Current plant obsession: Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata’
A Northwest hardy broadleaf evergreen. Can be grown indoors as a houseplant.
Just a quick and silly little post. These Christmas trees are made from tomato cages turned upside down. Use tent stakes to keep the base in-place and then a zip tie works to tie the “tree top” together.
Wrap the cages in tinsel garland for a daytime look and add LED lights for the night. I added cedar garland to fill out the base of the “trees” and decorate the pot. So easy.
Oh, and we’re in Seahawks country, so this IS Christmas colors. Woo! Go Hawks.
Take away the spooky Halloween, but keep the pumpkins, hay bales, gourds, and corn stalks. Add warm colored wool blankets, ornamental cabbage planted in peck baskets, and a “Thankful” sigh to welcome Thanksgiving guests.
Garden designers: especially those of us that install many container garden plantings throughout the seasons; are you often left with a few extra annuals after installs? The “oopsies” that you had to have but don’t really fit? Or, the “better get a few extras just-in-case?”
Don’t you end up using these extra plants in your own container gardens (once you finally get around to planting your own towards the end of June)?
This is a story of my last pot: the pot of ill repute.
It starts on a rainy cold day sourounded by several weathered cardboard flats full of outcasts and a few things I bought for myself. Plants were going together really well for most of my pots. I’ve been digging bright orange for the last few years and slowly I’ve been replacing yellow with dark purple. I love it!
Now I’ve come down to the last pot. Ugg, just plant it and be done. The pot holds one random perennial salvia which won’t start to bloom till August, but whatever. Add a couple Petunia ‘Night Sky’ (awesome), and a Dahlia Starsister ‘Orange Stripes’ (How did I miss the tag showing the white stripe? Drag). Then some unknown Coleus and “Voilà.” I still have a ton of room left… Ok, in goes an Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’ because black potato vine is always a good addition. And then, two rouge Diascia barberae ‘Darla Red’ (OMG, they are soooo bright hot pink against the bold orange, royal purple, AND the white. Gasp). But wait, there’s still more room and only one garish Heuchera x ‘Georgia Peach’ (What are you thinking?), but I did it. Then I had to wait (because annuals have to grow in for a few weeks to look good, I wish they came with that as a warning on the label).
Only one word can describe the final result: bad ass.
Our Sidewalk Sale starts September 9th from noon to 6pm. 1101 A Street, Tacoma.
The sale runs September 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 29, and 30th 2016.
Thursdays and Fridays noon to 6 and Saturdays 10-5.
Tons of garden decor, antiques, vintage, bits and pieces for cheap.
On the corner of 11th and A in downtown Tacoma.
Photo run down:
2. Don’t you just love the old truck at Windmill Gardens? ❤️
3. Fall displayed in antique urns. The Urban Gardener’s pop-up for Park(ing) Day.
4. Available at the shop now, this amazing upcycled bench. Created by the lovely Dave and Cindy at The Curious Deer in Port Orchard. Photo credit: Summer Briggs from Snaps.
5. One very rare vintage duel round washtub. I picked this one up at Brimfield.
6. The last house to light for 2015. We do professional holiday lights. 🎄
7. Rusty crows perched on an antique gate.
8. Our little shop on 11th and A. ♥️Brick and Mortar❤️
9. Christmastime in the city. We always go all out for Christmas at the shop.
Thanks for growing with us. Happiest 2016 to you and yours from us and ours.