Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Succulent frames update

Both the indoor and outdoor succulent frames are doing well. Some of the outdoor succulents didn't make it through the winter, but most did. I may order a few more or pick some up during my nursery visits this spring. The outdoor one is a beast. at five feet wide, it's heavy. Right now, with the rain we had last week, it's wetter than the succulents would like. I've moved it to a place where it'll get less rain, and anfgled it more upright so it waon;t catch asm many raindrops when it does rain. I may even cover it. I need it to dry out - both for hte plants, but also so it's lighter for when I need to attach it to the house.

The indoor succulent frame, seen here in the left, made from a wooden box and some old molding I had around the house is doing well too. They're getting tall though. I don't necessarily want tall. I'm going to start to angle it, as by the end of May, I want to be able to hang it on the outside of the house or a fence by the end of may.

Back in January, Buffalo News garden columnist Sally Cunningham mentioned in her column that I was making a succulent wall hanging – and used a couple photos. I actually had people ask me how it was coming along. If it fails, at least all the world will know. Just hoping she doesn't want to do a follow-up!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Disney-esque re-use pallet fence in the Bahamas

Two weeks ago we were in the Caribbean on a cruise, contemplating our long cold winter. I'll admit it, it was a Disney cruise. Not our typical vacation, but the price was right (sometimes airline employees get incredible discounts on unbooked rooms right before cruise ship departures). We were a bit apprehensive. We're not big on kids (other than our own), but Disney does everything first class. They even had an adults-only pool area, restaurants, bars, and entertainment, so it was not all kids all the time.

I had this beach all to myself for 45 minutes. Winning!
They also had, on Castaway Cay, their private island in the Bahamas, an adults-only beach. While my wife was running a 5k race on the island with 70 other people–in the heat, humidity, and sun–I got to the private beach and had it, and 400 beach chairs, completely to myself for about 45 minutes. It may have been the highlight of the trip. That, and watching Disney employees kick kids out of the ship's adults-only pool.

The adults-only beach had an outdoor restaurant with a seating area surrounded by this great re-use of wooden pallets as a fence. It did lend itself the "castaway" effect of making use of found materials throughout the island.

Other "found" and re-purposed items included large diving bells made into Disney characters (naturally), airplanes hidden in the brush with Disney illustrations on their fuselages (the island has an old large, mostly-unused runway, that is basically the "main road" of the island), benches made of driftwood, directional signage of wood scraps, and plenty more. It was the antithesis to the "manufactured" entertainment onboard during the week.

Friday, April 18, 2014

What am I going to do with her?

My in-laws are downsizing. This masthead/bow-maiden/figurehead was bequeathed to us in the process. She spent many a year on their balcony overlooking Bristol Harbor on Canandaigua Lake. While I don't have such an august view, I have to find a place for it in my garden this summer. My fences and house walls are all pretty much filled up, but this is a challenge I'm up to.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Buffalo's gardening summer III

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Wind-Blown Asters, 1951, watercolor on paper, 30 x 40 inches,
Burchfield Penney Art Center. Gift of Dr. Edna M. Lindemann, 1968
And exhibitions! Not only are all the usual suspects (the Botanical Garden, garden centers, garden tours, garden groups) hosting garden events, but the local art galleries and museums are hep to gardening this summer too.

This gives visitors a chance to see more than just pretty gardens and can round out a weekend in Buffalo, and possibly extend visits for longer stays. It also makes for a greater visitor experience for traveling gardeners, not to mention the locals.

Here are the local exhibitions going on this summer:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Buffalo's gardening summer II

There's just so much going on in Buffalo. Here are the talks, seminars, and workshops happening this summer (that I know about).



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