This past weekend, on a quick visit through Instagram, I came upon a gardening project that I wanted to try... courtesy of Verde Farm (the farm that Ginger and MaryAnn were born on).
I needed a little something floral to perk up the front porch of Maven Haven. Last year I planted crocks of flowers and had placed an old rocking chair on the porch.
This year I turned that old rocker into a planter.
The caned seat had become to brittle to sit upon, so I removed the caning. In the hole that was left, I fashioned a bowl made out of chicken wire. I stapled the ends of the wire to the seat and then covered the wire with a coconut liner.
Then, I filled the seat with a variety of yellow and purple blossoms (having learned in my painting classes that yellow and purple are complementary colors).
I think it's the perfect cheerful addition to the porch!
Happily, the fairies have returned to the farm. They have been flitting to and fro, encouraging seedlings and unfurling peony blossoms. They are always quite industrious. To make them feel welcome, I started rejuvenating a couple of my fairy gardens.
You may have noticed a photo of these two on yesterday's blog. It always makes me chuckle how both the dogs and the cats like to drink from the horse trough. They both have their own water buckets. I guess the horse water just tastes better! Another amazing thing is the fact that now these two can share a bucket.... where, just a year ago, the dogs could not get anywhere near Griz without him attacking them. Time has a way.......
A couple weeks ago, I noticed that the field across the street from the eastern corner of the farm was growing some beautiful red flowers.... red clover. It's a cover crop that serves no purpose other than to keep the soil from eroding over the winter and spring. On Friday, the farmer arrived with his tractor pulling a sprayer. I immediately knew what that meant. The entire field was about to be sprayed with Round-up to kill any and all vegetation growing there.
I quickly ran across the street and asked if I could cut a bouquet before they were sprayed and killed. He kindly allowed me to do so. One man's cover crop is another's beautiful bouquet!
The purple and white spotted petunia in the front of the bouquet is one that Sammie laid upon and broke off the plant. We then had a discussion about not laying in Mom's gardens!
Lastly, if by chance you have trouble finding magic in this world, just take a look at this foxglove blossom. It's nothing short of magical! I am sure that this is the work of some very happy garden fairies!