Saturday, April 17, 2010

A busy spring day

I think it is really finally spring...the trees are starting to green up and I headed outside to start some gardening.
This yellow iris in my water garden has been blooming non stop for about two weeks now. I haven't done a thing with it yet, but apparently it is happy to bloom with wild abandon.
The frogs are everywhere
You can see that same frog in this picture...
My feline inspector is making sure the fish are behaving...

He is a good at his job, you can see that the fish are behaving well.
I really love my water garden...and Diet Coke too!

There is nothing more relaxing than the sounds of the water...

I repotted all my house plants today. Rachel stayed outside with me most of the day. She has been distant since we left her in someone else's care while we were home for my dad's funeral. We have been extra special nice to her, lots of treats and playing, but she is not happy and she wants us to know it!

Can you tell cobalt blue is my favorite color?
Here's the finished product. I had two plants that I divided into a zillion pots each and
will donate them to my church's yard sale.

I got this tall cobalt blue pot from Hobby Lobby (if you look closely you can still see the tag). It was only $20 at half off. I thought it was pretty striking and my palms look really good there.
These are the baby moonflower vines--they have the heart shaped leaves and hopefully they grow up to have gigantic white evening blooms that smell heavenly. I almost always have a giant moonflower vine somewhere in the yard.
Cleaning up the deck after all that repotting took a while, but it looked so spring/summer like it was well worth it.
I have rugs drying on the rail there...and that wooden handled basket thing on the rail ledge I got at a thrift shop in Columbia for $10. I love it and will probably plant some creeping jenny in it and let it go wild!
I had a giant bamboo grove that died off last fall...usually the leaves stay green all winter, but this past year they all turned brown. So I cut them down and trimmed off the branches and plan to use them for plant stakes or pot decorations. I was also thinking that I might use them to make a trellis of sorts for my moonflower vine. I just haven't decided how I want to construct that yet, so that project is pending. There are such interesting shapes in the trunks (or is it stems?) I can't wait to do something with them.
Whew, I am tired, just think I will sit here for a while....


Deb Robertson Writes said...

Good job! Love the pink shoes.

Carol said...

What a great day!

Jenni R. said...

Thanks Ellen for commenting on my craft room! Fun to see all your productivity with the plants! I want to do a post on the cuttings my neighbors gave to me soon. We just used bamboo we found to make climbing pyramids for our green beans. I'm going to check on those free business cards too. Thanks!

chris said...

What a beautiful garden. I look forward to the day when I can devote more time to gardening. :) Love that you have a pond with fishies.