Picasso Tulip Vase

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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Terra said...

That store was a treasure chest for you, I can see, until they moved and raised their prices. I like the doves you found and the next yours is sitting in. Hey, your deck will be gorgeous when done.

Maureen Wyatt said...

The tulip vase is a true find. No wonder you get so much pleasure from it. I love the sound of saws and hammers when I don't have to be the one using them! ~ Maureen

NanaDiana said...

What a great piece that tulip urn is. I love it-what a shame the place got to be so high-end. It takes the fun out of the "find" if you have to pay premium prices.

Your flowers are looking good in spite of the heat...and your deck is looking not-so-good right now! I'll bet you can't wait to get it done- xo Diana

Anne said...

That is a beautiful planter.Isn't it funny how the prices change once they see dealers/vendors shopping and buying up all of there stuff.We have some thrift stores that have raised some of there prices.Guess what?Things are not selling.You would think they would learn.I too love white and green combination.I just bought some flowers at the farmers market today with creamy white and green colors.I will share those photos soon.

Sarah said...

Lynn, the planter is awesome. What a great find! Looks like the deck is going to be fabulous.

Grammy Goodwill said...

That tulip planter is quite a unique piece. I can see why you treasure it. I never thought to root my sweet potatoes - those green leaves are so pretty, and you're right - they do look nice and cool. I've never heard of white marigolds. How pretty.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Man, that was some honey hole and sounds like it was tons of fun!! Do you know your porch is the size of my whole house! Holy cow that is huge! How wonderful when it is all done!


Sueann said...

Oh to have that deck...gorgeous!
And that planter is fabulous!!

trash talk said...

The planter is Ahhh and the loss of your hidey hole is Awww!
Maybe the tape isn't for you, but more for them...lol. Like they'd ever admit that!
I'm gonna do your little trick for sweet potatoes. I love the vines trailing and the color combo is fab! White zinnias...whodathoughtit?

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

I totally enjoyed seeing your tulip pot and the beautiful plantings. You are right, they have a certain coolness to them. I love that color combination. Wow, what a great deck! And the little dove on the nest is a sweet sight as well. I'm your new follower. Hope you'll stop over at Quirky Vistas and follow too, if you like.

Anne said...

Dear Lynn, Beautiful! I finally just had to pull up the last of my Pretty Much Picassos (the heat was just too much, though I watered faithfully!) and put in some of the Cypress Vines that are coming up everywhere...:) I've just discovered your lovely blog, and am now following...
So nice to meet you!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Thanks for coming over and following, Lynn. I hope you get to go to some yard sales. Can't wait to see what you end up with if you do!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love your plants! They are beautiful!

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

Love your urn filled with such beauty. It's gorgeous.

the cape on the corner said...

gorgeous! and what a fun deck project that looks like!

Susie said...

Lynn, I love the urn. You have made it work for you. I hope you are doing well. Smiles to you, Susie

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

Love these plants! How are you?
Did I read HEAT?!!! Well...let me tell you that it has been roasting here in T.O. we even got 50 Celsius one day! Ha, ha, ha!

I also noticed that plants are not thriving anymore...heat and the Fall around the corner...
My Fall plants are the ones growing a lot!


Jen said...

I have been so out of the loop running around this summer that I had no idea you were having surgery! I am glad it went well for you and hope your recovery has been smooth!

I love your tulip planter and the flowers spilling from it are so pretty! Your plants are all looking well despite the heat this summer. I adore you table arrangement!

Hope you have a great weekend!!

Unknown said...

Hi Lynn,
Wow, it's ben a while since I have visited..sorry about that..let me pour the wine today! LOL! I am so in love with that tulip vase..you lucky gal...and I love your dove..it looks so cute on that nest! I noticed even though the deck is a work in progress I couldnt help noticing that you managed to keep a pot of flowers to keep it looking pretty..nice touch!
Oh yes, before I forget..I love your white bouquet..it is beautiful! hugs..

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

WOW!!!! You sure made the urn work for you! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! The heat has been so horrific...unfortunately my flowers do not look like yours! Here's wishing and yours a picture perfect weekend -- tons of thanks for sharing at JJ's linky party and hugs!!!

koralee said...

Just popped over here from Andrea's sight...love your urn and your blog. My flowers are just starting to look lovely as we have had nothing but rain rain rain...so the slugs have been having a feast. Happy weekend to you.

Dagmar said...

Just dropped in from Koralee's blog..to say hi! Lovely vase..green is just the sweetest color for summer don't you think?
Happy weekend!

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Lynn.♥ And, thank you for the sweet birthday wishes.

We had our deck replaced and redesigned two years ago. I know what you mean about the cost. It was shocking.

We're having thunder, lightening and heavy rains this evening. We always need the rain part.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Your vase and flowers look beautiful! I am glad your surgery went well and hope to see you next week. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

My Dream Canvas said...

Your deck is fabulous!!! I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

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