Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Container Gardening


Container Gardening

Would it surprise you to learn that container gardening has a different meaning for me?

For me it is all about finding a unique container I already have, and the story that goes with it.

For the stone retablo in our front courtyard, I pulled purple verbena which was growing wildly in our back yard and 'planted' its roots in a small opening at the retablo base.

Why? Because on an El Paso garden tour of homes this past Sunday, I saw purple verbena everywhere, peeking out of unusual places in beautiful West Texas gardens.

This past weekend I also enjoyed using some of my blue and white pieces as 'containers'. 

After a quick trip to WalMart's garden center, where I found a yucca plant for less than $7, a spike dracena for $4, and a sedum plant for $6 , I tucked them into some of my favorite blue and white pieces in our entry.

It all looked brighter when I tucked a cutting from a pink kolanche I had on our back porch in as well.
When I planted the spike dracena in my new blue and white bird planter, this adventure in container gardening was complete. 

Container gardening is usually much larger in scale than what I created this weekend, and it combines multiple plants.

I have created those as well, but this weekend was about something else:)
Try this. It is so much fun.  

I have planted small plants and succulents in antique Mexican pottery and silverplate pieces and in pots that are already full of plants.

Container gardening should be as simple as combining something 'found' with a small plant that matches that container in quirkiness. 

These smaller plants create the perfect touch in a vignette in the garden and inside as well.

It is affordable and fun which makes it perfect for April's Ten on the Tenth.

I hope you will visit all of the other wonderful bloggers who are sharing their container gardening ideas for 
They are all so creative .




 

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Dear Daughters: Embracing Your Inner Off Trend Decor Self :)

Saltillo Tile


Dear Daughters,

It takes a certain creative courage to embrace and design what you love in a home when it is not the trend of the day.


(Hang in there with me and please stop rolling your eyes. We have NOT talked about this before.)


Maybe it is because I have had more experience doing this, or because Nonnie did it everyday in her home, or because I know you have this inclination too.


We have not always gone the popular or trending  route in home design- even though we love the creativity and the beauty we see in all homes.


I have said before here at White Spray Paint that I love ALL houses because I know what it takes to assemble one.


Back to off trend decor with a case in point-


saltillo tile floors.
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You know I love saltillo- you know I have always loved saltillo- but it is not a flooring that you often see chosen in today’s world.


Beautiful wood floors are everywhere now, along with tile that looks like wood, or other kinds of tile.


They are all beautiful.


But in my heart of hearts I keep going back to what I know and love.
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Maybe it is because of this young couple, your grandparents, who began their married life together on a great adventure in Mexico.
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I have always loved all things Mexico, and I know you do too.


It is about what calls to you. Don’t ignore that call. It is your heart speaking.
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And so , we are having saltillo tile in many areas of Casa Golondrina.
Casa Golondrina Entrance 2

It is far from perfect, it doesn’t exactly match the previous saltillo installed in the house, it all needs to be sealed, and on and on.


As the list of imperfections grows, my smile gets wider.



I love you.

Mom

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