Sunday, October 17, 2010

Latest project, etc.

Hello Everyone ~ Hope you are having a great day wherever you are. It's a partly cloudy, warm and humid day today. We've had a few sprinkles, but that's it. It would be nice to get more, time will tell.

This morning I wanted to tackle a project I started about a week and a half ago. Progress was waylaid because I helped DH with another project for a few days, which wore us both out. All we have to do to finish my project from this morning, is dig out some dirt, cut some roots, mix up cement and fill in the area from patio up to the border.

I had done the border around the palm tree, and when DH saw that and how nice it looked he thought it would be nice to make the area around the strangler fig (ficus, not a real fig tree) smaller, and give us more patio space.

While I was outside working,
a loaf of bread was making in the bread machine. :-)

The pics below show before.

Here we have from this morning.

We curbside shopped the cement border blocks quite some time ago and I thought of using them this morning to contain this area. Then I got the idea to place the rocks that had been the old border, on top. We collected these rocks years ago, mainly from TN.
I then went around the property gathering up Moses in the basket plants and set them inside the border. When I showed DH what I had done he said, "Nice." That made my morning.
Now he gets to do the hard work of mixing and pouring cement.

The next two pictures are of the Duchesse de Brabant blooms I saw out my window this morning so I had to go out and get pictures.

Below is the basil I grew from a sprig that I rooted in water, think I'll do some more.
The yellow flowers are from my tarragon. I love this plant and love cooking with it too.
I need to get more cuttings going in water from this also.

The planter below was out in the screened porch off the kitchen when I got home from work last evening. I brought it indoors to take a picture of it.
DH had gone to a yard sale and got this for $10. It is 15 inches high and 15 inches in diameter. It reminds us of Spain, and all the pottery made there.
This one is made in Mexico.
I don't know yet what I will put in it or where it will be placed,
but I am very happy with it.


The very essence of the creative is its novelty,

and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.

Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person


That's it from Plum Cottage.
Hope you all have a great week.

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


leavesnbloom said...

Wonderful befor and after photos flowerlady - I really like what you did with those big rocks on top of the edging. I never knew you could root basil in water - thats good to know for next year :)

That Mexican ceramic has lovely rich colours and a nice design - I like that sort of thing too and it would match my ceramics collected from Israel.

Have a Blessed Sunday.

Antique ART Garden said...

Looks great, I love rocks in gardens. I really like your large planter , very nice, take care ! Gina

Nina Suria said...

It looks tidy now. One word pop up on my mind


Nina Suria

Carol said...

Plum cottage looks enchanting with your sweet paths and basil and tarragon . . . not to mention your Duchesse. I like your rocks and new planter. Enjoy the music too. I imagine you are enjoying your fresh baked bread. ;>)

NanaK said...

Your project looks like it turned out nicely. Isn't it nice to work outside in this gorgeous weather? The Duchesse is beautiful. I always love seeing your roses.

Anonymous said...

Loving what you did in the small flower bed around the tree. the spark of color is wonderful.

That pot is Fantastic. Lucky you. I am sure you will find the perfect place for it.


gld said...

I really like the neat edgings. Before and after pictures are so nice to see; they make us really appreciate all the hard work we do.

I didn't know you could root basil in water. I will be keeping that info in mind.

Don't you love the smell of bread baking? It's one of side benefits of making it.

Bernie said...

Your changes look terrific ... great job! The Moses in a Basket go so well in that spot ... and the rocks look great.

Hubbie did well choosing that wonderful planter ... fabulous pattern and colours.

Susan said...

Hi Flowerlady...Your project is a nice improvement. Rocks always look good in the garden. And, that pot...what a bargain. It's great! Hope you enjoyed that homebaked bread!

Becca's Dirt said...

Oh how I love that planter. Good buy. Beautiful bloom. Hope you have a good day.

Kimberly said...

Hi, FL! Your project looks great...very nice finishes. The Moses in a Basket looks really pretty, too. I use it everywhere I need a bit of color and ground cover. Your pot is both beautiful and a great bargain!

Morning's Minion said...

You accomplish such tidy and interesting projects in your yard!

tina said...

You've been busy and it shows. That is a very nice edge around the palm and ficus. The pot is wonderful. The color spectacular. A good buy too!

Priscilla said...

Hi FL! Your garden looks lovely. I love the Duchesse blooms, so beautiful. Thanks for stopping by and let me know how your Garlic Mashed Potatoes turn out. Have a great week! :)

Rebecca said...

The pot is gorgeous; I really like how you're defining your planting areas with the stones, etc... And am SO curious about the Moses in a Basket plants! I've never heard of them before! Perennial?

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

The garden looks so pretty. I don't think I've ever seen Moses in the basket plant before, it's really pretty. I love your new planter too, great find.

Val said...

Lovely work, and those purple-stemmed pants are really interesting. It's also great that your husband knows your tastes well enough to choose a planter you'll love so much. :)

Jeri Landers said...

I am going to start calling you the Lady of the Roses. I am so envious of them, bless your heart!
Thanks for entering into my little game, I really wanted YOU to win a book... but I didn't want to cheat!

L. D. Burgus said...

You got a lot of work done. I really like that planter. You got a great deal. I find it hard to match plants to styles of planters and sometime I just do something off the wall with them.