Increase Curb Appeal With A Garden For The Mailbox

Beautiful Landscaping

This past January I had a little New Year's day dinner party. You may remember this photo I posted when I shared some of the pre-party preparations which included balloons for the mailbox. As you can see, things were looking pretty sparse around the mailbox. At the very end of summer I had the front yard sodded so all the liriope that had been there was cleared from the area around the mailbox so that bed … [Read more...]

In the Garden: Daffodils and Pansies

Daffodils and Pansies Around Gas Lantern

Welcome to the 271st Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Hope it was a nice one! It's been raining here so it was a good weekend to stay inside and gets some things done around here. I just spent it cleaning and clearing out some drawers. Exciting stuff! Ha! For this Met Monday, I thought I'd share how the bulbs are looking now. Remember this picture from a post a while … [Read more...]

Shopping for a Breath of Fresh Air

Shell Candle Holders

Whew, wee! It was time to get the heck out of the house last night. I was late applying the third coat of marine varnish to the potting table. Each night before, that job had been done by 5 or 6:00 PM so I had a few hours of daylight when I could have the doors standing open in the basement.   Last night I was running way behind and didn't get that third coat of varnish on until closer to … [Read more...]

Dimensions and Cut List for a Pottery Barn Inspired Potting Table

Build a Potting Bench Table, Pottery Barn Abbott Inspired

Recently, I shared a tutorial for building a Pottery Barn inspired potting table that can also be used as party buffet server for an outdoor party. You'll find that post containing lots of detailed photos here: Building a Potting Bench Garden Table   I've had a few folks ask for more information about where I purchased the vintage styled wheels and dragonfly hooks, as well as additional … [Read more...]

Build a Potting Table, Great for Parties, Too!

Pottery Barn Abbott Inspired Potting Table & Buffet Server 25

Love! That perfectly describes how I felt when I saw this picture of the Abbott Potting Table online. Was it the orchids that lured me in, those wonderful old windows or was it that fabulous potting table? I've always wanted a potting bench or potting table.  Photo Source I was doubly smitten when I realized the table could also function as a serving table for parties! Awesome!  There was just one … [Read more...]

Ice, Ice Baby!

Ice Storm in Georgia, 2014 05

The ice is here and still falling. I think it ends around mid-day tomorrow. The birds don't appear to be coming to the feeders. I can't see the food so I'm pretty sure it's frozen up inside the feeder and not dropping down. Or maybe it's the ice on the ring where they would normally stand that's keeping them away. I put bird seed on the rails of the deck last night before turning in, but it's all iced over … [Read more...]

Build a Garden Shed From a Child’s Play Gym Set

Potting Shed Built from Play Gym Set

Welcome to the 263rd Metamorphosis Monday! Recently, I came across a Before and After online that just blew me away. Angela who blogs at UnFussy Fussiness had a large play set in her backyard that her children had sadly outgrown and were no longer using. Shouldn't it be against the law or something for our children to do that? They grow up way, way too fast! Angela decided it was time to do something … [Read more...]

Putting My Money on General Beauregard Lee

Weathering Heights General Beau Lee

Welcome to the 262nd Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Do anything fun? I don't have a big metamorphosis to share this week, just worked on getting a few things done here in the house. One was in the upstairs family room.   Each year when Christmas is over, to keep from feeling overwhelmed by the task of putting away all the Christmas decorations, I un-decorate the downstairs … [Read more...]

A Little Bit of Everything

Boxwood in Large Clay Container

It's snowing a teensy bit in Georgia today, nothing too serious although I do see the cars crawling very slowly on the road back behind my home. Think I'll stay home and not get out in it.   I wanted to give you a little update on the dovecote in the garden. I'm afraid things have gone from bad to worse.   Remember this?   I'm pretty sure it was caused by a … [Read more...]

Wildlife Visitors to the Autumn Garden

Deer in the Garden

My friend Bonnie lives in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, the state of Oregon. She and hubby Leon have a lovely home surrounded by the most amazing gardens. They share it with some real characters, too! There's Pearl who loves to remove to the top off the bird feeder and carry it as far away as possible in an effort to keep Leon from placing it back on the feeder.   She … [Read more...]