I searched the barn for an old scrap piece of lumber,
grabbed my pruners and headed for the brush pile
that I had created a couple of weeks ago
of prunings from some Rhododendrons
and a couple of Buddleia.
Finding several pieces of trimmings about the same
size, (I used the Buddleia branches)
I snipped pieces to form the letters
and laid them out to get the spacing
and height that pleased me.
After nailing the smaller pieces to the board
to form the word,
I took some larger and longer branches to
frame the board.
Finally, after nailing it all together
(and replacing many pieces that split
as they were nailed to the board),
I have a nice rustic sign to
*Welcome* friends and family
to my garden!
If you would like to make one for your garden, here is what you will need: 1 weathered board ~ Several twigs and branches (I liked ones with interesting bark and shapes) ~ pruners for trimming branches to size ~ Hammer and small nails ~*~
A little break in the weather had me itching to get
outside and do something!
I just received my garden seed order
so decided to play out in my greenhouse.
When ever I head outside,
my trusty sidekick, Harley (cat)
tags along for the adventure. There is always
some fun to be had for him.
Today was no different ~ as I pulled dried
weeds and old broken pots from inside
the greenhouse and outside,
one of our roosters found him
to be quite interesting!
As Harley reclined in the wagon
supervising my efforts,
Taz hopped into the wagon with
Harley to try to convince him
that the lovely weeds
would make a much finer nest than
the bare wooden bottom of the wagon!
Harley, "You've got to be kidding me, right?"
A few more weeds and a few minutes later, Fly and his girl added to the merriment! Harley began to get a bit miffed at the intrusions upon his leisure time. He said I could continue entertaining these jokers without his support and headed to the barn were his presence would be more fully appreciated ~ helping the Gentleman Farmer build me a couple of seed benches for the greenhouse. These benches will be topped off with some sturdy hardware cloth (wire) to hold these newly planted up trays. Anise Hyssop for teas, potpourri, and gifts to the neighbors bees! Four kinds of heirloom tomatoes, hot peppers, and broccoli.
Sweet Meat Hubbard squash, Carnival Acorn Squash
and Rouges Vif D'Etampes (Cinderella) Pumpkins!
Queen of Sheba
Large Leaf Italian Basil
And trying Grandma's way of raising seeds in
eggshells ~ roots won't be disturbed. Just lightly crush the