Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Breakfast Room Secretary

Hello Friends!

Still playing catch up in the gardens from last year and enjoying every second of it!
We have added a great deal and removed some details, as well.  Always in flux...

Today we are transplanting 20 arborvitae.  It's 7am and I am anxious to begin!

Before we had our fence installed last year, we used arborvitae as a screen.  We still plan on using it to surround the property but some areas take precedence. Today we will surround the arbor with a circle of arborvitae, to give it a solid backdrop.


This is going to be absolutely stunning with an emerald green backdrop!
Recall we found the pavilion free on Craigslist when we moved in!


...and, no, I never did finish this secretary.  We weren't speaking for a long duration.  
I was the first to reach out.  LOL!
In the Fall, though, after the gardens go to sleep. 

Handsome Husband brought these Asiatic lilies home from the grocery store.  They are perfect in the silver water pitcher I found at a garage sale a while back...
The drinking horn is his prized possession.  
Yes, even Viking drinking horns have a place in our home!

Hoping you are well!

It's time to dig some holes!

xo

Andie

18 comments:

  1. Absolutely Stunning FOR SURE !

    So excited for ya'll.

    XOT

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    1. Thanks to your advice and your books, it's coming along! I cannot thank you enough! I remember when we first saw the house, the yard barren, except for tall thistles and dead, gnarled tree...and red mulch piled against the foundation.

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  2. Ever Andie. I'd expect no less from you. I need some of what you are taking;)

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    1. I pretty much do nothing after days like that. LOL! Thank you, my friend.

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  3. The secretary color is fabulous...LUV!

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    1. It is soothing. We just moved it into the dining room. Much better presence there. I will sahre. Thanks, friend.

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  4. Gardens are in a constant state of evolution. It's what makes them so wonderful, or infuriating. Gotta fig holes ... The story of my life.

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    1. Dig holes, fill holes, move plants, repeat. LOL! Though roses behave as annuals in my gardens, I still love them so!

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  5. Oh, this is going to be amazing. I love following along as you develop your gardens. Gardens are always a work in progress.

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    1. So happy to see you, Sarah! I wish you could visit! I think we would spend hours here, in the gardens.

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  6. I'd love to know how you ANCHORED that graceful wrought-iron pavilion, Andie?

    I've seen things like it for sale –– at great cost, usually about a thousand dollars or more –– in the local nurseries and garden shops, but there doesn't seem to be any clear cut way to INSTALL these things so they don't tip over or blow away in the first serious windstorm.

    Any practical advice would be most gratefully received.

    By the way, what kind of vine do you plan to grow on the pavilion?

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    1. Hello Dear FreeThinke!
      I used stakes, the large, plastic kind that are easier to drive into the soil than to remove if you make a mistake. So far, they have done the job, even in 60mph winds.
      I have planted a Duchess of Edinburgh Clematis. It has some difficulty because Tallulah and Napoleon have no respect for delicate plants. I had to enclose it in a metal cage...which felt wrong but it had to be done. Next year, it will climb.

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  7. By the way, that secretary looks pretty darned good just the way it is. It has great lines –– as if i needed got tell you. ;-)

    What ELSE do you intend to do with it?

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    1. There is always "something else". No? I have grisaille panels that I cut years ago to fit the doors but, for some reason, lost the desire to apply. The color is coming back into our lives after so much loss. It seems like time.

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  8. I am always so happy with everything you post but also disappointed when I am finished reading. I wish you would go on and on but then how would you ever get anything done. I am very selfish. Cant wait to see the result of the transplant.

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    1. Wouldn't it be exciting if Andie got someone to videotape her in action while she's performing her miracles?

      I think Divine Theatre would make a wonderful show on the Home and Garden Channel –– or on PBS.

      In all the blogosphere that I have examined, Andie is truly UNIQUE.

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    2. Perhaps I will, if I ever learn to temper my tendency to long-windedness. I have so much to share. I need to get on it!

      xo

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