Saturday, September 10, 2022

VOLUNTEER VINCA

I always thought that Vinca was an annual, but I've been proven wrong.  I can't believe how over the years the Vinca has been self seeding.  You can see the different colors I planted each year.  This year I decided to just go with the volunteers and they did not disappoint.   I will confess that I did divide them and spread them around the garden.  

DOG PEEKING OUT OF THE VINCA




This purple Vinca grew out of the rock wall.

VOLUNTEER GROWING OUT OF THE ROCK WALL

What "annuals" have self seeded for you?


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Saturday, August 27, 2022

MCM REFLECTIONS

This sunny afternoon I noticed that the MCM mirror layered over my dining room window created a very interesting reflection, worthy of a photo.  This first image is how the stack of books on the patent leather column base normally looks.  When I removed the plaster head I discovered the shadow cast by the mirror.


Here’s what I saw as the sun changed direction.





That was fun.

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

HUGGING A PAGODA

 Every Fall I prune my limelight hydrangea, encouraging a sphere-like shape for the Spring blooms.  Every Spring the blooms defy my symmetry attempts.  Last year they cascaded and mingled into the rhododendron.  This year they defied me again and tumbled in another direction and embraced my pagoda.

LIMELIGHT HYDRANGEA HUGGING MY PAGODA








I wonder which direction it will choose next year.

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

BRINGING MY ALLIUM INDOORS

Two years ago I  planted three Giant Allium bulbs.  The first year there was only one bloom on each plant.  They were so lovely.  They added some height and some early Spring interest to my garden.  Here's last year's bloom.  If you'd like to see the whole blog post, click  here or on the image below.

MY GIANT ALLIUM IN BLOOM

  There's another reason to love the Giant Allium.  It dries naturally. 

The first year there were only single blooms.  This year two of the plants had two blooms each.  Once they dried, I brought them in and added them to my demijohn that already held dried Allium from last year.  Here they all are together.  You can see that this year's blooms are a little greener. 

DRIED ALLIUM

DRIED ALLIUM IN A DEMIJOHN ON THE LANDING

My demijohn is the perfect vase for the flowers.

DEMIJOHN VASE





I wonder how many blooms I'll have next year.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

SANTOS OBSESSION

 I am absolutely obsessed with Santos cage figures and can always find a spot for them in my home.  I will admit that my children think they're creepy.  My relatives just shake their heads at me.  But, they do that with many things I do.  I just ignore them all and enjoy my androgynous decor.

This Santos is on my kitchen counter.

SANTOS ON MY KITCHEN COUNTER

You've seen this Santos in my foyer many times.  

SANTOS IN MY FOYER

I have another on the mantel in my sunroom.

ANGEL SANTOS ON MY MANTEL

I also have Santos busts.  This one is a bookend wrapped in pearls in my family room.

SANTOS BUST BOOKEND

There are two more in the upstairs hallway under my Audubon print.

PAIR OF SANTOS BUSTS

I consider the figure in this vintage Versace poster a modern day Santos.  

VINTAGE VERSACE PRINT WITH "SANTOS" IN MY FOYER

Would you/do you add a Santos----or two ----to your home?

Saturday, June 18, 2022

MY CAR GUYS

Before I start this post I wanted to let you know that I’ve been posting more on Facebook, 
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You long-time-followers know that my husband and my son are obsessed with old cars.  A few weeks ago we attended the local British Car Day and my husband’s vintage MGTF (1954) won first place.  Here’s the happy guy and his car.


HIS “TROPHY” 

On the same subject, my son recently found this wine bottle with a gear shift.  They both like to share that real cars don’t shift themselves.  I even bought them T-shirts with that phrase and a diagram of a gear shift.  It was a very popular Christmas gift.  Of course the wine bottle is empty, but it found a place of honor on the bar cart.

WINE BOTTLE WITH GEAR SHIFT

The stopper is even better.

STOPPER WITH GEAR SHIFT DIAGRAM    

Do you have a car guy—or girl in your life?



Saturday, May 28, 2022

SPRING BLOOMS 2022

I think my garden looks best in Spring.

LILAC TOPIARY

 I added a chippy iron bench under the lilac.

CHIPPY GARDEN BENCH

I think the allium is my favorite garden edition. 

ALLIUM

PERENNIAL FERNS


PINE AND BLUE SPHERE

PEONIES

CLIMBING ROSES


RHODODENDREN

I added some Creeping Jenny to a flower pot.  

CREEPING JENNY CLIMBING OVER THE FLOWER POT

MY FAVORITE LIME HOSTA

What's your favorite season in your garden.  

Friday, May 20, 2022

BIG BOOKS DECOR

Currently what my granddaughters call my special "Big Books" are in a corner of the dining room.  I always use books as risers and these oversized ones are the best. 

MY BIG BOOKS

COPPER DEMIJOHN DRAPED IN VINTAGE ROSARIES

These books are new with matching spines and art---just different sizes.

MATCHING SPINES AND COVERS

I added the copper ribbon many Christmases ago.  It was too perfect to not use all year round.  
It never left the demijohn.

DANGLING COPPER RIBBON

The rosary collection began at a white elephant sale at my home town church.

VINTAGE ROSARY COLLECTION

BOOK COVERS

LOVE THE ITALIAN SCRIPT

The top book was created by adding a new spine and cover to a discontinued art book.  The artist buys close outs from publishers and repurposes them.

TITLE PAGE

PEEK INSIDE THE BOOK

I've saved the BEST for last.  The bottom book is blank pages.  I've filled the pages with my granddaughters' artwork.  This is some of the artwork they made for my birthday.  The book is filled with all their creations.  Every visit always includes some art additions to "Grandma's Big Book"





Do you decorate with "Big Books"?