Thursday, March 31, 2011

New–Notes From A Country Garden–PODCAST 3/31


I have decided to do a new feature on my website…
A podcast I am calling “Notes from a Country Garden”

(Click Image to Play)


It’s a little chat about what is going on here at the lake.
I hope you enjoy it… I am anxious to hear your comments and
to make sure it works correctly for everyone.

Love Brooke

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring at the Lake



Welcome to the first day of Spring!  It is a cold Sunday morning, but the sun is shining and we have things a blooming!


I have a nice little patch of ‘King Henry’ daffodils blooming up the walk towards the deck.  These are new this year, I got them at a plant trade in October.  I love how big and bright they are…. about 3 times the size of wild ones.


So happy to see and hear the bugs again here at the lake.  Makes me want to open up all the windows.  The sounds of the birds and the bugs have been wonderful…. it just SOUNDS like SPRING!


Slowly the grass is greening up, and the clean up is mostly finished.  We hauled a ton to the compost pile the last few weeks. 


Lots of things are popping up along the front walk.


Looks like it will be a good year for my columbines.


And my evergreen groundcover Japanese Spurge or Pachysandra is starting to bloom.  I really like this little plant.  I have it under shrubs and it stayed nice all winter long.


This is what I did this morning… I repurposed my fountain into a raised container. It had been discolored and the “cement” looking coating was coming off where the water came out.  So I took the middle out and restacked it.  I will now plant some annuals in it.  I actually think it will look better this way.   It was a big too formal before.  I think this is it’s 4th year in the garden.  It was an inexpensive one from Wal-Mart.  IMG_5922

Here it was from last summer.  In a few months all the hostas will be up and it will be almost covered.  I may have to rise it more for it to be seen.  But I need something in the middle there, so now I have a chance to add more color with some annuals.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I am hoping to plant all my goodies from the garden show today.  It has been cold, windy and rainy here… and I needed the beds to dry up enough to plant.  Today I have on my ratty gardening gear and I’m going for it!

Love Brooke

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

GBBD -A Video of Indy Garden Show

Indiana Garden Show, March 14, 2011

Since it is pouring down rain this morning and
not much is happening yet in my garden...
 a video of some of the show we visited yesterday. 
It shows the displays a bit better than pictures.
Wish you could have been there with us!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Indianapolis Garden Show– The BULBS!







Bet ya wish you’d planted a few more…. don’t ya!  They were stunning…..Brooke

Indianapolis Garden Show – Contemporary Design








A few of the displays definitely had a contemporary look to the design.  I enjoy this less is more approach,  even though I know it is not a look I could ever keep.  Look at all those spots to fill….. lol…..Brooke

Indianapolis Garden Show – Pretty in Pink








I am going to skip around a bit in my pictures from the show today…. but I wanted to start off by saying my favorite color in the garden was alive and well in INDY---- Pink!  Did you notice the water curtain… would that not be fantastic to listen to and cooling in our humidity!

More to come……  Brooke

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Forward!


It’s about dang time…. that’s all I have to say.  I was so happy to see things in stock at our local Menards Friday.


They did not have a ton out, but what I saw looked wonderful to me.


I picked up some pansies and have them in the containers by my garage doors.  They look a little droopy here, but they will fill in.  At least they are some color.  I have annual seeds planted there too.


I picked up this little columbine too, it is a color I did not have…. but notice how it is almost white…..  Now look at the tag….


Remember what I and so many others say… always buy in bloom.  The tags are often misleading.  Or maybe it will darken up, but I liked it the way it was and am happy with it.


Here is another new spring addition to the garden…. a heavy-duty portable hose.  I battle with my hoses all summer long…. don’t you?  I hope this works out better.


Are you ready for a little before and after…. here is the before… June of last year….


And after...well sort of... I guess this is a during…. This is what we did Saturday afternoon.  I have wanted to do this side of the walk for three years…. now it is ready.  I, as always, need mulch of course.


It will be nice to have borders on both sides.  And of course… more plants!


I needed a place for my new pink French pussy willow.  I have loved these branches for years, now I have one. 


You can also see this bed from the porch and our upstairs bedroom.  The rest is all transplants like iris, daylily, lambs ear, penstemon…. ect.


We also picked up a new table and chairs for the deck.  I have two more chairs on order.  I had been without a table on the deck all last year.  Our glass top one broke two summers ago…. oh what a mess.  Never again.  I like this because I can paint it and keep it a long time.  No cushions either.  They can be so expensive.


We also found this really cute hanging thermometer….


With a clock on the other side…. it goes with my new black theme for the deck this year.


So why all these new goodies?  Yesterday was my birthday…. and we had been looking for a table and found one on sale.  It was nice though to spend the weekend doing gardening things with my hubby.  He is drug into this you know…. but a good sport most days.


I leave you today with Felix in his favorite bed…. Hubby’s John Deer tractor seat.  He is trying to keep warm, it is much colder today.  I keep going out to do things and coming back in….burr! 
Tomorrow I am off to Indianapolis for the big garden show.  I will have my camera in tow.  I’ll do a big post when I get back.  Thanks for stopping by!