Saturday, June 9, 2012

Weekend Chores

Today was a gorgeous day, and we decided to do some projects in the yard, since it's supposed to rain for the next few days.
Hubby was under the deck working on my potting bench...


...while I played with the plants. 


I brought my Christmas cactus down from the house to re-pot it. I'm going to leave it outside for the summer and, hopefully, we'll get loads of blooms at Christmas.


This morning, we planted two more tomato plants. One is Heatmaster and the other is Cherokee Purple. We've never planted the Cherokee Purple before, so I'm excited to see how it produces. 
Here's what they look like:

                                                   
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After I watered and potted a few more plants, I took a few photos of our Vitex trees. They are in full bloom now and gorgeous.


They look a bit like Lilacs, and the bees just love them.


Another name for the Vitex is the Chaste Tree. We have three of them because they were on the clearance rack at the garden center several years ago...so you know I bought all three. :)


My potting bench is almost finished. It just needs pieces on the sides, like the one in the front.

I "decorated" it a bit for you to see. Oops...there's my bag of potting mix and mosquito repellent. 
I looking for a vintage container large enough to hold a big bag of potting mix. Also, I'd love to find a vintage watering can...mostly for looks. When one of those big beauties gets full of water, it weighs a ton. I had a small one a long time ago, and got rid of it...silly me.
Hope y'all are having a great Sunday.

Hugs,
Babs

Let's see what's happening at The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.

26 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Babs, I love that tree. I have never seen that before or heard of them. I would love to have that pop of color in the back yard.

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
Your trees in the garden are gorgeous! WoW! your potting bench is fabulous! I'm sure you'll enjoy it year ~ round! Working in the garden a tad bit myself today; however, for me, it's usually admiring "Mr.Ed's" labors. He is enjoying the lawn work now that he is retired! Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend!
Fondly,
Pat

Barb @ The Everyday Home (formerly Grits and Glamour) said...

Soooo loving your potting bench. I have been after The Hubbs to get busy building me one too. We have the perfect space and wall outside. Maybe I will tackle this project myself this Summer. Thanks for your inspiration. That large container to the left of the bench looks like it would be the perfect container for your soil. Thanks for sharing....

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I love the tree...amazing color. Your potting bench is to die for. I don't have any place to put one but I'd love to have one. My dad has one of those vintage watering cans that was my grandmother's. It's just sitting in his garage. Think he would miss it if it jumped in my car? Have a lovely Sunday and take it easy!

Kasia said...

Oh Babs! I love your plant arrangements and the fab tomatoes! :D Just too cute and interesting!

Hugs,

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I have taken lots of inspiration from your potting bench...so love it...and that tree..it is gorgeous!...I wonder if it would grow in N.C.?!!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Hubby did a great job on the potting bench.

Jojo said...

I ordered one of those trees a few years back but it didn't do well for me? It's gorgeous!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Babs that tree is gorgeous!! Your potting bench looks fabulous and I love the pretty display you have on it!

Cheri said...

I am in love with your potting bench and those beautiful trees...lucky you. Tell Bob I need a potting bench...

Kelly said...

Love those trees that look like lilacs! That may be the closest thing that we can have to them. Your garden bench area is wonderful! You're so organized.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Babs, your potting bench is fabulous! Mine will be a simple affair and I haven't worked on it yet, but I did use it yesterday to repot some flowers and loved it. Luckily the hose is right next to it so I can just wash it off. Those purple trees of yours are amazing!! I have three old watering cans but just as you said....they are heavy when filled with water. I do use them on the front porch because there's not a hose nearby. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. xo

Kathleen said...

I have never head of those trees, they are so pretty!

I just painted my vintage watering can blue. i want to fill it with flowers and decorate it for July 4 th!
Beautiful today here too! Nice breeze from the Bay, I'll take it!
Hmm, maybe I should bring my cactus out , it didn't get many blooms last year!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your tree is just beautiful, great color! I planted the Cherokee tomatoes last year, not the prettiest tomato, but very tasty-enjoy:@)

Jo's This and That 3 said...

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Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Really enjoyed seeing your garden! The Vitek tree is just the prettiest! Don't believe I've ever seen it before. Thanks for visiting my blog! Pam

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I love your potting bench. I've been admiring vitex trees and want to have one on my yard. Yours look beautiful.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Mary said...

Hi Babs~ I love your Chaste tree~ the blooms are wonderful and it might satisfy my desire for lilacs that we can't grow here! After several years my husband decided to plant only Cherokee Purple tomatoes~ they have the BEST flavor!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Those trees are GORgeous Babs!
I am most certain we have nothing like them here in Illinois. The color is just wonderful!

How nice! A new potting table.
Love it and all the galvanized pieces you have there.

:)
xoxox
A

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, your trees are gorgeous, I don't recall seeing any in our area or if I have didn't know the name. Your tomatoes are really going to produce for you. Love your sweet potting bench what a great place to play in the dirt. hugs ~lynne~

Donna said...

Your potting table turned out great. I love your Vitex tree. I've seen them around different places and never new what they were. I am definitely going to buy one. They are beautiful!

Enjoy your day,
Donna

The Tablescaper said...

Beautiful trees. Love the potting bench. Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Debbie said...

I love that tree and I'm headed outside to see if what I call my butterfly bush is actually that. I have always just called it a butterfly bush.

And I LOVE your potting bench! I want one in the biggest way. I feel like the only soul in blog land without one and I'm kind of pouty about it.

Olive Cooper said...

The chaste tree is lovely and reminds me of a butterfly bush a little bit. Your potting bench is just splendid.

Sarah said...

Babs, sorry I missed this post on Sunday. Love the idea of a potting bench filled with an assortment of treasures. I agree about the watering cans. Would love a vintage piece, but too heavy when filled with water.
~Sarah

SavannahGranny said...

Babs, I am sooooo late getting by. I love your bench and the potting soil just keeps it real. We are human and we live in our homes. I love all your galvanized buckets. It really turned out well.
I keep my Christmas cactus on the porch all year. I know your's will thrive out there. You will get a gazillion blooms. I am going to loo for those Chaste trees. That are awesome.
Love to you, Ginger