It’s the last Monday of the month which means it time for another Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge, where a group of international friends get together and share what happening in their little corner of the world. Last month we shared some of our epic fails and this month we’re moving outdoors. It’s Spring for my friends in the Northern Hemisphere right now so they’re getting their gardens ready for Summer. Down here in the South the days are getting shorter and the jewel colored leaves have started their last dance on the cool Autumn breeze. There’s a terracotta shimmer on the horizon when the light drains away at the end of the day.
The colors of Autumn
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Autumn. I tend to get a little melancholy. I want to hold onto that precious light for as long as possible but it always fades away quicker than the day before. Does Autumn do the same to you? One of the things that helps me shrug off my cloak of sadness is pottering around outdoors. So, it’s no surprise that I loved the topic for this month’s challenge. It was just the “pick me up” I needed. For the outdoors challenge I wanted to create something for the garden that combined the earthy, russet tones of Autumn with the beautiful vibrant greens of Spring.
Creating Some TerraCota Art For The Garden
We had an old frame lying around in the garage that had been gathering some serious dust for a while. After a quick clean, a coat of rusty metal spray paint and distressing she was the perfect starting point for the challenge.
An old frame
We also had a whole bunch of terracotta pots that we use to plant our seedlings in and vine wire rope. That’s the stuff that florists use to make rustic bouquets and stuff. Using a glue gun I wound the rope around the pots, starting at the bottom and working my way up to the top.
Pots and vine wire
Before gluing the last bit I made two loops in the wire on either side of the terracotta pots.
Making the loops
By threading an extra piece of vine wire through the loops, I can hang the terracotta pots inside the frame. All I needed to do was add some hooks.
Eyeball and add a hook
So that’s Autumn covered 😉 Now for a bit of vibrant, glorious Spring.
Bring Spring Back in Autumn
One of my favorite plants in the garden is our indigenous Crassula lycopodioides or shoe lace bush (skoenveterbos in Afrikaans). She’s water wise and she’s got the most beautiful, weirdly shaped leaves.
The Mommy plant
She never complains. In fact, the more you ignore her, the better she grows. And she doesn’t mind if you yank off a piece of her to plant somewhere else either. Which is exactly what I did, after saying sorry first of course. Plants have feelings too 😉
Isn’t she just gorgeous? And that color!!! So fresh and Spring like. We hung the framed terracotta pots on the wall outside and I think it looks lovely.
I love the pops of green and knowing how quickly the shoe lace bush grows, it won’t be long before there’ll be an explosion of Spring inside that frame.
The framed terracotta pots are a great reminder that all seasons come and go.
One thing that doesn’t come and go though, is blogging friends like Katrin, Keri, Mary and Pili. Thanks for this month’s challenge ladies. I had loads of fun chasing away the Autumn blues and you’ve given me a great way to appreciate nature and the outdoors all year round.