Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer Blooms and My Big News

I want to share with you the blooms in my gardens that we have been enjoying this summer so far. 
Summer-Blooms-around-the-Gardens

If you are still around and reading this, I want to thank you for waiting for me.
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Astilbe

I haven’t written on my blog in a few months, but I have exciting news to share!
Crystal-Fountain-Clematis
Crystal Fountain Clematis

I've been so busy with life; my online life went by the wayside.
Fuschia
Fuschia

I have so much catching up to do. And I have no idea where to start!
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Kniphofia - Red Hot Poker

But, life has been good...very good! :)
Pansies
Pansies

I don’t feel guilty...well, ok a little, because I know I've been neglecting all my online friends. And that has bothered me.
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Japanese Painted Fern

So, if I've missed something important, let me know.
Stella-D'Oro-Day-Lily
Stella D'Oro Day Lily

Calibrochia-Million-Bells
Calibrochia - Million Bells

Caladium
Caladium

Asiatic-Lily
Asiatic Lily

Spiderwort
Spiderwort

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Pee Gee Hydrangea at the back of the woodland garden

The best thing to do is start over...
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Jackmanii Clematis

And that's what I'm doing.
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Purple Reign Asiatic Lily

So please, take a look at my new blog, Dewdrop Gables.
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Artemisia and Lavender

That's right, I've started a new blog to go with my new business! I took the leap and opened it at WordPress. Now this has been a whole new learning experience. I'm still not quite done, but it's a start. 
Siberian-Iris
Siberian Iris

I'd love to have you follow me over there where I will still show some of my gardening, but the main topics will be vintage d├ęcor for the home & gardens and furniture refurbishing. 
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Globemaster Allium

After all these months of playing with crafts, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint™, I have turned it into my business.
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Canada Day Geranium Planter

What could be more fun than working your hobby? 

Thanks again for hanging in with me. I truly hope you will pay me a visit at my new blog, Dewdrop Gables.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay safe!




Thursday, May 02, 2013

Spring Flowers

The spring flowers have finally arrived in our gardens! 
Spring-Flowers-in-Grandma's-Garden


Just a few short weeks ago, this is what Mother Nature brought us. 
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April Snow Showers

And now, the gardens are alive...with the sights, sounds and scents of spring.
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Scilla (Chionodoxa forbesii)
Spring-Flowers-Striped-Squill
Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)
Anemone-Blanda-Blue-Star-Spring-Flowers
Anemone Blanda 'Blue Star'
Erythronium-Pagoda-Spring-Flowers
Erythronium 'Pagoda'
Forsythia-spring-flowers
Forsythia
Hellebore-spring-flowers
Hellebore
Marsh-Marigold-Spring-Flowers
Marsh Marigold

I love Hyacinths! I have them planted around my front door and in the courtyard, so I can enjoy their aroma every time I walk by.
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Apricot Passion Hyacinth
Anne-Marie-Hyacinth-Spring-Flowers
Anne Marie Hyacinth
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Delft Blue Hyacinth
City-of-Haarlem-Hyacinth-Spring-Flowers
City-of-Haarlem-Hyacinth (yes, Haarlem is spelt right)
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Jan-Bos-Hyacinth

I have to admit, as much as I love the hyacinths, my favourite spring flower is the narcissus. Daffodils are so beautiful in their amazing assortment of sizes, styles, shapes and colours. I have a nice selection and hope to add more unusual ones in the fall. 
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Full House Daffodil
Tahiti-Daffodil-Narcissus-Spring-Flowers
Tahiti Daffodil
Tete-a-Tete-Daffodil-Narcissus-Spring-Flowers
Tete-a-Tete Daffodil
King-Alfred-Daffodil-Narcissus-Spring-Flowers
King Alfred Daffodil
Sound-Daffodil-Narcissus-Spring-Flowers
Sound Daffodil
Irene-Copeland-Daffodil-Narcissus-Spring-Flowers
Irene Copeland Daffodil
Cool-Flame-Daffodil-Narcissus-Spring-Flowers
Cool Flame Daffodil
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Ice Follies Daffodil


But, I think my favourite thing in my garden is this rusty old plaque...
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Grandma's Garden Plaque

It's amazing the way Mother Nature throws her worst at us and just a short time later, she surrounds us with a rainbow of beauty. She's my favourite lady to work with.

I like how Alex Trebek thinks...
'If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you.'


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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Book Page Wreath

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Christina, from The Frugal Homemaker, posted about her Burlap Book Page Wreath last October during her 31 days of Pinterest Pinned to Done and I pinned it hoping I'd get to do one. 

Then I saw Talitha, from Love, Pomegranate House, do a Paper Dahlia Wreath last week and it was gorgeous! I pinned this one, too.

My Book Page Wreath is sort of a combination of the two. Here's a quick run-down on how you can do your own.


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1. Cut a circle out of a cardboard, I used a Pepsi case. 
2. Tear pages out of an old book, I used an old dictionary I found at the thrift store. Roll them into tubes and use a hot glue gun to secure. 
3. Glue the tubes onto your circle, starting at the outside edge. 
4. Glue the next row between the tubes on the row before, continuing until you are as full as you like. 
5. Use ribbon you have on hand, or I cut a piece of linen from a scrap I messed up, and glued it into a ribbon.
6. Hot glue the ribbon to the back of the cardboard. (I should have painted the back! Oh well, no one will see it)


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1. & 2. I used a lot of pages!! From 540 to 811 in the dictionary. There were a few not used, but still...
3. The pages weren't as old as I'd like, so using a mixture of the tea and steel-wool soaked vinegar I used on the garden cart wheels, I sprayed the pages. 
4. After it dried, I really liked the aged look.







The tarnished silver spoon and cup were mine when I was a baby!


Spray painted vase with dried hydrangeas from my Limelight standard.





I love my wreath! Simple, but it did take a bit of time. And I love it hanging in the office where I see it the most. 

Yes, I know, it's not springy colours, but I love the rustic feel of the mantel.


What do you have on your mantel right now?


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