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I bought a wooden boot from a farmers market about two years ago. At the time it was filled with tiny violas, ivy and some other plants but now only two of those remain, the ivy included. The ivy has turned yellow. It looked lovely with narcissus during the last month or so but now they have died so I took them out to die off. I will use the replenished bulbs next year. They are being replaced with two alpine plants, geranium cinereum Ballerina (pink flowers) and silene maritima (white flowers).

As I have never bought alpines before I didn’t understand the sizes of 13cm x 25cm and 5cm x 20cm, which was height and which was width or spread? Now, having bought and planted them, one on the lower and one on the higher opening of the boot, I have had the opportunity to look them up on the internet. I am thinking they might swallow up my boot!! But I am also thinking they will look wonderful. When they grow I shall be moving the boot to a central location or at least away from the doorstep. I read they attract butterflies and bees.

When the boot is in full bloom I shall upload another photograph. The pink ballerina is at the bottom and the silene nearest top.

-- Desktopgem



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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-27-2009 03:08 PM

I like the style of your boot.It should look great when it blooms.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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GrandmaT

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posted 04-27-2009 04:38 PM

love the boot … sure be pretty when it blooms!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Desktopgem

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posted 04-27-2009 05:41 PM

You may be wondering what that cage is next to it. It is covering my tiny lawn! This I made for any blackbird or ground bird. Any seeds that fall from the bird feeders should fall onto the lawn tray, it needs its grass cutting. I have yet to invent the minutest lawn mower.

One sad morning I went out to find a whole load of black feathers but no sign of any bird or culprit. The bird no longer sings from the TV aerial opposite and it is very lonely without him though there are plenty of other blackbirds. Unfortunatley the grass seed did not cover the whole tray as hoped but one day I hope to remedy that or I am wondering if it will remedy itself. That day as I was sitting watching out the window a black face appeared, I knew instantly it was the guilty party. The long haired black cat next door had returned to the site of its crime. The cover of the lawn is a flower basket base upside down meant to protect any other endangered bird.

-- Desktopgem

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GrandmaT

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hardiness zone 9

posted 04-27-2009 06:58 PM

okay, I had to go back to your picture to see your lawn!! Actually that is a very cool idea … and was saddened to hear about the loss of “your feathered friend”. The “iron cage” is a great idea to keep the birds safe while they enjoy your “lawn”!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 04-30-2009 08:29 AM

that’s cute!
lots of possibilities for that—- tall, flowing… laces :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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