Thursday, May 25, 2017

Planting Bin for my Sugar Snap Peas

Gary built a planting bin for my sugar snap peas. I have planted two sections. I'll wait to plant the third in two weeks so I'll have successive ripening.

We moved my potting bench and tucked the bin behind a tall standard rosemary plant. I still have to paint the bin and will repaint the potting bench.

Meanwhile Gary cut the tops and bottoms off of some orange juice containers so I could use them to protect some small plants a critter has been eating. Here you see my parsley is coming back up again.

Here I have protected my Japanese eggplant which is sprouting new leaves.

If you look closely you can see some of my shallots are indeed sprouting. I am lucking out with the weather which has turned cool and we've gotten an abundance of rain. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tribal Inspired Pendants

Here are three tribal inspired pendants I made in Florida which I finally got around to glaze firing. I used a thinly rolled white stoneware clay and hand formed the pieces. For the green one above I brushed markings with native Florida clay.

 The texture on this one is subtle and meant to evoke the feeling of a worn aged surface.

Here's another pale green piece with native Florida clay markings. I have others but I need to add jump rings to attach the leather cords. Others will have added embellishments.

Yesterday Gary built me a bin to plant my peas. As usual that project entailed moving my potting bench and filling with soil between rain storms. In other news some of my shallots are indeed sprouting, thanks goodness. Stay tuned for more. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Monday, May 22, 2017

May Flowers

 Here's what blooming in my garden this month, coleus and begonia.

 yellow poker


 beard tongue or penstemon


 sedum, salvia, lantana

 red poker

 hardy geranium'

 petunia in a pot

 paprika yarrow

 mixed border of shrubs and herbs, lavender, thyme and chives


a lone weed I just couldn't pull up

Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


The other day I was at the hardware store and noticed all the bulbs were on sale. I decided to try growing some shallots in this bin that Gary painted for me.

After I planted the shallots, I read on the internet they need 30 days dormancy at temperatures between 35 and 50 F. The package said nothing about that. We shall see if they come up.

I've already planted six tomato plants and several mild to hot peppers and some basil. The parsley I planted was eaten down to the ground by some critter. Perhaps a rabbit. I also got a huge packet of sugar snap peas reduced to two dollars. Now where to plant those. We don't have much growing ground around here unless it's straight up and down. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.