Spray painted these tomato cages to add a bit of whimsy in the garden with pink, lavendar, yellow, and lime green. Too cute!
Mary saw an ad in the paper for colored tomato cages that we were both pretty intrigued by. We thought…”hmmm….now that would be cute, and best of all, we get to do our favorite mode-whimsical!” But then we saw how much they wanted for them and started back pedaling. $8 a piece for Pete’s sake is a lot of money to replace perfectly good cages. Mary needed about 40 so that would have been about $360 in cages of different colors. I just needed 5, but I really liked the ones I bought last year shaped like a rectangle. So we turned into our mothers, and bought spray paint! (Remember how your mom use to spray paint EVERYTHING back in the day?) They turned out really cute!!!!!! And we added a lot of color to our garden that is without much color for some time. I love them!
God I love spray paint!
This size pot holds a 100 ft hose nicely.
Since we don’t have a sprinkler system (crazy) we have gigantic 100 ft. hoses everyplace. We have tried everything to try to hide them. This has been fruitless so far, because we don’t feel we have found a workable system for doing so that isn’t unsightly or takes forever to roll back up. I hate those hose things that you have to turn the wheel to wind them back up. They don’t work very well and are slow as can be. We had not found a solution, that is, until we went to my Mother-In-Law’s 90th birthday party that was in their beautiful yard. (It must be noted that they maintain this gorgeous goliath themselves.) As I was going in the back door, I spotted the best idea I have ever seen that they had come up with. There, sitting on their patio, was the solution! They had taken a flowerpot/container, and utilized it as the home for the hose, where they had then just laid the hose in, circling the pot with it as they filled the container. It was brilliant! It looked great! And it was fast winding it back up!
We immediately ran to our local discount garden place and found a handsome large and sturdy burgundy colored plastic container that worked well with the outside colors of the house. Reid drilled a few small holes about the circumference of a pencil in the bottom for drainage.
Hole in lower side of container to add stability
Next, he put a hole just a hair larger than the coupler on the hose, in the side, close to the bottom of the container, that would allow to snake the hose into the container. Voile’! A great solution for a problem that has driven us crazy for years. Reid used a saw hole on his drill, but his father just used a sharp knife to cut this larger hole on the side This also gives the whole thing stability and keeps it from falling over as you pull the hose out of the container through the top. If you just don’t want to mess with putting in the holes just use a heavier pot that already comes with a hole in the bottom of it. I used this lighter weight one for several weeks without the side hole in it, and it was okay, but kept falling over. I don’t think you would have this problem with a heavier pot.
My mother and father-in-law on her 90th birthday, with their great grandchildren.
Perhaps the most incredible part of this post is that my in-laws take care of their own large gorgeous yard at the age of 90 and 91. Proof that yard work is good for you! No excuses for the rest of us!!!! 🙂
Mary's chives in bloom
Is this not gorgeous? Mary’s bucket ‘o chives in full bloom. Love it! She has had it for several years, and it has reseeded itself over the years but how wonderful it is to see these tasty little morsels in full bloom.
Buy some herbs and plant them! You can justify the small cost because there is NOTHING better for your recipes than fresh herbs. Sublime! The other cost justification is that fresh herbs can be pricey. It’s so much fun to run outside and pick them when you need them. One of the true joys of summer! Even if you only have a small balcony, or just a small front porch, or a window for that matter, just use a large container like the one in the picture, and there you have it! Your very own garden of fresh herbs.
Texas Tarragon and Nasturtium
I also bought my first Nasturtium for food. Yes, that’s flowers folks. Got them from Neff’s farms at Bradley Fair ( Tuesday 4 to 7 ) along with Texas Tarragon. I love the peppery acidic taste of the blooms and the leaves, which on this variety of Alaska, reminds me of tomatoes! The leaves are a lovely varigated variety amd are so pretty. The Texas Tarragon is suppose to be hardier than it’s French cousin because of it being indigenous to Texas. I also think it’s a little sweeter. The leaf is a bit larger too. And of course, there is always basil to use with your fresh tomatoes and a little fresh mozzarella. Yum!
Portland Oregon from the Washington Park Test Rose Gardens
Just got back from Portland Oregon and the Oregon Coast so I haven’t had time to post. But I will by the end of the weekend. I will put my photo’s up too from my trip! Incredible country. If you can’t grow stuff in Oregon, you really should give up gardening….. I have got to get back there when the roses are in bloom. They are only a little behind us, maybe a week, on the spring growing season, but it doesn’t get very cold unless you get into the mountains.
It’s a really busy time of year here now that we are back in Kansas! So much to do, so little time!!! YIKES!!! I’m not the only one feeling the pressure. But at least we got a little bit of rain….1/3 of an inch on the east side of Wichita. Of course, they got more out west. Almost 2/3 of an inch is what I have heard. And the wind is howling of course. At least it’s nice on the temperature. Only mid 70’s.
I have great photos of an idea I implemented from an old tent Mary gave us. It is great in the garden! I will take pics and post. I’m kinda proud of it. 🙂