Signs Of Spring!

The weather in the last week here in SW Colorado has been wonderful and our thoughts are turning to our gardens.  Two weeks ago I wrote a spring to do list in the Bees and Chicks blog and I thought I’d share it here.  Let’s cross our fingers and hope for more gorgeous weather so we can step into our gardens and get our hands dirty for some much needed garden therapy!  Garden Journal — Spring To Do list.

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Rustic Farm Table

One of my projects this week was to apply a coat of wax to the kitchen table that Ray built me a few Christmas’s ago. It’s a Farm Table style with bread board ends.

The wood for the table top was salvaged from a renovation here in Colorado. The thick 2′ x 12′ rafters are made of rough-finished Douglas Fir. The Pine legs are from back East. They came from a staircase of a hotel that was knocked down on Block Island.  I’ve saved those legs for 11 years waiting for this table!  It has nail holes, dings and knots — lots of character.

When Ray brought the table up from the shop I finished it with two coats of a natural oil and a beeswax base hardwax.  It was the exact finish I’d hoped for; inviting, smooth, and begging to be touched. With every coat it grows warmer and richer in color, enhancing the grain of the wood.

I give the table a coat of wax at least twice a year.  I wipe the table down of any dirt and rub the wax into the wood with circular motions. I let the wax dry for two hours and then, using a bit of elbow grease, I buff it out with a clean old t-shirt.  The finish holds up very well to our abuse and a damp sponge is all it needs for clean up.

 

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Staircase

Ray really enjoys finish carpentry and likes the challenge of a staircase.  This staircase designed by Geoffrey Rigby-Leather of Block Island, RI was completed in May 2010.  Never got to take photos after the painters put their finishing touches on everything but it’s still quite beautiful.

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Roses in Autumn

I love the blooms of roses in the weeks before the first frost, the colors are exquisite.

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A Bag Full of Surprises!

I cannot believe how amazing the Dahlia’s look in our garden here in Colorado.  Stunning actually.  If Ray takes notice you know they’re show stoppers!

I never planted Dahlia’s here in Colorado but I did back East because they were one of my father’s favorite flowers.  I planted and dug up the tubers for the last five years.  Along the way I divided them too. Lots of work and each year more of them.  I started to dread the whole process, thirty-four survived storage this past winter!

This Spring I wrapped a few tubers up and brought them here to our garden.  I almost didn’t put them in the ground, they sat around in a paper bag for a few weeks making me feel guilty.  I finally put them in the ground before they dried up.  Placing them here and there grudgingly without much thought and threw in a hand full of Yum Yum Mix.   They must be sticking their tongues out at me now because they are gorgeous and bigger then I’ve ever seen them.  And a few still haven’t unfurled yet, I wonder what colors they will be?  I’ve lucked out so far with the variety since I had no idea what colors I grabbed. Wow!  Can you tell I’m excited?!

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More Flower Combinations-Colorado

Some pretty combos in our garden here in Colorado.

Yellow Iris with Jupiter’s Beard

Bellflower, Foxglove, Tansy and Jupiter’s Beard

‘Bonica’ Rose and Lavender

‘Iceberg cl’ Rose & Nepeta

Tansy and Nepeta

‘Graham Thomas’ Rose, Hollyhock and Monarda

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Flower Combinations

I visited Block Island recently and I took some photos of  beautiful flower combinations. The photos in this post are from my friend’s/client’s garden and in my family’s garden.

Here are a few:


Edie’s flower bed in July

Oriental Lilies with Crocosmia

Gloriosa Daisy and Balloon Flower

Phlox with Lavender and Threadleaf Coreopsis

Gloriosa Daisy with Daylilies

Gloriosa Daisy with ‘Aureum’ Tansy and Veronica

Obelisk with Bronze Fennel and Lavender.

I guess that was more than a few!  I couldn’t stop, there were so many. Next post I will show you some more flower combos, but they will be in our garden here in Colorado.  Enjoy!!




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Our Garden Is Ready To Pop!

Everyday there’s a plant with it’s first bloom, this is my favorite time of the season.  I spend every morning with my camera taking photos of each new bloom, it’s a wonderful way to start the day.Click on image to get a closer look.

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Critters Welcome!

These guys are hard at work in our garden eating bugs and they are most welcome.  Organic gardening practices keep these critters safe and hanging around.  Give organic gardening a chance to bring balance to your garden and you will be rewarded with hardworking critters and healthy plants.

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Iris’s and Daylilies

Our garden in Colorado is starting to bloom!  I spent two hours this morning taking photos of all the new blooms, so much fun.  These are just a few of the beauties I captured.

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