adding black olives, baby corn, etc...
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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Flora Grubb's succulent garden designs are extremely unique, found via Katie Elliot. I love the idea of making a wreath made from succulents, very summery and would make a beautiful centerpiece for outdoor entertaining.
Directions for making wreath similar to Flora's design from Martha's website.
Tools and Materials
Succulents (Martha used Aeonium, Crassula, Echeveria, Gasteria, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Sedum, and Sempervivum)
12-inch wire wreath frame
Pencil (or screwdriver)
Succulent Cuttings How-To
1. Cut off piece of succulent 2 to 3 inches long.
2. Leave cuttings out for a few days in order for them to dry and create calluses on the bottoms. New roots will grow from the stem.
Sphagnum Wreath How-To
1. Place a 12-inch wire wreath frame on sphagnum moss.
2. Pack moistened soil into frame.
3. Wrap moss around frame and soil.
4. Secure to frame with copper wire and wrap tightly.
5. Plant succulents into wreath. Use a pencil (or screwdriver) to help make holes.
6. Place succulent roots into holes. Press moss around roots and secure with floral pins, if necessary. Don't bunch them too tightly as they need room to grow. The succulents will take approximately 6 months to fully grow, depending on their environment. Don't hang upright until roots have fully grown.
7. To water, submerge in water for 10 minutes. Allow to dry completely between watering. Fertilize about once every 6 weeks.
How cute are these?! Rhonda Patton Designs
I am falling in love with succulents as wall art...this interesting wall art is from Big Red Sun via Fresh Dirt. Pin It Now!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Apparently, my obsessive gardening last year has had an impact on the pH level of my little garden because I swear these tulips were vibrant red last spring. I do kinda like the peachy color better... it's very girly.
Maybe the pH change will affect my little Limelight hydrangea as well. I read somewhere that a more acidic soil will make the blooms even brighter green. I'm excited! Pin It Now!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Next we decided to roll the lawn... it didn't do exactly what we had thought it would. Our lumpy lawn is just slightly less lumpy now.
Java continued his rabbit hunt.
Then, on Sunday, we decided to go all out and bought 10 Emerald Beauty Arborvitaes. After searching all over for a good deal we found these for about $15 a piece from Home Depot. They are nice and small which made them considerably cheaper than any others we've been looking at.
These little guys are so cute and they work great for distracting your attention from our neighbor's yard which shows bountiful evidence of three large dogs, ewwwwww.
We were even able to fill in some of the bare spots around our growing tree roots with the grass displaced by the arborvitae. Very Dick and Jane... haha
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Friday, April 17, 2009
Mismatched teacups look so cute when filled with scented wax from old candles. Could be a neat gift idea for showers or Mother's Day.
Cerial boxes of all sizes can be put to new uses as organizers for office supplies and books.
By simply pouring glass enamel into clear glass jars you can make beautiful milk-glass-looking vases for those spring blooms. Pin It Now!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This clever idea came from Mommy Knows. The rolls are made from Rice Krispie treats, filled with gummy candy, and wrapped in Fruit Roll-Ups.
Check out the Swedish Fish! Pin It Now!
The centerpieces were homemade votives made from many glass jars (collected over the past couple of months) and coordinating tissue paper, I love cheap and re-purposed ideas!
1 can frozen concentrate raspberry lemonade
4 cups cold cranberry juice
1 cup cold orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
3 cups club soda
orange and lime slices for garnish
Pecan Crusted Sweet Potatoes
3 cups fresh (cooked) sweet potatoes
1/3 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flourTopping
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Mix all ingredients for filling together until smooth, will be only slightly lumpy. Pour into lightly greased casserole dish. Mix together ingredients for topping with fork and sprinkle over mix; it will melt evenly to cover filling. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
*Tip: boil sweet potatoes with cinnamon stick or a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra flavor.
This recipe was really a taste and add sort of recipe. The main components added to the hard cooked egg yolks were mayo, salt and pepper, dill relish juice, and a little spoon full of relish. So creamy and delicious!
Lela is always so lovely.
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
I was searching around today for some neat re-usable item crafts and found this one on Betz White's blog. Such a good idea for kids or for your own budget friendly lunches these days!
The following snippet is taken directly from Crafty By Nature and you can find the complete directions there as well.
Make lunch, not trash! These fun, functional sandwich wraps give you a reusable alternative to plastic baggies, plus they are a snap to make. After each use, they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth or tossed in with the rest of the laundry.
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