I bought a bunch of Alstroemeria Sunday before last to put in a vase. I didn't want to spend a lot on flowers because I knew we'd be leaving even though I wanted flowers that day. I paid $3.99 for a bunch at Trader Joe's.
When we got home last night I was blown away at how they'd opened up and how such a cheapo pack of flowers looked so beautiful.
I changed the water today and here is how they look tonight...8 days later:
How is that even possible? I think this is going to be a standing flower for our home. Cheap, lovely and super long lasting. GO ALSTOEMERIA!
I was in Baltimore today and looked up and saw a guy on a roof with lots of plants.
I put the long lens on my camera because honestly...I was confused.
Dude was harvesting his veggies.
On a tiny roof.
Without rail the first.
Then...he started watering them with a hose he'd hooked onto a wire on side of his tiny roof.
I couldn't stop watching him because I was confused as to how he'd gotten out there. SERIOUSLY. It couldn't be through the window right? I mean...there was no door sure...but um...his shoulders looked bigger than the window so yeah...how'd he get up there? I didn't see a ladder or anything but his veggies were totally impressive.
And then...I looked up and he'd rehooked his hose and climbed back inside...THROUGH THE WINDOW.
I have to say...in a world where some people wouldn't eat veggies to save their life...it's refreshing to see someone go above and beyond to make sure they have fresh, organic veggies.
I mean really.
Eat some veggies. NON cooked to death or fried.
It will help your quality of life...provided you don't fall off a tiny roof growing 'em.
I have two wreaths for fall and one of them was kinda similar. Larger berries. I didn't have brown ribbon nor a random 'M' hanging around so I had to roll out to Michael's and make that happen. Not before going to their website and sending a 40% off coupon via text to my phone though. GO ME!
The 'M' was $2.99. The roll of ribbon was $8 something. I got 40% off the ribbon, came home, and got out my crafty box:
Now...yall don't know this about me...but ya girl is a sharp shooter when it comes to wielding a glue gun. YEAH I SAID IT! POP, POP!
So I tied some stuff and glued some stuff and twisted some stuff and yup...jazzed my old wreath up something ferocious for around $5 if you factor in how much ribbon I actually used.
I'm pretty pleased with it. Sure...I could have purchased another wreath EXACTLY like the one pictured but honestly...I was pretty proud of myself that I didn't and simply used what I already had. Check me out saving and ish. LOL!
Me makey wreath. Your turn! What kind of wreath do you have on YOUR front door? Have you changed it for the season yet? Do you? Where did you get it? Did you make it? Did you ENHANCE it?
Years ago I sent my sister a floral arrangement ahead of my arrival using 1-800-FLOWERS. When I got there and saw the flowers...I was STUNNED at how horrible the arrangement was. STUNNED!
I acted a donkey's behind of course and ever since...I have been TOTALLY anti-1-800-FLOWERS and go out of my way to find a LOCAL store front flower shop in areas I'm sending flowers.
See...1-800-FLOWERS is not a florist. They are a website. They spend a lot of money to advertise and get their name out there and then they take orders for flowers. Then...they get local florists to make the arrangements. They take a cut of the money from the arrangement and the local florist only has a portion of the amount paid to actually MAKE the arrangement.
So the arrangements generally suck.
Someone sent me an arrangement today from 1-800-FLOWERS. There wasn't a name on it so I didn't know who to thank so I called them to find out. They couldn't tell me who without the person's permission so they asked would I hold while they called and asked. While on hold...I tipped on over to the website to see what the arrangement was SUPPOSED to look like:
Isn't that lovely? Happy and cheerful. Simply DEEEEEELIGHTFUL! Looks like something I'd put on my nightstand and wake up smiling to all cherub-facey.
This is what I received:
Check out the funky bonus on a leaf:
Awesome they are NOT!
I called the friend who wanted to send me a lovely surprise and thanked them profusely. I then told them they need to call and get their money back because 1-800-FLOWERS didn't send me what they paid them to send me. NOT.AT.ALL! I sent them these pictures and they are MAD.ABOUT.IT! My friend asked what florist I use in my area and I told them Kentlands Flowers and Bows as I've never have a bad experience with them and their arrangements are fresh, lovely and down right magical with the longevity of their flowers.
I then told them there was no need to re-send me flowers as the thought was more than enough because that's how we roll. I'm not about to let someone I adore be taken advantage of by 1-800-FLOWERS. They get away with this crap because people hardly ever see the arrangement sent. Oh...and when they send a dozen roses in a box? UGH! GIFTS OF FLOWERS SHOULDN'T COME IN BOXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My rant is over for the day. It's been pretty perfect so far even with this blip. I shall continue on my merry, fancy way.
Have YOU ever checked up on a floral delivery from 1-800-FLOWERS or FTD.com? Were you aware of this?
I remove it from the planter once a week and take it outside and put it on a stand. Then I water it until the water starts coming out of the bottom of it. After that...I allow it to stay out there until it stops dripping and put him back inside.
Then...I bought another new plant. A baby one. The lady where I bought it said a fern would work really well in my bathroom because I don't have any windows in there. She also told me to take it outside and let it get some sun.
I read an article recently about improving the air quality in your home and how plants are VERY good at doing this for you. Turns out you need a plant ever 100 square feet of your home in order to do it to the standards of a NASA study on houseplants and air quality.
I don't know exactly how big our house is but I think it's somewhere in the 2,500 square feet range give or take. That would mean I would need 25 plants up in here for optimal use. Um...
I think I'm finally mature enough to care for plants the way they need to be taken care of but 25 of them is just crazy talk. LOL!
But...I'm going to buy more, of course, because now that I understand more about them...I want them in every room. I realize that I really like the way they look and I have a really good eye for choosing decorative planters for them which accentuate the decor I have going on up in here. I'm looking for something for our bedroom now. I want a big something and two little somethings. Maybe two big somethings. Wish me luck...I'm going out today to find some.
My mother-in-law is pretty awesome. So awesome that I can't identify AT.ALL with friends or framily who have awful mother-in-laws.
We were doing good right up until my birthday last year. And then...she tried to get cute.
She sent me a plant when everyone knows I'm the plant killer extraordinaire. She told me that pretty much anyone can keep a Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) alive and I promise you I've tried my best since them to do so.
I looked at the poor dear today and thought...enough is enough. Something needs to be done about that damn plant.
So I brought it outside.
And I took it out of the container I keep it in. Look what I found in the bottom of the container:
Well...apparently they don't like their "feet" wet. Their feet were totally wet. And the overwater/underwater process showed:
Icky dusty plant. So I cut off all the brown edges and pulled out all the brown pieces.
Then I added this BRAND NEW STUFF that's been in the basement for over a year I'm sure. Womp, womp...
Next I added water until the water ran through completely without putting it back in the ceramic pot and wiped the leaves down with a damp paper towel:
Straight up NINJA'd it:
I'm going to leave it outside overnight and then tomorrow since it's going to be another gorgeous day. I'll check it for bugs before I bring it back in. I made sure to add a reminder to my phone to water it and I'll add fertilizer to it when I'm supposed to and see how it does.
You know...in case my mother-in-law decides to visit and whatnot. LOL! Don't want her thinking I wasn't taking care of the poor plant.
Remember...this is just DAY 1. No telling how long I'll be able to keep this up. I'll keep yall posted. LOL!
Do you have any plants in your home that are barely breathing? Or is it just me? LOL!
I'm of the mind that anything around the house that I can hire someone to do...I can do myself. I've hired people to do stuff and the people who come out to do it aren't rocket scientists and I believe I'm smarter than the average bear. The Robinator, on the other hand, thinks you should just pay someone to do it so YOU don't hav e to do it.
But I like to do stuff.
So we debated on doing our deck ourselves and then we decided that yeah...we can get'er'done.
This year, instead of dropping a few hundred on flowering plants for my planters and pots, I decided to start seedlings of flowers. In the past I've only done this for herbs so I'm kinda excited to see how they turn out. I planted them on Sunday and they are already sprouting in the Jiffy Greenhouse and make me happy. I choose seeds of all purple flowers since I love purple flowers in the front of the house. I'm going to do red and fuchsia for the deck. Cool huh?
Would you do this instead of the Spring trek to Home Depot or the nursery for flowering plants to spruce up for Spring?
A delivery man accidentally knocked over the Fleur de Lis at our front door and it broke. A girlfriend knew I'd been shopping around for another one, saw this one and bought it for me.
ME LUBBY ME FRAMILY!
I decided to paint it and started doing that this weekend. This was after one coat. I added a second coat amd am going to put to it out front when I finish sprucing up the front. I think I want new planters. Something modern looking instead of traditional.
I also want to change the outdoor lantern from the builder grade one to something snazzy.
What's on your spruce up for spring list? Did you get started yet?
I love mother-daughter pictures. Especially when they are color coordinated!
This is my dear, dear, friend. She's been through so much recently and this profile shows her strength. Seriously.
Jaru is surveying the Easter egg decorating center.
The very thought of an Easter BASKET when you're 13 made E shudder so he got an Easter JAR. LOLOLOLOL!
A 13700 Easter basket!
Play clothes! LOL! #OldSkoolMama
Of course he wouldn't let me take a REAL pic of him.
My Bella. Isn't she perfect?
Another of my "Huxtable family" friends. LOL! SO PERFECT!
Don't be fooled. She has no use for flowers. LOL!
Looking like her daddy with hair. LOL!
I love her.
He loves her too.
My Becca brought me a Georgetown Cupcake. Red Velvet! Okay...so she brought enough for all. I just wanted to be special!
A tabletop terrarium! This is lavender!
Sage! I searched high and low for small pots and couldn't find any. These are sugar containers I found for $2.99 at HomeGoods. I removed the lids and VOILA! A small pot!
I only got to take pics of those who arrived super early and I'm soooooooo sorry. Everyone looked stunning in their Easter finery and I really wish you guys could see it. I didn't post mine cuz seriously...I'll be wearing it again soon. ROFL!
The food was delicious and we had a REALLY good time hanging and laughing. Truly hope you guys had the same!
I was working on the deck the other day and I saw a weird bug flying around the planter boxes. Now...yall know I'm from the country but seriously...I'd never seen a bug such as this so I snapped a few pics!
Check them out:
Dude was flitting around like a hummingbird!
So I typed into Mr. Google: HUMMINGBIRD TYPE BUG GREEN AND BROWN
I saw my first snake of the year tonight slithering across the mat in front of our front door.
I'm not a snake kinda gal but that's the price we pay for having a home that backs to preserved woods.
Yeah...life is grand tonight. Just.flipping.grand.
On a lovelier note...the neighbor I was going to speak with was pulling out her truck and she and her guy saw the snake and made sure it didn't eat me. On an "it could only happen to Monnie note" the sick Robinator heard me hollering for beheejovah and had to come see bout me.
Aw well...such is life. Guess who won't be doing any more damn gardening in the flower beds out front?
You need a layer of gravel for drainage so excess water has somewhere to sit, and a mix of top soil, manure, peat moss and potting soil. (Potting soil is actually NOT needed but I wanted to top it off with that.)
So...I've decided that I want to build a raised garden bed for my backyard to grow my favorite veggies like swiss chard, etc. I did the research, got a plan together and wrote out my list.
Then my loving husband overheard me talking about my plans and now he wants to help.
I don't know if you guys remember...but Robby and I don't work well together doing manual labor type of stuff. I remember when we were getting this house ready and he was out of town the week before we moved in. A girlfriend and I painted the entire main and basement levels.
Dude flew in and went changed and came over to the house, sat in the middle of the floor with a gotdamn BOOK on home improvements and told us we were PAINTING wrong.
We were damn near finished. His azz almost got painted gold. Seriously.
And then...there was the weekend we decided to build our own patio in our back yard. I'm SURE some of you are STILL laughing at that nonsense:
So you see my hesitancy in even STARTING this now. I was just gonna build a simple box, fill it with dirt and plant some stuff in it. Now...this dude has a spreadsheet and flowchart with footnotes and ish.
This isn't going to go well. I already know it. We aren't the type of couple that can do sweat-dirt-under-nails work together. There is gonna be MAJOR cussing and fussing and with power tools and saws and ish around...I can't guarantee someone won't get hurt.
Sheesh. I shoulda just bought the damn things hell.
Can YOU do manual labor stuff with YOUR S/O? What's the last thing yall did together?
Every Spring I spend a pretty penny planting new stuff in the beds and in the pots and planters around our home. And yes...this is even though I have a whole lotta perennials (plants that come back for a few years). Yall know I LURVE playing in the dirt because I'm way, way KUNTRY.
This year, however, I decided to try seeds and grow them myself instead of buying them from the nursery already as seedlings.
I bought some Jiffy Strip peat pots and seeds. I got the small ones for the flowers and the larger round ones for the veggies and herbs. The peat pots were $2 a pack at Walmart and you get 5 strips of 10 in the small ones and 22 round ones. Peat pots are cool because once the plant has grown to the size you want it to be before planting...you just put the whole thing in the dirt.
Planting the seeds is pretty easy because the directions are pretty clear on the back of the package and well...it's not rocket science for sure. LOL!
They are supposed to germinate in 8 - 10 days so I guess in 2 weeks I'll be ready to get the beds done up right! GO ME!
It's such a beautiful day today and I've been sitting out on the deck building a character. Lucy was out with me but you know Jaru AKA OCD Dog was NOT and got pretty pissed in tone trying to get me to understand that...say bruh...I want to come outside so you need to get these leaves off the deck hell.
After a minute or two or 53...I decided to.
By the time I put away the leaf blower they'd posted up and it struck me that they look like they would straight snap someone in half. ESPECIALLY Lucy (the debil dog).
But then...that look lasted all of 2 good minutes before they were back to their norm:
Spring is coming people! I.CAN'T.WAIT! Do you have any plants to plant in your yard or make a container garden on your deck or balcolny this year?
I know it snows where you live because I’ve seen pictures of you
in your cute cold weather thug hat (real G’s don’t do monograms), and I
know that you planted creeping jenny in your patio containers this
year. I have done the same with great success and
wonderful results and I am wondering does it over winter well in your
area and behave as a perennial or do you have to plant it annually?
Creeping Jenny does AMAZINGLY well and nope...you won't have to replant any next year. The current mature leaves will go brown but don't cut them off until you see new buds coming in the Spring. I've also found they get thicker year after year. They are definitely a plant that is well worth buying because they pay you back year after year after year!
(Just realized I haven't had my new thug wear vest monogrammed yet. Shall be doing that POST.HASTE!)
The newest addition to our deck was added today. A lovely dahlia plant. :) They make me smile. I already had the perfect pot for it that I found at Marshall's for only $7. GO ME!
Check out how nicely our veggies and herbs are growing! I can't WAIT to eat em!
I have plans to transplant the spinach and cilantro. How you ask? I'm going to go to a thrift store (yes...you read correctly) and buy a used bookshelf. I'm then going to take out the shelves, lay it on it's back and use it as a planter box. GENIUS if I do say so myself! Robby thinks I'm bat.shit.crazy but I bet he munches down on the spinach! What you think? LOL!
Robby and I have been listening to oldies but goodies all night on YouTube and HOLLARING! Dude...13700 is HILARIOUS! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! We are currently listening to Marvin Sease's hits with the lyrics and we are ON.THE.FLOOR! ROFL!
Robby: He be TELLING IT! Me: Don't he?
I bought this today:
It's an Upside Down Patio Planter! I planted tomatoes upside down and up top I planted cilantro, parsley, basil, chives and spinach. GO ME! I hope it works out right cuz if not Imma talk about a whole lotta folks! LOL!
I use these herbs the most so I figured I'd get the most out of growing these. I still want to plant some serious lettuce and zucchini so I'm thinking on getting a wood planter built so I can. I just need to determine where the best place will be to put it.
I gotta do something to protect my ish from them damn evil azz squirrels but I will. TRUST. "Squirrel Hunting."
Now yall know ya girl gets her workout on at minimum 4 times a week. I truly believe that I'm stronger than I've ever been in my life and, dare I say, I'm in REALLY good shape.
SO SOMEBODY TELL ME WHY, AFTER A DAY OF GARDENING, EVERY MUSCLE IN MY BODY HURTS! My back is KILLING me! Had I had good sense, before I came downstairs for the day I would have taken some Advil. As it stands I doubt if I walk UP those dang stairs again for a few hours at least.
My back hurts. My butt hurts. My calves hurt. My triceps hurt. WHEW!
AND I'M HUNGRY!
Go figure. If you want to get in a GOOD workout...I say do some gardening. It has dang near killed ya girl man and I am MAD.ABOUT.THAT!
I usually take it way easy on Mondays as I consider it my day off...but man...I might have to take tomorrow off too.
When was the last time YOU did some serious gardening?
She sent me these pics this morning in an email with the subject: Mrs. Greenjeans. I need new friends. Look at how FILTHY I am! That's okay...I enjoyed my day! Playing in the dirt is like being a kid with Playdoh again! WHOOOOOHOOOOO! And I still have sooooo much to do but since it's going to rain until Wednesday...I'm off. :)
You should know the zone you live in before you start deciding on what plants to purchase. Also...you need to know how much sunlight the area you are planting in gets. Keep this information handy when shopping for plants and you won't go wrong and waste money.
I'm pretty serious about our flower beds. I like them to look nice and I plan out the plantings so I get lots of color throughout Spring and Summer.
The front of our home is red brick with a black door so I find that shades of purple, white and lots of lots of green are the loveliest to compliment the curb appeal with a bit of fuschia tossed in for fun.
Our beds are CURRENTLY a hot.fonky.fried mess as they are every year immediately after the cold is gone. There are dead leaves, dead plants, all kinds of stuff that needs to be gone and I do believe this year I'm going to cut out most of the juniper. Yup...I'm ready.
I got the mulch and I'm ready to rumble...I just need the weather to cooperate with me.
I'm hoping that on Sunday I will have a good, dry day.
What about you? Do YOU do anything outside of your home? What do you have in store? What colors do you use? What variations of plants?
Robby removed one of these off our tomato plant about ten minutes ago. The damage has been done however as I may never eat another tomato again after seeing what this looks like. Just...EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! I am soooooooooo not a farmer chick.