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May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hooked on plants

Last night as I sat in front of the TV, I used a label making machine to print out 30 names of various veggies and stuck them to some plastic markers.

Tonight, on my way home from work, I stopped by the store and bought another 30 markers, to replace some of the old markers, which have become brittle over the past few years.
I would like to replace the plastic markers with those nice rust resistant metal ones, a cost of about $30 for 100, whereas the plastic kind were 10 for $1. Perhaps next season I will treat myself to some nice new copper markers.

Yesterday I decided where I would put my estate sale find. Quan Yin is now sitting on a nice whitish colored rock, in the middle of the back fence, of my vegetable garden, facing the gate. I have created a little garden on the outside of the fence behind her, planted with sweet peas, and am hoping in the near future, it will be a very pleasing sight to stand at the entrance of my garden and see the statue surrounded by the beauty of the sweet peas as they climb the fence behind her.
When I gaze upon Quan Yin I see contentment and gentleness. When I am working in my garden, I feel a sense of contentment and well being, so what better place for Quan Yin than there with me, as I lose myself in my tasks.

Outside the garden fence, along one side and either side of the gate, I have grown starts of Bearded Irises given to me by a friend. I really was kidding myself, if I thought the puny little fence would keep the rabbits out, but so far, they seem to be indifferent to the Irises. I sure hope it stays that way.

I thought I may as well take a picture of this fern while I was wandering around the garden. It is growing towards the back of the garden in kind of dark area, and the light green of the fern really stands out and draws your eye in. Just to the right of the fern is a dark purple Hellebore, another plant I scored from a friend.

Another stop I made on my way home this evening was to buy lettuce for the veggie garden and Violas I am going to plant in a hanging grow bag. This will be my first attempt at using this method of growing plants, so it is going to be an interesting experiment. The first of 24 Nasturtiums I have in peat pots, on my kitchen table, have begun to sprout, these also will be grown in a couple of the grow bags.
Yes I am a plant junkie, always on the lookout for something new to plant, and different ways to display them.


Anonymous said...

You're in good company, KeeWee. Plant junkies R us.

tina said...

I do like those plant markers even though they are made out of plastic. The labeling is excellent! It could be way worse than collecting plants I tell you and what fun finding new things and getting passalongs! I am glad those irises are doing well for you-bunnies stay away!

Heather said...

I think the plant markers look very nice, clean and orderly. That is the highlight of a garden, winter lets you do all the things you can't get done this year. Seems you are well on your way.

Cathy said...

Great idea using plant markers,
lovely Pansies!

Gail said...

Keewee, I say use what is affordable in plant markers and save your money for plants! Your estate sale find is lovely and how fitting that she grace your garden, a place that you feel at peace and contentment. ..I want to see how the vegetables grow in the hanging bag! gail

academic said...

Excellent read. I like your style...have a good one!/Nice blog! Keep it up!
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