Foxglove and clematis

The clematis I planted on the trellis earlier this year is doing well. It is getting quite a few blooms and starting to cover the trellis completely. I finally got a copy of Month-By-Month Gardening in Tennessee and Kentucky by Judy Lowe to help me make sure that I am giving the plants what they need in a timely manner. The Georgia version was a book a pretty much lived by when I was in Georgia, extremely helpful. This morning I learned that clematis likes very acidic soil and the roots like shade but the leaves like sun. I think I will have to get some mulch for the pots to help with this. I will probably get some pine straw or pine mulch since they like the acidity. The roses could use some of that too.

The foxglove is getting a second wind. The first wind had them growing very tall and spindly so I pruned the top of the blooms off so they could put their efforts into growing lower. It has taken a lot of watering this year since we have had quite a heat spell, but they are seeming to acclimate. This is the first time I have grown either foxglove or clematis.

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5th anniversary

Missie and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary this weekend. Last week I refinished the arbor that we said our vows under. Then I got a couple pots of clematis to trellis it on.

Missie and I were married under this!

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We installed the new tile floor and cabinets today.


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Utility room remodel

Here are the before pictures of the utility room.


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Passion flower and aquarium


Here’s a closer view of the passion-flower and aquarium with the fake lizards.


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A new home


Violet and chip just got a new dog house.

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Our rain chain has icicles.

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My birthday present


This sweet dual fuel grill was my birthday present from Missie this year.

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Community Garden

I have seen this community garden a couple of other times whenever I have gone over the the MNPS Board of Education. I thought I would stop by this time to take a few photos and get some ideas. I like participating in community gardens and want to bring more stuff like this to my work.



The have several sitting areas which I think is a wonderful addition to a community garden setting as it encourages people to come and stay a while.


The stepped bedding provides opportunities to plant various plants in their own little areas.


I beautiful labyrinth fits well with the feel of the garden.


Fig trees, flowers, ornamentals and edibles are all intertwined in a very organic but purposeful way.


Yarrow, a plant I enjoy much.

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trim paint

trim paint

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Painting the trim the same color it is in the rest of the house to give it the flow and consistency. This is the 1st coat of perhaps three.

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