Sunday, October 27, 2013

What a difference cooler weather makes


Good morning Folks ~ It’s not quite 7 a.m., still dark out, and a wonderful 66 degrees.  I turned off the a.c. opened the kitchen door to screened porch and opened a couple of windows to let the fresh, cool air in. Aaaahhh!

Thank you all for your kind comments on my ‘rigged’ arbor.  I hope it will last me a good while.  The next day it was still nice out so I went out first thing in the morning and dug up from the back of main garden, garlic vine


and sandpaper vine,

photo below from anns tropics . com

and put them in two large plastic flower pots filled with organic potting soil that I get cheap from the veggie market. One pot is on either side of the arbor.  I checked them yesterday and neither looks to have wilted from the shock of being dug up.  I’ll have to check later when it gets light out. I’ve never had flowers on my sandpaper vine and hope to now that it’s in better soil. I think I got this as a cutting in a trade a few years back.I look forward to blooms from both of these, and hopefully in the next few months.

Here’s a photo showing both vines, which I tied to the chicken wire. Sandpaper vine on the left and the garlic vine on the right. I want to plant something or other in both pots to fill in the bare dirt, I just had an idea, so I’ll show it later.


After I did the above I weeded and trimmed in front of the back shed and the wonderful shell flowerpots we ‘curbside shopped’ a few years back, 2005 to be exact, and I wrote a post about them in 2009.  May Day Flower Pots


I kept on weeding and trimming as I moved west to the storage building, called the green shed, because that’s the color it used to be.  We both knew what we were talking about when we called it that. Smile This is how it looked in May right after I did some mowing and weed-wacking.


Here’s how it looks now after weeding and moving some of the stacked iron. The tub is full of small stuff and very heavy to move, and the bucket on top of that is the same way. I’ve still a couple more things to move to the iron stack, and a small wheel to hang above the large wheel, and there are a couple of old farm implements that I need to find a place to display too.


I raked up the weeded debris from where my little ol’ Mazda died and sat after DH left this planet, then laid out a tarp to start stacking the iron.  I am going through all the iron, piece by piece, because there are some cool old garden tools, and other artistic bits that I am going to keep.  The rest will go to the scrap yard.


Here are some antique tidbits, which I am keeping.  I think they were for pipes, I’m not sure.  DH would be able to tell you, but I’m clueless. The one in the front had these two turn buttons in the shapes of ‘hearts’, well, they look like hearts to me, so I unscrewed them and brought them in.


Sweet, rusty hearts.


I look forward to puttering more outside this week,

because the cooler weather has sure made a difference

in how much I can accomplish. I feel more alive.


Well, that’s it for now.  I hope you all have a nice week.



Sandra said...

I really love your little shed, it's soooo cute. I could see myself with one like that and using it for my sewing/crafting studio.

Hope you're having a good Sunday so far :)

Hugs and love,

Julie said...

i am feeling the same way, with this wonderous weather! went to lowes last night around 8pm an could smell all of the trees, and fires out west, etc. Very nice. i got all my 5 gallon pots cleaned out and ready to plant for the season. its as though we have new super powers in this cool air!
God bless!

Deb said...

You have really been busy. What a fun and interesting yard you have! Have a great week.

Sunray Gardens said...

They are going to look lovely on your arbor. Has to be a good feeling getting all of this work done.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Jane said...

You're doing great Rainey! Just be sure not to overdo it, OK? Love those little heart shaped objects. That rusty wheelbarrow would be great for one of those miniature fairy gardens. Too bad we live so far apart or I'd buy it from you. Been looking for one to make one of the above mentioned gardens for the front yard. Something for the little ones to stop and examine on their walks.

Nancy J said...

Lorraine, lovely vines, they will climb up so well, I can almost see bright blue lobelia in the pots??? The antiquaries?? I think they might be parts of what my Dad called " Stocks and dies" and are they pipe threaders? Definitely collectors items. They deserve a place where they can be shown off, as they will have been put to much valuable use many years ago. Someone else might be able to define them better. Greetings from Jean.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Lorraine, I remember loving the 'cooler' weather when I lived in FL... It was truly a blessing!!!!

Hope you had a good week. We have been in Kentucky with friends... Had a fantastic time although it was COLD there.


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Hope you had a great day. The cooler temperatures sure would make working outside easier.

Here I Am Carrie said...

Well the cool temps here are driving me inside now. But what color and wonderful fall we have had. Just might get snow. Just hope it doen't last as I haven't racked all the leaves as they aren't off yet. Oh what treasures you probly have hidden around your place. I wish we could do a clean up here but hubby won't get rid of anything. We have a barn full of metal stuff. Do enjoy that cooler weather, but don't over due it.


Ah yes, cooler weather can make a huge difference, can't it? I'm so glad you're feeling well. Your rusty art is AWESOME! I even like old rusty wheel hubs and I bet you could find a place for them in your garden.

I love those vines. They're so pretty. I'm going to go back and read about your new arbor. Hugs my dear friend.

KathyB. said...

The rusty screws do look like hearts! You must have a great feeling of satisfaction when you can see the progress you're making with cleaning up around the shed.

I love the shell plant pots and seeing how creative you are with the arbor. Now that is a very good idea I am probably going to steal !

Annie said...

What a lot of lovely interesting "STUFF" you have out there. Nothing nicer than just being outside and playing about. Good for you!

Ilene said...

OMG, you have been busy!

I just love old rusty implements but I go in more for lard renderers, sausage stuffers, corn and bean shellers, grinders, stuff like that. That one tool looks like it might be for bending pipe, but my knowledge of stuff like that is not very extensive.

I share your feelings about fall. Hugs XOXOXO Ilene

HolleyGarden said...

Yes, the cooler weather make such a difference in being able to work outside! Enjoy it! I love both of the vines you are putting on the arbor. I've never heard of sandpaper vine. Poor thing needs a prettier name!

CommonWeeder said...

I love your shed. Every time I get a shed - or other kinds of working space - they get filled up too quickly. Great arbor and vines.

Leslie said...

So glad you've been having nice weather. You've sure gotten a lot done. Your new trellis is going to look awesome covered in flowering vines.

I really love those big pots decorated with shells, and I loved going back and reading about how you got them. I'm so glad you saved those beauties from the landfill!

Rebecca said...

As you may know, I have a "love affair" with sheds & small, unusual out-buildings. Yours are simply enchanting.

And those shell-covered pots are so rare and special...

Happy to know cooler weather has energized you for the tasks at hand. Here it is already too cold for me. Surely there MUST be a place with moderate temperature that would suit me year 'round :)