Weekend musings....

Summer weekends are always extra special...so go on create some memories!! 


Those who are in monsoon season indulge in some pakoda and chai :)


I hope I get to bury my feet in the warm sand of the beach...


But for now I must go in the kitchen and cook for the dinner guest coming tonight :)

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Summer Garden Update 2014 - part 1


After spending many months in cold snowy weather..I get excited by the first sign of Spring and could hardly wait for my gardening season to begin. We live in town house so we don't have huge yard to fulfill my fantasy...my gardening space include front landscaping and one raised bed veggie patch in the back.
we have 3 different kind of Roses included in front landscaping and Hydrangea and Shasta Daisy tucked around veggie patch in the back but this perennial doesn't satisfy the craving I get for feel of the soil in my hand and dream of flower bed So as soon as May had arrived this year I went crazy and bought this annuals.


Even after buying this I could not stop myself and bought few Dahlia plants. I have a weakness for garden nurseries and hardly can stop myself from going inside :) Also Zinnia flowers are staple in my gardening so bought a packet of Zinnia seeds.

I had Marigolds, Petunias, Midget roses, Zinnia, Ranaculus,  Geraniums, Dahilas, Circa vine and creeping jenny, ornamental grass to work with so I mixed and match all the plants and created few containers and hanging baskets. It all has flourished to a wonderful garden now I hope you will enjoy it as we much as we do everyday.

This is how it looked when I planted initially...


and now after almost 2 months...




This is how it looks all together on the entrance...



Creeping Jenny...


Remember my DIY bird bath...




Hanging baskets with Petunia and Circa vines..


A close up...


Zinnia that I have grown from seeds...It was an absolute joy to see them grow from seeds and now producing this beauty...


Geraniums...






Sure its a lots of work too but it gives immense joy too...Sometimes its hard to find even time for watering and going out in the heat specially when house is west facing but its all worth it and therapeutic too.. Stay tuned to see how it all looks together and some before and after of the front landscaping in next part :)

Magic Of Spray Paint

This years garden is planted but before I show you that I realized that I had not shared the picture of the last years updated containers.

Below pic is of 2011 i think,we had these sad looking brown planters and afternoon sun to west facing house did no good to them so they were looking even more sad.
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So Last year I spray painted them in yellow and green combination.

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Now don't you think spray paint can do a magic :)

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 I had planted Gerbera and Marigolds together, loved the red and yellow color combination. I added Gerbera in the back and Marigolds in the front.

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I also had a black hanging basket from the one of the houseplant that had died So I did some spray paint magic :)on it too, planted Petunia and Vinca vine.

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So Are you ready to see this years garden :)I believe spray paint can transform anything? do you have any spray paint story to tell?

Upcycled Doodle Planters

I have a hard time letting go of pretty glass bottles or plastic containers. So whenever I see a bit of potential , instead of throwing them in to recycling bin I hoard them.

This year I went crazy at the garden center and bought lots of annuals. Used all of the planters I had but still had few plants left and I was also looking for some small planters to put on a patio table. So I went to look on my stash :) and found 3 plastic white containers.




They were right size, so I drilled a hole very carefully for drainage using knife. You have to be really careful because plastic can break very easily. Planters were ready but little boring so they needed something to look less plain :) first thought was to spray paint, quick and easy but then I thought of doodling with sharpie and let flowers add the colors.


Great thing about doodling is there are no mistakes. I started doodling ,it was very quick, without any forethought and just went with the flow. 


I did free hand design on two then I thought of adding geometric shape/triangles on third one, but I don't have any patience so after two rows of triangle I became lazy and quickly added few inspirational words to complete it :)


From other angle so you can see design on all sides 



So do you upcycle lot of things? Any unusual , up cycled planters you have created....would love to know :)

P.s. Bloggers app is coming really handy for lazy blogger like me. All the pics from phone and the post created using blogger app on phone :)


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