Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Fruits of My Gardening Labors

I worked on the La-D-Da alphabet - I'm up to "Q" and "R". I am loving this green variegated floss.
Not much stitching as of late because I've been gardening.  

It's Tuesday so I'm going to share my efforts with the Tuesday Garden Party over at An Oregon Cottage.

Today we'll take a look at the Front Porch.
I counted and I have exactly 150 pots set out there.
This is a view the Long Side. I hope the goat on the back left doesn't eat anything!  

I have a small decorative birdbath that the cats use, and birds do too.  I've placed turtles and frogs near it on the floor.  I hope the cats don't notice the small bunny in front of the gray pot on the right! 

And on the wall.

The dragonfly is another motif I like.

Look at all my dragonfly plant stakes and a beat up tea-light holder.

More dragonflies and a fused glass bug.
Plants and bugs.

I have two old picnic benches from the 1960's.  
They make great rustic plant stands.

Watering cans are another item I tend to amass.
(The wire fencing is to stop the deer from walking up from the flowerbeds and eating anything and everything on the porch.)

And ladybugs too. This is by David Adamson.

The red glass lady bug is also by David Adamson, the black bug with red spots is one I brought back from Paris. 

This tile is by Red Step Studio.  She has a website and an Etsy shop too.  

Ladybug plant stakes and a bee skep watering can.

Here's the Short End of the Front Porch.
Note the large green grasshopper guarding the front door.
Lots of watering cans too.

It houses my hostas and ferns.

And more David Adamson bugs - he displays at the 9th Street Gallery in Newport, OR.

And I have a small collection of glass mushrooms too!
 I hope you've enjoyed the tour of the Front Porch.  Next week we'll take a look at the Back Patio.

One year ago today Mom and I spent Memorial Day in Trafalgar Square. 


Vickie said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I must never complain again about going to my mom's when she is on vacation and watering all her potted plants. Your collection is fabulous and stunning!

cucki said...

Aww so sweet..cute bugs and pretty garden :)
Lovely stitching x

Maggee said...

Love it ALL! Ladybugs are a favorite, though I like your dragonflies too! Inspired me to go thrifting for containers to put plants in!! Ha!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I love all your garden bits and pieces - the frogs are my favourites. I've just been catching up on all your recent posts.

Melissa said...

My goodness, you have a lovely potted garden. You should open a shop as your decorations are so spot on!

Mindy said...

Wowee, and I thought I had a lot of pots! :) Everything's gonna be so pretty when it all gets goin' good.

Annette-California said...

Beautiful! Oh what a fab front pourch you have. You have a lovely potted garden. I remember you bringing home water cans from last summers trip. Love those deep blue pots too. love Annette

Anna van Schurman said...

I'm a ladybug lover but those David Adamson glass bugs are amazing! Thanks for showing us.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I quilt, rather than cross-stitch, but I know what you mean...at this time of year there's much more outdoor work going on.

It's amazing to see all of your lovely pots and plants lined up on your porch :)

Carol said...

Oh, so many pots!! Do you have to clean and sanitize them at the end of the growing season or do you just use as is each spring? I think I seriously need to think about doing more potted plants since our deer population are devouring everything in our garden. They mowed down our little Japanese Maple last week :(

Love the color you're using in the rabbit sampler, Beth!

Von said...

Wow! That is a lot of pots!! Loved this little tour of the front porch and looking forward to the back. :)

Margaret said...

What a beautiful porch you have! And all the lovely plants, the wonderful ornaments, the watering cans -- so cool! I really love that beeskep watering can. Love your stitching too -- I have a feeling you like the same greens I do. :D

Wanda said...

Wow Beth! Your front porch is beautiful! It is really obvious that gardening is a passion for you. I love your collections - beautiful touches to your front porch. Your bee skep watering can is great! The picnic benches are perfect! I think it's the goat keeping away the deer!

Barb said...

No wonder you have been busy gardening Beth! The porch looks just wonderful!

blue star stitcher said...

So envious of your beautiful porch, though I think that large grasshopper would make me jump every time I came home!

Christine said...

Wow, how long does it take you to water that lot? It looks stunning

Andrea said...

How wonderful to look out on all of those pots. Great stitching too.