Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?

It has been so long since I’ve blogged that I forgot my password and just had to reset it. Some of you have been asking if and when I’m going to blog again. You know what they say – absence makes the heart grow fonder so I expect your love for chez sharah has increased tenfold during my six month “sabbatical.”
So what’s been happening and why haven’t I blogged for so long? I learned the hard way that buying a house, ripping apart and reno-ing said house, selling current house, packing up all of one’s prized possessions in current house, moving and unpacking all of one’s prized possessions to said renovated house is a little bit time consuming. Oh and on top of this, working 50+ hours a week, training for a half marathon, and taking a few trips. Are you getting the sense that I don’t like to sit still?!
The last six months have gone by in a blur and it’s time for life to normalize. July is my month to breathe, relax, DIY, settle into the new home, and, of course, get back to blogging again! I spent the evening organizing all of my pictures of the renovation and I have decided to share them with you one room at a time, from demo to the finished product. I am too exhausted to get started on that tonight so I’ll leave you with with a few pictures of my outdoor pots this year. I stuck to my usual grasses and foliage but there are a few newcomers, namely the canna lilies and vinca vine (I love that name – sounds like a rockstar name – or, is that just me?!)
I look forward to getting back into blogging and I am grateful to all who still continue to be interested in my ramblings! IMG_2387 IMG_2388 IMG_2389 IMG_2390 IMG_2391

Christmas Outdoors

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I do Christmas planters each year to make my front entrance a little more festive. They are easy to put together and everything in them is artificial so they can be used year after year. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in them and where I got it from:
  • The long silver sticks, glittery branches, and glittery silver balls (lol – I don’t know what else to call them!) are from Homesense.
  • The silk amaryllis flowers are from Pier 1.
  • The green branches/pinecones are from Michaels (I use three per pot).
I just stick everything in the soil that’s leftover from my summer pots from tallest to shortest – easy peasy! I might “branch” out and do something new next year. We’ll see if inspiration hits!

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The last couple years I’ve also ordered a fresh balsam fir wreath (all the way from Nova Scotia!) which is the closest thing to a real Christmas tree in my house. It smells amazing! I added some silver ribbon and attached some leftover Christmas ornaments with wire to match the planters.
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Thanks for reading!

My Favourite Kind of Pot

Every May long weekend (weather permitting), I plant my outdoor pots. I stick to all foliage – usually a combination of grasses, sweet potato vines, coleus, and ivy. I did two pots on my front steps and four on my deck.

Here’s the front:

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The plants in each pot are identical and are: Purple Fountain Grass, Ponytail Grass, Golden Millet grass, and Sweet Potato Vines (“Blackie” and “Sweet Caroline Green”  – who doesn’t love a plant named after a Neil Diamond song?!).

And the pots on the deck:

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The plants in the white pots are: Purple Fountain Grass, Ponytail Grass, Golden Millet grass, Sweet Potato Vine (“Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Purple”), and Variegated Ivy (“Hedera Helix”).

The plants in the tall black pots are Purple Fountain Grass.

One of the things I like most about all foliage is no dead-heading!

And here’s a “Behind The Scenes” pic:

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I guzzled just a few beer while getting my garden on…just kidding – these are old cans of my Grandpa’s and I put some in the bottom of each pot for better drainage. C’mon now people, I am more of a Cosmo girl. Also, for those of you looking for a grammar lesson today – the plural of beer is beer – not beers!

Thanks for reading!!