Sunday, June 3, 2018

Landscape Lighting

So excited to have real LED hardwired lighting in the yard. The solar lights, sorry environment, just weren't doing it for me. They were dim and gave off a cool white light. I wanted warm golden light to show off the yard at night. In total, we installed 5 spot lights and 9 pathway lights in a warm bronze finish. We also installed two solar gate lights. I think the yard now looks magnificent at night. Please ignore the unsightly black garden hose we have running down the right side of the yard. :)


Here are the products we used:

Moonrays 91851 15-Lumen Wall Mount Solar Powered Deck Sconce, Bronze

12V Landscape Lighting LED Brass Pathway Light from Best Pro Lighting

5 Bismarck Brass Constructed Spot Up Lights. Low Voltage from Lighting Factory USA

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DIY Compost Bin

Build your own cedar compost bin in one afternoon (I promise.) Who else is ready for spring?


How to Build a Compost Bin

Our bin is made from cedar lumber, but you can also build one from wood thermally treated to make it weatherproof and rot-resistant, although cedar is naturally rot resistant (and no chemicals, yay.)


Cut the lumbar to size

Cut 1x4 lumber to make 24 horizontal slats, 8 vertical legs for the corners, 8 slats for the lid, and 8 battens for the lid and slide-in panels. Cut a 1x4 to the bin's height, and rip it in half to make rails for the slide-in tracks.


Make the Back and Sides

For the back of the bin, lay two legs on the flat and attach six slats across them with 1 1/8-inch screws, placing the ends of the slats ¾ inch from the outside edges of the legs. Be sure to leave a ¾-inch gap between each slat as well. (Use a 1x4 turned on its edge as a spacer.) Make the sides the same way.


Make the slide in panels

For the lower panel, secure three slats spaced ¾ inch apart to two battens spaced 1 5⁄8 inches from the ends of the slats. Make the upper panel in the same manner, but be sure its battens extend ¾ inch past the bottom slat to create the gap between the slats.


Assemble the Bin

Glue and screw the sides of the bin to the inside edges of the back legs so that the legs form the back corners. To create the slide-in tracks for the front panels, attach the rails to the slats on the inside front edges of the side panels, flush with the ends of the slats. Glue and screw (with 2-inch screws) the remaining legs to the front edges of both sides to form the front corners. Slide the front panels into the tracks.


Make the Lid:

Attach battens to four boards so that they're flush with one edge and 2½ inches short on the other. Repeat for the second half of the lid. Flip the pieces over and top your bin; it will have a 1-inch overhang all around.

Now you're ready to throw all of your kitchen scraps (excluding meat), yard clippings etc. into your bin with some soil and leaves and get some glorious rich soil for your garden.

Happy Building
xoxo ☘

Sunday, March 4, 2018

In the garden at home

Visiting home this past week in California  made me realize just how much my parents like to garden. My dad being a welder created many beautiful pieces of art for the yard and I tried to capture the beauty on my phone while I was there. Many succulents and dessert plants were in bloom. Take a peak around.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dreaming of Roses

My affinity for Roses must come from my love of English Gardens or perhaps that my mom grew them in our yard in Southern California. I remember my mom getting a miniature rose bush as a gift and then transplanting it to a corner of a yard when the flowers died. Then several years later we'd have huge bushes that took up the entire corner filled with red and yellow flowers.  I've been pinning rose bushes to my Pinterest landscaping page and it turns out that I'm really drawn to the pink and white varieties.  Here are some that I must get for my garden come spring. BTW, if you live in the Triangle Area in NC, I highly recommend Witherspoon Rose Culture.

In the backyard I want to plant four white Climbing Iceberg roses.  These will get between 12-14' high and will look beautiful between my Italian Cypresses.

Picture this:

Here is how spread out it can get, but this may take many years and proper pruning.

A close-up of the Climbing Iceberg.

So the backyard is looking like white roses and evergreens on one side and currently I have a mixture of miniature roses on the other side that involves the following purple, red, and yellow roses. I know it's a hodgepodge but I kind of like having a space in the yard to plop down gift roses just like my mom did when I was young.

In the front yard we added a Climbing New Dawn light pink rose bush that will hopefully climb beautifully over the garage.  Come Spring Joe will design and install a trellis over the garage to hold it because it can climb upwards of about 18-20'!  

A few other rose bushes were added to the front yard this past summer that I think will grow so nicely this spring and I can't wait to see them come back to life. The first is the Margaret Merrill rose bush. It has one of the most fragrant scents of any rose bush I've ever smelled. Roses in the front are definitely leaning towards whites and pinks.

In the front left corner of the house I would love to have a Climbing Eden Rose bush on the fence. 

I put in several (6) cute popcorn drift roses that are super soft yellow that turn into a pure white as they mature and seem to last all season long. 

In addition to the yellow popcorn, we installed the six peach drift roses shaped like topiaries down the driveway. 

I hope that by summer's peak I can take some photos of my roses in full bloom for you.  They are truly worth the effort. 

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