Sunday, July 15, 2007


(edited July 16/07 to correct the name of the grass)

My 'shabby-chic' arrangement on the east porch will hopefully fill out soon.
Fuchsia triphylla 'Thalia'
Miscanthis sinensis 'Variegatus' with Hydrangea arborescens in the background

clematis with the berries of the beauty bush

The upside-down seed-head of the giant allium amuses me, so I keep going back to look at it.

Coleus 'Wizard Pineapple'

'Lucky Pot of Gold' lantana

asiatic lily

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Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Lovely pictures--that 'Wizard Pineapple' coleus is something I have to track down, I think!

Are you sure that's a pennisetum in front of the hydrangea? Looks more like a miscanthus to me, but then I admit I don't know my grasses as well as I probably should. (I do know that if there is a variegated pennisetum like that, though, I need to know where you got it--I want one!)

10:55 a.m.  
Blogger Kati said...

you're absolutely right, Kim! I was getting lazy and did not double check the id of that grass. Sorry, can't recall where I got it though; I usually pick things up at any number of nurseries in my area.

11:05 a.m.  
Blogger Anita said...

Hi Kati! Thanks for your comment on my blog, I am glad to learn that you like my "flower power"!
When you cut back your perennial salvia 'May Night', I hope you'll save the seeds - and if you don't need them, I would be interested in them! I will surely be able to offer you something in return so if you are interested in a little seed swap, that would be great!

Ah, and I need to tell you that I absolutely ADORE your shabby chic arrangement, that's my style!

Best wishes from Germany,

7:30 a.m.  
Blogger meresy_g said...

I love the deer picture from before. And your shabby chic arrangements are something I'd like to use next year. So I'll be on the lookout for vintage buckets for the next few months. What a great idea!

10:15 a.m.  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oh darn... I know where to get those variegated miscanthus, I just don't have any more space for them in my small garden. So I was hoping you really did have a pennisetum instead--they're usually shorter! :)

3:11 p.m.  
Blogger Melanie Rimmer said...

Hi, I found your blog whilst browing for other gardening/self-sufficiency blogs. I enjoyed reading your recent entries, and especially appreciated the stunning photography. I'm an indifferent photographer myself. I have added you to my links at

If you'd like to link back to me that would be great, but of course it is entirely up to you.


4:32 a.m.  
Blogger Kati said...

anita, I'm sure I'll be able to save some seed. Why don't you send me your address in an email to katiquu at hotmail dot com?

meresy, too bad you're not nearer as I have about a half-dozen rusty buckets just sitting around. on old farms, there's a wealth of junk that could be turned into "shabby chic".

kim, sometimes small things in a small space succeed in looking fussy. consider a huge thing in a small space and what a focal point it could be ;) . I've been in lovely tiny city gardens that feature such outrageous things as giant bananas and such!

melanie, I'm far,far from self-sufficient, but it is a goal to strive for. my kids tease me that I'm a wanna-be-hippie, having sort of just missed that era by a handful of years, but certainly remembering that spirit from my childhood. I think sometimes we feel crippled and believe we really need all sorts of help from consumer goods. it takes courage to fly into the face of massive advertizing that teaches us to need all that stuff. I peeked at your site and find it's very inspiring.

10:58 a.m.  

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