Thursday, June 25, 2009

Show and Tell Friday: Vintage Plant ~ Sedum

This plant is special to me for many reasons: it grows anywhere I plant it, it is drought tolerant, is absolutely care free, it gets pretty lavender/pinkish flowers in late summer, it is insect resistant, it attracts butterfly's and it has been in my family for generations.

My grandmother (who died 6 years before I was born) had this sedum growing in her garden. My mother took cuttings when she married in 1945 and planted then in her yard as well as other homes she moved to. She gave me cuttings when we moved into our first home and I have subsequently brought pieces to each home we have moved to.
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We can track the plant back to the 1930's and who knows where it came from before that.

In August and September I can often find beautiful monarch and swallowtail butterflies lighting on the blossoms. They also attract little white cabbage moths which for some reason my youngest daughter always called garbage butterfly's... she loved chasing those garbage butterflies :)

Recommended for full sun, I find sedum grows anywhere I plant it, including shady locations.


Funny Punster:

While my sons-in-law were playing soccer in the backyard with the little grandchildren, several of these plants were trampled. With a sheepish grin one of these young men apologetically said to me,


"Now you sedum, now you don't."


Gotta love um!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New "Old" Treasures

Remember this little table in need of a makeover? The one my husband got for $5.00 at a garage sale? A little sanding... a little stain... and a few coats of urethane and...

a very pretty piece just perfect by the front door. I am not sure what the wood is but it is a beautiful shade of reddish brown.
This sweet dresser/desk/vanity was sitting in my sisters garage as a cast off that nobody wanted. I saw it from a distance and thought it would be cute painted. She graciously gave it to me and I loaded it into my car trunk. On closer examination, I found it to be in such great shape just as it was and thought of the perfect place for it in my dining room as a sideboard with storage to boot! Now I have to find some pretty aqua drawer liner to match the rest of the room so I can fill it with crisp white linens and special serving pieces.


These hands have been most busy this week. I have repainted the living room, the up-stairs hallway and stripped the wall paper from the main bathroom (used by Abbey and house guests) and repainted it. All of these projects cost a total of $23.00 as I used paint and supplies from previous projects. I have a few details to finish and then I will post pictures...

I Come To The Garden Alone

Still in the holding pattern of clouds, rain and peeks of sunshine, there was a brief moment yesterday morning right after a shower when the sky cleared. The bright sunlight caused the flower beds to glisten as it reflected off the droplets of water. Such a lovely sight!







I Come To The Garden Alone
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.
Refrain
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
Refrain
I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.
Refrain

Monday, June 22, 2009

Little Rascals and Chicken Wire

Cute little bunny, huh?

his path of destruction my only defencephoto found here.

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