The Cycle of A Thrift!

How was your weekend? All-in-all ours was pretty darned good since we were able to capitalize on the bright spots in our mixed bag of weather!

Saturday we wandered through the Duncan Farmer’s Market, stopping in for a chat at some of our favorite stands. When we popped by Makaria Farm’s stand, little did I know a very cool story was about to emerge.

This is my friend Heather, and you might remember her from my earlier posts, here and here.

Heather - Makaria Farm

Heather McLeod, Makaria Farm

You see that little chalk board? We were together when Heather thrifted it back a few months ago. The perfect little stand. Small, fold-able  portable, well-made as in dove tail corners, solid wood well-made, and above all, farm stand functional. All that packed into one thrifted little find!

Where the cycle of a thrift comes in? One of Makaria Farm’s long-time customers and acquaintances happened to ask about the new addition, specifically, where Heather had gotten it. And when Heather said she thrifted it, the woman was able to pinpoint from where! What are the chances?

As it turns out, this little chalkboard had once belonged to her! And… she had originally acquired it on her own thrifting adventures many years ago!

Now, how coincidental is that?

I love this story. You just never know where a good thrift has been, or when you might see it again. And you can be sure, there’s a story behind every one! ;-)

Do you have any thrifting coincidences like this to share? What have you got planned for the week ahead? Any treasure seeking adventures calling your name?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wrapping Up Our Growing Season

Well, it’s definitely come to an end.

Our Makaria Farm tomatoes that once looked like this…

Have all ripened and run their course. We just picked the last of them off the vine.

And all our basil that flourished and overflowed this pot…

Has called it a season.

So I thought I’d share one of our quick and easy recipes that was a favorite with these fresh ingredients.

Tomato and Basil Salad

Tossed Tomato & Basil Salad

Ingredients:

2 or 3 ripe Tomatoes {Makaria Farm}

1/2 English Cucumber

Fist-full fresh Basil

1/3 cup Feta Cheese, or to taste

Balsamic Vinegar Sea Salt {Vancouver Island Salt Co.}

Fresh Ground Pepper

Drizzle Olive Oil to taste

Drizzle Blackberry Vinegar to taste {Shady Glen}

Drizzle Balsamic Vinegar to taste

  1. Slice cucumbers and layer in bottom of serving dish the size of a 9″ glass pie plate (should have about 2 layers)
  2. Sprinkle each layer with sea salt
  3. Slice tomatoes and layer on top of cucumbers
  4. Lightly dust with a little more salt and ground pepper
  5. Cube or crumble feta cheese, and sprinkle over tomatoes
  6. Drizzle olive oil over layers of tomatoes and cucumber
  7. Drizzle blackberry vinegar (I sometimes use raspberry vinegar instead), and a dash of balsamic vinegar over ingredients
  8. Top with fresh basil
  9. Let sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving.

ENJOY!

Is your garden finished for the season? What’s a favorite go-to dish for you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Photography by Sheila Zeller

A Little Garden Tour

I promised you a little garden tour after scattering the freshly painted terracotta pots around.

So let’s get started!

Welcome. This is the planter that greets you at the front door.

Spiky Red Star Plant, Regatta Rose Lobelia, Lavender Wave Petunia

A new terracotta pot filled with some colourful stuff! I got some great buying tips from Jean over at Flower Hill Design that you might want to check out! This is what’s in the new terracotta planter:

  • Spikey Red Star
  • Lavender Wave Petunia
  • Regatta Rose Lobelia, a little hard to see, because it’s hiding in the back.

And I’m trying something new this year, that I saw on Pinterest

The bottom of this planter is filled with 3 empty plastic water bottles. This is to help with drainage, and also to fill the planter up a bit. Did you know your pots don’t actually need to be filled with as much dirt as they will hold?

We’ll see how this goes!

At the bottom of the steps we have theses two planters.

Sweet Basil, Chives, Gerbera Daisy

The back planter is filled with Sweet Basil and Chives, and the front planter is a Gerbera Daisy. The Daisy was a gift a while back, and I’m hoping it will like this new home! Notice the rubber bin? You might remember one like it from my article, ‘Recycled Tires in Decor’.

This is a snap-shot of the new BBQ pad area with the flower pots in place…

Red Geraniums, Spiky Dracaena, Lattice Heat Pump Surround, Cement BBQ Pad

And the recently installed heat pump surround, which is ready and waiting for the Sweet Peas to be set out in front. That’s happening soon!

This is the side yard where all the weeding and planting activity has been taking place. You can see how dry this spot gets!

Rock Benches for Plants, Lily of the Valley, Full Sun Garden

The Lily of the Valley you see bordering the rocks came from my Dad. He had to thin his patch out!

Let’s take a closer look at what’s here.

This is the little garden bed by the porch you see, which we put in back in the early Fall.

Iceland Poppy, Hens and Chicks, Frosty Fire Dianthus

Hubby’s parents brought us a bunch of plants from their garden then, and the Black Eyed Susan’s got planted here. We hope they bloom! We’ve also added ‘Frosty Fire’ Dianthus, and a few Hens and Chicks.

Here’s another little planter with more Hens and Chicks.

Hens and Chicks

In the fall we also put in some rock benches for plants.

Rock Benches for Plants, Iceland Poppy, Bleeding Heart, Full Sun Plants

The middle one has a Bleeding Heart in it, which we brought with us when we moved. We weren’t sure it was going to survive, but it came through and bloomed a little earlier this Spring. And the two outside benches were just planted with Iceland Poppies.

Our friends, Scott and Julie, gave us this Lavender bush.

Lavender Bush, Purple Calibrachoa

We transplanted it to this larger ceramic planter, and added the purple trailing Calibrachoa. Eventually the lavender bush will need to be planted in the ground, but for this summer we’re going to enjoy it here.

When we moved in and got to the bottom of the weeding, we discovered some herbs growing underneath. The one in front is Oregano, and the one in back is some kind of mint, but we’re not sure what. Do you know?

Potted Herbs, Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Mint

We decided to pot up some Cilantro and Basil to join them. I love fresh Basil, and can’t wait for it to really grow!

To go with our herbs, we popped in to Makaria Farm on Sunday for their organic tomato plant sale.

Makaria Farm Organic Tomatoes

Source: Clemens Rettich – Instagram

We thought the little side porch would be perfect to grow a few tomato plants, so we bought three.

Two cherry tomato plants…

Cherry Tomatoes in Pots

On the left is the ‘Indigo Rose’ variety…

Indigo Rose Cherry Tomato

And on the right is the ‘Sun Gold’ variety.

Sun Gold Cherry Tomato

And this larger Heirloom Vine tomato is the ‘Rose’ variety.

Heirloom Vine Tomato, Rose Tomato

I’ve had this stepping stone for a long time.

Stained Glass Stepping Stone

It was given to me by my Mom when we lived on the Charlottes, and has made each move since then. And I’m thinking this is a symbol of good luck that the plants we’ve put in will survive their moves, too!

Just for fun, remember where we started way back when we moved in?

Distressed Yard, Overgrown Yard

No kidding! This is what it looked like!

And here’s one more look at where we’re at now.

Landscaped Bank, Full Sun Plants, Dry Soil

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Lily of the Valley Border, Full Sun Plants

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

I’ve joined in the fun and linked up here!

There are a ton of great projects to see, so why not pop over to check them out! Even better, join in the fun yourself!

A special thank you to these lovely hosts!.

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And now that we’ve got our planting pretty much finished up, I’m looking forward to getting back to some of my painting projects that have been on hold!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

xo

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Photos: Sheila Zeller