Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rain Boots & Plants & A Sunny Day in the Garden

Two autumns ago Bayley bought Thing 3 a pair of Elmo rain-boots.  And she duly wore them in the rains of fall until the day she took them off on the front porch and forgot about them.  They've been there ever since, perched and ready, next to the door just waiting.  And I grew accustomed to their presence.

They became something akin to a spider condo this summer.  But they were better than that.  They needed a new purpose.


I decided to use Tradescantia, {Purple Sabre} because it grows anywhere.  I've managed to keep this plant alive four years now, despite my best unintentional efforts to kill it.  I recently put it in a big planter where it has thrived in the recent rains.  When it gets too long, I break off pieces, poke a little hole in the garden soil, and set them in.  And they are growing.  Its so cool.

And given that hardiness, I figure it would be perfect for growing in rain boots.


To be perfectly honest, I'm continually amazed that anything manages to grow in our garden.  Not that we don't try & not that I don't care.  I do.  I'd love to have a beautiful cottage garden spilling over with all sorts of fine pretties.  Sigh.  


One of these days I'll figure out how to garden...


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17 comments:

  1. I wish we knew how to garden too! Our yard is a little bare. Love what you did with the boots though! I might have to suggest that plant for us. :)

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    1. Oh you won't be sorry, that plant will grow literally anywhere!

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  2. Hooray for rain boot planters with a history! I love that. And hooray for finding what grows for you. I love the purple foliage of your boot tenant. And I get garden disappointments... my lavender is protesting my heavy soil this summer. Dying, some of it (but the penstemon is happy and sowing itself everywhere...maybe I need to adapt, let go of one and embrace another).

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    1. But your garden is gorgeous!! I aspire to your garden!!

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  3. That is so cute Taby! I just love rain boots sitting on a porch. They speak of life well lived - enjoying yourself in sunshine or rain. I love your idea of re-purposing them. And I am terrible at growing things too. That's why I leave it to the husband. ;)

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    1. Sadly, my husband is an equally abysmal gardener. We are clinging to the idea that when my parents move closer, my mom will take up our garden as a challenge lol!

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  4. What a fun project! i have 3 pairs of old rain boots...perhaps they'll become planters in their next life :)
    Also, if I win the $50 amazon giftcard in the giveaway, I'd probably use it on early Christmas gifts!

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  5. Cute! I was wondering what would happen!

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  6. You are definitely more of a gardener than me by far! I truly can't wait to be able to explore gardening and start our garden once we by our home. In the meantime, I'm gathering the info on my board for gardening on Pinterest. I think being able to keep a plant alive for 4 years says a lot! And a very unique use of those rain boots might I add! Thanks for linking up with us at the Mommy Monday hop! Following you now on social media! :)

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    1. Thank you for the follows, its a great hop!! I'll have to check out your Pinterest boards later this afternoon-- one of these days I'll figure out how to have a proper garden lol!

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  7. what a smart idea...I would probably wind up dirllng my hands, lol

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    1. Lol-- I was actually afraid the drill would go straight through the boot, but it didn't!

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