Weekend gardening

I love these precious few weeks in May when everything is in bloom, but hasn’t been destroyed by heat or thunderstorms.

I especially love watching the ferns in our back yard unfurl.

The tree in our front yard is blooming, too. Most of the trees in our neighborhood are purple right now, but I love our delicate white blooms.

I planted some annuals in our side garden bed. I’m partial to white and pink vinca and these orange zinnias.

If I had more money to spend on it I would have splurged on some daisies. But my budget was basically two trays of annuals with a buy one get one free coupon. Sad face.

Aren’t these pretty?

Someone who lived here before us planted them in another part of the garden (along with several rose bushes) and now they pop up randomly here and there.

Mike’s growing some seedlings in the basement while we wait for our tomato and pepper plants to arrive from Seed Savers. I’ll keep you posted!

The mother lode

When your craft involves making something new out of something old, you get pretty excited over finding the “old” supplies. And for me, that’s the ultra glamorous pile of partially burnt candles.

So I got pretty excited when I was at a wedding over the weekend and every other table was covered with flickering white pillar candles. It’s really the mother lode for me when I can find used wax that is both white and unscented, because then I can remake it into virtually anything. I take the colorful ones and the scented ones, too, but this is ideal. So thanks to Erin, the bride, for letting me pack them up after the reception and carry them home like a crazy bag lady. I have big plans for them!

I loved her “placecards”, too. They’re little galvanized metal buckets with a potted pansy inside. Instead of saying what kind of plant they are, the sticks denote the person seated there and the color refers to what they wanted for dinner. Clever!