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Utilitarian Projects #4: The Planter Stands......Dancing in the Sun

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 06-22-2010 03:57 AM 1282 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thought those of you who read the last blog item might enjoy a couple of pics from the garden….....

.........first the planter stands, with planters, one with tomatoes, the other with brussels sprouts…........

And a close up…........

........a little overview…....

......just flowers…...from the land of the igloo…......(-:

The front yard…........

The garden is Sherie’s. It starts blooming before the snow is off the ground,
and blooms in waves throughout the summer…....perennials, something always in bloom.

And then it blooms some more, even after the first snows fall. Hardy plants adapted…....
to the land of the igloo…...........(-:

I will try to get more pics when the garden is in full bloom….....late June and beyond.

It’s a little wimpy now…....just you wait and see…...........(-:

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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#1 posted 06-22-2010 04:01 AM

Nice work Jim and beautiful garden.

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 04:29 AM

I see my that my past impressions, of Alaska, are totally incorrect! All that green!! What beautiful flowers, veggies and foliage. Looks like Sherie is not just a master of pizza!

Thanks for the tour around the garden, Jim.

Lew

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 04:44 AM

Jim
Thanks Jim. The planters worked out well. Sherie gets credit for the garden. She spends a huge number of hours out there every summer. We had it professionally planted, but it has mutated tremendously. She has been out there about 30 hrs in the last 5 days. She loves it and cares for it. Fortunately it is brief, because our summer is brief.

She would love to live down there in Oregon, but there are family issues that don’t allow it. We will probably never leave here. Mostly because of her handicapped daughter.

Thanks as always for the comments and the viewing. I note that it’s about 72 deg there in Riddle, 68 deg here. Probably pretty nice there as well as here.

Have a good one….....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 04:55 AM

Lew
Mother nature takes off with a vengence here in the spring and early summer. Sherie was lamenting that she didn’t see the chickadees fledge that nested in a bird house that is attached up there in the garden shed in the pictures, it is just out of view. Just before they left, they were chirping very loudly. The chickadees are year round residents. We feed them in the winter, they don’t need anything in the summer. Great friends.

The garden in the back is really always in full bloom from early June. We have a side garden with peonies and lillies. Pictures of those in a couple of weeks. And the back garden will have a new wave of flowers…....different colors.

Don’t have your exact location down, but I suspect it is in the high 80’s there. Not interested in that….......

Thanks again…........

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 05:01 AM

well Jim since you are the one responsible for this drool l have running down my face…i think you should be the one who does the gland removal …lol…ah man…i know that since you are a Alaskan, you know how deep my love for that place is…....i could just cry seeing the glimpses of what use to be my home…great garden and great looking home area…it bespeaks Alaska all the way…..enjoy that midnight sun…...how about the marathon run…or down to Seward to run up that hill…..or do the crow pass and catch a chill….iditarod music will then be heard….slipping and sliding all over those moose turds…but then there’s the garden with flowers delight…with hours and hours of Alaskan light…fireweed will bloom on the hill…..oh i can remember my Alaskan thrill..

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 05:36 AM

Great project Jim, and Man O Man, that is some garden !!!

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 06:31 AM

Grizz
I enjoyed my fathers day (since I was on call over the weekend, today was father’s day). Just hung out here on Lj’s, lot of calls last night, that’s my excuse.

I know you will be interested….......we had baked potatoes…....first I microwave them awhile, then I put them in the toaster oven at 450 deg, for an hour on convection,,,hot, hot, hot…....the potatoe skins are very crusty, always done, and I put butter, salt and pepper, and sour cream on them, and eat the skins as well. Then we had salad of course, Sherie did her usual spectacular job with that.

I bought a rib steak about 1 1/2 inches thick, about $7.99 a pound. I said, someone underpriced this and I was right. Put in on the grill at the highest temperature we could muster, meaning eyebrow burning hot, and cooked it perfectly to medium rare. Best steak I have had in a moose age, wow. Almost ate the bone. Wish I could buy that one again.

Beautiful Alaska day…....66 degrees at 2030hrs. Ready to hit the sack in bright daylight. Wish you were here. My last delinquent child, up in Fairbanks, called this evening. Since Anthea will be here next month with Marcus, her husband, great guy, and three delightful grandchildren, including my namesake, I have extracted 3 backrubs….....Anthea gives the best backrubs in the world…...as punishment for the late call. Terrible punishment for her, great retribution for me.

Thanks for the words and the visit as always….....have a good one….....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 06-22-2010 06:37 AM

Eric
Thanks for stopping by. In the summer that’s where you find Sherie, keeping those flowers coming. It is all organic. No pesticides. Bugs all over the place, spiders, dragon flies, you name it. Birds everywhere. No plant diseases. The lawn (she digs out those dandelions) free of most weeds. I had my reservations, but I can see it now. The ecosystem is in balance.

Of course, I have to gently carry each daddy long-legs outside that wanders in the shop, spiders are scooped up on paper and relocated, birds are fed, hornets, wasps, bees, worms, you name it….....are local royalty. Nothing except mosquitoes and house flies are swatted.

Live and let live…......

Have a good one…...

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 06-22-2010 11:13 AM

are you sure it ain´t greenland you and Sherie lieve in…....it´s a beautyfull garden Jim
she can be proud of that….........it´s looking a lot better than ours …..even my kitschen garden
wont grow right this year …........as usual :—(........well still fun to work in there

thanks for letting me want a BBQ steak in the mittle of the day ….....were shuold I get that…mmh

how does it go with the supersledge it´s a while since we last heart anything from the shop…...
you have to go in there and stress of a little more :—)

best thoughts from Ærø
Dennis

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#10 posted 06-22-2010 02:10 PM

What a beautiful flower garden, Sherie does a wonderful job with it.

I commend her for it.

I used to take care of a doctors yard when I was 12, or 13 years old.

I spent a lot of time weeding, & to this day I can never keep the weeds out of our perennials.

By the way, my wages were 20 cents an hour. I thought it was great to have a job that paid.

Your flowers are ahead of ours. I guess it’s because of the longer days.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 06-22-2010 03:46 PM

Now THAT is a gorgeous garden you and your wife have there… Excellent work. The planter stands look great there to boot!

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#12 posted 06-22-2010 04:06 PM

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#13 posted 06-22-2010 05:43 PM

Beautiful garden Jim and very nice planter feet. I think you or Sherie or maybe both of you should consider joining garden tenders. I have and it’s kind of fun. Lots of inspiration and nice folks there too. It takes away some LJ time, but a little variation helps to remain sane. One deals with living wood on the one hand and dead wood on the other (not talking about the members here). The full cycle so to speak. I only know how to mow the lawn, but I do enjoy rubbing elbows with the real gardeners.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 06-23-2010 01:40 AM

Those planter stands are just right Jim. I’m waiting for the wife to ask for ‘em and I’ll be happy to do so caue I know just what to do now.

It’s fun to grow things with over 21 hours of sunlight a day late spring and early summer.

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#15 posted 06-23-2010 04:25 PM

Dennis
Thanks for the view. The shop has been a little slow of late. I was on call last weekend, and sometimes I just don’t get anything done when I am on call. I have one wierd project table top very close to done, and it was kinda complex. But to finish it I needed a giant panel sled, which I working on now. It is very simple, and only needs a couple hours of work. Then the project table top can be squared off properly. So all of a sudden I will have two projects to blab about…...(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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