Friday, May 27, 2011

I feel like we are living in a RAIN FOREST

Having lived in Puerto Rico for three years, not too far away from the El Yunque Rainforest, I am having deja vu type feelings as I look in our yard.  Because of all the rain we have had our yard is so lush and green.  I think our flowers are the happiest they have ever been.  And my poor husband is nearly worn out from mowing.  Well maybe not.

Here are some of the pictures I took yesterday.  If you click on each picture it will get bigger and you can probably see it better.
 The chives in my herb garden are going crazy.  I should cut some!


 I love the colors in this big basket. 


This picture shows the boy planter I got a couple of years ago.  AND a "stump" planter that has hens and chicks in it. I got this last summer from a lady over in Reedsville, PA at a flea market.  I didn't have to do anything special to have them winter over.  Just left them in the stump and placed it in a corner of the house, outside.  It was a bit protected but don't know that it even mattered.  They have come back with a vengence.

 Here is the girl planter that I bought at the same time as the boy planter.  

 Here is a single Purple Iris competing for sun and space with a large group of tiger lilies.  
They will be ready to bloom after the Iris has done its thing.

 I tucked a small six pack of these little pansies, or maybe Johnny Jumpups in a planter and tucked it into a garden that is filled with black eyed susans.  They will bloom in the fall.  I hope the pansies will keep on doing their thing.
 More Purple Iris.  These are in another garden.
 and here are some Yellow Iris.  I didn't get a good picture cause they are in a shady area in the garden. They don't seem to mind the shade though.  There are more pretty areas.  I will save them for another day.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Full Tilt Boogie

If you have been following my blog for awhile you know that I seem to jump from one interest to another. I also like to take on line art classes.  A while back I took a class from Mary Ann Moss called Remains of the Day and have done two different journals using her methods.  Here are the links to the pages I did about this class:
http://agardenersart.blogspot.com/2009/12/altered-art-and-christmas.html
http://agardenersart.blogspot.com/2009/12/continuing-with-remains-of-day-project.html
http://agardenersart.blogspot.com/2009/12/we-are-going-to-have-white-christmas.html


She is now preparing a new class called Full Tilt Boogie.  Click on that title to go to her blog to learn about it.  She hasn't gotten around to doing the full description or the price yet but I will be there when it begins in June.

I have picked up a couple of antique picture albums on Etsy and have already a collection of cabinet cards from the era.  A while back I did some altered work on some.... Click here to see the pictures of them.

Here are pictures of the two photo albums I bought.  I imagine they won't look like this eventually.

 And here is a picture of a couple of pages in the above book.  they aren't in great shape but after I learn Mary Ann's techniques they should be great.


This class won't be started until some time in June,  so won't have any more reports until it does but thought some of you might like to check it out.