Tag: Exterior Styling

Vintage Metal Milk Crates Go Curbside!

Vintage Metal Milk Crates Go Curbside!

No, it’s not what you might think? Sadly, we aren’t getting our milk delivered to our doorstep in old glass milk bottles carted in vintage metal crates… but we can wish! It all started with a quick little thrift, and somehow I ended up with these!…

Curb Appeal. It’s ‘For You’, not just ‘For Sale’!

Curb Appeal. It’s ‘For You’, not just ‘For Sale’!

You hear so much about curb appeal in today’s world of home staging, a slower real estate market, and of course, on every social media and home improvement channel going! Don’t get me wrong, curb appeal is an absolute must if you are selling, but…

These Flowers Are Not Your Friend!

These Flowers Are Not Your Friend!

We had an incredible long weekend with awesome weather, so I was able to get out and tackle the extra greenery that wasn’t really invited to our garden plot.

Our side yard looked like this…

Overgrown Weeds

Yes, I hang my head in shame. 🙁

But it looks worse than it really was. These party crashers seriously seemed to pop up overnight!

Weeds

They look pretty in this photo, but trust me, they are not your friend!

These pretty weeds (what are they anyway?) cover the ground like a floral carpet, and before you know it, you’ve got wall-to-wall!

Well, not anymore.

Now our side yard looks like this!

Wheel barrel of weeds

Two heaping wheel barrels and this mini load later.

I know. Crazy!

And to keep the weeds down, Lush Eco Lawns will be replenishing our bark mulch with a very, very thick layer. I’d call that ripping out the carpet and replacing it with hardwood instead! 😉

How about you, are you battling the first weeds of the season? What are your weed control strategies??

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

DIY Planter Makeover for Herbs & Garden Gnomes

DIY Planter Makeover for Herbs & Garden Gnomes

Not too long ago I was given a hand-me-down planter with these little gnomes that hang off the sides. Now I know these guys are pretty cute, but I’m not so much into cutesy garden things. Don’t unfriend me for that! Okay, they’re actually kind…

DIY Your Own Cedar Swags

DIY Your Own Cedar Swags

With the weekend behind us, I’m happy to report that we’ve actually got our decorating well underway. The tree is up, the decorations are scattered placed around, and we’re down to the tweaking touches. We also got our cedar swags hung up outside. If you were reading my…

Sweet Pea Challenge: And The Winner Is…

Sweet Pea Challenge: And The Winner Is…

Okay, it’s officially fall. In Canada we’ve had our Thanksgiving dinners, and according to the weather man, the rain is on its way 🙁 It’s been a good ride, though, hasn’t it?

But, all good rides must come to an end, so today I’m going to announce the winner of the sweet pea challenge between my Dad and me. Remember my cheeky post way back in May?

Here’s the photograph I totally photoshopped to suggest this is how my sweet peas were going to grow!

After all, aren’t we supposed to ‘vision’ our desired outcome? 😉

So, I got the seeds going… set them in a container, covered them with water, and put paper towel on top. Then they went into a dark closet, and were left for about a week, but I made sure the paper towel remained moist.

This is what they looked like on planting day!

I had already planted about half of them before I remembered to take this photo!

I ended up with waaaay more than I needed…

So the rest were planted in these round pots.

My Dad is such a good sport. He didn’t think my idea to let the sweet peas climb up the lattice of the heat pump surround was such a great idea. So, he helped me out by building a proper trellis.

Complete with perfectly placed netting!

And then we sat back to see whose sweet peas were going to grow!

In no time at all mine were off to the races, looking pretty good!

Dad’s, on the other hand, weren’t doing so hot. I don’t have any photos of his progress at this point, but he was pretty sure they weren’t going to make it.

So I passed these pots of extras on to him!

One good turn deserves another, right?

While Dad’s were busy rerouting themselves (or is that re-‘rooting’? 😉 ), and trying to play catch-up…

Mine were thriving!

And then I got to make the first phone call. You know the one!

Oh yah, uh-huh…

Flowers on the vine!

Pretty, pretty flowers!

And enough to pick my first bouquet!

Oh, how beautiful they smelled! Picture a happy dance, and a little side-line gloating 😉

But then the unthinkable happened!

Look closely at the stems at the end of each arrow…

That’s right. My beloved sweet peas were grazed by the neighbourhood deer! Can I just say, they ARE. NOT. CUTE!!!

So in an effort to keep the deer out, every night hubs would lean an extra piece of lattice over the whole sweet pea patch.

And we even tried this.

Bobbex Deer Repellent

Bobbex is an environmentally friendly, chemical-free, all natural repellent that is smell-y!

But by now Dad’s sweet peas were well on their way and catching up! And mine, well… I was able to squeeze another teeny, tiny bouquet from them. So, I took this as a sign they were on the mend.

Only now, the tables were turned. Dad’s sweet peas were totally flourishing.

And he was only too happy to send this bouquet my way… can you tell?

It’s killing me to point this out, but his bouquet was about twice the size of my first pride and joy bunch! And he was picking multiple bouquets at once 😐

While Dad continued to ‘harvest’ his crop…

Mine continued to wither away 🙁

That’s right. Wither and die! So sad 🙁 🙁 🙁

Now it’s my turn to be a good sport, and announce Dad as the winner of the sweet pea challenge! {cringe, wince, choke}

Yah, that’s right. Dad totally swept this one away! I mean, look at how high his sweet peas grew! Even if mine survived, they wouldn’t have reached this height, because my trellis wasn’t even close in size! What was I thinking?

So, the wine was on me… but we shared it over a BBQ dinner at Dad’s house. That was the deal. Wine was consumed at the winner’s house, and we all pitched in on dinner 🙂

Of course, when I was leaving, Dad couldn’t resist but to send me on my way with one last bouquet!

And you know what? He’s still picking the last of his sweet peas before putting the garden to bed for the winter!

Congratulations, Dad!

And what about next year? Um, don’t even go there. Didn’t I mention, all good rides must come to an end?!

How did your garden grow this year? Do you have any stories to share… do you battle the deer where you live?

Thanks for stopping by!

Photography by Sheila Zeller

And Our Garden Continues to Grow!

And Our Garden Continues to Grow!

Remember when I posted about the Heather our neighbour gave us? Here’s a little flashback in case you missed it. The yellow circles are where we planted them back in June. And, here’s a look at them now! They all survived! You can’t see the…

Just When I Thought I Was Done!

Just When I Thought I Was Done!

I know you’re all keen to move on from the photo journey of what we’ve done outside. And I get it. Trust me, I do! But I had to share my ‘just when I thought I was done’ moment with you. See this beautiful home…

Container Water Gardens

Container Water Gardens

Water gardens.

Pink Lotus

Source: What’s Ur Home Story

I’ve never had one. How about you?

I’m loving the idea of a water garden in a container.

Container Water Garden

And from what I’ve read you can use just about any watertight container for your garden’s home.

I’m into the look of this rusty blue tub.

Container Water Garden

Source: Pinterest

And this wooden planter.

Wooden Container Water Garden

Source: Great Home Interior

For a wooden container, just make sure you insert a liner to contain the water.

Glazed ceramic containers are also a great choice.

Water Gardening in Glazed Ceramic Container

 Source: Aquascape Inc Blog

But there are so many decorative options out there, it might be hard to choose!

What do you think about this gray container?

Faux Stone Plastic Container

Source: Design Scouting

Were you able to tell that it’s actually a molded plastic pot?

I love this water garden displayed in the terracotta saucer.

Terracotta Saucer - Water Garden

Source: Pebble Path Gardens

If you look closely you can see a black liner, but if you can’t find a liner for your porous container, just be sure to seal the inside of it with a water sealer.

Wine or whiskey barrels. They are by far my favorite!

Source: John Glover

And the great thing is if they’re in good shape, they’ll already be watertight. But if not, you can also find liners for half barrels.

I’ve always thought water gardens were pretty cool, but have never entertained the idea of making one for myself. That is until now.

Source: Water Garden Guide

If I give this a go, I’m heading over to Fresh Home Idea’s tutorial to help me out.

Creating a Container Water Garden

Source: Fresh Home Ideas

And for more information I might also refer to master gardener Sandy Metzger’s tips in this article.

Creating a Container Water Garden

Source: University of California

I’d love to know what you think about water gardens. If you’ve made one, do you have any tips to share?

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Bistro Chairs Beachside!

Bistro Chairs Beachside!

The sun is shining today, so a postponed appointment from Monday has been re-scheduled for this afternoon. It’ll all make sense soon, but for now I’m just so happy to see the sunshine 🙂 So with high hopes and longing for more of that bright…