Sunday, April 23, 2006

Saturday with Dave

After a hearty breakfast of cereal and fruit we headed off to the nursery to find some shade plants for one of our backyard boxes.

It's still early days for flowers but there were plenty of pansies and petunias available. We think they need sun, which we don't have, and we pass them up.


However they are so very beautiful but what we want are shade plants, really.

Here we go! A whole array of Heuchera, which is commonly known as Coral Bells. The flowers are pretty insignificant but the foliage is spectacular and comes up early and stays pretty well into the first snows.

So many new varieties are available now. This is Caramel.

Lime Rickey

Marmalade

Stoplight

Plum Pudding. Notice they are all food titles?


One plant was in bloom already. Nothing to write home about. This photo was taken on the macro setting. The actual size is teeny.

Dave likes these and since he is taking the story of Lady Chatterley and her affair with her gardener to heart, he is eager to plant these for me, Her Ladyship...

We chose Lime Rickey and Plum Pudding. We have many Palace Purple heuchera plants in that box at home already, as an outer border, so these are to fill in the middle.

When we pulled into our driveway we saw that the whole town was walking down our street, Main Street , and you could see they were heading for something good. The kids were scrambling around with bags picking up candy off the street!
Here's the loot one dad was guarding.

I guessed it was a delayed Easter Parade, but no...

We all ended up at the ball park at the elementary school where the newly uniformed teams were to be introduced and the season announced. Spring in Illinois brings out the families, and especially when there is free candy. The street is now a mess of wrappers and smooshed peanut butter cups, life savers, and tootsie rolls.
As we walked home I spied this wonderful homemade copper pipe trellis. Who can I get to make me one of these?

11 comments:

  1. Great Pictures! But I keep getting your blog before you put words on the pictures. Weird, huh?

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  2. I upload my pictures first and then go back and write the copy. I insert the text between the pics and then publish.
    That way all the pictures are where I want them to be and the text is too.

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  3. Ok...so, how do you upload all the pics so there are no breaks between them??

    Like Brooke, I get the pics and then have to refresh the page (after reading Dave's, Tommy's and others while I wait ever-so-patiently). I love the way your blog looks with the layout.

    Boy, is that Little League?? They sure start early. Our kids are practicing but no games until next month (thank goodness).

    teri

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  4. "Who can I get to make me one of these?"
    That copper trellis has Dave writen all over it. If he wants to earn any sex points, that is.

    In case this helps any other bloggers reading this:
    Re bloggers photo codes--blogger always inserts photos at the top of a blog entry (for reasons not sensible to womankind), but you can copy, cut and paste these codes at any time to put them where you want them in your blog entries. Everything can be moved at any time. Newbies just need to get an eye for what the code looks like. Each photo's code will start with a < and an 'a....' and end with an 'a' and >.

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  5. Melody, I really enjoy your blog. And those shade plants. Just lovely! Here in New Enlgand in spring, we have one spring-like day and then one-almost-summer day. And then we pay dearly for days and days. No sun today. Gray sky. Rain looming. But on a rainy day, your work inspirational.
    Pat

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  6. Found your blog via someone elses tonight. Loved the plant pics and the fabric. I am new to this but love similar things to you.You may care to take a look. Best Wishes from New Zealand.

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  7. Aaaaaaaahhh yesssss!
    We have those very same varieties at my new greenhouse of employment!.Lots of cool new colors!! Everyday I bring home another lovely. Picked up a very spooky jack-in-the pulpit.They are endangered around here and good for naturalizing in shady areas.

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  8. I just want you to know that I love you work and I check out your blog on a daily basis. I hope that this summer when I can work outstide or in the garage I can try some fabric dying. Love the colors!
    Beyond that, I found this site about a copper trellis and how to build it. Maybe your prince will take a shot at building you one. Have fun. Julie in Alaska

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  9. As if I have nothing else to do, now you're making me want to work in my yard! :-)

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