Saturday, June 22, 2019

I LOVE MY PERENNIAL FERNS

I recently wrote about my annual ferns.  I also add texture to my garden with my perennial ferns.  As many things that happen to me, I rescued the plants.  My neighbor was removing and discarding them.  I offered to take them from her garden and plant them in mine.  I planted them along the patio garden wall.  They're one of the first of my perennials to appear every spring.

PERENNIAL FERNS LINING MY PATIO WALL
They spread by underground runners.  This year one appeared in the middle of the side path.
 I'm just going to leave the solo volunteer there.

VOLUNTEER FERN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GARDEN PATH

The ferns are pretty prolific, so I divided them and planted them in the garden near our back porch.

FERNS IN THE SIDE GARDEN
I always add architectural elements to my gardens.  You can see an iron bird bath in this garden.  I used to fill it with annual plants, but it was too much trouble to keep them watered.  One Mother's Day my daughter gave me a silver garden sphere.  I plopped it into the birdbath and there it's been for many years.  It's one of my favorite accidental additions.

SILVER SPHERE IN MY BIRD BATH

The very last place I planted the ferns was near the fence beside my kitchen door.  They weave themselves into and over the iron spokes and are a perfect back drop and contrast to the vintage fence section.

FERNS SURROUNDING MY IRON FENCE SECTION

These next images are some close ups of the ferns.  Enjoy.









If you live nearby in the Washington DC area, let me know if you'd like some perennial ferns for your garden.  I'd love to share.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

STYLING MY MANTEL WITH SEED PODS

If you follow my blog you'll know that my rough cedar family room mantel is the thorn in my decorating side.  I seem to always be re-styling it. 

The family room is right off the kitchen and is our most-used room.   Over the years it's become the orange and green room with chrome accents.  When I found a wonderful preserved seed pod, I knew it was the perfect green.  Yep, I'm giving the mantel another look.  The seed pod "branch" is about 48 inches long and mounted on  two iron rods on a large piece of recycled barn wood.  I have the option of hanging it horizontally or vertically. 


MY SEED POD

Next to the seed pod is my plaster ram.  He usually makes an appearance during the holidays when I drape some garland around his neck. 
PLASTER RAM

My stack of orange Hermes boxes tied it all together.  Since they're orange they travel around this room frequently.

HERMES SCARF BOXES

Looking in from the kitchen you can see my favorite ottoman. It's a place to rest your feet, a coffee table when I add a tray, and extra seating for a crowd.   It was an old Ethan Allen piece with some dated blue fabric.  I had it re-done with some orange Trina Turk fabric.

VIEW FROM THE KITCHEN

The oversized demijohn sports some jewelry and picks up the green.


There's more green on the chrome bookshelf, the MCM chair,  and the collage art.





I've mentioned my business partner, Monica  @gatehousedesigns.  Of course we have similar tastes and we both purchased the seed pods for our homes.  She hides hers in her TV cabinet.

MONICA'S TV CABINET

What a lovely surprise when she opens the doors.

SEED POD IN TV CABINET

What quirky accessory have you added to your home?