Friday, July 25, 2014

Project Completed for Relaxing in the Back Yard

A Pinterest Board for Yellow Striped Cushions for chaises longue in the backyard can now be recycled for using up the last 4 yards of Yellow Chintz. My cushions are done.

An assortment of light summer reading: Book of Short Stories, French Primer, a favorite Garden Book, a couple of autobiographies (Ram Dass, and Lauren Bacall's first autobiography. All are fine for dipping into without having to finish the whole book.

The View: Corn crop finished except for field drying and peanuts growing.
Lawn at different heights = Tara Turf. Note the Fish at right.

Fish Sticks

Ceramic Fish swim through pots of summering Amaryllis.

Water comes from a well -- pitcher and glasses, not bottles.

Detail on the back of a cushion made from an Hawaiian
Shirt that hung in the closet for a long time, waiting.
The other cushion has real ocean pearl buttons.

I finished my morning coffee out there.

Hat and gloves are to remind.... Wear a hat in the sun, 
gloves for work. Drink plenty of water, rest frequently.

Have a great summer.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Micromanaging the Macro Garden

I'm out there every day, sometimes in the rain, looking and planning.

One Lantana montevidensis died during the winter. At one time all the Lantanas were lavender. I added a white a year or two ago. Cuttings are easy from Lantana. I filled the void where a lavender plant died with a white cutting.

Purple Heart and Lantana have commenced to twine around one another. I like the look.

As Black Eyed Susans die back and are pulled, more Madagascar Periwinkles take their place. I used to manipulate them and pull either the pink or the purple according to the whim of the season. Now I just let them grow. Next year I may try to introduce some white Periwinkles to the mix.

Notice there are some blank spaces in the mulch? They were filled this afternoon with white Lantana.

There are still some Lantana cuttings and a trio of Chartreuse Alternanthera. On the end are two Duranta cuttings that are intended for winter bloom in the greenhouse. Duranta outside is very slow this year. They've finally started.

And oh, there's some red Alternanthera and some bits of herb seedlings and cuttings.

While we're in the midst of Dog Day rains, I need to get some projects finished in the house. I managed to finish pads for the folding chaises and made a pillow cover from an Hawaiian shirt with yellow Hibiscus that hung in the closet for too long.

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