Glory's Garden

All the world's a garden, you know, and we are mere flowers within it. Come, I'll show you!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How to fix a not-quite-perfect knitting project

It’s Craft Tuesday, the day for talking crafts. When I can't be out in the garden sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity....what little I have left, that is.

If you've ever been in my craft room...not my actual, real life one, I mean the one on here, at Glory's Garden. Yes, there's a whole page devoted to my craft room and all sorts of things I do there and even instructions on how to make them. You really ought to check it out. But I digress...

Monday, January 30, 2012

First snow for 2012

It's the first snow fall of 2012 (I'm posting this a week late) and as always I wish it to be the last. I know, rather silly of me, but there you have it. Snow was never my friend.

I ventured out on my porch without a coat for these photos, so I hope you appreciate it! It was chilly out there. A few photos down you'll see exactly how chilly.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ice falls

I have a thing for waterfalls, but as it is winter, all the waterfalls have turned to ice falls--Justin's name for frozen waterfalls. Only thing is... they don't fall much anymore. They're pretty much in suspended animation until warmer weather comes.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Aww, nuts!

You may recall how I collected my hazelnuts before the deer got to them. That was in the fall. I did much better than last year. I got two lousy little nuts and that was all she wrote! This year I plucked two buckets full of those hazelnut husks, so I was happy about that, I'll tell you!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Maybe it's not just me!

Here I thought surely this perpetual need to grow things must just be me, then I open up a pumpkin.

Why did I open it? Well, it started getting soft. Took long enough. It's been sitting on a shelf for months now.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What it's supposed to look like

Do you recall when I told you how important it is to read crochet instructions carefully? And do you recall why? Sure you do. Cuz if you don't your project comes out looking like this instead of what it's supposed to look like.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Rooting tomato plants

So, you know about my two large and producing tomato plants living on the picture windowsill, but did I tell you I've been pruning them? Well, I'm telling you about it now. Why? Because it will explain why I'm rooting tomato plants in water in deepest, darkest winter time.

I'm telling ya, folks. It's a sickness, an obsession, something I gotta do or I may explode or something!
I just can't toss a piece of a plant which I know I can root...I can't even toss a piece I have no chance of rooting, but that's neither here nor there. Rooting tomato plants, that's what we're here about.

Friday, January 20, 2012

When you don't have the proper tools, improvise!

So, I mentioned  the other day, that I needed a trowel for transplanting my tomato plants. Well, it wasn't readily available so I had to make do by improvising. The trowel in question was not found in the greenhouse where it usually would be stored for the winter because the greenhouse isn't very...shall we say...put together. Tom never got around to fixing it up so it has gaping holes in it. It's actually half roof-less--not exactly a waterproof place for keeping anything, but least of all my precious garden tools.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Transplanting tomatoes

So, I've told I have these tomato plants growing on my cats' sunny windowsill. Well, it used to be theirs, but I confiscated it this winter. I had to! Look these plants, they're huge! They've gotten so big in fact, that I had to transplant them.
Baby grown up good!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Let's bake some cookies

Brandon asked me to bake some cookies so he wouldn't go to his girlfriend's family home empty handed over the new year's weekend. So, I made these mint-chocolate chip cookies with a recipe I revised from the back of a Nestle Toll-house cookie recipe.

If you're expecting a cookie to rival store bought kind, hard, crunchy, nothing special and full of preservatives, fageddabodit! These cookies are yummy and while perhaps not exactly good for you, they won't kill you either. Ask anyone who has had the good fortune to have tasted one.

Unless they were just being very polite...but anyway!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Old denim jeans made into a pocketbook

It’s Craft Tuesday. Crafts are a big part of my life, so I’m taking Tuesday for talking crafts. As much as I would like to be in the garden all the time,  I must on occasion do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity.

After I made several potholders with Brandon's old jeans, I was left with two perfectly good back pockets, a waistband and some assorted other pieces of denim and I knew I could do something constructive with them. Well, I made myself a nifty little pocketbook.

I decided to show you how I did this on this craft Tuesday.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dusty houseplants make for unhappy plants

Winter time is hard enough on houseplants. Don't make it tougher on them by letting dust collect on their leaves. A dusty plant is just not as happy as a clean one.
My dusty Clivia looks sad

I took stock of my own plants one day while vacuuming. Gees-Louise, but they were dusty! And not just dusty...there was cat hair and in some cases spider webs all over the poor dears. Well, I knew I had been neglecting them horribly.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The push to keep bees

I'm thinking you recall my desire to save the Bees. I suppose you also recall how I thought Tommy would be the reason I wouldn't actually get to start the fascinating gift-to-the-world hobby of keeping bees. Well, my push to keep bees was rather subtle.

While making lunch:

"Tommy, did you know one bee hive can produce 40-50 pounds of honey in one year?" I said.

"Wow, that's amazing," he replied.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Clutter be vanquished!

See what being trapped inside during winter does to me? Now I'm going around vanquishing clutter. Not a bad thing to do, I supposed, but I'd rather, not Just camping out....gardening.

I have the tendency of collecting sturdy plastic containers the ones in which food comes in from the store. I keep them just because I might need them one day. Sure enough, I do....often for storing leftovers, but other things too. I love using them in the garden, to pick berries, to root stems, collect seeds and sometimes to start seedlings once I poke holes on the bottom.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Guest post from Alexandra Heep

 My friend Alexandra Heep (you know her, she's into NASCAR and has a really nice blog to make you think, a sunflower patch for her cat Gracie to make you wish for summer and another blog to acquaint you with the obsurdities of life. Yes, you should check them out) wrote this story for a magazine in the hope of getting the prize offered. Well, much to my bewilderment, it wasn't accepted. So, she asked if I'd like to feature it here. Well, yeah, baby!Unlike that stupid magazine, I loved it. I guess that means I should pay her. We'll see about that.

My true gardening horror story by Alexandra Heep

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Ultimate Frugal Craft: Quilting

It’s Crafting Tuesday. Crafting is a big part of my life, so I’m taking Tuesday for talking crafts. As much as I would like to be in the garden all the time, all year long, with my short growing season and perpetual cloud bursts, I must do something inside and that is where sewing, crocheting, knitting and other crafts come to save my sanity.

When I started the recycled denim series at Self Reliance Works I went straight to demonstrating piecing and quilting without really introducing nor explaining the ultimate frugal craft which is quilting. I thought I'd do that now. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Seeds, seed heads and such

I said I would show you some seeds, seed heads and such, to help you in your seed collecting endeavors.

I had said I would show common flowers, but this one is not at all a common one for most people to collect seeds from even if they had these in there garden. Don't misunderstand me, it's not an uncommon plant, but collecting seeds from it is a tad unusual. Can you guess what it is?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Where do seeds come from?

Do you recall when my pal Jim Bessey sent me this package? It contained seeds which I had requested of him for about a year before he actually got around to sending them. Can we say procrastinator supreme? Yes, that would be our dear Just Camping Out guy. Perhaps he was too busy doing all those Kitchens and baths...yes, that must be it.
Where are the seeds?

Anyway... this mass of twigs which were supposed to be the seeds from Jim's Phlox paniculata...He also sent me pictures of his darling little plant and, of course, I had to have it. No surprise there! Well, I wasn't impressed. That is to say, I wasn't convinced there were any seeds in this bunch. You see, I had never seen a Phlox paniculata gone to seed, but this certainly didn't look anything like what I expected.
Sweet William seeds

For some reason I thought they would be more like Sweet William seeds, small, black and round, mainly because of the flower shapes of both plants are similar.
Sweet Williams are very similar, but not quite the same

 If Jim actually knew what he was doing--he told me point blank he knew nothing of seed collecting, after all--then I have reason to doubt, don't you think? My confidence in him was weak to say the least. Hence, why I still wonder if Jim sent me weed seeds instead.
Jim's Phlox paniculata

Well, Jim insisted the seeds were there and they were of his pretty flower, too. It was up to me to find them in that mess he sent me.

Some of you may not even know where to look for flower seeds. While I find this almost incredible, it may be the case, so I may as well start there.

In flowers, when they fade and die, the gardener can snip them off the plant and then seeds won't develop. I told Jim not to cut them off. Yes, the poor dear didn't even know this much*. The flower if pollinated, by insects or even humans can do this as I showed you I did on my indoor tomato plants, when I was pretending to be a bee, will go to seed. So, you should look for seeds where the flower had been. They are either encased in a little husk (in the case of Columbines, Foxgloves and Sweet Williams) or they can be out in the open, (in the case of Cosmos, Dandelions and Cranesbill.)

Columbine seeds in their husk
Well, I could only see that the seeds must be at the ends of the stems, where the flowers should have been. I hoped anyway, but I did what any person not certain of where the seeds may be hiding...I planted the whole bunch, stems, leaves and seed heads and I hoped for the best. We'll see if anything comes of it. If not, I shall hunt Jim down to the ends of the globe...or maybe just send him a nasty email.
Cosmo seeds ready to shatter
 So, if you ever are wondering where the seeds are hiding, look for them where the flower used to be. They should be there. I'll show you exactly where on some commonly known flowers in future posts.

*I must tell you that some flowers are so very intent on taking over the world--dandelions come to mind here, but there are others-- that merely snipping the flowers off the plant is not enough to stop them entirely from going to seed. Most flowers which are very much desired in the garden, however, may not do this as readily or at all.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Save the bees!

We must save the bees!

I don't know about you ( I can guess this is definitely not the case for you), but I love bees. They fascinate me and I want to save them. Here they go from flower to flower collecting pollen for their own survival and in the process they do us the supreme favor of pollinating our crops so they can produce fruit and veggies for us and they hybridize our flowers so they can go to seed and you know what those seeds produce? Oddities, of course! That's the backbone of the ever-expanding garden. Oh, I love that!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How to collect daisy seeds

Some time back I told you of my trip to Julie Helms' farm Wooly Acres--or what I like to call it, Dingleberry Farm-- and the topic of how to collect seeds came up. As Julie was not the first person to ask how this is done, I knew I had to plan a lesson of sorts so everybody can do their own collecting of seeds.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Make your own potpourri with Belle Santos

Guest post by Belle Santos

Fun with Potpourri
Hi everyone! My name is Belle and I’m so glad to have this chance to share my thoughts with you. I’ve loved flowers ever since I can remember. Seeing the myriad of colors spread across my garden brings happiness that can’t be put into words. More than the colors, the one thing I love about flowers the most is their wonderful scent. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just package it and share it with other people? Oh, I is called potpourri.

The word “potpourri” is a French term that literally means “rotten pot.” Don’t get turned off by the translation. It just refers to the moist method of making potpourri. This kind has a stronger aroma that lasts longer than what you’d get from a dry potpourri. The downside to moist potpourri is that it is not visually appealing. I will be focusing on how to make the dry kind of potpourri. So how exactly do we make it?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year! 2012

           Happy New Year, 2012!

I must say, I never thought I would live this long. Don't quite know why, but the thought of living into the 21st century seemed too bizarre when I was younger. I never said I ever made sense...or maybe I did...don't recall.