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Doors open in the new cafe' tonight. We hope Soils got away on her flight ok! She'll be there in a flash with that flying teapot! We came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/887601/
BreadBurger anybody? Avocado, beef pattie and tomato sauce, lettuce, tomato, beetroot and pineapple on wholemeal toast.
Oh no, I totally missed the send off and I had fireworks too! Dang, we were watching that stupid convention and I never got online. So sorry Dianne that I missed your pre-departure party, you have my greatest apology. How rude of me to get prepared and then not even show up for such a nice person who I won't be seeing for a while. I am kicking myself right now if you happen to be right overhead in that lovely teapot plane and can look down, you are likely already hovering over the east coast!
Looks like I missed a wonderful send off as well, those fireworks were as good as what I saw at Longwood Gardens and the jet fuel was remarkably powerful. The drinks looked quite refreshing and likely just what Dianne needed. The boat and teapot jet appear to be the perfect way to travel, no fuss no muss! Great job as always Terri and Steven, sorry I wasn't there to assist.
Thanks for the new link Sue. I'll have one of your breadburgers please. No avocado,beef,tomato sauce,beetroot or pineapple on mine thanks.!!
Hi there Candee, missed you last night!!!!!!!! Thank you for the compliments, I'm sure Dianne will be getting first class service on the flying teapot.
Hi elle, Hope the festival is a great success for you.
As usual with the new cafe we have bare tables... please help us to decorate!
and help yourself to a slice of strawberry and cream cake.
Well I am stuffed, not sure I could eat another bite after that sandwich, but will surely take a small bite of that strawberry torte! Ummmmmmmmmmm, tastes even better than it looks.
Elle bet your are really busy getting ready, those are a lot of work.
Sue, I loved the sandwich, and did not take the whole thing. I did remove the avacado, but the wholewheat toast is my favorite! Yum, yum.
They look great on the cafe patio Steven, thanks and thanks for all the drinks, I'll be having one as soon as I get home as I don't have work tomorrow. What a lovely jade to put in the shade on one of our tables and by the door. Place is sprucing up nicely already.
Terri, BTW - how did you do those fireworks, is that some of that fiberoptic stuff? Very clever.
Hi Steven, Thanks for the cocktail, love the flower it looks like a cocktail umbrella! It sure is strong, I thought it was me seeing doulble after that!! The new plants look great, What a good idea to bring in houseplants especially when we are running low on flowers these days. Hope Mz Squash (our waitress) remembers to water them.
I may have a new applicant coming in for an interview, I believe her name is Mz margaret Marrow, but not sure what day she's coming.
Candee, yes it is the centre bit of a fibreoptic lamp!!! He's a picture of it without the colours. I taped it to the top of the vase. It has some flower petals thrown in.
You are just too clever.
I was in the cafe today and I almost fell over this thing on the floor and so I set it on a table and somebody had been in here smoking and the next thing I know when I went to the kitchen I thought a bomb had gone off, glad I was here alone and nobody got hurt cause it was one of those left over fireworks and the butt of cigarette fell onto the table and ignited it. Glad a camera was left by our chef so I was able to snap a few pics as it went off.
Candee, I'm glad you caught some pics of those fireworks as they went off!!! I think it was Mz Squash who cleaned up after the party. I was looking out my window and saw her come in late.
Terri, Has Mz margaret Marrow set a date yet for her interveiw?? I hope she's more punctual then Mz Squash who left that cigarette butt lying around. tsk tsk. I caught her smoking near the kitchen other day.
Elle, I hope the festival goes well for you!
One of my rabbits wanted to come and see the cafe so I brought her over. This is Coco.
Oh Steven I will sit for coco any day that you request!!! I used to have a gray bunny as a pet many years ago "hoppy" and he died of old age. He was such a good friend, thanks for sharing your dear one with us.
I'll be looking forward to meeting Ms Margaret Marrow, when will she be in for the interview?
I loved all the fireworks. I'm so glad Terri took photos, seeing as you had them when i was at work! (different time zones you know?) I'm glad the Cafe' is 24/7!
I cut a few flowers this arvie, because its raining again, and they all get smashed!
I picked purple Verbena, Euphorbia wulfenii (the lime green), Nasturtians, and orange Kalanchoe flowers.
Sorry about the beef burger Terri, but glad you others enjoyed it. I had a memory lapse!
And another, with the addition of Centaurea, (the grey) and some iresine (burgundy/pink, with yellowish seed head) and Coriander flowers!. I put sweet peas in the vase water, so remind me to change the water tomorrow please.
Thanks Sue for the flowers, I love the color combination. Don't forget the water. I like using the dusty miller in arrangements as it is a nice backdrop and good fill. That lime green is my favorite although not sure I have ever heard of it.
Went to bed early last night and missed all the comotion in the kitchen. Beautiful arrangement Candee! great choice of flowers and foliage, it looks gorgeous with the lights on it. The sparkler is brilliant!!!
Steven, Coco is so cute!
I might be having second thoughts about Mz Marrow, let me tell you this, I called by her house this afternoon and she wasn't even dressed, she said she had nothing to wear!!!! I told her to get her wardrobe sorted out as soon as possible. We shall see if she turns up or not.
Hi Sue, No worries!! Ohh those arrangements are so cheerful, lovely colours. It reminds me how much I like pink and orange together. The sweetpeas look great in the vase. Don't forget to change the water!!!!! (if we all remind Sue about the water, then she might remember)!!
Wonder what Mz Squash will have to say for herself... tut tut...
Candee, I'll keep you in mind if I need anyone to sit for Coco...but if you want to sit Coco you'll also have to sit Bella :) Bella's her mama. I agree that they make great pets! Everything seems like it has to be camoflaged from the bunny brigade these days...
Terri, Maybe we shouldn't hire Mz Marrow after all...hired help is so hard to find these days. I heard Mz Squash has a twin though so maybe she'd be more reliable??
Coco really enjoyed her snack! Although she did have to share it with Bella since she decided to come over too.
Sue, Very pretty flowers! I really like the Centaurea in the second arrangment.
Oh Steven they are adorable, I'll sit them both anytime! Please go away soon so I can do that as we just dug carrots from the garden!
Used a few of mittsy's zinnias to make an arrangement for the table with the salt pepper and butter.
We are gonna have to think about the help here at the cafe, not sure who is to make the final decision?
Aren't they beautiful Candee? I have one in a pot and four I planted at each leg of the swing frame, but they don't look to good after the winter. I'm hoping they will pick up.
I loved your arrangements, but thought I was a bit dizzy when i looked at one, but you did say it was blurry!
Nice Bunnies steven, and I love your arrangement too terri! Have you been to your MUms yet?
I forgot to change the water by the way! I didn't come back to DG for a couple of days. DOH! It was a bit gruesome when i tipped it out! EEEwwwwww!
I'm so looking forward to the weekend! I have been since monday! LOL
Keep up the good work all, and has anyone heard from Adele or Traci?
Thanks Sue. I do know that Karma is in the path of the storm and is now perhaps w/o power.
My vigna must be brought in each fall and cut it back. But you should see it now as the roots grow through the bottom of the pot and get themselves rooted on the island and the vine shoots out everywhere. In a few weeks will have to tip the pot, but off the roots and bring it in. Should be in full bloom for a photo post soon.
We tried to tell you about the water, you just don't listen LOL!
Candee, Thanks but I don't have any holidays planned in the near future...but...if anyone wants to send me on a vacation I'd gladly accept :)
Very pretty arrangments! Is this the firslt year for your vigna? I've never grown it before but they sure are nice!
Sue, Thanks . Anything special planned for this weekend?
Argh, Bella currently has an attitude problem. She pee'd in her food trough this morning when we didn't let her out right away.
Hello everyone, Please call in if you can to let us know you are all safe and well.
Candee, Thanks so much for the new perch for our birdie, Sweet pea, she loves it and has been playing on it all day!
Love the salt and pepper idea! Reminds me I have a salt and pepper set of teapots, will have to try something with them now!!!
Blurry arrangement is beautiful! Love the way you framed it with the candlesticks. Is that Iceplant (Sedum) in it? The Canna leaves are so striking, great job!!
Steven, Bella is a cutie, shame about the attitute!!!! I may have found some hired help, he's called Monty Marrow and has a sister Mellisa. Hopefully they will come by for an interview in the next couple of days.
Sue, stinky water yuk!!!! Haven't been to my Mums yet!!!!!! Been shopping for school stuff with a stroppy teenager,(with attitude) it wasn't much fun. Today Katie went back to school, YIPPPPPPPPPY!! Good news when she came home, she's been moved up into the top groups for all subjects so we are all delighted about that.
Is it spring for you yet? Are you getting busier with your gardening work?
I was at the flower club tonight and guess what? I won a raffle arrangement !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! again.
Will bring it in tomorrow to show you. Goodnight all.
Hi all, I do hope all the Americans in the South are ok. I hear it wasn't as severe as expected, but I'm sure it was scarey and did plenty of damage to gardens!
Thanks for telling me about the water. I did read it, 2 days too late I might add! My fault entirely!
Hi Steven, no plans for the weekend, I'll go with the flow. It is fathers day here on the 7th, so will be making hubbys day as easy as possible. his kids don't make much of an effort, so I'll treat him nicely for once! LOL. Sorry about your bunny. i haven't handled one since I was a kid, so don't remember much about their personalities.
Spring has sprung! My first dutch Iris, the rains have started, (so work on hold) and I fertilised the lawn (40kgs of fert!) and am fertlising all the palms and fruit trees. I also haven't had the fire on for days! Its lovely!
I'm starving! Hasn't anyone ordered yet?
Steven, who would have thought that cutie Bella had an attitude. Guess she just wants to be out and around all the time perhaps and I can't blame her. She likely wanted out to sneak back over to the cafe and look for more treats!
Sue so glad spring has sprung, so funny to hear you talk about all you have to fertilize and such as I am thinking about when to start taking things inside and washing and storing bulbs. Lovely iris that popped up for you.
Hoping that Karma can get some power soon and let us know she is okay.
Terri, sounds like Katie is quite the achiever, good for her and great for you. Like mother like daughter. Not surprised you won the prize again, you are undoubtedly the head of that class.
Nice Iris Sue, love the springtime! you have so much to look forward to. We haven't put the fire on yet but it is getting a bit chilly in the evenings. Have a good weekend with Fathers day and all.
elle, Thanks for the African Violet tea, looks good in the teapot.
Candee, Thanks! I was just lucky to have a winning raffle ticket!
Here's the arrangement I won, it was on a huge pedestal, it took up the back seat in my friends car!!
I think it will look nice at the cafe'.
elle, lookin good in the teapot! It shall do well for you.
Terri, lovely spread looks like water undrneath? Raffle ticket my butt! You won it hands down I am convinced. How chilly are your evenings Terri = what do you do for a fire, wood, gas or what?
Sure will have your brother in my and our thoughts but bet the electric is out and all is well other than that!
Hi everyone, I heard from my brother today! He said they are expecting Ike on Sunday. He has been given a list of things to get to be prepared, it's scary, he's never been in a hurricane situation before.
Candee, Thanks, it's a relief to hear he is ok! me being a bit chilly in the evenings is nothing compared to whats going on!!! We have a gas fires.
Have a safe weekend all.
Hi Candee, 2 fires downstairs and radiators upstairs!! Temps down to about 14 at night.
When are you heading off to the cabin? I bet it looks beautiful there with the Autumn colours.
I added a new theme, Autumn Shades... have you seen it? I just looked and it has over 30 views since last night, where are all the lurkers? LoL!!
Now those are some sweet drinks Terri, thanks for taking the time to bring them in. Will have to check out the thread. No autumn colors at the cabin yet, perhaps when there is we can take another trip up there with Karma and any other takers. The new boat motor is great just zips us across the pond, if the water wasn't so full of snappers and sediment would be a great time tubing LOL!
Hi Candee, sounds good to me! an Autumn trip to the cabin, something to look forward to.
Did you see the tennis tonight? Poor Andy!! well, he won a million dollars, so thats not too bad!!
I Hope to get some arrangements in soon, noticed our tables are looking a bit bare!!!
Still raining, waiting for a sunny day to make my secret garden spot too.
Hope everyone is safe and well? Cissy, Yardqueen, Adele,Traci,Mittsy,elle,Steven,Karma,Star,Sue, Hi to Dianne on holiday. oops if I missed your name out!!!!
Hi there Sue, how is spring coming along over there?
Karma, sounds like the hurricane may not come your way, keeping my dirt covered fingers crossed for you and yours.
No tennis here Terri, it is football season again , do you believe it already Monday night football, where does the season go?
Was wondering about elle, Steven and everyone yesterday thanks for bringing them up Terri, hoping everyone is fine and just busy in the garden and with family!
Hello Lurker Sue!!!!! too busy with springtime eh? we need your help with some flowers in here please mate LoL!
Hi Candee, It was the US open I thought you would be watching it! Our football (soccer) started about 3 weeks ago.
My team (Liverpool) have been playing rubbish so far. Sue will fall asleep if we talk about football or any sports!!!!!
Hi elle, good to hear from you. Hope the festival preparations are going well. Will you be selling plants too?
I got a new floral design magazine, will pop in later with a few pics. Raining outside and the magazine shines with the flash indoors, any suggestions for taking magazine pics without the glare of the flash?
Yes, I can see you are in a rush, but still trying to accommodate us with the magazine, thanks will read it here in a bit. So you have gone to visit sis, enjoy your stay.
I'll see what I can do for a table or two.
LOL, I knew it was the Open Terri, I just meant no tennis is generally watched at our house. Sorry Sue if you are lurking don't nod off, just a quick mention of "sports".
Now back to work and will be back soon to read the magazine.
elle, you have been so busy working on your festival. Should be a great day for you and yours. We shall use these in the cafe with much thanks as least until they are sold which will not be long! You are really gettin creative on us here!
I know I've been a bit of a snob, peeping in the windows but not coming in. I did wave though! Did anyone see me?
It is starting to get busy here now, coming into warmer weather, so if I go missing for awhile, you'll know why. I'll still tap on the window now 'n' then, but don't always have time to stop for a cuppa and a chat.
Today between jobs, I stopped in at the shopping plaza, and they had their Orchid Show on! Beautiful!
So I'll leave you with a pic of the Phalaenopsis's's's's.
LOL, I can hear you slurring that phalaen all the way over here! I didn't see you outside nor hear you tap but am sure it was because I was completely engrossed in the latest magazine articles. Will definitely start paying more attention to the view outside, haven't seen Steven in a while either, guess he has been staying inside or just in his backyard?
Hi everyone! I hope everyone in the south is safely weathering all these hurricanes! I can only imagine what they must be like. Yesterday we had the tail end of Gustav and today we're getting the remains of Ike and theres is a chance of tornados, but I doubt we'll get any...so far we've only had lots of rain.
Elle, The flowers are really nice! I can see them from my porch.
Terri, Candee and Sue, I hope your all doing well! The Cafe seems to have been slow recently.
So, I sometimes do small landscaping jobs for people and just got one this afternoon. Anyways I was wondering if anyone hear can think of a blue/purple perennial that flowers all summer??? I'm thinking perennial salvias but am having brain freeze and can't think of any others. They're most likely going to be paired with pale yellow Sunrise coneflowers or something similar. Here's another Phalaenopsis to go with the ones Sue brought over.
Hi Steven, wow, you guys seem to cop alot of bad storms over there eh? It must be very unnerving when the warnings start.
The cafe is quiet. I think Terri has gone visiting rello's, and I'm not sure of others, but I guess some are just busy with life in general.
I can't help with your landscaping, as I too suffer from brain freeze when ever asked for ideas, unless I can picture plants in y own landscape. The only purple flowering perrenial i have is a ground cover verbena that DOES go all spring summer autumn, but needs reining in!
Hi Elle, you've been busy with your arrangements. Nice stuff. Hows work treating you?
I'm busy with gardens and horticulture classes at the mo, so haven't had alot of time to sit and chat, but I will try to drop in more often.
Like steven, I hope everyone is ok over there in the land of tornados and hurricanes!
Hi Sue! We managed to avoid the storm last night, just rain and wind. Your garden is so nice! Very colourful! I think I had that verbena last summer(reminds me of allium), we grow it as an annual and it sometimes reseeds. Is that an azalea I see on the left? Its gorgoeus! I wish I could grow that type outside here, but they're just sold in grocery stores as pot plants :(
Hi Elle! Be sure to take some photos at the festival :)
Terri, Since you're off visiting "rello's" I hope you're enjoying yourself!!!!
Looks like the cafe has weathered the storm and now the power is back on and we are up and running again.
I think the winds blew most of the arrangements out through the pantry in the back, I tried to salvage some of the containers for later use and have returned them emply to the closet in the lavatory. Feel free to grab one the next time you come in and make a pit stop and fill it with something pretty. (I mean flowers of course LOL)
Have missed seeing everyone and hope all are well and busy with fall and/or spring cleaning!
Hello everyone! Hope you are all keeping well? Any news from Karma?
All the arrangements looked lovely! I'm so glad you managed to save the containers Candee, well done!! missed you too.
Sue, your garden is looking gorgeous already so colourful. Did you buy anything at the Orchid show ?or were you just lurking!! Is it getting really warm over there now?
Steven, nice plant. I have a purple perennial geranium that flowers all summer, I think its called Johnsons blue or something like that. Thanks, my brother is fine and due to come home in October.
elle, Hope the festival went well? you certainly did put the work in, making so many lovely things
I did enjoy myself with rello's! but boy did she make me work!!!!!!
Here's what I had to collect... a wheelbarrow of weeds for my supper.
Glad to be home... need a rest!!!!! (only joking SIL) I know she lurks here!!.
Actually she's gone on holiday to scotland now. I have a lovely new vase (early christmas present). Can't wait to show you, when I've put something in it!!
Looking forward to catching up with you all and making stuff for our cafe.
Hi Terri, I guess its only fair that your SIL makes you work, especially as you had her slaving for you in the lottie!
Yes, I did buy an Orchid. A lovely little dendrobium with buds about to open, yellow I believe.
its been warm here for the last two days, around 30-35 degrees celcius, or 100 degrees farenheit. I actually got into the pool yesterday, but only for a very short time, with alot of 'ooohing' and huffing and puffing as it took my breath away.
I can't wait to see your new vase!
Hello Candee, Steven and Elle.
I'm off for an afternoon sleep! Went to see a couple of bands out on a property last night, and didn't climb into the van to sleep till it was nearly daylight! (I had a great time)
See you all in a couple of days.
PS, be like Lily, and don't forget to smell the flowers
Hi Sue, S'pose youre right!!!!! it was my turn to help her with her lil lottie and garden.
Good to have a blow out sometimes!!!! sounds like you had a good night. Enjoy your kip.
Your garden is looking fab, Lucky Lily getting to smell the flowers.
Sue, you are bloomin now, that is spectacular. Sniffin the poseys is a great photo! Glad you had a fun night out on the town ! Haven't done that in a while - lol, anythin past 10 here is a late night!!!
Heavy breathing and panting...I can't believe I finally found my way back to the cafe! I have been looking for it in the wrong forum and thought you had dropped off the map! Now I can get back to enjoying all your fabulous arangements.
I stopped in the cafe and took this pic of all the friends who have been lookin in the window for you Zany, they are so glad you found your way! They will remain in the window right by your favorite table !
Candee, those are adoreable! I don't know how I got so lost but I kept looking under the Artisan forum fo the cafe and of course it was not there! I'm going to pour myself a big glass of sweet tea and kick back and play catch up with the old threads while I wait for the paint to dry on my mixed media collage. What a trip it has been...my first artistic effort in like a hundred years! LOL notice I say effort and not achievement!
Hi Zannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnyy ! Great you found your way to the cafe. I have been watching the progress with your beautiful fabric collage over on Artisans. Please bring it to the cafe so we can hang it here for us all to admire when we pop in for a cuppa!
Hope to see you around here lots.
Hi Candee! Thanks for the ornaments on the window ledge, hope they don't get knocked over when we party!! Dianne will be back soon? Spring is in the air down under and we have warm shades of Autumn to enjoy! Lets hope the cafe will be full of gorgeous arrangements soon.
Thanks for the reminder Terri, we need to put them away before the next blow out bash of ours as they are a keepsake of my mothers. Whenever my dad travelled he always returned with some bone china animals for my mom's fountain.
Zany, I like it, quite colorful. No need for him to be self conscious he is quite an interesting subject. I like that blue leaf, really makes it stand out against the oranges. What medium is it? Watercolor? Oil? Thanks for the compliments on the fired up pickle LOL! Serves the purpose to fill in that blank area on the fence where we love to sit for dinner and/or coffee.
Oh, so it is fabric, how clever? I think it would look terrific on the wall next to the window.
They won't be safe, I know how we get, I have witnessed us partying before. I will take them down and put them in a safe spot this evening, just in case karma or sue drop in and have a few nips (if you know what I mean)?
It is mostly fabric with acrylic paints and felt tip pen. So I suppose it would me called mixed media. I glued it up on a piece of backer board from an old poster frame. I want to frame it out with a flat, wide board frame. Maybe next weekend when I have time to drag out the saw.
I want to hang it on a wall that has no window...if the window was there it would be overlooking a pond where the local dragonflies congregate so this will be my pretend view.
Kathleen suggested adding eyes over on the other thread. I think I have figured out how I want to do that. Hopefully he'll have a new head with eyes before I go to bed tonight. It should give him more depth and interest.
Hi everyone! Welcome to the cafe Zany! I like your dragonfly! Very nice!
Terri, I completly forgot about that geranium! I think I'll put it on my own want list for next spring :) Glad to hear your brother is doing well and your trip was enjoyable :)
Sue, Your garden is so nice and Lily seems to be enjoying it! Please show us lots of pictures cause while you have summer we're going to be looking at several feet of snow. :(
And Hello :) to Elle and Candee and and Terri's SIL who is here lurking ;)
Today I was a 'big' spender and splerged a whole 12$ on a white fall mum and a red and yellow coreopsis(sp?) called 'Big Bang'. It looks sooooo good though and really spiffed up the garden. Some annual blanket flowers I started in the spring are starting to load up with blooms so maybe I'll still be able to make another arrangment yet! YAY!
ps: After I charge my camera I'll take some pics of my new plants!
Zany that is a mixed media but sounds delightful and looks sensational!
Yes do please Sue we will soon be dormant here and looking for any blooms we can get!
Steven, so nice to hear from you , guess we will be hibernating around the same time LOL. So would love to see your final arrangements of the season when you can get "charged up" LOL, then guess we shall soon settle in and just party all the time LOL!
Hi there Sally, glad you have been lurking and having a good time. Well I never got around to it, went to the PO to mail a package and then came home and started getting the tropicals ready to bring inside for the winter. Will try to put somethin together tomorrow, but it is my mowing day after work and weed wacking and then to the cabin on Friday to do the same. Haven't mowed up there for 3 weeks so can only imagine what awaits me there.
Candee, before you head to the cabin to tackle 3 weeks growth you may want to leave word with the local search and rescue teams to come looking if you don't come back by Monday. Jungles can grow rapidly this time of year and we don't want you lost in a grass jungle!
Hello Zany, Candee, Terri, Steven and Sally! Gosh the cafe is busy today!
I've been lurking, but just don't have the time to stop and chat these days, with all the spring growth in the garden and cutting the lawns!
All is well here, although we are coming into our storm season. Nothing like you guys in USA! But we do get torrential rains and strong winds through spring. *sigh* I'm not looking forward to picking up the piles of gum bark that blows down.
The garden is looking really nice, but I feel like you've all seen it before? I don't know what part of it I can show you that you haven't seen already.
Did I tell you I have finished the new shade house? It is a very bright and sunny one for the colourful foliage bromeliads. Today I put a table and chairs in there so i can have my cuppa while gazing. Here are the first inhabitants! I've been re-arranging them almost every day! *rubbing hands with glee*
I really ought to get a life!
Zany your fabric art is gorgeous. I love dragonflies! I can't wait for the day when I can get all artsy and make some nice stuff!
Candee, your little animals are too cute! Terri's suggestion to move them is a wise one me thinks. I'm not taking offense when you mentioned my name as I'll admit to be a tripsy, tipsy sot! LOL
By the way, when is the next party?
Zany, it may get even worse before it gets better, they are calling for rain here beginning today through the weekend which means another week of not mowing. It may soon be time to consider a goat although just to get an initial start on it. Afraid the search and rescue teams would even have a problem locating this place unless I am wearing a gps system!
Sue, we love seeing your gardens, they never bore us, don't be so silly. I love the brom house, what a great spot for a cuppa and book and prop your feet up!
I am busy getting things ready to bring inside for the winter and must remember to put my one measly little brom in a shaded area. I pulled the majestic palm and cane yucca from the island yesterday along with the pineapple plants, the baby pineapple and the pineapple lily. In addition all the caladiums and ee are potted and ready to head in. I took in the star jasmine last evening and have only to pull the vigna caracalla and passiflora and get them ready to head in. I never even took the plumeria outside this season, it went by so quickly I just never got around to it LOL! One less thing to haul back in!
I have dug and washed the hymenocallis bulbs and the tuberose. The dahlias are blooming profusely so won't be messin with them just yet and my canna are just beginning to bloom so they will remain out a few more weeks as well>
Busy, busy, now what was I saying, I have stuff to do at the cabin???
Welcome to the flowerpot cafe' Sally! Look forward to your lovely arrangements in here!!
Zany, 'eyes ' sound good for the dragonfly, he's really beautiful. What did you use to make him look so luminous (sp)?!
Steven, would love to see your red coreopsis, I have only seen the yellow one, sounds lovely in red! Is your camera charged yet?!!!!!
Sue, your shades house looks FANTASTIC, wow! it looks like one of the stands at the Chelsea flower show!!!! very impressive darling!! It's a honour to see it develop and grow! Never bored of your garden, always enjoy seeing every bit of it.
Candee, you work too hard!! chillax girlfriend!!!!
Party? did somene say PARTY???? I'm here!!!
How about a welcome Party for Sally and Zany when Dianne (soilsandup)gets back from her holiday? ... we can welcome her back too!!!!!
I'll be back in a while with some flowers for the cafe.
Have a good day all.
Good morning everyone! I am sitting here feeling lucky that my plants can winter outside without moving them :~) I am afraid this lazy gardener would end up having to replace everything each year and everything would be treated as an annual.
I dug up a thimble berry bush yesterday in the woods and planted it in the back corner of the yard. If it makes it I'll be delighted and if it doesn't I'll just try again in the spring.
I gave the poor dragonfly eyes and he is now soaring over his pond in search of mosquitos. I hope to have time to make his frame this weekend.
Steven, you have a red coreopsis ? That sounds pretty!
weed_woman, It is always fun to read your posts as you start spring in our autumn. It lets us have eternal spring at least on the internet!
Sally, these gals do post some great pictures don't they!
Well, Pyxle is trying to tug my arm so she can go to the park. Guess I'd better go before she pulls it off.
Well coming right up for you there Zany, prop up your feet, have a sip and chill out! Sure this isn't as good as the ones that Terri and others usually serve up, but best I could do on such short notice. I had just gone over to the bar for a minute when you spotted me there and hadn't intended to bartend this eve, but always happy to fix a quick one for a friend in need!
Do we have any idea of just when Diann is due back? Has anyone seen or heard from Traci or Adele? Steven - what are you up to? I hope all are out making their end of season arrangements to bring in the cafe. I have hearrd that the arrangements keep much longer in the cafe than one would imagine. Some can survive right through the winter. I think it is because is is a cyber cafe and the poseys are in a time warp just like the one that brings us all together for the parties and so the flowers continue to live on and on,
bring them on, we need all of them we can get to carry us through the winter months almost upon us!
You know, your're right, does look like a butterfly invasion. Hope you enjoyed your rum - there is a picher of the rest that is left behind the bar, just get back there and squat down, you can't miss it! Enjoy and now good night. Must get to work early tomorrow.
Candee, Great arrangements, they look lovely in the cafe and on the patio. It's a gorgeous red Dahlia on the wicker table, (pretty mirror) btw! My fav is the one at the bar, the colours work so well together and it has great height!!
You made a good job of Zany's drink, very creative. Cheers!
Geez, thanks for the "heads up" - I almost broke my fool leg stumbling over you when I went to wash the glasses this morn. How many glasses of that did you have anyway? I picked up 5 from the most odd locations. One was on the shelf with the animals, musta been when you were staring out the back door; then I found one out front and on the way in I picked up 2 in Steven's front yard. Good I got them before he found them, you know he is putting up a fence and likely for good reason. He let's us cut through there once in a while on our way to the cafe, but would likely put a stop to it if he got up and found glasses in the lawn!
Terri, that looks great at the entrance, where are you getting glads this time of year! Thanks for your compliments, that was my favorite as well all the colors are quite cheerful!
elle, are you working nonstop these days? Or are you out selling your lovely items?
Well, I just wanted to spiff the place up a bit. Good thing I did when I did as the winds were already beginning as I finished the last arrangement and today it is rainy and expected all weekend, so much for mowing at the cabin. Guess I'll need to borrow a plow by the time I can mow.
You sure get pretty flowers at your market, our "supermarkets' are expensive and not the greatest looking flowers, guess I am a bit spoiled.
Sorry to hear you are expecting rain for the weekend. Today is has been sunny here for the first time in weeks. Hope it stays nice, got lots of clearing up to do in the garden.
Those Glads are very reasonable at £2.00 for a bunch (8 stems) at the supermarket here.
I think they are imported from Holland.
Yay! it's Friday, have a great weekend everyone!
I'm making some new items for the menu, any special requests?????
LOL, I didn't leave the glasses on the lawn...that must have been my evil twin...she is quite the prankster and just loves to make people think the worst of me. The one by the window was mine though, Did you know those critters come to life at night and they love to party! You should hear them sing too! They really howl!
Hi everyone! I just had a martini...there was an extra one in the fridge.
Candee, those are beautiful arrangements, what kind of clematis is that? I want to get one last arrangement made this afternoon...my fairy rose is just opening a fresh crop of blooms...which would add some colour to the garden...but I think I'll cut them anyway. So did you get most of your tropicals brought in? I've been trying to leave mine out as long as I can but it's almost October so I'm starting to worry we might just get a frost without warning so they're coming in...which for some reason always makes me feel sad cause they always look so 'happy' outside.
Sue, those garden pics you've been posting...are they of your 'winter' garden? Either way...I'm envious...and thats shade house is very nice aswell! But I think it needs more inhabitants! :)
Terri, love the white martini!!! It's so beautiful! And heres a pic of the red coreopsis 'redshift'...its red and yellow but still a bit different.
hahahaha, that last pic gives a false impression of the shape of the bougie...that picture makes it look small and round but it's actualy bigger and 'longer' if that makes sense???
I found a few of glasses Zany left behind in my backyard...but on the other hand, who wouldn't want to stare at this fine specimen? I started it back in February of this year so it's my proud achievement of the summer...it should open anyday!!!!!! I'm CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
Hey Steven! I must say I really like that redshift, such an unusual combo. The bougainvillea looks splendid by the window. Sorry I took the critters out so, well you know, they wouldn't get knocked around ^-^. Now is that a brugmansia? I don't know much about them other than they are spectacular in showing, please post when she opens. I am sure Zany's mouth dropped to the ground along with the glasses when she spied that. Very pretty mum you have added to the cafe.
I have brought most everything inside and agree, it all looked happier out, but what is one to do. I still have the passiflora and vigna caracalla out as they are full of blooms, but will surely bring them in regardless in about one more week as we can get a surprise cold snap with little warning here in the mts.
Thanks Candee, redshift was 20% off and I actualy passed it by the first time as it wasn't on budget...but just couldn't get it out of my head and had to run back and get it :)
Yup thats a Brugmansia, and this will be my first ever Brug bloom! Its supposed to be pink but looks like it will start out yellow and later change to pink which is apparently quite common. It should open any day now...it seems to be taking so long...probably teasing us on purpose!
Zany, hope the cutting does well :) I'm going to be taking some soon myslef cause if I brough in the whole plant it would hit the ceiling!
Thank you, glad you enjoyed the Martini's.
Candee, the blueband is a fabric collar from the hand tie I won in the raffle a while back!! Did you get your mowing done at the cabin?
Steven, Good idea bringing your bougie over here, love those, so exotic with the paper like flowers.
The splash of colour looks nice at the front, critters get hungry at this cafe too!! The red coreopsis is very unusual, looks a bit like cosmos dont you think?
Thanks for your pretty table arrangement, hopefully it will inspire more!!!
Any cakes around here? raisin toast? anything?...
Here's a fresh pot of flowers. I 'found' the fuschias!!!
Terri, I never really thought of it before but they do look like cosmos! I just collected a bunch of seeds for the pink ones so maybe I'll try and grow the together next time...you keep giving me all these ideas! :) Glad you like the Bougie. ANd those darned grasshoppers are starting to eat everything...theres a meadow behind our house so there must be hundreds of them in our small yard.
I do have some sandwhiches if anyone wants a nighttime snack! But raisin toast does sound rather good...Mmmm...
edited to add that they have lettuce and chicken breast on them. Thought I should say incase anyone was a vegetarian.
Chicken...yummy! Thanks Steven, it is almost my lunch time and that chicken is going to taste mighty good.
terriculture, aren't the fuscias lovely? Mine are blooming still also. In fact the never stopped this past year even in December. The local hummers have made them a regular stop on their daily rounds.
I managed to sand and stain the wood frame for my dragonfly over the weekend and hope to get it knocked together and hung soon. The boards I used were redwood and I used a cherrywood stain (3 coats) The wood looks wonderful against the pictures colors. Even my critic DH has decided it "doesn't look bad" LOL if you knew him you would understand this is a HUGE compliment!
Terri, I am glad you partly fessed up about the fuschias cause I had a pretty good idea how they landed in that pot! They are really pretty and I like the dark teapot contrast.
Steven so nice of you to bring over your autumn shades, they look marvelous on the windowsill. As a matter of fact I am looking at them right now munching on a wonderful chicken sandwich, I love chicken sandwiches and since you have so many and nobody is watching, I think I'll have two!
Now are you talking about raisin/cinnamon toast, cause Pepperidge Farm has a wonderful one that I love to toast and gob with butter (real butter of course)! Now I may have to find some of that in the kitchen for a snack later myself.
Zany, I am impressed that you made the frame and finished it yourself as well, bet you are quite proud, we can't wait to see it.
Looking forward to seeing your Fuschias sometime Zany!
Lol Candee, you know I can't keep a secret either!! Real butter for the raisin toast of course!!!!!!!
I was in such a hurry to get home today, I forgot to get some raisin toast!!
Think I'm coming down with a cold, feel a bit 'crook' (as Sue would say).
It's the flower club tomorrow and as yet I don't have any flowers or ideas... Please HELP!!
The theme is ... Parallel Lines ...
Hi All, glad everyone is enjoying the chicken sandwiches! Are you going to share some of that delicious rasin toast Candee???
Hmm, Parallel Lines
Maybe some tall and straight blooms like gladioli and perhaps some coloured branches and ornamental grass in a rectangular or square container? I made a quick drawing of what it might look like from the top, the different colours being different flowers, branches, ect. . If you use tall blooms with lots of stem you could tuck some pompom mums or dahlias at the base of the stems to fill in the bottom.
Hope I managed to type that out so it makes sense! hahahahahaha
I enjoyed the chicken sandwich and then ate a thick slice of raisin bread for desert. Then of course I just had to take a nice nap... but not before I hung the dragonfly. I feel like a kid all excited about showing off their refrigerator art... so TA DA!!! Meet Pffft the Magic Dragonfly
Hi Steven, Thanks for the sketch and ideas. I like the idea of using mums to cover the base. The trouble with this design is... you need loads of plant material!!!! Luckily I have a rectangular dish for this one,
I will go and see whats available at the shops tomorrow, just hope I can find tall stems!
Zany, Thank you for hanging such a beautiful work of Art in our chill out zone! you did a fantastic job and the frame looks great with it.
This cafe is so cool and trendy, I'm so happy to part of it!!
Well, I've had some hot honey and lemon drinks, but think I need to shake this cold off in bed. Don't want to be coughing my germs in the cafe.!! night all.
Well first let me say the sandwiches were marvelous, thanks so much Steven, as you can see I had my share. Now for that parallel line arrangement, Steven, now that is one clever idea when we have so few blooms, great job as they are lovely and quite parallel.
Zany that is wonderful!!! You must be so excited to sit under that and be so proud that it is your own creation and done so exquisitely. Steve and I, as you know, do artwork and it always amazes us how lovely it looks in our home as well as others, pat yourself on the back.
Now for the sandwiches did in there are still a few left!
BTW Zany the sofa colors really make it stand out well.
Now Steven you have a unique sense of style and so I put your lovelies on the bar but hope you don't mind I changed the vertical and forgot a vase!
Zany, I am not the best person to tell you the difference between layers and masks as I am still studying up on the masks, but there are two different monsters!
Masks are more like what you get if you use a stencil and you can create some fantastic techniques, but there is so much to learn. I am gonna keep playing with them over on the framed not cut thread and eventually I will master something LOL!
The shadows in your room with the lovely dragonfly reminded me of a mask overlay, guess I have that on the brain. BTW you really did a fine job with the color combos from your sofa, pretty slick for a first attempt.
Hi Terri!, Glad you like the idea...hopefully you can find something thats not too many $$$, maybe take a drive on a country road and there might be some nice wild branches or grasses that would look nice? I guess you could make the arrangement 'zen' and put less plant material in it. Hope you're feeling better today!
Candee, thanks for setting up the arrangement on the bar, it looks very nice. And do you happen to have any of the rasin toast left? When I go the cafe the plate was empty...the sandwhich rolls are gone too...I guess the lunch crowd(everyone but me) came in early today.
Zany, Very nice job on the Dragonfly! I would definitely hang it up in my house, it would look quite nice in the tv room(once it's finished). Do you mind if I 'borrow' it from the cafe once and a while?
Here's my Brugmansia this morning, I'm really hoping tonights the night!!!
I bought that couch about 8 years ago. It was the first time I ever dared to buy a large piece with a bold pattern and I really liked it. But after 8 years I am ready for a change. I may slip cover it with a solid color fabric. The two chairs are both the same color as that one green throw pillow in the picture so I may pull one of the other colors out for the sofa.
Oh, Steven that is gonna be a beaut! Sorry, can't get any more toast made cause I have to do some work outside the cafe as on my way in I saw that the storm drain was clogged and they are calling for rain. Wouldn't want an overflow of water backing up in your basement!
Zany I love the bold in the sofa, I used to have one that was mildly bold but it was corduroy fabric and I tired of it after many many useful years as well. I am sure whatever you come up with will look marvelous as you have quite a good eye for colors and design. Steven if you borrow the dragonfly, be sure you sign it out so we know who has it. Enjoy.
Candee, Thanks, I just took another picture, the bloom is even bigger then it was this morning! This is my first brug bloom so I can't seem to wait any longer...I think tonight is the night it's going to open!
Ha ha, Candee makes raisin toast for terri (finally) and she doesn't come in to eat it!
Sorry terri, I've been flat out like a lizard on a rock! Not only gardening but playing in the 'Brom Palace' as I've called my new shade house.
Steven, we are in the first month of spring. Days are getting warmer and longer and everything is booming along!
I'll leave you with a pic of this afternoon in the Brom Palace. (Is it full enough yet?)
Thank you so much for making me some raisin toast Candee.
I would like to know who ate MY raisin toast??????? I have my own suspects!
Steven, Thank you for your help with the parallel lines. I ended up with Gladioli and roses and used mums to cover the top of the base. I was quite pleased with it in the end, it's a pity the judge was so picky and marked me down for a stupid reason although once she pointed it out, I understood what she meant and it made sense, so I learnt something!
I forgot to take my camera with me, so I was mad at myself with that because there were some nice arrangements. A friend is going to email me with her photos, so when they arrive I'll show you. Will take a picture of mine later, if I find the energy!!!!!
I came home and went to bed early for a change! Still got a bad cough and not feeling too good. I'm staying in bed today!!
Has it opened yet?????
Sue, Brom palace looks fantasic! It will be our top winter attraction at the cafe. Thanks so much for building and designing it for us. Feel free to keep adding more!!!!!
Get some rest Terri, hope you feel better soon. So what did she say the problem was with your parallels? Can't wait to see it.
So Steven, today? did it, did it?
Sue, your brom palace will soon outdo the one I posted at Longwood Gardens, sue keep more coming!
(burp) OH! excuse me! I'm sorry, was that wonderful raisen bread yours? I saw it there and couldn't resist it.
Steven... is it open? Can you smell it yet?
Terri, please feel better soon.
Weed, all those broms! What a beautiful sight they are. Do they bloom for you? Mine never would bloomafter 3 years. Gave them to a friend and they bloomed within 2 weeks. I guess they liked him better than me ;~P
Ok nurse Candee, I'm resting Thankyou!
The judge liked the ornamental gourds filled with roses, she said they were quirky and origional. the spacing and height was good, (enough room for the butterflies) and she said the cinammon sticks were a great idea. The problem was the colour of the tray I used!! how picky is that? so she gave me a 4 instead of 5. The tray should have been brown or the cinnamon sticks brought to the base. Apparently the green tray stood out too much!
I see it now!!!!!!
I've been watching the door for hours waiting for my toast.
Candee is probably mowing lawns or something!
If you do bring me some, please stash it in our secret hiding place.
or you know who might eat the lot again!!!
I thought I saw Steven dancing in his yard. Maybe it's opened, either that or he was going through his dance moves for the next party!!
It's almost open! YAY! It should probably be opened by now but it's been so cool out! I got a pic though but it's kind of blurry. Last night there was a faint citrus fragrance but tonight its very faint. Maybe because its cool out?
I love the arrangement Terri! The green mums with the babies breath look fantastic and the roses in the gourds and the cinnamon is very clever! Not sure what that judge was fussing about though. I agree with Zany and anything you do to your raffle prize will be an improvement! It's ICKY! But it'll no doubt be amzing by the time you're done with it!
Enjoy your toast if it ever arrives...Candee must like mowing her lawn in the dark :)
Sue, Love the Brom Palace! Please keep us updated on it and your garden through-out your spring and summer. OH! I don't think the Palace is full enough yet though...it may never be full enough :)
OOOOH! It is starting to unfurl!!! Yippy !!! I think the scent of them is heavenly but it soes seem stronger when it is warm out. Just stick your whole nowe into it and breath it in...but check it first to make sure your nose is alone and doeesn't vacum up any unwanted guests.
Hi all, Terri, your arrangement was fantastic, and I wouldn't even have notice there WAS a tray if you hadn't pointed it out! How picky! It looks so professional! You should be a florist! imagine all the flowers you would have to play with! I didn't think the raffle arrangement was too bad, better than anything I can do, and really, I am just in love with flowers no matter how they're arranged. You would cringe if you saw how I cut and shove flowers into a conatiner because i had to prune something! LOL
I can't make any raisin toast for anyone, 'cause I haven't got any, but plan to remedy that with a trip to the shop tomorrow.
We have a long weekend here, (Labour weekend, don't know what it means) but I get Monday off, so 'me no complain'.
Ww have visitors coming. *knees shaking* a 70 yo, a 5 yo and a couple in their 50's. What a mix! It's been a loooong time since I've been around little children, so hopefully i will handle it all. I'm afrais it means i won't be at the cafe till possibly tuesday night?
I think we need a new one, (cafe) Do you want me to renovate and re-open?
sure miss the cafe
been helping around here we move chickern fix truck
and now fixing the barn
we raise rabbit for a living
oo dave does
i work in nurseing home
but off for vacation
hoping to get somr arrment
of my house plant
Hello everyone, I'm still sick so won't stay long!
Thanks Steven and Sue, glad you liked my parallel lines, wish you guys were the judges!!
Almost there with our Brug Steven, so it smells like citrus? I wondered what they smell like, haven't seen one in real life!!!!
Sue, I'm sure all your visitors will love being at your house, you have so much to see and enjoy. Thanks for offering to renovate and re-open, don;t forget to advertise our latest attraction...Brom Palace.
Has anyone seen the poster on the notice board about our up and coming trip to Australia? Sign up for a trip through cyber space to Sue's Paradise, Refreshments and transport will be provided. Sue has the details for our adventures over there!
Hi there elle, I had been wondering if you were ok, nice to hear from you again.
Where are you going on vacation? hope you have a great time.
Sounds like you have been very busy, all arrangements are welcome at the cafe!
Heres your destination for the weekend, while the Flowerpot Cafe' undergoes renovations.
I hope you can make it Elle, Steven, Terri (hope you feel better), Candee, Zanymuse, and if you see Adele, Karma or Traci, please tell them to drop over for a warm weekend rest! If I left some one out, please feel free to drop by and admonish me! (have a brain like a sieve)
There will be (hopefully) regular sightseeing around my garden, and maybe some around Coffs too.
The renovations to Flowerpot should be complete by tuesday Oct 7. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Candee, Terri is not feeling too well, do you think you can organise tickets for everyone, and I'll get Terri on the royal Flying doctors flight ASAP
Everyone welcome, young and old and new, and lurkers too.
(so says Sue)
I used to love watching the TV programme Flying doctors!! I never imagined I would actually be flying with them.. It's so exciting to have the VIP treatment, Thankyou!
Better go and pack my bags, suncream,sunglasses,Bikini (do I even have one?) LoL!!
I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone there, it's a trip of a lifetime folks!!
Looks like Candee is still mowing lawns! so you'll have to catch the cyber bus which will be along soon...( I managed to hire one for the weekend).
TA DA! It finally opened the other night! I've been taking loads of pics so we can stare at them through the winter :) Apparently they all have different scents, some smell baby powderish(?) and others different still. I like the scent of mine, but apparently that might change too as well as the weather changes. I've been sticking my nose up the flower several times a day and so far I like what I smell!
good news!!! I just went out and checked and it's opened up even more! It's huge now! And the smell is stronger then yesterday a sort of peppermint/citrus...its about 10C out now so it'll probably be amazing when it's actualy warm out!!!!! Would love to take a pic now but after dark they always seem to come out blurry or over exposed.
So make sure you all pop by tomorrow! I'll leave the side gate open in my yard so everyone can come by to see/smell this beauty!
HOORAY!!! It opened and it looks wonderful. I don't have any Brugs at the moment but was able to stop and smell them for awhile at a friends place. She is giving me some cuttings to replace the ones I lost moving.
Ask and you shall see. : ) Now how's that for timing? Just finally gettign time to get back over here. Been so thirsty so finalyl able to come and grab a couple of flower cocktails I see are still hanging around.
Sorry folks just been busy as all get out, when it come sit come sin bucketfuls and also been busy with benefits and such for Ike and Gustuv victims and had mid term finals and a host of problems going on here.
had to take time to sit and catch up and boy it felt good too look at all the lovely flowers. benn so busy my mums have bene blooming without me. Hoping to find some still in decent shape to gather for a vase for a corner.
Steve love your brug. Just got hooke don them this year and got a coupel of sticks and have them growing. and got some seed and gonan see if I cna get them to germinate and grow.
Those brug flowers are so huge they could be used for an outside vase for a small boguet inside of them.
The trees are turnign here, so hoping I have time to gather some leaves to try and get some arrangemnts made. Anybody know what the best way to try and dry some leaves is?
Sure have misse dya all, wil try and pop in more. Still got thinsg going on with Ike victims and helping them, but wil pop in as much as much as I can.
Just keep the coffe pot full and I will follow it. : )
Well as always a day late and dollar short and LOL, missed the bus. There is no cyber at the cabin, it is a rough in the woods, lucky a cell phone operates there.
Terri, that arrangement is one of your best ever - I don't know who was judging that but they are obviously not of the artful eye culture!
Steven, that brug has done you justice, I am sorry you never had luck with them Zany, but go visit Steven's (in case that cutting you got doesn't promulgate).
elle, so glad you are having a holiday at Coff's Gaye, you will have the time of your life.
Hi Everyone! Just popping in quick, thanks for the compliments on the brug!!! I've got more pics to post for when we re-open after the renos!
I had the same idea as you Star for putting flowers right inside the brug bloom. It would look awsome!
Oh elle, what a busy vacation you have had, going to aussieland and a RU as well. Looks like you got some great finds.
Lucky I can see these as I am still over at Sues and just popped in to check the mail. You got some really nice coleus and others. Good job, so how was the RU and where was it! How long is your vacation, glad to see you enjoy yourself and not be quite so busy all the time.