I don’t know what, but something’s growing. It came from our compost, so there are several possibilities. My first impression was zucchini, but it’s looking a bit bulbous for that now. My hope is acorn squash, although it doesn’t have the signature ridges of an acorn squash…yet? Maybe it’s summer squash…enormous zucchini? Whatever it is, the guessing is more fun than the waiting.
Tag Archives: gardening
Have you ever thought about what your garden is saying about you? Because gardening is much more than mere maintenance. It’s a form of creative expression. As dogs are said to look like their owners; the same can be said for gardens. Some are meticulously mulched; others are overgrown. There are rock gardens and butterfly gardens, exotics requiring high maintenance and xeriscapes requiring no maintenance. Some hold statues, and some invite birds. Look around your neighborhood for trinkets, treasures, jokes, and personality traits; they’re hidden in the gardens. My garden is telling the world I’m a lovable, inventive, drinker? No, recycler.
I disassembled an old 1970′s lamp and turned it into an inexpensive garden globe. It’s sitting in a bed of sweet potato vine now, but at one point I had the sweet potato vine planted in it. It trailed quickly and ended up covering too much of the globe.
And of course, there’s my garden border…
Now let me introduce you to some of my neighbors. This one has a good sense of humor.
Aww, that last one is too cute. My guess from that garden is that there’s a lot of love in that house. But I have to end with the more familiar and completely classic Florida garden stamp – the pink flamingo.
What’s in your garden? And what does it say about you?
Last night’s empty bottle of Malbec and my mother’s obsessive crafting have inspired me! The Irish sprinkler system, first discovered when my sister lived and blogged from Ireland for a year, has been upgraded again. This time with the help of two small items - glass marbles and wire from a hanging candle holder.
As I stood over the sink rinsing out the wine bottle, I started to channel my mother, the MacGyver of marbles. In the first year after discovering flat-backed marbles, she Gooped them onto everything within a ten-foot radius - mirrors, frames, hot plates, napkin holders, you name it, it’s now covered in marbles. Anyway, it dawned on me that marbles solved my earlier problem of making the plastic bottle look prettier; why couldn’t they solve this problem too? So I started shoving them down the bottle neck one by one and voila!
It may take a few tries to get the marbles positioned properly, so make sure to place the tip of your finger into the neck before flipping the bottle upside down. Then add or subtract marbles to get the drip right; my bottle is a little less than a quarter full. Positioning the marbles was easy; positioning the bottle got a little tricky. If you push the bottle into the soil, the soil clogs the neck. If you tilt the bottle on its side, you have to jiggle it every once in a while to keep the water flowing. Fortunately for me, I’m a bit of a craft hoarder and was able to pull the wire candle holder straight out of my cabinet. For those of you non-hoarders, a wire hanger would probably work. I’ll try it over the weekend and let you know. Whatever you choose, the point is to keep the bottle slightly elevated above the soil. I wedged the wire into the side of the pot to provide some stability.
Here’s the final product, and it works great! The Plumbago is now as perky as I am after a bottle of wine!
My sister is living and blogging in Ireland for a year. Her blog is Family Hiatus, and she sent me this picture today:
The subject line of the email read: Irish Sprinkler System. It’s a great idea: a recycled water bottle turned into a mini soaker hose. All you have to do is poke tiny holes in a bottle. Pins work well; tacks are a little too big.
As clever as the idea is, it needs some American flair to lose the litter look. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a huge fan of recycling in the garden:
It just has to be pretty and colorful, so here’s my American twist on the Irish sprinkler system:
The first step was to find a better bottle. Easy-there was a pomegranate tea in my fridge with a cute red heart in the logo and a mint green cap. But it still looked like trash lying around the garden, so I added a handful of red marbles to finish it off. Much better!