Saturday, May 23, 2015

Follow Your Arrow

I don't have a funny story  

 I saw this copper pipe at the hardware store and thought it was beautiful.

or anything introspective to say.

I threaded beaded fan pulls through the pipe to replicate falling water.

I don't even have a joke to tell. 

 Yellow pimpernel flowers in the sedum.

I just have pictures that make me happy

Blue eyed grass in the rain garden.

 and music that makes me even happier.

 Roses and knautia in the Sunny Side Garden. 

"Say what you think

 'Night Owl' rose

Love who you love


Native clematis 'Crispa' is very easy to grow. The thick flowers remind me of an octopus.

'Cause you just get

 Clematis along the rain garden.


So many trips 'round the sun

Handmade birdhouse from Mike Merritt Art.

Yeah, you only

I cut this 'President' clematis back to the ground last fall, 
dug it up, and replanted it. It survived and is blooming.

Only live once. 
So follow your arrow where ever it points."

75 comments:

  1. That copper pipe is beautiful! And your blooms today made me so happy! And that video.........I want to save that one for my sweeties when they get older....heck...that's what it's all about! The lyrics to the song really struck a chord with me! Loved it!!! Thank you for inspiring me tonight pal! Nicole xoxo

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    1. I just love Kasery Musgraves. All of her songs are wonderful - so honest and real. The videos are just as cool as the music. :o)

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  2. OK, I am SO wanting a copper pipe now. That is just beautiful. And the flowers, oh how we can't wait to have lots of flowers (like yours) at the farm. If it will ever stop raining long enough to let the ground turn from mud back into soil, ha. And YES, we LOVE that song. Such a great message. It's quite often playing on my headphones while i'm on the zen machine.

    Happy weekend to you!

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    1. Go get a pipe! This is actually one pipe and some kind of elbow joint that I thought was fab. I find a lot of inspiration in the hardware store. What is the zen machine?

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  3. Hi Tammy, loved seeing the photos from your spring garden! Just beautiful! Each year it is a miracle, isn't it? Wonderful photo of the Clematis 'Crispa', such a delicate bloom.
    Wishing you a nice weekend!
    Christina

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    1. Crispa has petals that are actually quite thick and feel like little sponges. It only looks delicate. :o)

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  4. The copper pipe looks good now, but it will be even better when it weathers a bit and begins to go green.

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    1. I agree! It will develop a wonderful patina. :o)

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  5. I love this poem, Tammy. It's like music. I also liked your idea the falling water from the copper pipe, brilliant!

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    1. Thanks! The poem is actually song lyrics.

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  6. Super post! Love your copper pipe and your flowers look great!! I'm looking them up tomorrow. Great song!!

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  7. Your copper pipe is cool! Enjoyed the words as well! How many more school days for you? 17 for me!

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    1. We have 19 days left. Woo hoo!! Everyone is just so done. At this point it's just crowd control and fun science activities.

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  8. I love the copper pipe, but the view on the sunny side garden is just lovely with the roses and trees - it is a really peaceful composition. I also grow the blue-eyed grass here in Australia, and I love how it is almost always in flower...Matt

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    1. Thanks! It's interesting how we can grow so many of the same plants in totally different climates. But maybe our climates are more similar than they appear.

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  9. great song - I just listened to it on youtube. I love the beautiful photos and they make me happy too.

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    1. I really love music and play that song a lot. Music says so much that we struggle to say in our daily lives. I think we should all just do whatever works for us. Just because what works for one doesn't work for another doesn't mean that what the other person is doing is necessarily wrong.

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    2. It's a pity such tolerance is not more common, there'd be less war!

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  10. Love Crispa. And I needed a bit of music this morning. Rain. More Rain. Too mcuh rain. Singing in the rain? Not.

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    1. But the rain is so necessary and will fill up the aquifers. :o) I always need a bit of music.

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  11. More then words in this post, more then beautiful images, and gorgeous plants. Timeless advice!

    Jen

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  12. Great use of the copper pipe and the beaded fan pulls, so creative and smart to let whoever made the fan pull do some of the work for you. Enjoyed the photos of your beautiful flowers too.

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    1. I found the fan pulls on Etsy. I love lampworked beads and thought they would work well with other art in the garden. There is so much happening in the garden right now, that my posts would be a mile long if I showed everything. :o)

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  13. Love that Clematis 'Crispa' - and surprised it is a native. I thought the only native clematis was C. virginiana. The blue-eyed grass is really attractive as well. Isn't this a great time of year?

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    1. Late spring/early summer is one of my favorite times in the garden. I bought 'Crispa' from Brushwood Nursery and according to them it's a native.

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  14. Happy is good...thanks for spreading it around.

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  15. Love your clematis--President has a good color. I also like your copper pipe creation. Susie

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  16. Your pictures make me happy, too. I love your copper pipe. What a great idea to string the fan pulls to simulate water! It is very charming and effective.

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  17. The pipe is a great accent and cool idea to use the fan pulls!
    May is a great month, your garden really looks like a perfect spot to enjoy it.

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    1. The pipe sat in my basement for a year before I discovered the fan pulls as the perfect accent.

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  18. Your garden is beautiful, as is your whimsical copper pipe. Enjoy your long weekend. I hope there are no tests or papers requiring grading sitting on your desk. If they're are, ignore them!

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    1. Thanks! I left all my papers at school! :o)

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  19. Very cheery post. I had lost you on my blog list for some reason....Thank goodness for spring ... I am expecting some more native plants from Prairie Nursery soon....already planted my organic, non-GMO annuals....so much poison will be planted and people don't even realize it....Michelle

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    1. I grew all my own annuals this year that would attract pollinators and just bought a few begonias for shade. No poison here!

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  20. Oh your copper pipe catches the eye - worthy of inclusion in a Chelsea show garden :) Love that little clematis too.

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  21. Love the copper pipe--brilliant!! And your photos are gorgeous, all of them. I want a clematis. Now. Lovely, cheery post, even if I didn't chortle out loud at this one, like I usually do when reading you.

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    1. The pipe is straight from the plumbing section of Lowe's and the fan pulls are from Etsy. The clematis likes moist soil so it would be right at home in Texas this week!

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  22. Pictures of garden plants and awesome garden art are quite cheery and happy enough anyway! Love the clematis and that birdhouse!

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    1. I have two birdhouses by Mike Merritt. He makes pretty cool stuff. I think Crispa would do well for you. :o)

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  23. You are enough all by yourself....Love, Susie

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  24. Yes, well said. The copper piping with the beads ... awesome. :)

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    1. I find more inspiration in a hardware store than a craft store. :o)

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  25. Ah so true! We only dance in the sun for such a short time.
    Love the copper pipe btw !!

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    1. Life is just too short not to find the everyday beauty in our lives or to bother with what other people think. :o)

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  26. That creation of the copper pipe looks so pretty, so do the birdhouse. Your roses and clematis are showing wonderful.

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  27. Love your photos of the art and flowers.
    Kasey does a great job of saying so much.

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    1. She is a powerhouse at saying exactly what needs to be said. :o)

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  28. Beautiful photos girl .. I have a couple of "President" clematis I am training up a rather bare old Lilac tree .. I have to tie mine in for a lot of reasons .. over crowding so a lot of tendrils want to move out and on with their lives .. go figure.
    Love the copper pipe with the stones flowing out ... gorgeous ! ... that bird house is eye candy too ... I am having trouble trying to "dress" my garden due to the wait for the work to be done drama once again this year ... BIG sigh !
    Joy

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    1. Thanks! The work will be over eventually and then you can put out all your goodies.

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  29. Your photos are lovely. I really liked the copper pipe dripping gems. I will look for something copper and shamelessly steal your idea. Just bought a Presidents clematis and planted it yesterday. I located it on a post topped with a wren house recently purchased at a local flea market. This is my first visit to your blog but I will be back regularly to enjoy your posts.

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    1. Steal away! I bought the lampworked fan pulls from Etsy and the pipe came from the plumbing section of the hardware store. It's actually a pipe and an elbow joint of some kind that I thought was pretty cool. Clematis are much tougher than they look. Just keep them well watered and give them rich, deep soil.

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  30. What a lovely post, everything is looking delightful! That blue eyed grass is so cute and crispa is utterly fabulous! Your sunny side is certainly coming into it's own, those roses are beautiful! Good to see President made it and is back with a vengeance!
    Your copper installation is stunning, how creative, no-one else will have anything like that, unless they copy yours of course....a real touch of genius there!!! xxx

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    1. Thanks! I kept trying to get various wires down the pipe that I could thread beads onto but none of them worked. They kept getting stuck. It wasn't until I found an old fan pull in the tool box that I found something that would go past the elbow joint. It slid right down. I found the beaded fan pulls online and everything fell into place. :o)

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  31. The photos are beautiful, even more so the message.

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  32. Pretty, pretty, pretty and no joke!

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  33. Yes Tammy... words well spoken and wonderful blooms around your garden...love that pipe!

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  34. Your garden is looking as wonderful as ever and I love the copper pipe. What a cute idea!
    You must be getting excited. It's not long until your trip. Cross your fingers we get some rain here. We are in a drought situation. The days are really hot too, so don't pack too may sweaters thinking this is Canada your visiting! LOL

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to pack the night before after checking the weather. I am definitely look forward to the trip. :o)

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  35. Hello Tammy, wonderful pictures of a beautiful and sunny garden. Your Clematis "President" is doing a lot better than mine - which I found the other day had snapped at the base, it only had that one stem too. I planted it deep so am hoping it will make a re-appearance. It was planted from a 3-inch pot as opposed to the standard pot size for clematis. I'm going to try and ignore it until I see it flowering again or completely forget about it.

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    1. You have the worst luck with clematis! It might come back up. Clematis are tougher than they look. Except for your clematis. You specialize in wimps. ;o)

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  36. What a charming and funny blog! Looking forward to meeting you in Toronto! Rebecca

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  37. Clematis can be such finicky creatures. I'm glad to see yours survived the transplant. Love the picture of those big pink clematis blossoms running along in a horizontal line!

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    1. Me, too. A fence of pink clematis always makes me smile. :o)

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