Wednesday, April 4, 2018

BURLAP BARBED WIRE AND FLOWERS

My coworkers got some neat things for my birthday and I promised I'd show them on the blog. Of course by "me" they actually are really giving them to both of us to enjoy and always ask me to let them know what 2nd Man thinks. 

Burlap farm life wreath
First up, a very sweet person, "T", at my office made this wreath to use either in town or at the farm.  She makes and sells wreaths for all sorts of occasions and sports teams (and is really good at it) and she wanted to make one that was good for us at either place. She found the cow wall hanging and worked around that.  She used burlap and a cool ribbon with a chevron pattern to fill out the wreath.  We love it!

It's on the door at the apartment now but we may move it to the farm.  Not outside of course, we'd end up with birds (or worse, ha!) nesting in it. 

Barbed wire star
Then another very sweet coworker, "S", gave me this really neat vintage barbed wire "star" to hang at the farm.  Now this CAN go outside.  In fact, we already know exactly where we want it on the porch (but I forgot to take it to the farm Saturday!).  She also gave me this branch of flowers are from a bush in front of her house, the smell is amazing.  

I raved about it last year and now...

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant
...she bought one for our very own!

It's called a "Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow" flower.  The flowers change from deep purple to lavender to white, all in three days.  It's already blooming and sitting on the porch ready to find the perfect spot to plant it.  It gets pretty large and the smell can be intense so we'll have to find the perfect spot.  Side note, hers survived just fine in our freeze so that's a good thing.  

Thank you "T" and "S" for your thoughtfulness!


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  1. What Wonderful and Thoughtful gifts.
    I have some very old (ancient) barb wire that I just may use and make myself a star from it.
    That plant / shrub is Gorgeous. I done a little research and found that it can grow 7 to 10 feet tall with a spread of up to 12 feet; planting it to get the morning sun and afternoon shade in zones 9 -12

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the star is neat, if you have old barb wire it would be a great project. Thanks for the info on the bush. Yes, "S" said hers is huge outside her house. I'll have to find the right spot for it.

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  2. Those are very nice gifts. I can no longer put out a wreath at Christmas because tiny birds love to sit in it. When I open the door to go in or out, I end up with a bird in the house.

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    1. Oh they'd LOVE this wreath, ha. It's very comfy looking!

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  3. Those gifts really are thoughtful and beautiful! I love the "MOO"!!! Very cute!

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    1. Thank you. Yeah, we like the "moo too", ha.

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  4. nice presents! i have to check that plant out. i've never heard of it before.

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    1. Thanks!! Yes it's a pretty plant. Not sure what zones it does best in but check it out, everything says it's pretty self sufficient.

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  5. What lovely thoughtful gifts, how clever to make wreaths to match someones interest.
    That little plant is very pretty we have them here in Australia BUT a warning, it needs to be put where you can see it but not have to be near it or have the perfume close to the house. ...I know from personal experience that it will affect you badly if you have hayfever problems or sinus issues.
    It will grow into a large very pretty shrub and the flowers are amazing the way they change and look like a coordinated posy. I'm not sure if you could tolerate a small vase of it in the house (worth a try) but standing near the shrub gives me a pounding headache.
    Lovely to see the garden taking shape for the warmer weather, you will soon be the lucky, proud guy in the elevator with a basket of fresh produce.

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    1. Thanks. Wreaths here are becoming a kind of thing. Sports fans, special interests, new babies, graduation, etc. Thanks for the warning about the "aroma". Yes, even the branch she brought filled my office for the day. We will remember to keep it away from the door and even an open window, ha.

      Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. Fingers crossed!

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  6. You got some really great birthday gifts - they know you well.
    I have 2 of the Yesterday-Today-and Tomorrow plants and they are both blooming wonderfully now, even after our bad freeze. I don’t worry about mine getting too large because they usually freeze back to some degree each winter. Yours looks very pretty; it will be a beautiful addition to the Farm.

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    1. Thanks, that's good to know. I will have to check out the best place to plant it. I hope the clay soil is ok for it. I was thinking of making it the center point of an 'island type' flower bed. But we'll see!!

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  7. Lovely gifts. You are obviously widely appreciated.

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    1. Awww, thanks!!! I got a some other nice gifts from the other coworkers but not farm related, ha.

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    1. Thanks, we think she did a great job.

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