Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hopefully a Deer Resistant Flower Bed...




After a long drought we are getting much needed rains in central Texas and things are starting to grow a bit...brings out the optimistic side of gardeners like us and we are ready to spruce up the lawn...but with a new plan of attack...succulents and rock gardens with plants deer are not prone to eat...I still realize that given a serious drought, hungry deer will eat almost anything, but I starting out with a new garden with stuff they usually pass up.
We are using rocks that came from the area around the Guadalupe River...most of them have holes in them and one of the large ones is "honeycombed" with passages. They are perfect for cactus and succulents which the deer usually don't bother...although last year the poor things ate Aloe plants and kolanche. I've tucked in a few zinnia for color...keep your fingers crossed that the rains continue and they have lots of native plants to browse on instead of foraging in my beds.

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Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.