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Stuff is Growing

Between baby and business I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the garden—zero time to be precise. I pretty much just glance over at it while I stuff the mailbox with outgoing packages each morning. It amazes me that everything is still growing and blooming without my supervision! Granted there are a TON of weeds in the mix too, but I’ll take that as a sign that my soil is nice and rich.

Here’s some Argentina Skies Salvia. I forget what the bottom plant is called, but I love it’s lacy bluish green leaves to add texture to the garden.

flower garden

Daniel added four new beautiful knockout roses to the garden for me on Mother’s Day! Where did all those weeds come from?!

flower garden

If you’re a garden newbie you should get some knockout roses. They don’t have a scent, but they keep blooming no matter how much you ignore them. Look at all these buds about to pop out! I didn’t even deadhead them after the last batch of blooms (sorry, Mom).

flower garden

Hydrangeas are awesome because you get a million tiny flowers for every one bloom. This one is a Lemon Zest Hydrangea.

flower garden

Here’s my Annabelle Hydrangea. The bush is up to my shoulders—and I’m 5′ 10″!

flower garden

More commentary over on Snapchat (witandwhistle). I’m sorta getting used to the sound of my voice on video. Sorta.

What’s happening in your garden these days?

Basement Gardening

A while back I got Daniel this grow light for his office. Since I ended up being the plants’ primary caregiver, I commandeered it, spray painted it gold, and moved it to my basement studio. I’ve always wanted a bunch of plants in my studio, but there just isn’t enough natural light to keep them alive. Problem solved! I have the light on a timer so all I have to do is remember to water the plants every so often. Thankfully succulents and cacti can take a lot of abuse, because I usually forget. I’ve had this setup for at least a year or so, and everybody is thriving. The greenery doesn’t look nearly as appealing as it would in front of a big bright window, but this is as good as it gets in a basement!

grow light

grow light

grow light

grow light

Camellias

We planted camellias more than 5 years ago, and finally they bloomed! Until now they’ve only sputtered out a few pitiful blossoms here and there, but this year they were covered in silky pink flowers the size of my palm. I love that they bloom off season. What goes on in your garden in cooler weather?

camellia blooms

camellia blooms

camellia blooms

Nursery – Take One

The giving birth thing is getting pretty imminent over here, so I finally finished up the baby’s room. This is take one, because we’re temporarily keeping the guest bed in there until the baby sleeps through the night. Then we’ll move the bed out and change it all up.

My goals for the baby’s room were not to stress out about it too much, buy the least amount of baby crap possible, and repurpose as much as I could. For now it’s basically our guest room with a few adjustments.

nursery decor

I collected the doodads and decorations from around the house (except this flying pig bank, which I bought under the guise of it being a Christmas present for the baby). The only furniture I purchased was this Jenny Lind crib.
nursery decor

I thought my antique desk would be a perfect changing table, and if our little girl likes making stuff as much as I do she’ll be able to use it as a workspace in a few years.

nursery decor

My dad made me this bookshelf when I was a kid, and I’ve used it ever since. He and I spruced it up with new diamond cutouts and a fresh coat of paint. At my baby shower everyone brought books for the baby, which really helped fill out the shelves nicely.

nursery decor

In general I’ve learned that white fluffy rugs are a bad idea (especially when you have 2 dogs), but this cheap one from Target is supposed to be machine washable and has great reviews. We’ll see how long it lasts.

nursery decor

Refreshed Great Room

I recently had our great room covered in a fresh coat of white paint, and I rearranged some of my knick knacks. I’m loving the refreshed space! The room is much brighter in white, and it feels homier to me with more decorative clutter. (You can check out a before shot from a few years ago here for comparison. I can tell I have a better handle on exactly what my style is now. I miss that rug—we lost it to an epic dog vomit accident, hah!)

a-frame great room

I made a few subtle adjustments to the mantle. I think I need to paint the inside of my fireplace black so it looks less icky. Has anybody done that? It’s filled with cobwebs and dust, and probably dead bugs if I look close enough.

a-frame great room

I had been crushing on this TV gallery wall, so I put together my own version. I think it really does help the TV blend in with the decor more. I replaced my nearly dead fiddle leaf fig tree with a schefflera. The fiddle leaf was fun while it lasted, but it was too high maintenance to fit in with my plant routine. RIP little guy.

a-frame great room

I made a Wit & Whistle gallery wall over the dining nook and framed a bunch of brand new art prints that I added to the shop a few days ago. More about those later.

Over the years I’ve gradually been replacing the glue-together, placeholder furniture we got as newlyweds 9 years ago with handmade, vintage finds, and midcentury modern style pieces I’ll want to keep till I die. I’m thinking the dining table and chairs will be next to go. I’ll have to take my time perusing Craigslist for a few years to figure out what I’m after, but definitely something vintage-y with a leaf so we can squeeze more people in.

a-frame great room

Happy (American) Thanksgiving everybody! I hope you have a great time celebrating with your friends and family. I’ll be enjoying the pure bliss of eating a Thanksgiving feast while wearing stretchy maternity pants! ;)