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Sulphur Butterfly

Good Friday morning.

How about a little taste of Spring with your morning coffee. This beautiful Sulphur butterfly is enjoying some nectar courtesy of the lovely Torenia flower.

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Sulphur butterfly on Torenia.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Animal Helper Benefit Month

I’m very excited to announce that during the entire month of March, 10% of Roses and Gargoyles Gardenscapes’ sales will be donated to my favorite animal shelter Animal Helper Animal Shelter. Animal Helper is an incredible animal shelter that rescues special needs animals that most shelters can’t help.

March is a great time of year to have work done in your garden. But if you’re planning on having work done later in the year, I’ll still donate 10% if you sign the contract in March.  It’s still a win-win for everyone!

More information can be found at Roses and Gargoyles Facebook event page.

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Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

 

 

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Butterflies Are Coming!

Good morning, my flower freaks. You do realize that Spring will be here very soon, right? Is your garden ready with nectar and host plants for the butterflies and caterpillars? We don’t want those beautiful creatures going to other gardens to find their food, now do we. Did you know I specialize in creating gardens that will bring these beauties to your garden? No? Well, it’s true! I can create the perfect habitat that will have butterflies and caterpillars flitting and crawling all over your garden. You don’t even need a huge garden for a butterfly habitat to work, even a small patio or balcony with the right plants in a container garden will do the trick.  So let me know when you’re ready for your Spring butterfly garden makeover!

Happy digging in the dirt …
Jeanni and Gibbs
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My project of the day …

A client gave me that cute little decorative birdhouse shown in the pic. I wanted to do something special with it, so I decided to make it part of a unique bird feeder!

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Making it was very easy, took about 30 minutes, and cost less than $10. What a deal! I screwed the 2′ x 2′ pine plywood base to the balcony railing, used exterior wood glue to glue 1″ x 1-1/2″ edging to keep the seed from flying everywhere and for the birds to stand on, and glued the birdhouse to the center. A gap was left between the edging pieces for water to drain.

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A couple of things I might change in the future: 1. If the base wiggles too much in the wind, I’ll brace it to the railing. 2. If water doesn’t drain off well, I’ll drill drainage holes and cover them with screen.

I left it natural, but it could be painted or stained. Just be careful as to what type is used as to bird toxicity. We want to feed the birds, not kill them.

This is a fun and easy project that you can do with the kids to get them interested in bringing birds into the garden.  Add some nectar plants for the hummingbirds, and soon your garden will be where all the birds hang out.

Next I need to put a birdbath out for them so they have everything they need on my little balcony. I’ll let you know how long it takes for them to come visit.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Antoine Rivoire

Cheers to a beautiful Sunday.

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This beautiful rose is Antoine Rivoire. He’s a large flowering Hybrid Tea bred in 1895. His repeating blooms are light pink with a strong fragrance. He’s a smaller shrub, growing about 4′ x 4′.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs