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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Joyful Gardeners

Our little garden club, The Joyful Gardeners, meets one Saturday a month, January through October.  It is a neighborhood group affiliated with the Northwest Perennial Alliance, of which we are also members. 

We go on field trips and have project sessions, and mostly we visit and share garden knowledge.  Many of our members are fairly new to gardening and appreciate learning from others.  

Today, besides touring our spiffed up garden, we planted.  The challenge was to come up with an unusual or "funky" container and the plants to go in it.  This required some homework, finding the container and shopping at nurseries, something we all like to do. 

Many found treasures at thrift shops.  Everyone had something interesting. 

We all shared what we brought first, and then we went to work. 



 There was hot coffee and tea and food, of course. 

 Here are some of the results. 






This last one is mine.  I found the old coal scoop at my neighbor's house when we were cleaning it out and moving her to assisted living.  I wanted to try something different so I concentrated on grasses and succulents.  It needs to fluff out a bit but we'll see how to does.  The plan is to let it just get water from a lawn sprinkler and not get hooked up to our drip system, which is at capacity.  We'll see. 

We had fun, and all the work in the yard was worth it for all of the compliments we received.  Sharing the beauty is the best part.

14 comments:

  1. They are all really nice, but I do think I like yours the best. And yes, your garden and your yard are simply amazing. I've said it before and i'll say it again! :-)

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  2. Very nice use of that scoop. So many wonderful ideas of what to do with plants.

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  3. Those are some great planters they will all fill in and out! I really liked the bird cage..and your coal bucket will be very pretty:)

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  4. Some truly beautiful containers, a job weel done.

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  5. What a great idea! I love your container and plant choices.

    Things are finally beginning to bud here -- no daffodils or forsythia -- it's been so cold. Today was beautiful but only about 39.

    I've purchased some poppies, but it's too cold even for them. Soon :)

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  6. Oh, I would be proud to have made any of these. I do like your coal scoop a lot. I'm glad you share the beauty of your yard. I always enjoy seeing it.

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  7. what a fun idea, makes we want to go out and get some plants and play....

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  8. Well, that Saturday must have been a lot of fun. There was lots of opportunity for creativity.

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  9. That was a fun project. Gardening can be such a creative outlet.

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  10. Looks like you all had a lot of fun! I love what you did with the coal scoop. And the birdcage with the miniature birdbath is very clever and cute.

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  11. That does look like fun...Michelle

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  12. I do like unusual containers. It is nice to see something another might throw away, serving a new purpose.
    Surprised at the men in your club. We only have one fellow.

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  13. A great collection of containers and some cool plant choices to go with them. What a great time!

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  14. They all turned out so nice. This post makes me want to go and get started on our planters, but it is still too early for around here.

    Kathy M.

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