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I'm never bored. If I'm not knitting or spinning, I'm gardening or reading. Always up to something!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pitch it or Paint it!

Sorry there's no "Before" photo.  I really have to remember to do that.  I've been looking at these hurricanes (there are two of them) ever since I inherited them from my parents.  They were a Christmas gift from me to my folks almost 40 years ago when pewter was the metal everybody wanted - a few years before everyone had to have a flock of ducks in their kitchens.  The hurricanes sit on a shelf in my living room that needs some accent pieces with a little height.  That said, I was getting really tired of these two. The glass was embossed with circles and lines and simple leaves.  I painted the pewter with Americana enamel craft paint (for a glossy finish) and lightly highlighted the circles and leaves with gold, metallic gold, red, white and two shades of green for the leaves.  The black and white check wired ribbon is a nod to the MacKenzie-Childs style that is too pricey for me to own even a pinch of it. I'm happy to covet just a pinch ...
                           I'm happy to participate in Stephanie Lynn's Showcase Party!



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cheap & Lazy Summer Color

It's not like I've never noticed a Coleus before.  I grew them from seed when I was first married (decades ago).  They all pretty much looked the same.  Some mangled red and green - a novelty but that was about the extent of it.  Last year I noticed "Electric Lime" in the local garden center and my eyes about popped out of my head.  I was captivated and hooked.  I even wintered her over in the little sliver of sun that comes into my kitchen.  I just couldn't let go.  Now I'm about to try it again, but with a number of different Coleus plants I bought in the Spring.  They root easily in a vase of water and they're easy to pot up.  I'll keep them going the best that I can and hope they survive the winter indoors.  In the meantime, I'll keep looking for interesting plants to start outside from seed again next year.  Hyacinth Bean vines caught my eye at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck last fall.  I loved the show and came home with some gorgeous yarn but the display of Hyacinth Bean vines planted among the Oak Leaf Hydrangea inspired me to find the shrub and the seeds as soon as the snow melted... 

A ggorgeous Coleus (name unknown but I think it's called "Penny") explodes in afternoon sun.  It passes out everyday as it's grown way too large for the pot.  I give her a big drink and she perks right up. It's about 20 times larger than when I bought her at Lowe's.

More Coleus (including "Electric Lime" that I saved from cuttings I took last summer and grew in the house all winter.)  By the time she got really leggy, it was time to start more plants and put them outside.

Nasturtiums from seed.  Did you know Nasturtiums were one of Monet's favorite plants?  I thought for sure it was waterlilies.  Who knew?

                                             Close-up shot of Nasturtium "Cherries Jubilee"

Hyacinth Bean Vine from 3 seeds in a pot with a trellis

                                                        Next year I'll use a taller trellis

Lavender Eye Butterfly Bush. Plant it and neglect it. Yes, there's a drunken bee sleeping on his back.

More Coleus and Thai Basil grown from seed (started outside in the Spring)