Friday, June 1, 2012

Gardening--It's in our blood!

Ever since I was a little girl, I've been surrounded by flower gardens.  My mom's mom, (Oma to us grandkids) was an amazing flower and vegetable gardener.
  Here's my mom and grandmother (Oma) showing off an arrangement made from one of their flower beds.  (This picture was a pre-color photo).

     When we were young, my little sis, Arlene and I would stay with Oma for a week each summer and "help" (I use that term VERY loosely) with her gardens.  She'd show us when the carrots were ready and would pluck one fresh from the black soil, dust off that dirt and bite in, then share a bite with us.  How sweet.
       I wish I had pictures of those times but sadly we didn't have instant access to I Phones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all those other goodies.   But, my grandma taught us to appreciate flowers and vegetables and berries fresh off the vine.  Oh what sweet innocent times.
     My mom definitely inherited her mother's green thumb. This picture is looking out at one of Mom's many gardens but sadly I didn't capture flowers, but believe me she always has some in bloom.
  When I was younger, I always told people that I inherited a "black" thumb and couldn't even 'grow' artificial plants, but I always loved looking at them and enjoying the sweet scent of fresh blooms.  After, my dad passed away and Mom had some health issues that prevented her from being as active as she used to be with gardening, I felt God blessed me with a love for gardening and an amazing family inherited 'green' thumb.  I started helping Mom garden and found a new joy in watching what I planted grow and bloom.
         I love that there is beauty even in imperfections like this rose from our garden.  This resonates to so many aspects of our lives, which is why I find gardening somewhat philosophical (or it's just a good excuse to wax poetic!).
        Of course, me being the antique/junker I am, I cannot garden without mixing in some fun garden junk both in the way of planters and good ole junk, objets d'art (which is probably an oxymoron, but let's not get technical!)  Now, let it be noted that both my mom and boyfriend DON'T get my vision of beauty in junk... BUT I'll excuse their lack of perception! lol.
      When I purchased this cool speckled enamel bowl, the seller apologized for the holes, but I merely replied that it was perfect for one of my succulent gardens.
    Succulents are not something that my Mom is into, but I have fallen in love with these easy to care for almost impossible to kill plants.  They're perfect for junk containers and I've had fun creating fun mini gardens with them.  Here are some of my results:

Colanders are great for drainage and the old aluminum tea kettle catches the excess water

My latest planting is using a large chicken feeder for lots of succulents.

I bought this chicken wire basket in Fredericksburg and always felt it should be a succulent planter... solution for holding dirt... just add moss!
                              An abandoned hibache grill worked perfectly as a cool junk planter.
One of my objet d'art... formerly a lamp base!
THis is one of my favorite garden projects that my sister, Arlene helped my with... My bed of flowers!
       This blog is also my tribute to my inspiration for gardening, my Mom, Evelyn, who celebrates her 88th birthday on Monday AND she still gardens! Happy Birthday, Mom!

Betsy of Sisters Treasures


  1. Super job on the blog!! It reminded me of all the gorgeous flowers we had as arrangements in the house growing up. Even today, no matter the time of the year, Mom places fresh flowers by our bedside table when we visit. Thanks Betsy and Thanks Mom.

  2. Hi Betsy,

    I'm going to visit with you at Trade Days this month. I am trying to keep my succulents going and not really sure about the watering & sun. Also agree with your sister, you are doing a great job on the blog. Wish I could just get in the routine with mine. I keep telling myself, one step at a time.

    Lynn, Barn 5

  3. I will take dirt under my nails to finger polish any time in the garden. Love your green thumb too!

  4. Happy birthday to Mom! Your bed of flowers is adorable and repuposed items for planters. I love a beautiful flower garden, but don't like gardening....a problem for sure! You are so right about what is hot and selling, we sell a ton of vintage clothes, but no surprise to you we are right by to big collages!


  5. Love your repurposed items for the garden. I wish I was a sister is a wonderful gardener...I'd rather do genealogy on the computer so I guess that's why my plants don't make it.

  6. The pearl necklace is adorable! I would love to have my pearl necklace wear that. I love the black pearl set, really wish we sent for it since it's sooo cute! big hoop earrings we bought about 1.5 months in advance since she probably won't grow too much in that time period.