Saturday, May 19, 2018
Years ago, I purchased a very small tree that was only 6 to 8 inches tall. It was a 'Golden Shadows' Pagoda Dogwood. It had beautiful leaf color and I could see it growing in my yard. It continues to grow and get bigger in the garden and one day I hope to see it flower. I had it growing in a previous garden and when we moved, I dug it up and moved it which slowed it down in growth. It will eventually grow to 10 to 12 feet in width and height. It has been happy in its new home and has grown to about 6 feet and that leaf color just glows in the garden.
This tree makes a wonderful focal point in a garden or it can be planted in a mixed border. It is deciduous and blooms in the spring with small white flowers. This is a zone 3-8 tree that prefers moist, acidic, well drained soil and filtered light. It has a beautiful branching habit that looks great in the garden and it is also deer resistant, which in my mountain home, that is a plus!
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Here is a project that I made several years ago for my storage shed. I took an old pallet and created a storage shelf that I hung on the inside of my shed. The storage shelf has shelves to store pots and chemicals, hooks to hang tools and hats on and a small storage drawer for smaller items.
The nice thing about this project was that I didn't need to do much construction to build it. I removed several boards from one side of the pallet and those pieces were recycled into shelves and drawers.
Easy to make and great storage!
Sunday, January 14, 2018
I found old orchid pots were nice to use because of the slots on the side of the pots that become instant windows for the fairy house. Roofing materials for two of the houses was used coco liner for hanging baskets and moss for the other house. Make sure you use heavy duty outdoor construction glue to keep all pieces together and lots of imagination!
Hope you enjoy these creations. They were easy to do!
Monday, June 12, 2017
|Rain Bird Expansion Kit|
I installed a Rain Bird system. It runs from the house and down the hill winding around in two rose gardens and a perennial bed. The total system ran me about $175.00 to install and I still have extra lines and parts to install into other planting areas in the future. I purchased my system online with 250 feet of 1/2 inch tubing and two expansion kits. The expansion kits included 250 feet of 1/4 tubing, faucet adapters, tees, assorted sizes in emitters, tubing stakes, bug guards and a installation tool.
|The containers comes with lots of parts for installation and repair and all organized in a nice bucket.|
|Rain Bird 1/4 tubing stakes with bug guards.|
|The main line is attached to my faucet. I could add a timer in the future.|
I really like the system and it waters a very large part of my garden. The nice part about it is that I do not waste water on parts of the ground where I do not have plants growing. The water goes where it is needed and I can save money that way.
Friday, May 12, 2017
It has an aluminum frame with advanced 4 mm twin polycarbonate roof that reduces solar UV by 99.9%. It came with a 5 year warranty, rain gutters and a magnetic locking door. The side walls are clear and allow for 90% light transmission. The roof does come with a vent that can be opened and closed.
When it arrive by UPS it came in two boxes. One box contained all the frame pieces, screws, nuts and bolts and the other box contained all of the polycarbonate wall and roofing materials.
I am very happy with my new greenhouse. The price was good and it serves my current needs in a greenhouse. If you decide to purchase a greenhouse, always do your homework and purchase a bigger greenhouse than what you need. This is my third greenhouse that I have purchased over 25 years. Always consider the price of electrical work, heating and cooling expenses, construction and greenhouse equipment when purchasing.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Last year I received a new plant for the garden called 'Petite Jenny'. Lychnis flos-cuculi 'Petite Jenny' is an early bloomer with masses of pink flowers. This past year we were in drought and the plant did not bloom and I was hoping it would just survive the lack of rain. Now that we are into spring the rain has been good and 'Petite Jenny' really put on a show of blooms and continues to bloom.
'Petite Jenny' is a double-flowered dwarf of 'Jenny' which is an introduction from Blooms of Bressingham. The flowers are sterile and are a lavender-pink color on tall stems. It started blooming in my mountain garden in April and has been beautiful. The flowers grow on stems that are from 14 to 18 inches tall. 'Petite Jenny' prefers sun to part shade and in my garden she is in full sun. She grows in zones 5-7. 'Petite Jenny' should bloom into fall and I look forward to having her bloom that long in my garden.
The last two years have been drought and finally we are getting lots of rain and the garden is really coming into bloom. I spent the winter installing drip irrigation for the garden and now we get rain. Not complaining! The year is not over yet!
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