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Sometimes you stumble upon a great find, such as a headboard to a bed.  Recently I found one and thought to myself, it would be perfect as a plant stand.  As it turns out, I was right.  Luckily the shelves were already attached, but it wouldn’t take much to add them if needed.

As you can see it holds quite a few plants and would also be easy to move outside for the summer months.

As you can see it holds quite a few plants and would also be easy to move outside for the summer months.

 

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Everyday dose of Reality

Boy did I score big at a Home Depot today on an aloe plant.  Poor thing was huge and in a very small pot.  Actually it is 3 huge plants mashed together as will have to be separated just as soon as I get another big pot.  I have 2 but need a third for this poor baby.  It started at 40 buck, was dropped to 20 at some point.  The manager and all the garden crew have watched this poor thing sit or lay on the shelf because it is so top-heavy. I grabbed it today and the manager marked it down to $7.48 for me and the garden people were happy it finally found a home. SCORE ON THE ALOE!!!

The old store pot on the right and new on the left. I have another pot like this but still need to find 1 more before I split the aloe up.

The old store pot on the right and new on the left. I have another pot like this but still need to find 1 more before I split the aloe up.

Very happy aloe now by the window.

Very happy aloe now by the window.

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Projects & Recipes

Save those large tuna cans and give them new life as a wall mounted plant display.  Recently my friend Trina showed me a video of a street spray paint artist that was amazing.  The basic idea is to take a base, could be a piece of plywood and spray different colors of thick layers of spray paint on it.  Next you take pages from an old magazine and lay it on the paint and pull back off quickly.  The outcome is very pretty, cool and interesting.  I however, am not as artistic.  I used 3 colors due to the fact that was all I had and didn’t expect anything great to happen.  My results, surprised even me.  This is a great way to bring the outdoors in.  I might have to make a few more for little flowering plants and an indoor herb garden.  Would be perfect for me, seeing how I have 370 feet of hallways.  That could be a whole lot of plants!!!

I took a piece of plywood and thickly layered black, white and then red. But, not before I sat down an old plastic butter bowl from the recycling, to make myself a moon. Laid down pages of an old magazine and pulled them off to get a texture.  Next I added a quick layer of brown texture paint at the bottom to anchor the piece and make it more like the ground of the desert.  spray painted all the outside of my tuna cans and found a broken tree branch and hit that with black.  Next Macgyver drilled a bolt from the back and secured the cans with a nut on the inside.  I used floral wire to tie down the branch through 2 holes he had drilled for me.  Last 2 small eyelit bolts were drilled into the back with hanging wire tied to them to mount the whole shabang on the wall.  Now I only have to get myself 7 mini cactus to finish my display.

I took a piece of plywood and thickly layered black, white and then red. But, not before I sat down an old plastic butter bowl from the recycling, to make myself a moon. Laid down pages of an old magazine and pulled them off to get a texture. Next I added a quick layer of brown texture paint at the bottom to anchor the piece and make it more like the ground of the desert. spray painted all the outside of my tuna cans and found a broken tree branch and hit that with black. Next Macgyver drilled a bolt from the back and secured the cans with a nut on the inside. I used floral wire to tie down the branch through 2 holes he had drilled for me. Last 2 small eyelet bolts were drilled into the back with hanging wire tied to them to mount the whole shabang on the wall. Now I only have to get myself 7 mini cactus to finish my display.

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The Junk Drawer

Here is an update on Sierra’s sunflower garden in our front yard.  I am utterly amazed by how many blooms are on a single stalk!  There are stalks that have 10 or more blooms on them.  I have never seen that many before.  Normally you get one big bloom, possibly two.  Sierra is enjoying her flowers but she is also looking forward to keeping the seeds for next year.  She wont have to wait long.  Over the last week we have noticed the leaves on the trees taking on a yellow tinge.  The crows are getting louder and winter is just around the corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Junk Drawer

Our daughter Sierra who is almost 6 years old, has always loved flowers.  Every year no matter where we are she has to have her very own flower garden, patch or mound of dirt.  This year I took some of the rocks from around the yard and made her flower garden this past spring.  She picked out several different packs of sunflower seeds to plant.  We planted them and she has watered them almost every day.  A few days ago she was finally rewarded for her hard work and patience.  Let me just say the child has no patience.  Every day she would ask, “MOM how long will this take?”  I am thrilled they have finally bloomed so she can stop asking that question.  Sierra now checks her flowers and waters them every day waiting for the others to bloom.  So far over the last week, three have bloomed and she is over the moon excited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a story of a yellow finch, a refurbished bird feeder and unrequited love.

  Once upon a time, there stood a dreary and unpainted bird feeder.  In the winter feathered friends came to eat and socialize.  When spring bloomed the bird feeder was magically painted a brilliant yellow with a fresh white post.  OK, I painted it so it wouldn’t rot and it is bright for the birds, but will match the mixed sunflowers growing in the circle of rocks.  Anyway the wonderful color dazzled the birds that came to perch.

  One gloomy evening as the thunder rolled across the sky, sending threats of the impending storm to come, Romeo landed.  First he stood in a tree near the feeder and sent out joyful sounds into the air.  A near by dog, FANG, barked from a window sill and terrified Romeo.  He flitted to the feeder, looking around he started to peck.

  Once again he sent out spurts of lovely sounds.  Our Romeo stood proud with his chest puffed out, flapping his wings.  Then he hopped on the roof of the feeder and sang a song…to the feeder.  Romeo was falling in love.  He cooed and nuzzled the warm yellow wood.  Laying down on the perch he looked deep into the clear eye longingly.  When he looked ever closer he noticed his beloved ginormous new friend was filled with sunflowers.

  Romeo’s heart shattered in pieces so small it would take a lifetime to put back together.  And then he did the only thing left he could do with himself.  Romeo viciously started pecking at the bird feeder, a wolf in sheep’s clothing or  bird feeder in bird colors.

Alas all of his pecking and noise drew the attention of another lovely yellow finch.  Cha-Cha sat perched in the tree by the feeder and sent out a glorious chirp.  With a wink of her eye, Romeo flew off the feeder and plopped down on the branch next to his new love.  They flew away together after a few minutes.  There stood the bright yellow bird feeder, alone, so alone…males are just so damn fickle.

  But it wasn’t lonely for long 🙂

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  When we lived in Maine I had two huge flower gardens off the front of our house, and I filled them with lupines.  It had taken me a couple of years to collect them all and harvest the seeds to plant more.  I will admit they were beautiful and while in Georgia after the house fire, I missed my gardens.

This past winter I hit the mother load at Walmart.  They had gotten some of their seeds in early and I stocked up on lupine seeds.  Out side running along the gym/living room are two flower bed areas.  When this was a school they might have put something in there, but since it sat empty for almost two years before we bought it, the beds were filled with clover and grass.  Early spring the husband drug his trusty rototiller over and tilled them up for me.  Cleaning out the grass was a project we worked on every time we took the dogs out to the bathroom.  Why not clean it out while we are waiting for the dogs to do their business?  After the last frost I went out there, crawling along on the ground cleaning out the beds a little more, and planting seeds.  If they grew awesome in Maine they should grow in Minnesota right?  As it stands right now I think every seed I planted popped up.  Down side is that since it has pretty much rained every day the clover is horrendous.  The other day, once again I crawled along the sidewalk and ripped out all the clover.  Now the two beds are back to just lupines.  Some are super small and some are ten inches tall, still small by the time of year standard for them.  On our trip to Bemidji a few days ago there were some lupines on the side of the road and they are knee high easily.  Hoping mine get mature enough this year so they return next year, minus all the concrete crawling.  Then all I have to do is sit back and watch them bloom and self seed the rest of the garden.

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