Monday, March 19, 2018

Greenhouse 101

I have longed for a greenhouse for many years but just couldn't find a kit that I really liked that would fit into the border space I had without having to move 
sprinklers and shrubs. 
We also wanted something affordable
 and attractive that wouldn't overpower
 our garden.    

My hubbie is not a carpenter by trade so he wanted a kit that didn't require special tools.  Anyway, after searching the internet we finally found and agreed on a gazebo style that fits the space.  Though it's not that large, it has lots of vertical space that will allow for six foot tall shelving.   My goal is that it be big enough to hold my patio pots in the winter and allow me to start seedlings in the spring.    

We still have little details to finish.  I'm planning on painting the wood base the same color as the frame and finishing with landscaping the space around it.   I can't wait to purchase wire shelving and start seedlings this week.   

I'll keep posting our progress each week.
Happy Spring! 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Is it Spring Yet?

This time of year I find myself wanting to get out in the garden after months of cold weather has forced me to stay indoors.  I've been packing away holiday decorations and doing some reorganizing but I don't enjoy those activities as much as gardening.   I even helped my Mom with a small indoor garden to make her feel more at home.

    So what else is a girl to do but go online and start planning for the coming season!  I love watching the Garden Answer on You Tube and searching the Proven Winner's website.  There are so many new plant introductions coming to nurseries this year.  It's fun to find some of the best selections for my zone 7 garden and figure out where I can use them.   I love planning out my garden with tried and true varieties that can take our temperature extremes here in Oklahoma.

I'm planting more and more in pots so I can enjoy them on the patio.  I find myself looking for hummingbird favorites for my patio pots so I can enjoy them closeup. 
I know they love salvias, especially 'Black and Blue' and 'Lady in Red'.  

Black and Blue Salvia

These salvias are my favorites too because 'Lady in Red' reseeds easily and 'Black and Blue' is a perennial and is deep blue.   They take the heat and humidity that we get here in July and August when so many plants seem to struggle.

Lady-in-Red Salvia 

They love red pentas too and I have found them to be an almost fool-proof plant.

I want to include a few more hydrangeas this year but I'm only going to purchase varieties that bloom on new wood.
Our late frosts are so common and last year the only hydrangeas that bloomed well were my 'Little Lime' variety.  They can take a lot of sun and I love their small compact size.

I'm getting impatient for Spring and keep bringing home flowers from the grocery store to brighten our home.
I'm so thankful that my favorites can be easily found for a reasonable price.

Two blue hydrangeas easily fill a vase.

I'm counting the days until Spring and my husband has purchased a small gazebo style greenhouse for me and I'm so excited to have a place to start seeds and
 overwinter plants next winter.  

I hope to take pictures of the progress from start to finish. He purchased a kit and will be assembling it himself so it will take awhile and I'm sure I'll have to get in
 the middle of it.

Wish us luck!


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Playing with Dishes

I love this season and unpacking my Christmas dishes is always fun!   This year I found a black and white runner at Kirklands to coordinate with my Mud Pie plates in the dining room.   

I decided to make a new centerpiece with things I had on hand.  I purchased the feather trees several years ago and haven't really used them much but I thought they would make a new centerpiece.  I used my dough bowl, added seasonal garlands, ornaments and a black and 
white gingham bow.  It's fun and unique.  

My mother gave me the poinsettia dishes years ago and I chose them to set the table for my son's birthday dinner.

Mom has enjoyed helping me decorate our home for the holidays this year.  Now that she lives here we are not traveling to Florida for the holidays.  I do miss the Florida coast this time of year but it's nice to be home for the holidays and I'm decorating nearly
 every room in the house.

I hope to be finished with decorating and cleaning the house top to bottom this weekend.

Hope you all are enjoying the holidays and decorating your homes.  I love visiting and getting inspiration.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Seasons Change

I can't believe it has been nearly seven months since I've written a blog post!  I certainly didn't mean to be gone for so long, but life happens. 

This past June my mother's health took a turn for the worst and after several repeated hospitalizations and the lack of adequate care in the facility where she was living, we decided to move her from Florida 
to our home in Oklahoma.   Trying to manage and take care of her long distance became almost impossible and 
was very stressful. 

I've been a registered nurse for 25 years and now have the priviledge of taking care of my mom full time.  I have been so pleased to see her health improve these past few months.

The good news is she is now enjoying decorating her room with her favorite blue and white porcelain pieces that she had given to me.   My father's job took them to many foreign countries and their beach home housed a wonderful collection of pieces from their travels.    

When she downsized to an assisted living facility years ago,  she gave me many things and now is able to enjoy them all again.   We did have to leave a lot in storage but hope to make a trip to Florida next year to move her most cherished items.  

Mom has a wonderful and somewhat ecletic style...beach cottage coastal with lots of Asian accents.  Shades of blue are her favorite colors because they remind her of the beautiful beaches and water colors along the Emerald Coast. 

  She and my father lived at their beach home near Destin, Florida for many years and our family has so many wonderful memories there. 

She "supervised and directed" the decorations of her

Christmas tree.  She chose blue, white and silver bulbs with a few beach inspired items in the mix.

  We are enjoying spending the holiday season together.  Shopping, going to lunch and getting her hair done are things she really enjoys.   I'm so very grateful that I have been able to care and spend time with her
 these past 6 months and hope we have many more holiday seasons together.