web-tree-090I have very good news.  We now carry Felco Pruners for both right and left handed users as well as a smaller sized pair for those of you with smaller hands.  These pruners are awesome.  They are made to last a lifetime.  You can sharpen them or replace parts if need be. They fit your hand comfortably so you don’t tire while using them. They have ergonomic design and cushioning to protect your hands and a notch to cut wire. They also have a groove for sap if you are cutting sticky branches like your Christmas tree.  If you are tired of replacing your pruners season after season and of dull pruners that break, these are worth looking into.  Once you have a pair you will never settle for any other kind.  They make a great gift for any gardener or homeowner or for yourself. 

 Mouse over for type of pruner, then click  on the picture for the info and prices of each one from our online catalogue. 

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Well done is better than well said.  ~Benjamin Franklin

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I have a couple of Christmas cactus blooms getting ready to open and my African violet is still showing it’s pretty pink flowers that sparkle in the light. AFrican violet

My showoffs this week though, are a dozen roses that fill my house with their beauty and color.roses

  A gift from my sweetie because he knows I need a flower fix this time of year.

 

 

 

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

Visit Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday!

mallardsHave a great Sunday!

Scenic Sunday

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Thought I would join in the fun for Vintage Thingies Thursdays~ mixing my love of plants and planters with vintage  and whimsey~  you get these really fun planters.  Nothing can make me happier than stopping at a garage sale or skimming ebay and finding one of these types of beauties. froggy planter

 My  sons both think they are “terrifying”.  The two of them get the biggest kick out of making fun of my love of whimsical ceramics.   They just don’t get it.  These are hard to find and not to many people have ones just like them. Not to mention they are a bit on the crazy side.  That’s what makes them great! bunny planter

 They may not like them now, but one day  way way way off in the future when they think back on me, I am sure that these little guys will haunt their memories for a good long time.  kitty planter

Just to get back for all their inside jokes and cross room looks, I may even have to hand them down to future grandchildren just to be sure they linger in my son’s lives for many many years.   Or maybe they will eventually acquire a bit of my good taste.  Who knows?  Anything can happen… Right?duck planter

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.  ~Mrs. C.W. Earle

 

Visit Suzanne at Coloradolady where she hosts

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It is August 21st.

Fertilizer Friday is here and things are still looking pretty good.  web-t-094

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The morning glories are bloming !  I just love those blossoms every day. web-t-0451 web-t-050

A poker plant has surprised me with a couple of flowers.  

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impatients Thanks for visiting and be sure to wander over to Tootsie’s for the links to all the other great gardens being flaunted today.

 

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A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions – so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.  ~Adabella Radici

In my garden today, I pruned, dead headed, fertilized, transplanted, watered and admired.  After a few hours of trimming, edging,  and all of the other things I mentioned, my back ached and my hands felt cramped, but my heart was full and my brain completely entertained with the beauty and calmness that a garden bw-purpleprings.  Eventhough I was hungry and tired, I gladly carried on until all the chores  were complete.  Luckily I am blessed with a husband who also enjoys being out there and making our yard and garden a haven for tired souls  that love to be “working” with nature.  When he was done with his duties, he even made dinner for us as I used every available bit of light I could squeeze out of the day- (Today was the longest day of the year).  What I realized as I was out there is that one of the things I love about gardening is that you are never quite done.  You can only do what you can today and save the other million things you think of while you are doing todays things, for tomorrow. I find myself planning next year’s  tasks while I work on this years garden.  Of course, the forementioned wonderful husband nods and web-zinniaagrees to my big plans as if he intends on carrying out every project I dream up, no matter how large it is or unrealistic it is, he humors my enthusiasm ~I love that about him! OR maybe it is because he can actually see us doing these projects in his “gardener’s mind”  and my day dreams are similar to his day dreams for our garden next year. OR it could be that while I am going on about plans and projects  he has whisked himself away to his favorite fishing stream and he is really dreaming about that “big fish” that won’t get away and he is nodding to himself that he is really going to get that new fly rod he has been wanting and… as long as we are both happy… that’s all that really matters! Isn’t gardening just wonderful?

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My heart shall be thy garden. ~ Alice Meynell

Fertilizer Friday is here.  Thanks Tootsie for hosting it! 

 roses-021Our weather has been kind of bleak  this week.  I am looking forward to a bit of sunshine so I can sit out there and take in the fruits of our labor. The vegetables are starting to take off though, so that is encouraging.  We have some peppers, lots of lettuce, buds on the tomatoes, and flowers on the cucumbers and squash.Today is gloomy and grey, but my flowers are cheery and bright so I thought I would share again this week.   I guess the rain is worth the gloom - for my plants anyway. Have a great weekend! pansy

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~Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows notthat it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.  ~Saint Basil

  

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This morning brought a break from the dreary days that rained on my very thankful plants.  My friend Linda and I woke early and followed the news of a great flower sale at our cooperative extension.  She picked me up promptly at 8:45 AM.  We anxiously approached to find a jammed parking lot and easily 100 or more waiting in line for the doors to open.  Of course we thought we were on to something.  What a surprise to find an auditorium filled with tons of perennials and plants that aren’t often found in local nurseries.  Very exciting until the crowds made it almost impossible to maneuver among the alphabetized tables full of perennials.  Luckily we are quick and made our way through with out fainting.  After finally getting outside to make our purchases, we happily loaded our prizes into the car and headed on down the road to a nice quiet flower market without any crowds.  Needless to say we once again loaded up the car with wonderful flowers.  We have decided that we aren’t allowed in another flower stand this year.  Both of us are creating new beds and were in need of many many plants.  We have them now.  (Remind me of that if I mention any more shopping for flowers.)

 The flower sale was great, unfortunately I mixed up all the little sticks that tell you what the plants were so I will have to wait until they bloom and figure that out.  Just a small detail I overlooked in my zealous efforts to plant them all.  Oh well, I like a mystery.

wveggies My vegetables seem to be growing nicely as well as most of my other plants.  My radishes are popping up and so are my pumpkin seeds that I planted.  I put in several black-eyed Susan vines, clematis and also morning glories.   The ones without the trellises are searching for something to crawl up.  Tomorrows plan is to make sure all the climbing vines I have planted will have something to climb on.  Overall I think I am off to a pretty good start.  Just watching the weather though, they are predicting cold temperatures tonight.  I am sure there won’t be frost here in the city.  At least I am praying there won’t be.  That would be bad.

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 Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s garden tiller.

If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one. ~ Dave Barry

 

columbine3I am glad that we finally put our plants into the vegetable garden.  My husband and I did that last evening.  It’s not a huge garden, but it is big enough to keep us, and our extended family in tomatoes and zucchini all summer long.   Of course we now have many hot pepper plants.  He got a bit carried away choosing.  I guess I will have to find some good salsa recipes.  It is really nice that my husband has taken an interest in gardening.  His enthusiasm is contagious and it’s really great having so much help.

We put a soaker hose all through the vegetable garden today.  This is our first experience with a soaker hose so I will see how it goes.  It is supposed to save a lot of water and I am all for that.  It was definitely better with two of us managing the hose and the digging.  I used my Cobra Head Tool.  That really made it easier to lay it under the soil. I just love that thing.  I use it for everything.    

I have spent pretty much all my spare time out in the garden the last four days.  My knees hurt as well as most every other joint in my body. But… the flowers look good and the veggies are planted. All is right with the world.

I have had a lot of fun putting in the enormous amount of plants I bought last weekend.  I am almost ready to sit back and watch the show.  That is until tomorrow when I go outside and think of 10 new things that need to be done out there.

 

  

 

 

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu