Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Give Forward for Gavin Martuccio


This past week there was a terribly tragic accident in our town, one that involved a 9 year old boy who attended school with both of my children.

There is an effort under way to raise money for the family and you can read more about it through the link on the right sidebar of this page.


Thank you for your consideration.


John    

Friday, July 25, 2014

An OG shout-out


I wouldn't be here today without these tireless workers.

Any success I've had to date I truly owe to them.

When I'm down and ready to give up, they give me a lift.

When things look bleak (like the weather) they stand tall and remind me of what was and what will be.

They never ask for anything in return.

When everyone else is all like "What about me?" or "I need some attention", they stay quiet and do their job.

Today, I'd like to recognize the ornamental grasses and let them know how much I appreciate them. They are unsung heroes in my garden and deserve some praise to be heaped upon them. You will always be in my heart and I will never forget all that you've done. Thank you.  












Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Carex and Ajuga


Somewhere in my past travels I saw a line of Carex (Sedge) planted within a mass of Ajuga (Bugleweed). I believe it was at Longwood Gardens but it could have easily been in a magazine or even a dream (no exaggeration here). Either way, I found the combination intriguing and vowed to attempt it myself.

I have oodles of Ajuga in my garden:

And I love me some Carex.

It didn't take long for me to identify the area where I wanted to make the magic happen:

All that was left to do was to purchase the Carex. My go-to retailer when ordering grasses on-line is Santa Rosa Gardens. They always have grasses super cheap, especially in the middle of summer. The plan was to acquire around ten sedges as this vignette needed to make a statement.

Lo and behold, Santa Rosa came through yet again and I purchased ten Carex oshimensis 'Ice Cream' at $3.99 a pop (hop over to their site immediately, they only have four left in stock):

Once they arrived in the mail, I wasted no time and went to work; blazing hot sun and high temps be damned.

Step one was to dig out small plugs of the Ajuga:

Step two was to replace those plugs with the newly purchased Carex:

It didn't take long before all were planted:

Step three was to transplant the cut out Ajuga plugs to other parts of the garden.

Step four was to heavily water all of these plants.

The final step is to now kick back and wait and see if this planting performs and actually looks any good.

Only time will tell.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Our vacation


We just returned from a week's vacation in both Cape May, NJ and Virginia Beach, VA.

Here's what went down:

The weather was ominous to start the week but when we arrived at our hotel in Cape May - Congress Hall - we dumped our bags and made it onto the beach:


That night it was raw oysters and mega amounts of seafood:

And some beverages for the adults:

More beach time:


And maybe one of us slipped away to check out the grounds of the hotel in greater detail:











The kids were so into it, I could talk them into doing anything:

We were all feeling kind of good, come to think of it:

Dude is now hooked on coffee (but decaf) just like his dad:

When you are on vacation, you eat cookies in bed:

 Our larger crew in an awesome family pic (thank you for taking random stranger):

 And in a flash, we left our temporary home:

... and prepped for the next phase of the trip:

We took the Cape May Ferry to Lewes, Delaware:

And once on land, we made a pit stop at the Dogfish Head Brewpub, aka Heaven.

I highly recommend the "Wheetle" by the way.

Momma took the keys and we drove the three hours down to Virginia Beach to stay with family.

We ate dinner directly on the Chesapeake Bay one evening and had stunning photo opportunities with the sunset:



And actually hung out under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge:

And more sunset on the beach pics:





 The remainder of the trip was all about eating, drinking and chilling in the pool ... and also whiffle balls:


And getting jealous of plants I can't grow:

And handstands:

Sucks to be back home but we have memories that will last a lifetime.

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