Clotheslines & Gardening News

It is just 11 a.m. and close to 80 degrees out on the patio. Strange weather. 

I went outside, as I do every morning, to check and see what is coming up in my containers.

The sedum autumn joy is coming up. I love the way it looks like little miniature rosettes.


Look at how the mint came out of a crack in the big piece of driftwood and attached itself to a pot.


The mums have been flowering for me both in the spring and fall. Double the joy! You can see mint in there as well.


The white tulips are coming up. When they first emerged a few weeks back, I put more soil over them, encouraging them to go back to sleep for awhile. It is not yet your time, little tulips! But they have other ideas.

This is what happens when I go inside to grab another camera lens...


Anxious dogs looking for mama.

I have something new. Brabantia sent me this clothesline. It's called the WallFix. Israel put it up for me.


You take the cover off and pull it out...


And I dried my laundry outside...


Not terribly photogenic, laundry hanging outside. But it sure dries a lot faster than being draped over furniture inside! My laundry was dry in just an hour or so.

Thanks Brabantia!


I'm so enjoying being able to open the door and get all this wonderful light! So glad I had that threshold fixed. 

For that amount of money, I could probably have bought the patio some sort of a gazebo, or some such thing with a roof overhead so I can sit outside when it rains. Which is something I'm really going to want as the weather inches toward spring and summer.

Many of you remember my gorgeous structures in Texas. I won't ever have anything that fancy again. But I'm hoping I can get something on a different scale to enjoy. 

On the white trunk, you also see a box. That is from GianiGranite. They have sent me a counter top kit. For some reason after I painted my counters white, yellow came up in many areas. Israel said maybe because I didn't use Kilz first. So I'll probably put on Kilz before I try this.
 
This is the color I chose:
 
 
So I'll be showing you befores and afters of this kitchen project.

In other news...


I've also ordered a periwinkle raised garden, 3 feet by 6 feet (the one above is 3x3), from Gardener's Supply, and I'm anxious to get that down by the gate end of the patio. 

It will serve two purposes: One to plant annuals and plants that won't need deep root structure, as it's not even a foot tall. 

The other purpose is to give the pupsters a more natural way to do their thing instead of jumping into my containers to do it!

I also ordered my favorite water sprayer. I must have dropped the one I have because it is dripping in the wrong places. Next year I'm bringing it inside for the winter instead of putting it under the potting bench.



I have the purple coiled hose to match I bought from Gardener's Supply. Since I am just watering on a patio, I get the one that is 50 feet long.

No affiliate links. I just love their products!

And I'll be well on my way to being ready for spring and summer.
 
I want to thank you all for your kind and supportive comments yesterday!

64 comments

  1. So lovely to see your plants emerging. We received 8 inches of snow a couple days ago so no plants coming up here!
    I love your clothesline. So compact yet your can get a washer full on it. Enjoy it!

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    1. I am! The only thing is it's a little hard to pull out and push back. I've had to call Israel to do both.

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    1. They gave me my choice. But as soon as I saw that, I thought: Just what I need!

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  3. That clothesline is pretty nifty!!! I love it!

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    1. I like that it doesn't take up space on my patio when not in use.

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  4. Brenda i wish it was 80 here in New Jersey. It's freezing. I love the clothesline, and the raised garden. They are both great products. I'm going to check them out.

    Kathy

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    1. I like Gardener's Supply. I've always gotten quality products.

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  5. It is really starting to look like spring in your neck of the woods...even hanging out laundry! Looking forward to seeing your new countertop!

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    1. The weather can turn on a dime. But I'm loving the sunshine coming in the doors.

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  6. I cannot believe it's 80 degrees by you, Brenda - holy smokes! It was 12 here when I was leaving for work! You and I are definitely on the same wavelength today - I have gardening in my head, have been on Gardeners Supply a few times today already snooping around, and I am thinking of where I can add a clothesline to my new house!! Love that one for your patio, it's just perfect! I'm wondering how the pups will like the new raised bed....hopefully it will do the trick and stop them from jumping into your planters. Little squirts!!

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    1. They are little squirts. I guess the dirt in the containers make them think that's where they should go. So I'll give them 3x6 feet of it.

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  7. I can't believe your weather! It's sunny and a BALMY 28 degrees today, lol...

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  8. What a fantastic clothes line.. THis is great. I know you are excited about it. the raised beds are going to be fantastic for both you and the puppies.
    I am so ready for spring ...Hope it is soon here. Have a great day.

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    1. It is warm here, but the wind is blowing like crazy. Oklahoma weather for you.

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  9. Great umbrella clothesline. My mother had one when I was growing up but it did not point up, it really was shaped like an umbrella. I wish I had a place for one here in Texas. Love seeing the buds coming out. My Day Lillie's are popped through the ground too. Sure hope it doesn't get cold again. Great raised beds gardening. Looking forward to your counter redo. Good idea to use primer first. I've had many things yellow from skipping that step. Have fun.

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    1. I used a primer, but sadly, it was not KILZ.
      Brenda

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  10. Brenda, that is a great clothesline! It is beautiful and sunny in my neck of the woods, maybe topping out at 60! So nice after dreary, rainy days! Do you have trouble keeping the mint contained? It completely takes over in my garden...so I grow in a pot, but it will jump to other areas! But, I do love it for my iced tea!

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    1. Yes, but I love the mint so much that I really don't mind it finding its way everywhere!

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  11. I like that Gardeners Supply company too. I bought some items from them years ago. Their stuff lasts! I can't believe it's 80 degrees there in OK! It's much cooler than that here and I live in an area that seldom gets snow! It's 59 degrees here in GA today. Nice and sunny too.

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    1. I can go buy something at Lowes or Walmart and it might last a little while, but you buy something from them, and I lasts!

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  12. Wow, great clothesline! I get excited over things like that...ha! I'm in Texas visiting with my daughter and her family and it is sooo windy, your clothes would dry in a few minutes if they didn't blow away. How do you contain the mint? It's wonderful to have but can be very invasive. Raised beds are good because they drain well, no muddy beds.

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    1. It's VERY windy here! Have a good visit with your daughter!

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    2. Forgot to say, I tried to contain it in the driftwood, but you see what happened. It jumped over into a pot!

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  13. What a neat clothesline! I have the umbrella style but it's mounted on a center post. It's so wonderful that your landlord lets you make custom changes to your apartment. You really can make the space your own.

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    1. I don't ask the landlord. It is a corporation in another state. The manager sits in the office and never walks around the property. I'm improving the property, so I just don't ask. Israel is usually in on it with me!

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  14. Oh yes! Spring is definitely here for us too. I haven't seen my sedum but I have daylilies, daisies, jasmine and several other things already. :)

    I think your clothes line is a jewel.

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    1. Came all the way from Belgium. Or rather, as they said: "It was dispatched..."

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  15. My tulips and hyacinth are starting to come up as well, because of the heatwave we're having. I looked it up and it turns out they'll be fine even after a freeze. I hope so!

    xoxo,
    rue

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    1. Then I hope my tulips will be okay. But they're in containers...

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  16. Brenda--just want to say that I believe laundry on a line is beautiful. Somewhere along the way, many folk in this country came to see laundry on a line as ugly, not worthy to be on display in many neighborhoods. I am blessed to live in the country, with nice long clotheslines and I think my laundry on them is a beautiful sight! Especially on a breezy day. I think of my clothesline as my outdoor chapel as I have many meditative moments out there hanging out the laundry. Your new and innovative line is great!

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  17. Cute clothesline! In my yard birds would probably poop all over the clothes! I think there is nothing that smells nicer than sheets dried on a clothes line, plus they get so nice and white in the sun.

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  18. That clothesline is awesome! And I am going to look at Gardener's Supply for the raised garden! Fabulous.

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    1. I hope my periwinkle raised garden gets here soon!

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  19. It was in the 70's here in Nebraska today, but like your weather, it was WINDY! I'll still take it over ice and snow any day. :-) Oh, Brenda, you make me excited to get out and dig in the dirt a bit. My favorite thing about spring is looking at all the little plants popping up here and there. Enjoy the sunshine!

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    1. Yeah, me too. At first I start peeping into containers once a day. Then twice a day...

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  20. Brenda, pleae before you use the kit watch the DVD at least 2 times before you start. It comes with a priming kit, so please do not use KILZ. Everything you need is in the box. I like your clothes line. What fantastis weather you are having already. Blooms and all...not here yet.

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    1. It's Friday morning. At 9 a.m. it was already 80 degrees!

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  21. That clothesline is just what you needed Brenda..It feels good seeing your plants growing again...I need to go out and check on mine too..It is supposed to reach 56 degrees on Saturday here..That will be a good time to walk around my property and check on what is coming back to life..That raised garden is so pretty..I think I will paint mine this Spring..the pupsters should love having that little patch to sniff and do their doggie business in...

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    1. What struck me about that raised garden was the simple way to put it together, and the bright vibrant color. I was going to have Israel build me a wooden one, but it would probably have warped pretty quick.

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  22. I have a hose similar to yours . Very easy to use!

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    1. This is my favorite hose of all time. I have purchased several. These don't get tangled up like the others, even though the others say they won't. They still do.

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  23. My sedum autumn joy took a hit with the cold this winter and I wasn't sure if I'd lost them, but they are thriving now with the warm weather. Love that drying rack. How perfect for small patios. We dry so many things outside. And that periwinkle planter, I just might get one of those for herbs! I do remember your patio in Texas with the gazebo, but I have to say I love your patio you have now. Maybe even just an umbrella to sit under. Of course you might get rained on!

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    1. I'm hoping to get something to sit under so I can watch the birds and sit outside with the dogs. Are you looking for places to move yet?

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  24. You will really love having that clothesline! I bought some zinnia seeds today while in Lowes looking at the houseplants. This warm weather is making me think about planting. But wow was it ever windy today.

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    1. I have never had luck with hardly any seeds, and not even with zinnias. I don't know why that is.

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  25. Tulips don't give up so easily, do they?

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  26. That clothes line is fantastic! It is large enough and packs very neatly . Although I have a washer and dryer, I could really see myself using a line like this to air rugs, pillows, blankets (I have pets with lots of hair). Never knew something like this existed!

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    1. Oh, they sent my clothesline from Belgium. But are now selling in the US at Amazon.com. In fact I just went back and put the link for Amazon on the word WallFix if you want to check it out.

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  27. Hi Brenda! Oh, what a wonderful little clothes line and it's perfect for your patio. I've never seen anything like that before. I'm excited to see your countertops redo too! Yeah, the Kiltz is pretty amazing stuff. The little raised beds look so cute and I know you'll fill them with pretties. Now don't go and get too busy. Tell the little fuzzy faces hello! Better yet, give them a kiss from me. I need a dog!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. You need a dog, Shelia. So maybe think about getting one. I know you loved Chloe Dawn so much.

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  28. Can't believe your weather - amazing! And looking so forward to seeing you kitchen with the new countertops! Happy weekend, Brenda!

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    1. And Happy weekend to you and your mom. It was 80 degrees at 9 a.m. here today!

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  29. Brenda the clothesline is awesome! I know you will get so much use from that. I have a few things starting to peak out of the soil also. I'm interested in those raised beds. I will check out Gardner's Supply for them. The counter top redo looks interesting.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  30. I can't do the conversion to F in my head...but I think that it's pretty warm out there. Love that idea of a early spring...and we are hoping that will happen here. What a great idea to have that popup laundry rack...love it!! And the garden beds...so cool...

    Jen

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  31. Hurrah for gardener's supply! I am a Vermonter and get there when ever I can. They have a great bargain tent!

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  32. That's a pretty cool clothesline, and what a space saver!

    You're really anxious for Spring, and you're definitely prepared! I don't even want to think about what awaits me when I get home,

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  33. Brenda I love your clothesline I use mine year round. Love the raised bed.

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  34. Brenda, I could go to the manufacturer's website, but thought it may be faster to ask you. I have a vinyl fence. Could this clothesline work with this type of fence?

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