Sunday, October 21, 2012

MY GARDEN SHED

When I was designing my studio I knew I needed a place to
move all of my garden things that were in one big cabinet on my patio.
 Gus is the guy I always call when I need help with a project.
 I just wanted a little boxie shed over to the side of my yard.
I told him what I wanted and this is what he built!!!  
Not a little boxie shed, for sure!
When I was planning my garden shed I wanted to find a stained glass piece to go in the front.  
Gus was going to build the front straight across and I said "NO!" 
I want a peak, a place for my stained glass window.
I found this little window at an architectural salvage outlet.
I hand painted vines on the shed and hand painted a big blue plumbago.  
I painted the vines where I knew they would be mixed with 
the natural vines of my potato vine and queen's crown.
Loving birds, I had a big collection of birdhouses and hung lots of them on and around the garden shed.  I've seen the wrens going to them at night.  It is a safe place for them to be.
I built large shelves out of pine boards and they're such a good place for storage.  
All of my bird seed is in here, too.  Everything stays dry.
There is lots of storage in the rafters, too.
I LOVE my garden shed!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

EUPATORIUM, ONE OF MY FAVORITE FLOWERS

One of my favorite flowers is this purple eupatorium.  All spring and summer, the butterflies are attracted to it.  In this photo, it has just been stripped of allll it's leaves because of one certain kind of caterpillar. 


The flowers are very attractive to the migrating monarch butterflies.  So, starting in late summer, I put extra organic Medina granular fertilizer on it, so it will be really full of flowers when the monarchs are passing through.  Medina granular is the fertilizer I use spring and summer on everythng and extra on all the flowering plants throughout the blooming season.