Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Walk Through the Garden

After a wonderfully delicious early crop of tomatoes followed by unseasonably high temps, our tomato plants literally bit the dust. While searching for new heat tolerant tomato bushes to replace the ones we lost, I discovered a garden center I had never noticed before. The lush setting was a feast for my eyes.

My attention was immediately drawn to this gnarly tree trunk with ferns and other plants growing on it which brought an impression of life back to it.

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Just around the corner was a bird bath with a bikini clad frog frolicking in the water.

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Colorful yellow plants were blooming at the bases of tall pines while other blooming plants encircled the trunks. Off in the distance a French door was propped against a bush. Beyond that was an unclothed mannequin which sadly I did not get a picture of. Gotta love a garden with touches of whimsy.

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A rusty winged cherub adorned this fountain.

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This replica of the famous Bird Girl sculpture from the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” functions as a plant holder. If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you may be able to see the pink and white hibiscus on the left that I bought for my garden. And they had heat resistant tomato plants so with any luck there will be more tasty tomatoes in my future.

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Thank you for joining me today.  I hope you enjoyed walking through the grounds of the garden center.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks…John Muir

Marlee

I am linking to the Outdoor Wednesday party at A Southern Daydreamer.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Two for the Money

Last weekend I went to a yard sale which to my surprise turned out to be an estate sale also.  It was the second day of the sale but I still managed to score quite a few items for the low, low total of $10.00.

My found treasures included 2 garlands, 2 tables, 2 mirrors, 2 baskets, 2 glass floats and 2 candle holders.   It’s the Noah’s Ark of home d├ęcor!

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One of the tables has already been painted and will be featured in a future post.    Here is a sneak peek at the original top and a glance at my turquoise painted toe nails.  Anyone care to guess what color this top got painted?

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The other table (plant stand?) I left just as it was because I liked the look.   It is unique in that the wooden and iron top comes off to reveal an X shaped frame.

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This adorable little table found a home next to the stairwell.   I placed a framed watercolor print on it and a small aqua colored hurricane jar that I purchased at Old Time Pottery for 99 cents.    The fake ficus insisted on being in the picture.

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To check out more thrifty treasures and all sorts of other goodies, please visit the Thrifty Treasures party hosted by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday hosted by Linda at Coastal Charm and Potpourri Friday hosted by Honey at 2805.   You can find me there!!

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Thanks for dropping by.   Hope to see you again soon!!

Marlee

I always liked the story of Noah's Ark and the idea of starting anew by rescuing the things you like and leaving the rest behind…
Zach Braff