Thursday, April 29, 2010

Things in Pots

Violet from my parent's farm planted in a reclaimed tea cup that my mom made.
The cup's handle broke so we drilled a hole in the bottom to transform it into a flower pot.

Pink Strawberry.
I'm hoping the pink blooms will attract hummingbirds to my feeder.

Ceramic egg pot and a little succulent.
Once again, thanks Mell!

Right: Before... After...

4/18/10: Weed Removal

Same day: Planted Columbines and Poppies from Donna and the Honeysuckle bush from Mellow.

My day trip to Kubota Garden was hijacked by a beautiful sunny day and the need to get my plant gifts into the ground. I'm thankful for my wonderful friends and the beautiful plants.

I've tinkered with planting window sill gardens in my various apartments in NYC, but now that I have a large yard here in WA I'm excited about testing my landscaping skills.

Brooklyn circa 2003

I still have a lot to learn about plants, but it has been fun testing my basic design skills and imagination to create a composition with rhythm, movement, and balance.

We'll see how the composition progresses through the spring into the summer and fall.

Happy Planting
xoxo Char

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

LEFT: Before... after... after... and after...

3/17/10: Removing Weeds

3/17/10: Creating a border.

4/14/10: Existing ferns poking out.
Mulch with wood chips.
Day Lily transplanted from the right side of my porch.
Nasturtiums from Nikki planted. Columbines from Donna planted.

The flowerbeds are always changing.

xoxo happy planting

Friday, April 16, 2010

Spring Shot.

Spring is in full bloom here in Seattle... Following a very mild winter, it has actually been spring like for a couple months now. Even on my return trip from WV mid-February, I felt so happy seeing polka dots of pink and white plum trees and yellow forsythia in bloom on a background of green as the plane flew into the the Puget Sound area. It was a huge contrast from the East Coast which was still in a deep freeze with temperatures dropping to the teens in the night.

Here are some spring colors that I documented in my own yard last weekend. More to come following a trip to Kubota Gardens on Sunday.

Happy Spring
xoxo Char.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Tea Doodle

Maybe it was tunnel vision from cold medicine or a little bit of delirium from a fever. We'll never know the reason for the moment of clarity I had with a tea bag last week. This is what I saw.

happy health