Monday, June 16, 2014

Garden Tuesday: My “New” Chairs

Hi Everyone! I know I said I was going to be posting on Wednesday and I will be but, I just couldn’t wait to show you my “new” early birthday presents!

You might remember, last year for my birthday my son took me to one of my favorite gambling places, lol…You might also remember I WON too! Well, this year he figured under my “condition” we had better hang out at home. So, that’s what we did. It was wonderful!

Now don’t worry, I didn’t actually do any work, which I don’t mind saying drove me absolutely crazy. I did get to supervise though:) First my son tended to the new vegetable garden he so kindly planted for me last week. Notice all that bluestone that’s in the garden. Before I left for Idaho, I had mentioned to Marion’s son that I was going to cover the garden with the pile of bluestone when I returned. (I was actually going to ask Bill to do it and pay him of course:) However, imagine my surprise when I returned and the stones were all in place! Last week my son came over and planted a bunch of tomatoes, a few eggplant, peppers and a whole row of brussels sprouts!

That one lonely garlic plant in the back was planted in the Fall by me. Marion’s son gingerly placed the bluestone around it. Wasn’t that nice of him? I think the garlic plant loved it too, just look!

I don’t recall ever having a garlic plant grow in such an “amorous” shape before, have you? I just LOVE it!

However, the real star of today’s post (the heart shaped garlic is a close second:) are my “new” chairs!

Not only did they turn out just as I had pictured, my son did the entire process from start to finish. Now, if you knew my son, you would know it was no easy task for him. As wonderful as he is, and pretty darn smart too, he is an absolute klutz when it comes to any kind of work that involves tools, lol…I mean he won’t even change the oil in his car!

You might recall what they looked like before. I know some of you like the "rustic" look. I did too but...

Just look how they pop!!!

It seems John did a bit of research online and learned about sanding, priming and spray painting. He asked a few of his friends for some tips and Wha La! They turned out just perfect! He even bought a Moon Flower and Hyacinth Bean Flower to put in each new pot!

As you can imagine, I can not wait to watch those vines grow, grow, grow!

Thank you so much for letting me share my excitement with you all. I am one lucky Mama!!! “See” you tomorrow around noon for the Picnic Game Kick-Off!

I’ll be linking this up to Pam’s Garden Tuesday in the morning. Won’t you come join us?


  1. Lucky you, I have 3 sons and none of them ever did chores for me without being told! I love your new chairs!

    1. Hi Jeannie,

      My son doesn't usually volunteer for such projects so it was an extra special project, lol...

  2. Hi Louise, Oh my what a fabulous post....Blessing on your son for doing such a beautiful job. Your garden is so beautiful. Those chairs are amazing. The pots are like they were meant to be in the chairs. They really pop out now, with the fresh new color. The flowers are gorgeous and that garlic plant is something I have never seen before. It is growing so well, it must really enjoy your garden. I envy you as you know I have no green thumb. But I can't wait to see your other plants when they grow bigger. Looking forward to the picnic game, see you on Wednesday at about noon...Thanks for sharing, and hope every day gets better for you...Blessings..Dottie :)

  3. Two thumbs up for your son Louise! He did an excellent job and they were transformed completely. Although I liked them back then I definitely prefer them now! Beautiful garden as well! Have a great day my dear!

  4. Kudos to your son!! I love, love those chairs! Very clever. I'm also crazy about your pretty garden!

  5. I need to borrow your son! ;-) Great job -- everything looks lovely. Thanks.

  6. Well....Happy belated Birthday ~~Louise~~...♥️
    Kudos to your son for all his great handywork...
    Your yard looks lovely....
    Good luck with the brussels...I am watching mine!!
    Enjoy your week...
    Linda :o)

  7. Late Happy Birthday Louise!!! the garden looks simply beautiful

  8. You know that my Dan is very handy, but you don't know that at least two of my sons are totally inept. Since one is a college professor, that's OK for him, but I understand your son's "limitations"! He did a great job on your chairs, and Marion's son did well with your stone, too! You are indeed lucky! Happy Early Birthday, Louise!

  9. Happy belated birthday dear Louise:))
    Love the chairs!! xoxoxo

  10. Happy belated birthday!! What a wonderful son you have. Your garden looks wonderful!! I have never grown garlic. I bet it taste extra yummy coming from your garden - fresh.

  11. Hi Louis,

    Happy Birthday to you!!!

    Funny that you said that your chairs pooped... You sure have an eye for some funny jokes :p Your garden is beautiful.

    Living in a townhouse with limited land space, I wish more space to grow garlic plants too :(


  12. This is a darling idea, and it makes me smile. Gardens should be filled with smiles. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Your chair planters look amazing - so lovely! A heart shaped garlic - too cute.

  14. And happy belated birthday!

  15. Hi Louise,
    Happy Birthday!!!
    Your garden is just so beautiful! And your "new" chairs are simply lovely! A wonderful idea with the flower pots! Can't wait to see when the flowers bloom! Both your son and Marion's son did such a swell job!
    I have never seen such a huge and curly garlic plant! Looks really cute! I am growing some garlic too, and the young plants are only a couple of inches high, and I bet they would not grow as big as your garlic plant. Seriously, if only they would grow half as big as yours, I would be really happy indeed!
    Your vegetable plot sounds great, and am so envious of your brussels sprout!
    Hope you are getting better! Take care!

  16. You're garden is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for linking up! Love the chairs and the stones and everything!!!

    Perfect birthday gifts!

  17. A Happy Birthday wish to you, Louise. Love the look of your chairs, what a clever idea. Karen

  18. Happy birthday to your my friend! I hope you have a tea party in your fairy-esque backyard :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Happy birthday Louise! Your garden looks just like an English garden. The grass beautifully cut,everything very neat and tidy and so green. You must work very hard and it shows. The first yellow and red flower I have never seen before. So spectacular! You really have proper gardening skills!!
    PS: you are flattering me with all those fabulous comments on my blog, thank you!!!

  20. Hi Louise,
    Not sure when your Birthday is but just wanted to say Happy Birthday dear friend and many blessings to you! Hope that this years brings you all that you deserve and may God watch over you...
    Love Dottie :)

  21. Happy Birthday to you, dear Louise!! I love those chairs…what a great idea to place pots in the center of each! Just lovely!


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