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Video: Front Garden & Chickens

I got my new iPhone 4 and thought I’d test out the video function. It works pretty great – aside from my camera work and shooting directly into the sun.

Here’s the video I made of my front garden and some of my chickens:

Tips and video feedback are always welcome.

My ‘Master Gardener’ Mentor’s Garden

On Saturday I had the pleasure of touring the beautiful garden of my friend & mentor.  She supported me through the Master Gardener training and continues to support me today. Not only is she an amazing person, but she has a beautiful woodland garden that was featured on this year’s tour.

There was a lot to enjoy in her garden, but I especially loved all the rebar supports she made for her plants. She actually bends each piece by hand using the setup below. Anyone know what it’s called? I want one and she doesn’t remember where she got it. Every gardener should have one.

Rebar bending post

Boot Planters!!

It appears we have more in common than I thought. As I walked around her garden I noticed three boot planters! I had no idea she had such good taste:

Tiny Work Boot

Grandpa's Boot

Ski Boot Planter

Woodland Garden Walk

I had a hard time capturing the garden’s beauty with my iPhone (I forgot to put the battery back in my camera). Just picture a woodland walk full of shade loving shrubs and perennials mixed with native plants. Keep an eye out for all the artwork and rebar supports:

Hydrangea, rebar & pigs

Kiwi covered patio

Rebar art & support

Nurse log garden

Climbing Hydrangea

Glass ball among woodland plants

Gazing ball


Covered bridge

Broken pot as art

Sweet bird nest art

Woodland garden

Butterfly Garden

Cutting Garden

Rebar as art

Pet Cemetery

Garden Arch

Big Leaf Art

Bowling Ball Art

Love this & already forgot the name

What’s Blooming July 15

I took the pictures on July 15 – I just didn’t post until today! Oops. Here’s everything that’s blooming right now.

Our NEW Backyard Sanctuary

This past week we finally finished our back patio. We took a little time off in June to visit France and England (it was a blast). But, when we came home to a giant dirt hole, we knew we needed to get the patio finished. After all, we’ve had the stone since April! To speed up the process I invited friends over for a tea party – giving us a week to get it all done.

The main reason for the new patio (beside it’s beauty) is to have a permanent home for our patio furniture and pots. Since we removed the lawn we’ll also have less mowing and watering. Plus, it’s great for our outdoor movie nights.

We used Tumbled Pennsylvania Bluestone since it’s the same type of stone used on the front walkway and we liked the different shapes of the stones. I wanted our patio to look natural and old – not perfect! We even left a space between the stones so a variety of ground cover would fill the gaps. So far the chickens have only eaten/devoured/destroyed the Blue Star Creeper.

To see my inspiration and before pictures you can check out a post I wrote a couple months ago: My Backyard Inspiration Picture.

Here’s my new patio:

New patio looking towards the house.

View of the back of the garage & veggie beds from the house.

Our fire pit & movie watching area. We've even got a spot set aside for an outdoor outlet.

Raised veggie & herb beds.

Pots filled with Creeping Jenny, Coleus, Bamboo, Heather & Midnight Wine Wiegela.

Coleus, Hebe & Variegated Holly.

Containers full of Coleus, Creeping Jenny, Hebe, Heather, Corkscrew Willow & Bonsai Maple.

Container filled with a young Dogwood, Heather, Coleus & Creeping Jenny.

Our backyard is now low maintenance and sustainable. I love it! Now, we relax.

Gardens of Windsor Castle

On a recent (and only) trip to England I toured Windsor Castle and gardens. I especially loved the gardens. Read more