flowing over the side of the flower pot.
I'm glad you are enjoying the book and film list. I have added a permanent link to it above the Follower's widget (doesn't "Follower" sound like this is a coffee, book, and tea cult?). :)
We live in a small-ish house but the former owners built a huge deck and changed out the sliding glass doors for French doors going out to the deck. In good weather, it adds a lot of living space. Last June, we were able to host a large gathering for Christopher's graduation since we were blessed with great weather that day.
I love the look of a lush container garden but there is no way I can afford to create one as they do on the HGTV shows. However, what I lack in money I make up in... patience. :)
This will eventually be filled with lush geraniums and ivy hanging over the side. I started snipping ivy from an indoor plant in late winter and sticking the "starts" in jelly jars until their roots were all a good size when planted.
It would actually look much better if it weren't for the flooding rains we had last week. The large, blue pot is a Goodwill find, I found two just alike last winter and put them in the shed for later. I have a large collection of containers now which are reused from year to year. I find them at garage sales very cheap.
I have a few beautiful flowers that are rather lush already. They were all about $3.00 each and they add color. I've learned to look for flowers that bloom all summer, now staying away from those which bloom mainly in spring.
I've been purchasing a bag of soil now and then since they became available (off brand for the most part) and the plant "stands" were purchased years ago and stored when cold weather comes.
This year I moved a few "country" accents from the front porch to the deck. All ideas received from pouring over gardening magazines (mostly found on the free shelves of the library).
All the accent pieces were from thrift shopping and garage sales, cheap enough that if they don't hold up to outdoor weather, they'll just look a little more shabby than chic. :)
Those two green pots contain zinnia plants but no flowers... yet. Soon, very soon. Small plants are a fraction of the price of the larger containers with mature, flowering plants.
Of course, when you are surrounded with God's natural decorations and all those shades of green... it is already beautiful. :)
The only way I can do this each season is by keeping a pantry. Except for purchasing milk and eggs, most of my grocery money goes to purchasing flowers and plants... food for the soul. My sister, Bonnie, does the same thing.
The raised bed garden is being built with the money hubby earned by working at the bookstore one week. I'll show pictures once it is complete.