Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Before and After (Now)

Design - "Free Bird"
Designer - Plum Street Samplers
Fabric - 36 count Vintage Basketweave Lakeside linen
Fibers - Crescent Colors - one strand over two threads
Started - July 2011
Completed - 30 August 2011

If you've been following my "Free Bird" Saga, you'll know that I ended up "personalizing" this piece through error and intention.  The alphabet is alternates navy and red letters, and the tails of the peacocks have been modified so that each is unique.

I'm always surprised when I look through photos of May and June, so see the changes that late August / early September brings to my gardening efforts.
For this Tuesday Garden Party, I thought I'd share some "before" and "after" shots.   

May 23, 2011
My large glazed pots over-wintered pretty well.

August 30, 2011
I added a few annuals and now they are beyond lush!

May 19, 2011
My begonias and fuchsias started out compact and tidy!

August 30, 2011
Now they are rambunctious and profuse!

May 13, 2011
The front of the house - clean and ready for a new gardening year

August 30, 2011
The front with - yes I counted - 186 pots!

May 23, 2011
Hostas and Ferns...

August 30, 2011
Hostas and Ferns...plugging along...

May 23, 2011
Fuchsias potted up and set out...

August 30, 2011
Now it's a lush hummingbird heaven!

May 27, 2011
Over-wintered and newly potted fuchsias.

August 30, 2011
Fuchsias exploding in bloom.

May 23, 2011
A second look...

August 30, 2011
I love all the different blossom colors and shapes.

May 22, 2011
The Sedum Theatre

August 30, 2011
The Sedum Theatre

May 24, 2011
Note the two begonias on the middle shelf and the fuchsias on the top shelf...

August 30, 2011
Note the monstrous begonias on the top shelf!

August 30, 2011
And the fuchsia now cascading down the woodpile.

I hope you've enjoyed the Garden Tour - I certainly have loved spending time with my plants this spring and summer.


Ann at Beadlework. said...

Free Bird looks really good, it's nice to put your own personal touch to a design.

KarenV said...

I love your finish! This is such a great piece and any "personalisations", deliberate or otherwise, just make it your own.

186 - wow, that's a LOT of pots! Everything looks wonderful, you have a regular Botanical Garden there.

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

This is so cool--I love before and after stories! It is amazing how much the plants fill out and fill up all the spaces over the course of the summer, isn't it? It looks gorgeous!

Nancy said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish! Love the before and after pics of you plants! That's a lot of pots...how long does it take to water them all?

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Love your Freebird finish and all the extras that make it yours. 186pots??? I couldn't keep 6 watered this summer. Impressive!

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

Beautiful! I only have 2 begonias that I keep inside, though I love them a lot. They were a bit leggy so recently, I cut off the tall bits and put them in water. I'm hoping to have more begonias.

Freesias are one of my favorite hanging annuals! I love the bright colors.

Yes, you have a lot of pots, and they look wonderful!

Family Balance Sheet said...

WOW, what a beautiful display. I need to follow you, I don't have a lot of success with containers.

I love your front door pics too, so inviting.

Siobhan said...

Congratulations on the finish!! All of my finishes are heavily personalized... I figure it's my way of saying over and over again that only God is perfect. LOL Nice job!

Love the garden pics--the before and after sequence was really neat to see.

Carol said...

Such a great finish, Beth--"personalizing" a piece is what makes it special!

Amazing number of pots--I really admire you for keeping them watered and looking so nice! You must have a green thumb as well as a perfect gardening climate--everything looks so healthy :)