There used to be this store I would frequent that I was just crazy about. The place was housed in an old building behind one of the oldest shopping centers in this area, not easily findable and no longer a very desirable area to shop in. In fact, Bobby G. would not let me go by myself and always insisted in going with me. Some very smart person would buy all the gorgeous store displays from the large department stores when they would refresh for the seasons and sell it to the public. You could get the most fabulous Christmas decor, very unusual items, over sized items and just some wonderful stuff.........and the best part......it was dirt cheap. I absolutely loved going there. It was a hidden gem, not too many people knew about. One of the first pieces I bought was this wonderful very large tulip display container. I have had it for about 20 years now and it has sat in my living room, dining room, in the foyer holding umbrellas and canes, and now it resides at the pool, where this summer it holds a glorious display of potato plant vines and pretty Picasso petunias. BUT, then the decorators discovered this place and would snap up everything and then the prices started going up. Then the owner moved his merchandise to a downtown location and with real estate prices very high there, of course his prices went up again. These days I rarely visit the store but they do still have some awesome stuff.
The old tulip planter stands 2 feet tall and looks so pretty at the end of the pool. I love these purple petunias edged in lime green and with the chartreuse potato vine, it's a gorgeous combination. The petunia is called "Pretty Much Picasso". Now, I heard Picasso never used purple, so I thought the name was funny. Don't know if that's true or not. :) Every winter I always have a couple of sweet potatoes in the potato bin sprout. I just let them grow, then transplant in the spring. Pretty aren't they?
I seem to be really into white and green this summer. Maybe it's because of the excessive heat so many of us have been experiencing. Whatever the reason, I just love the color combination. It just screams (quietly though) cool and refreshing. Most of my garden cutting flowers are waning right now, so yesterday I just picked a bunch of shrubbery greenery and added what few flowers I could find. A nice addition I planted this past Spring from seed, were the white zinnias. Not really white, but creamy, they are the perfect accent to the bright cheerful colors of the other zinnias.
As I said, a lot of my flowers are losing their luster right now, but right behind them, about ready to burst into bloom, are the pretty pink crepe myrtles. Mine are the old fashioned kind and don't bloom until August. I also have the sweet zinnias, also planted from last year's seeds, now full of buds,..... happy reds, yellow, hot pink, orange. And then the white marigolds. Remember the post from last summer, where I talked about the white marigolds and how expensive a few seeds were? Although not a true white, I really liked them, and harvested a lot of the seeds. I sent a lot of them to my readers and am hoping to see the results of that "pass it on" soon. :) Meanwhile, here's a photo of mine snapped early this morning. The blooms are not as big as last year's and I think they are more of a mellow creamy yellow than vanilla moonlight, but I am still loving them.
I experienced the sweetest recycling this Spring and Summer. Another yard sale find was this charming concrete worn silver garden concrete dove. I found two, one for you and one for me. If interested, I listed the "you" one on my website here. As I write this I can hear the real doves cooing right now. I have a pair that nested in the big old pine tree hanging over the deck. Anyway, back to the recycling. I have my not real dove resting on a sconce on the front porch and I fashioned a "bird nest" out of various store bought mosses and even a bird nest that fell from a tree over the winter. And don't you know, the real birds have picked at that "nest" and used it for their own new nest this season. So, even the birds recycle. Now it's all stringy and pretty forlorn but I just love it!
Once again our place is full of worker bees this week.....kinda the end to what we started last summer and I hope "the end" for quite some time. The sound of saws and hammering and scraping and all manner of construction noises permeates through out the house. The deck has been showing distress signs for a couple of years now, so now it's being replaced. Our deck is quite large, approx. 1100 square feet, and was going to cost beaucoups of money to replace, so was kind of way down on the "to do" list but it was time. The good news is, now that issues such as plumbing and decking and other assorted "fun" (NOT) stuff has been taken care of, I can maybe start looking at a little renovating and replacing. In the guest half bath I would love a stone vessel sink, maybe set in an old dry sink ........sigh......I can dream can't I? :)
the workers put this tape on the back door just for me. Knowing me, even though I can full well see NOT to open that door, it's kind of like switching on a light switch when your electricity is out from a storm. It's just an automatic ingrained thing to do.
~ thank you for your kind words on my surgery last week. Bloggers are the best! It was a long day but I did great,.......I was told. :) ~
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