Monday, May 27, 2013

The Grease Can

I get lectured on occasion by the hubby if any grease at all happens to do down the drain.  I try really hard to not let this happen and I reuse tin cans.  It’s just not very pretty to have this sitting out on my sink.

My remedy:  scrapbook paper and a little tape.  I simply cut the scrapbook paper to size and tape it to the can. 

This looks so much better and it take about 2 minutes.  Very little effort or cost so I don't feel bad about tossing it when it's time.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This Year's Plants

My wonderful mother was here for the weekend and she and I hit the greenhouses – if you are in SE Kansas and want quality plants, I highly recommend TLC Greenhouse at LaHarpe and Arnold Greenhouse just west of LeRoy.  Their prices are a little higher than you’ll pay at Wally World but the plants are so much nicer – healthier

I seldom have a solid plan when I head to the greenhouses.  I just pick and choose as I go and although it does take a while for me to decide – I usually come up with some unique combinations.   

Here’s what I did in planters for the front of the house.

A rusty bottom bucket with holes had found new life on the front deck.

And this old stand washtub was just begging for plants

Sweet potato vines, vinca, Swedish Ivy - I can hardly wait for these to take off

I have one barrel that gets exactly zero direct sunlight - begoinas always do very well here.  

And the back yard . . . . .

Bright pink geraniums in an old strainer basket

More pink in one of my old washtubs with some brides veil trailing over the sides

Some pretty purple in an old graniteware pot on the patio table

And my favorite this year - more pink with wandering jew, airplane plants and asparagus fern.

linking with:  The Charm of Home, The Shabby Nest