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Constructing a Container Garden

I was inspired in late summer to build a container garden.

I bought two 12-ft. lengths of waterproof recycled material planks, and had them cut into four 1.5-ft. lengths and six 3 foot lengths. I also bought the flat, tray-like part that is designed to sit under a windowbox or something.

I got a small holly bush, a small azalea, one daisy, one mum, and one rosemary plant.

I assembled (with some help and a power drill) the box from the planks and in the center of the bottom, where I was a plank short, I substituted the tray.

After the box was assembled, I filled it with one bag of large rocks, 1 bag of organic gardening soil, and then planted my plants, filling in on top of them with a topsoil mix.

Watered diligently, let it get rained on, and everything is thriving!

I took these pictures of my first daisy bloom over the course of a few days as it opened up.


If you look again at the first photo, you’ll see that this daisy has a friend blooming now, and even the azalea bloomed a single flower off-season just to thank me for planting it! Mums are an annual and mine has gone on and petered out by now, but I’ve been trying to think of what should replace it, or if I should even bother at this time of year. I suppose I could go and ask the people at Garden District (which is where I got my other plants — with a Living Social Deal!).

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Friday Bind-off, so behind!

Dear Blog,

I’m really sorry for neglecting you! I’ve been so distracted! I’ve been traveling, and sleeping and working and knitting and I haven’t made time to blog about any of it! I don’t have good photos of that stuff yet, either, so I’m not totally sure how to convey all of that to you, but more to follow! I promise to do better. Things are calming down again.

For now I will just do my best to get back on track. I’m going to blog the things I’ve liked on the internet over the last couple of weeks. Then I’ll get back to the moreblogging blogging that I like so much about the things that I have been up to! I’ve cooked some tasty things, and eaten some tasty things, but I have neglected to photograph any of it.

THINKS I’VE THOUGHT:

I bought rhubarb and whole milk last weekend, while I was in Florida for my sister’s graduation from college, to make this delicious sounding sherbet. Unfortunately we just had too much fun and never made time to actually make the sherbet, but I hear they did it on Wednesday and it went over pretty well. I will have to try it some other time. How to make ice cream with no ice cream machine?

I finally got around to watching An Education and the design did not disappoint, but I found the story just too alarming and it was just… off-putting to me. I wouldn’t care to argue with a person who liked it, but I found it disconcerting, as I am sure I was intended to. Oh well. I still think that Carey Mulligan is charming.

I spent a lot of time in airports this week, and didn’t really get a lot of blog-worthy thought out of it because I was so busy reading or otherwise occupying my hands/brain. And I’m catching Roommate’s cold, which is a big bummer.

I just finished a book called A Summer of Hummingbirds, about the mixed and tangled lives of acclaimed writers and artists and influences in the mid-19th Century, and it was completely fascinating, and only served to deepen my interest in the life and body of work of Emily Dickinson, among others. It was a really satisfying read, but definitely not for everyone. It ended up being a kind of pop-culturized academic literary criticism that pulled from a broad spectrum of media and genres. I really enjoyed it.

Going home this weekend meant going shopping for the first time in a long long long long time. The beach too. Now I just want to live the life that my new clothes would seem to demand (romper + straw beach hat = beach life, right? and summer and leisure? yeah? vacation! please!)

One disaster struck: I left my office door open when I left work for Florida, but the cleaning people in the building closed it that night and it locked. My boss came back the following day from her Vegas vacation and completely forgot about her plants (and her ability to retrieve and water her plants from my office window was my reason for leaving the door open), so when I arrived back in the office, her peace lily had completely and totally withered. It was a truly depressing sight when I got back and I actually closed my door and pretended that I was still gone, hoping beyond hope that I could revive it before anyone realized that I was in, and watering it feverishly. To no avail. By about 2PM, my boss came by to see how things were going, and sat down to have a bit of small talk, and suddenly, in the middle of telling me all the juicy details of her ladies only jaunt to a male strip club, she sat bolt upright and cried, “Oh, my plants!!!” kind of desperately and I immediately dissolved into really sad apologies and told her how sad and embarrassed I was. It ended up being okay, because I had watered it and peace lilies perk right up, so after a few hours it was looking better than it ever had, but it was a really devastating sight there for most of Tuesday. How humiliating.

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sprawling to read/nap/knit on the Tidal Basin

These have replaced my single tulip in my office window. (Tulip died, I procured three african violets after receiving a tip on the care and keeping of them, and then my boss went on vacation and left her green things in my care. A risky move, for sure, but I'll do my best.

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