Saturday, April 11, 2009

Plants to Plant!

It was a beautiful day today. Sunny and in the 60s. Last night.. well, that is another story. It rained cats and dogs LOL.

Several really great things happened today (besides the beautiful weather). My plants came from direct gardening and I started my hedge cuttings.

Okay so first of all, my plants finally came. I didn't get any type of shipping notice it just said "Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing then it will be shipped according to availability and proper planting time for your area" Pretty vague, right? So when they arrived today needless to say I was kinda surprised.

I received 6 rose of Sharon's (for hedge) which is in the Hibiscus family.

50 glads

1 fairy pink cushion rose,

2 hydrangea trees (still not sure how to do this).

Plus bonus plants, 4 flowering shamrock bulbs,
Although this was free I have my reservations with anything that is even
remotely like a weed. Clover, for example.

3 peacock orchid bulbs??? It says exotic (idk??)

And to make things even better I actually got everything, but the bulbs planted. Of course I also planted a Queen Elizabeth rose and I have a candy stripe rose soaking so it can be planted tomorrow. Isn't it BEAUTIFUL?!

I did start my hedge cuttings, but that post will have to wait til another day. I am pooped!

Good Night and Happy Easter!

~One of the most delightful things about a garden

is the anticipation it provides.

~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Friday, April 10, 2009

Hallelujah! He is Risen!

Today it is Good Friday!

There are no words that can ever be spoken to honestly relay the true meaning of this sacred holiday. It means so much more that we could ever understand. There is no way that we could EVER understand the significance of such a day.

This is will be day of redemption, grace, sacrifice and absolute eternal love, not by us but by the one who gave himself for us.

Easter Means Eternal Life

A perfect God demands a perfect justice;

He cannot let us get away with sin.

We used God’s gift of our free will to trespass,

So heaven’s gates were closed; we couldn't get in.
Our sin required our blood, a sacrifice,

To atone for all the wrongs that we had done.

"But I love them!" cried our Father, filled with sorrow;

"I’ll send my only Son to be the one."
Good Friday marks the slaying of our Jesus,

The unblemished lamb, the perfect sacrifice.

He took our guilt and blame upon Himself,

So we could be with Him in paradise.
On Easter morning, he came back from death;

He vanished from the tomb, the empty grave.

His resurrection means eternal life

For us, the ones he came to earth to save.
This summarizes all the Easter story

And because of it, we’ll be with Him in glory.
By Joanna Fuchs

You will never be good enough on your own for Heaven. That's why we need Jesus.

Hallelujah ! He is RISEN! Praise God almighty He is Risen!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Blank canvas, no more.

I was looking though my photos stored on our computer the other day and I found some pictures that I would like to share with you.

We changed our counter tops last year so my honey bun built counters so our old counter tops could go in the garage!

He worked really hard!

And I painted it! (I'm no Monet but I thought it was cute) Now its a perfect potting/ work counter! I love it.

This is the tree I painted (see the apples) and the baby jars for holding screws and such.

This is the beautiful brick pathway my honey installed after finding the brick on craigslist! We had to load and unload all of it! But it was worth it!

We had a lot of chipped brick so honey chipped it up smaller, then we found some stepping stones on sale at Wal-mart. Wah-lah! A pathway.

The rest of the brick- patio for the pergola we are going to build later.

~When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed

and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground

easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Just a windy day *frown*

The sun was shining in my window this morning when I woke up leading me to believe that I would be able to work out in the yard. So after getting the baby changed and putting him up in his room to play I went to feel the temperature outside. Unfortunately I was not able to actually go outside because the wind was blowing too hard. Yeah, no planting today. *frown* Yesterday I cleaned ALL DAY just so I wouldn't have anything to do today. Oh well.

On Saturday we went to Lowe's. *YAY!* I LOVE Lowe's! I was able to find my Wave Petunias! *but* They were $4 a piece!!!! Yuck. I couldn't afford that and even if I could I didn't want to pay that much. Needless to say I was very upset when we left Lowe's empty handed. Then on a whim while driving home We drove by Wal-mart. I love Wal-mart too! So I whipped that car into the parking lot, shocking my poor husband who thought we were going home. But I wanted to buy some plants! (stomping my feet right now) So we went into the garden center and BOOM there they WAVE PETUNIAS!!! Nope they weren't $4 a piece either! They were $5.50 for 6!!!! YAY! Omg I was so HAPPY! *big smile* I was positively giddy. So when we got home I got to work planting my hanging baskets with my beautiful new pink wave Petunias!

You can't really see them yet, but hopefully soon they will be overflowing!
Like this one *pray*

Then I was able to get a lot of work done on Sunday. Of course not nearly all of it, but there's always tomorrow. I finally planted those Sweet peas on the trellis, the assylum behind the mailbox (need more seed!) and planted my balsam and zinnia seeds around the driveway. Mowed the yard (it really needed it since we just fertilized), planted pink geraniums in my newly painted pink pots.

Plus my honey bun tilled the compost and peat moss into the veggie garden! Did I mention he also built me a holder for my strawberry bags in the back yard? Hes the greatest.

Ps. I would have gotten better pictures but its so cold and windy!

~The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God's heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.

~Dorothy Frances Gurney, "Garden Thoughts"