We made a cold frame for our rooftop garden a few weeks ago. A cold frame is like a little greenhouse and it's used to extend the growing season by keeping in the heat and keeping out the cold, snow and wind. We made ours very inexpensively using window well covers, metal clips and bungie cords. You can watch the video that showed us how to do it…
I’ve read several quotes by Nelson Mandela in the last day or so that were garden related so of course my curiosity was piqued and I had to learn more. I simply googled Nelson Mandela garden and a page full of articles came right up. He gardened for the same reasons that many of us do… for peace of mind, for control over what were uncontrollable situations, and perhaps for the simple joy of it. Here’s the link to a post published yesterday by the Christian Science Monitor.
In the post Kurt Shillinger, former Africa Correspondent for the Boston Globe, describes his experience living in South Africa at the time of Mandela’s presidency and his association with him as a journalist and a gardener.
“Gardening is a metaphor for life, teaching you to nourish new life and weed out that which cannot succeed.” —Nelson Mandela
May you rest in peace, Mr Mandela, in the most wonderful garden of all.
It’s the holiday season and that means it’s time to find a gift for your favorite gardener. There are so many choices and ideas everywhere you look, from your local garden center to millions of places on the internet. Here’s a few of my favorites this year:
First up, how about a pair of great gardening clogs? I’m really love the adorable chicken design. These are $36.95 here at Gardener’s Supply company.
If I were in the market for a greenhouse, I’d choose this one.
The sides are polycarbonate, it appears to vent well and it’s a nice size. I found it here at Greenhousemegastore.com for $749.00.
Look at these great garden markers! I found them on etsy for 3/$22 at this cute shop called FromArtisanHands. I think they would add a nice punch of color and they look nice and sturdy and fade proof.
After all of my planning and good intention about decorations, and centerpieces, and name tags, it came down to four simple candles arranged by my little guy, great food and my wonderful family. That’s all that really matters, isn’t it?
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day was as blessed as mine was!
Gosh I love Houzz. It is just so much fun to sit with a snack or cup of coffee for a few minutes and look over all of the ideas. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I like to make it special so I usually make place cards and decorate the table with a little twist. I need some inspiration this year so I spent a few minutes looking around Houzz.com this morning. I could post a thousand photos, but here are my favorites so far:This first arrangement is just classic and pretty. I like the way the textures of the runner and ribbon accent the shapes of the pine cones.
Beautiful pinecones and textures again, but with a little bit of glam…I don’t have a mantel but I have a server that I could decorate like this. Simple and restful… I love it! And a different take on the idea,pumpkins that were painted white. The “white” centerpieces really allow the food to shine. Candles and acorns… More white (white seems to be all the rage this year) embedded with upholstery tacks… And finally, mason jars, candles, greenery and a nice natural wood base…
At the moment I may use white pumpkins, pine cones,mason jars, candles and some greens, with some asparagus foliage for color.
I’ll keep you posted!
I didn’t think that I’d have a November GBBD post to share but I just can’t quite give up yet.
We still have a few blooms to enjoy here on the coast of New England.
Still a few knock out roses, the rest of the roses are gone. I’m really in love with this color that I chose for the front and side yards. We planted several of these recently. You’ll see more of them in the spring.
That’s it for me! Looking forward to looking at the other Bloom Day posts at May Dreams Gardens!
Hope you do too!
Here’s the link to a wonderful episode of Growing a Greener World, a national gardening series on PBS, featuring one of my favorite garden bloggers, Margaret Roach. It was so much fun to see Margaret’s stunning gardens and to listen to her talk about gardening and design. She inspires me every day! Make a cup of tea or coffee and relax and enjoy for a few minutes~ Michele