Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Whimsical Planter and Brush Strokes Viola


Today I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to my readers who have stayed with me, in spite of my infrequent posts this past year. At present, I am working daily on getting my garden planted and weeded. We have had precious few days of sunshine as of yet, so when the weather settles the temps will likely soar. This seems to be a typical spring pattern for us here in our river valley. Notice how green our mountain is, in the below photo!




This old baby buggy frame was given to me by my sweet friend, Catherine a few years ago. I have used it with several combinations of flowers and containers, but this year has got to be my all time favorite! I made the wooden box to grow wheat grass in, for a Bridal shower. The mellow, weathered wood just seems to fit the old buggy. It is planted with Brush Strokes Viola, started from seed in January.





Here are some of their lovely faces, up close.






They are aptly named, as they really do look like they have been painted by an artist's brush!






There are both bold colors and some softer ones, like this yellow and lavender mix.






Another pot of Brush Strokes Viola, in an old iron planter on my porch, with Denim blue pansies as a backdrop.





A lovely flower from the above pot.....just look those stunning colors!



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Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration.

~Lou Erickson



28 comments:

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Very, very pretty!

sweet bay said...

Wow, those pansies are amazing. So beautiful. I love the buggy used as a planter. You have an amazing view of the mountains beyond!

FlowerLady said...

I love those pansies and the buggy makes a wonderful planter. Your mountain view is so peaceful.

FlowerLady

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful! THanks for sharing the pictures of the buggy and those wonderful flowers! Just beautiful!

Stone Art said...

I like the old baby buggy planter. Nice colourfull photos too.

Laurie said...

Just gorgeous! love it.

Chelle said...

Those pansies have so much personality. And I love what you've done with the baby buggy. And well, you. I love you.

Garden Lily said...

If you haven't entered already, I think the photo of the flower buggy would be great for the "Spring Fling" Picture This! Gardening Gone Wild Photo Contest for May.

Catherine said...

I think MaryJane Butters would like thess photos too! You have gotten me hooked on Pansies, Connie, and I thank you. Your place looks so inviting, how about I come over for a bit one of these days...with our Rachel????

Mrs. Mac said...

Lovely re-use of the buggy ... makes the perfect stand for the flower box! The violas are very interesting/beautiful.

Bonnie said...

Love the pansies, I have never seen any like that in my area. I just planted some today that I thought were pretty until I saw yours!

Lisa said...

Oh I love it! I really wish I could find one of those buggies!! Or maybe hubby can make me one....
Lisa in Kentucky

Jan said...

Beautiful outlook at your place, and love the pansies. great pics.

mimi torchia boothby watercolors said...

great pansies! Such color! You must have figured out how to keep the slugs away.

em said...

ok, i need to buy that seed next year! i'm putting 'brush strokes' on my seed list! love the buggy planter too!

Kim and Victoria said...

Gorgeous! Good for you for starting pansies from seed. I think about it every year, and never get to it!

We've had very wet weather here also and I'm just lately getting into the garden. I suspect we'll be slammed with some hot weather soon.

Happy gardening Connie!

Mrs. Bee said...

I believe the author, Tasha Tudor, called these "monkey faces"!
They always put a smile on my face...I must seek some of those "painted" ones out at the nursery...the buggy is beautiful...I hope you enjoy your days in the garden :)

Beth said...

Love the buggy Connie!! And the violas are so pretty ... I've never tried them before.

garden girl said...

Love the quote Connie. Your buggy is a wonderful, whimsical, imaginative planter.

gardenpath said...

What a neat idea, wish I had an old buggy!

O.I.M said...

love the baby carriage! wonderful colours all around. I've been an infrequent blogger myself this season...oh well, time just seems to be getting away from me.
irena

Greenie said...

Gorgeous flowers! And I love the use of the buggy, too. Planters like that always make me smile. There's a house up the road from us that has several old wheelbarrows used as planters, and I love seeing how the combinations of plants and flowers change year to year.

Organic Gardening said...

Fantabulous( fantastic + fabulous) photographs! You are living in the heaven for sure. With those beautiful viola and pansies and the deep green mountain one can live a stress free life.

joey said...

Love your pansy post, Connie! Where did spring go?Happy July :)

Ponds Waterfalls Orange County said...

Gotta love this wheelbarrow planter! I have been looking for a wheelbarrow for ages!

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Donald's Garden said...

I have got to get some of those!

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