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GreenhouseHere is a little painting that I did last week.  The Greenhouse is an acrylic on canvas measuring 8″x10″.

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I enjoyed a lovely morning at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center painting that view.  I have painted it several times but it’s always a thrill to be there painting outdoors.

Hot Tub Garden Layout

Hot Tub Garden Layout

I can’t believe all the interest in my “Hot Tub Garden”.  The question I got the most was about what I planted so here is the layout and the plants.  I will keep posting photos as it grows to show the progress.

Gravel in bottom with some overturned buckets to fill space without all the weight

Gravel in bottom with some overturned buckets to fill space without all the weight

Gravel finished

Gravel finished

Fill dirt

Fill dirt

Garden soil and compost

Garden soil and compost

Planted

Planted

I haven’t planted a garden in years.  I think the last time I tried I ran into two problems:  1) red clay in my yard, and 2) a basset hound that like to dig.  But this year I decided to try again but this time I planted a raised garden.

For years I enjoyed a hot tub on my deck but over the last three or four years I never used it.  I tried many times to give it away to someone who would enjoy it but no takers and since it is soooo BIG and difficult to move I have “repurposed” it into my raised garden bed.

First Allen drilled a couple of holes in the bottom for drainage.  Then I layered gravel.  Next some fill dirt, followed by garden soil.  Then my plants.  Since I have never tried gardening in a small space I am not sure what to expect.  I planted several tomatoes, yellow squash and zucchini and several sweet peppers along with basil.  In the middle where it will be  harder to reach I threw in some zinnia seeds.

Can’t wait now to see what happens.

Peony 2

Peony 2

Here’s another peony.  They are still blooming.  :-)

Peony 1

Peony 1

My FAVORITE flower is peonies.  I love how they look but I hate how we only get them about two weeks a year.  During the time they are blooming Allen brings me some almost everyday.  He has some beautiful growing at his place.

Yesterday I decided to try paint one every day while they are blooming.  Here is the first one.

Kids LabKids class painted these sweet yellow labs yesterday in Kids Art Class.  Great job!