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Random Garden Ramblings

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!  Are you enjoying spring so far?  We are although we are very busy finishing-up Shelley's senior year.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to plant.  I don't plant until after April 15th because I've lost so many plants in the past.  But this year we'll have to put off planting for a week or two due to school activities.

One of our patio roses is blooming.  It is really looking good with tons of foliage:

You can see our garden gate in the background

Our fairy roses are also popping out in our front yard

I am so thrilled with our patio roses that I'm tempted to plant more in pots for our deck and patio:

This lovely is from Star Roses and Plants

Here are two videos showing how to plant roses in pots:

How to plant a rose garden in a pot

How to plant a double knock-out rose in a pot

I love floral design, and while I was out shopping I saw these beauties:

Sorry for the dark photo...this display is in a chop window.

This might be my next craft.  These are galvanized buckets decoupaged with vintage wallpaper scraps.  I would love to blend wallpaper and pretty 7 Gypsies craft paper for a one of a kind floral container.  French flower buckets would work well, too.

Speaking of gardens, Shelley and I will be attending the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and one of this year's productions is my favorite play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Shelley is almost finished with her King Lear unit, and once she completes a few sonnet reading and writing assignments, she will have finished with her Shakespeare Tragedies and Sonnets curriculum.  So proud of her hard work and dedication to complete an entire unit in only one semester!  (We're reading A Midsummer Night's Dream just for's a comedy and not part of her curriculum.)

Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream as a response to Romeo and Juliet's lukewarm reception.  Shakespeare certainly had a sense of humor!

This performance also looks like fun!

Shelley has worked so hard this year, and she has written so many papers.  She's facing a super-massive art history exam, so I think her final grade for Shakespeare will be to memorize Puck's epilogue in A Midsummer Night's Dream:

” If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.”

I doubt the groundlings gave Shakespeare's Puck "the serpent's tongue."  He knew how good this play was when he wrote it.  It's a call for well-deserved applause and accolades.  

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Your flowers are so pretty! I love those buckets too and have no doubt that you'll do something similar but even more amazing.

    Shelley studies the neatest things. I know you've loved every minute of it...even the hard times.

  2. Hi Ricki Jill besides the containers of Purple Pansies that grace our steps and walkway our planting of flowers will wait until May. In Philly after a tease of Spring it has turned cooler than it should be. Shelley has chosen wisely with Shakespeare, wishing you enjoyment in the busy days ahead.

  3. I know how busy you are! Love these roses. We are planning to plant some knock out roses in one of our flower beds. They do well here. Hugs!

  4. If spring arrives here in central new york, I will let you know how lovely it is! ;)

  5. I am in love with that blue bench. I am thinking of painting an old garden seat we have and I was going to go with white. But now, I am rethinking it!


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