Saturday, October 8, 2011

Latest project and blooms

Good afternoon Friends ~ What a gray, very windy, look like rain day it has been since we got up this morning. We’ve only had a few sprinkles so far and over 3” of rain is predicted over the next few days. We could use the rain. Tomorrow is supposed to be a pretty wet day. This is how it has looked all day.


Well, today is Saturday, and I didn’t have to work like I usually do. I worked Wed. through Fri, and my boss went in today to unload the truck from the Round Top, TX show.

This morning DH and I worked on the picket fencing by the Gypsy Shed. Yesterday morning before work, we worked on the gate. We ‘curbside shopped’ this picket fencing in March of last year. Someone had cut their fencing into 20-32 inch sections when they threw it out. I was so excited when I saw this, as I love picket fencing. I had originally thought I would put it around the main garden, but there really wouldn’t have been enough for that. So earlier this year, we put up the now painted section. DH put the ball finial on top of the 4x4 post and I love it. I took this picture this morning because I thought it was going to pour all day, so wanted to get a picture of our forward progress.


We decided to do more work since it wasn’t raining, just very, very windy. Two more 4x4 posts went into the ground, fence sections were screwed to 2x4’s and two more finials were placed on the 4x4 posts. I love it and look forward to working this area as weather permits. I don’t work again until Thursday, but with rain predicted every day I think, I might not get a lot done. I need to scrub down the fencing with TSP before I paint.

It is a real joy to find stuff curbside, then put it to original use, or reuse/repurpose. We are thankful for all the ‘freebies’ we have been blessed with.


This picture was taken the other morning from inside the scullery. I was washing dishes and saw this blue jay enjoying the bath, (which needs to be cleaned out) and ran for the camera. He flew off after I took the picture.


Mexican petunia.



My favorite passion flower vine. I just love these colors and this vine is growing next to the Gypsy shed, which will have purple and orange colors on the outside. Smile




This is Mexican sage. I love the velvety green/gray leaves and the sweet flowers.


This is a little still life in my seating area at the back of the main garden.


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~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Your weather sounds like our weather but we have received the rain. Now, just clouds. I like the fence. You get the best finds! The passion flower really is blooming for you. Enjoy!

Bernie said...

The picket fence already looks terrific. What a great find! It certainly adds that special touch to the area around the gypsy shed.

Great shot of the Blue Jay. It's a beautiful bird. Your Passiflora flowers are gorgeous and your still life arrangement is delightful. I would never think to arrange things like that together!

Kit said...

I just realized how Passion Flowers are a perfect Halloween flower...LOL Such a pretty color. Love your find of fencing. I just love found objects! Kit

Debi@7Gates said...

The passion flower is just gorgeous. Your fencing is really taking shape and all for free; can't beat that. Can't wait to see the complete job.

Mrs. Mac said...

So .. that is a passion flower .. so unique .. and other worldly. I think it's the most complex flower design I've ever seen.

Your curbside treasures have found a good new home .. and add character to your yard.

Have a blessed Sunday.

Marti said...

I love the fence! You find the neatest things with your curb shopping.

I heard about the rain you are getting and hope it comes our way too. Enjoy your week (or almost) off.

Gayle said...

Your passion flowers are the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. They don't even seem real. I love the've done a lot of hard work. I think my husband has to be the king of repurposing. He does work for a recycling company afterall. I think everything we have is used!! LOL

organicgardendreams said...

Hi FlowerLady, I love that you are continuing to put new picket fence up. It will have much more impact when you have a longer fence line and will be even prettier than it is now already. The photo of the Blue Jay taking a bath is really great. It reminded me that I have to put up a bird bath in our own garden to please the birds. Just haven't found the right one yet. Your passion flowers are absolutely stunning. They will go so well with the new colors of the Gipsy shed. Have a nice Sunday!

Grace said...

Wow, what a passionate Passion Flower! I love it and your header took my breath away. The fencing, how wonderful. It looks great. Love your pretty bird visitor and the rocks around the edges of your birdbath give it real character.

Darla said...

We actually received some rain last evening here to the north of you. More predicted today I believe. Love your picket fence, yes freebies are so nice. What a beautiful passion vine!

Sunray Gardens said...

The picket fence looks wonderful! I still love that Passion vine. It's so beautiful and unique.
Cher Sunray Gardens

gld said...

The picket fence just fits your gardening style! It was a great find.

Which came first the colors of the passion flower or the colors for the shed? That is the most beautiful thing I have seen. I will be amazing next to the shed.

I wish some of your rain would work its way up here. We are getting desperately dry again.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Picket fences add special charm to a garden!
My big thanks for the Passion Flowers pictures! I think I've never seen such beautiful images of them. Fantastic!

Sissy said...

The passion flowers don't even look real, do they?? Like a beautiful Dr. Seuss invention?
I am grateful for you, too! You always seem so serene, so full of gratitude in your posts, even on rainy days with so much work to do.
Take care!

HolleyGarden said...

I just love passion flower, and it looks like you paired it with firebush - what a great combination. Your picket fence looks so pretty painted. Adorable. I think everyone would love a cottage and picket fence. Cute bird, too. Good picture - it was as if he was posing for you!

Lona said...

What a great fence! I never find any goodies like that tossed out. It looks wonderful in your garden finishing up your other fencing. That Passion flower bloom has the prettiest colors in it.I just love your Mexican petunias. Have a great week!

Darcie said...

I don't even know what word to use to describe the Passion Flower Vine...they are simply beautiful!!! We sure could use some rain up here, its been way to long again. :-( Hope you are having a lovely Monday.