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Celebrating Earth Day:Welcome to my Garden!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Happy 48th Earth Day! Sadly, I think earth day is one of those holidays that are forgotten until you hear it on the news or get to your office and notice a little leaf or planet icon on your calendar. I try to remember and celebrate by planting things, cleaning up trash outside and being eco-conscious all year round. Yesterday, I worked on a 1940's dress, using fabric I recycled from a REALLY ugly vintage dress and luckily, it turned out pretty cute! I also picked up some re-usable shopping bags with funny Anne Taintor-like women on them for our shopping adventures this weekend! We did a little Earth Day celebration early last weekend by planting a new garden!
I love to be outside. Sometimes, I just go out on my patio and sit and it's fabulous, soaking up the sunshine. We live in a townhouse so I don't really have a yard to speak of but I do have a little patio and a large commons area behind my house where bunnies lay in the shade and graze like little cows and hummingbirds and dragonflies dive-bomb your head. We had a little squirrel without a tail who would come and eat all of our bird food. His name is Alonzo but we haven't seen him in a while so he may have moved out of the neighborhood. I have a well-stocked bird feeder too so my patio gets many visits from winged critters, which drives my 3 cats completely insane.


We went to Walmart Sunday morning to pick up some more hair pins and veggie burgers and I stopped in the garden section to see about some cheap, full-sun flowers. My favorite flowers are snapdragons and all they had were about 4 little dried up flats, but I grabbed two of them and promised them that I will bring them home and make them feel better. We also got some mums, columbine, marigolds, bugle weed (good for hummingbirds), begonias and a basil plant for Pj.
While in the garden section, Pj spotted a sweet little grey bellied salamander crawling across the concrete floor! Poor little dude! We gently set him in one of the mums and he crawled down between the roots and side of the plastic container to hide. He was so scared so we rescued him from the perils of Wally World and brought him home with the intention of driving him over to my grandma's neighborhood pond. To quote Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? "He done r-u-n-n-o-f-t!" Oh, well! He's sure to find lots of good little buggies and hidey holes in my neighborhood.


So, I spent Sunday afternoon digging in the dirt and yelling at my ivy to stay on it's own patio and not invade my neighbor's house. We refilled the bird seed and nectar for the hummingbirds and got a visit from a dragonfly, who took one look at me and flew away as fast as he could!
I'm so excited because we plan on expanding our patio with some stepping stones and buying a little bistro set this year so we'll have a great little breakfast nook! There's no better way to start a day than to eat breakfast outside in the garden!
Oh, in case anyone wonders "what does a vintage gal wear while digging in the dirt and weeds?" This was my outfit...New capris I picked up from wally world today for $12 (*yay*), simple blue button-up top and pin curls set under a scarf. Not terribly glamorous but cute, comfy and machine washable!
So, while you're out and about today, pick up a bag of bird seed, grab a trash bag and clean up litter or do something else to show a little appreciation for mother earth. Oh, we had this little visitor in our garden this morning! Bunnies also drive my cats crazy!

8 Responses to “Celebrating Earth Day:Welcome to my Garden!”

  1. LOVELY garden you've got going there. I MUST get out and finish the yard work I started a while back. I really "dig" your gardening outfit, too ;)

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  2. I agree! I always try to be eco-conscious all year round, and Earth Day provides a great opportunity to put forth some extra effort. I love your garden. I'm working on my own right now. So fun! Love your outfit too. The headscarf is adorable!

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  3. Beautiful flowers! I've been working on the same thing for the past few weeks. Next up is the veggie patch!

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  4. I'm so jealous you get those wee fluffy bunnies!
    My neighborhood is home to quite a few hares, but you can never get close enough to admire their cuteness.
    Do you know what kind of salamander you found? I only ask because if he's not a local species, he could be carrying some funky stuff with him. I'm sure a single salamander won't harm anything, but when exotic animals are released into the wild, there is a potential for disease to spread to the local population. Amphibians are especially sensitive to the chytrid fungus. If he's local though, just ignore me!
    Also, your gardening outfit is *adorable* and I can't wait to do some gardening of my own!

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  5. Sounds like my place too, minus all the lovely flowers! :-)

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  6. Mary, he was a Missouri grey bellied salamander so yep, he's local! He ran away before we got a chance to take him anywhere so he's already out and about!

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  7. I love your blog and I just love this post! My mother has been "rescuing" plants from Walmart for years, so I had a giggle when I read about your snapdragons.

    Up here in Northern British Columbia, we won't be able to plant outside for a few more weeks, but reading your post has inspired me to start some kitchen herbs indoors so I can get my garden fix early!

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  8. Aww you look so cute in that photo! I am one of those people that was unaware of Earth day...until I saw your blog! Now I get why Google was all green and plant like!
    Lottie x

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