Fine Tuning the Gardens

Today is the last day I cook for the after school kids until after Easter.  I need a break. However, tomorrow I start serious prep work for the big family Easter dinner.  No break for me.  In between cooking tasks, I have been starting to fine tune the gardens.  It's a lot of work but I love it.
 These are my raggedy watering cans that I left out over the winter and now they are even more raggedy.  I just painted all of my garden balls and re-glued them to their stands. They will be placed behind my fountain once it's opened.

 Pink phlox to plant.

 Vintage bisque bunnies on the potting table.

 A few more thrift finds.  I love this iron wheelbarrow.

 I'll use these hydrangeas on the front porch for Easter and then plant them in the gardens afterward.

 My birdhouse.

 Teddy got semi sheared yesterday.  Since she refuses to go to the groomer anymore, she gets matted.  She will only let me do grooming for a few minutes once in a while.  I turn into Edward Scissorhands when she relents and I throw aesthetics out the window.  I cut her hair with utter abandon.  I just want her to be as cool as possible for the summer.  Right now her pants have been clipped.  She looks like a chow chow in leggings.

 The view down to the guest house is about to be obscured by opening leaves.

 Ferns are popping up everywhere I look.  They are one thing I don't think I could every have to many of.  I love ferns.

 Yellow snapdragons and deep purple pansies are a great combination.  I hope to get them planted today.

 I am hoping to bring in some stone this summer to build a raised bed in this section behind the garage.  I want to build them on either side of this patio.

 I love the colors in this hydrangea.

 I painted a carrot sign too.

The Japanese Maple is leafing out next to the back stairs.
I have what I assume are wild onions growing everywhere.  Does anyone know if you can eat these?  If you do, how do you use them?  They look like good kimchi to me!


Oh Teddy! Too bad no one offers mobile grooming services.
The JR said…
I found your email address and am going to send you a pic of what I did with my old kettles and water cans

I used an old vintage pendant light with the chain. On the chain I wired the water cans and teapots to it

Everything will look great for the Easter dinner.
You'll have lots of good food too.

Sol said…
Teddy is a cutie. We have to grate cheese, one feeds the cheese very slowly to the dog and the other shears the dog with clippers like a maniac.

I am sorry that the after school programme has ended. Those kids will remember you and the blog tech the rest of their lives. I think that is pretty special. I wish there were more people like you in the world.
sandra said…
I love your back steps! Everything looks wonderful. And the internet says you can eat the wild onion grass. Just make sure it smells like onions.If it just looks like it but doesnt "smell", it could be a poisonous diffent plant,eckkk.
Rain said…
Hi Joyce :) I love the carrot sign! And the second photo with your watering cans looks like it came from a magazine! You have such a lovely home and garden! :)
Heritage Hall said…
Just love to gaze through your property...enchanting.
In addition to being a kitchen wizard, you have a gifted
green thumb attached to a vivid imagination. Have a
very blessed Eastertide.
Take a small piece of the green tip of what you think is the onion, BUT make sure it has a bulb, otherwise it's a poisonous lookalike. If that sucker tastes like green onion then you can eat it also wild garlic is the same way. You can cook and eat them.
check out youtube to see:
Adam said…
I've never really had an Easter dinner. Or Christmas either. Seems the only holiday the family got organized on was Thanksgiving
Guillaume said…
You make me feel like Easter.
Joyce..not sure I would want to take a chance on anything I didn't plant. But..I'm sure others know more about such things than I do.
Nope..wouldn't take a chance. Not worth it.
It looks like things are coming together after the winter...
Be careful about those "onions"..okay?
LOve that sweet wheelbarrow and those bisque bunnies. how cute.
chickpea678 said…
Those *do* look like good kimchi!