garden beds.

Who remembers this bed from spring 2014?

workshop bed

It needed a lot of work!  One of the legs was broken off the headboard.  The veneer was coming off everywhere.  The foot board needed to have its topper reattached.  So, in true Quandie fashion, I kept pushing it to the back of the line because it needed so much help.  After two years of that, I finally got it finished.

Bed painted with Annie Sloan Duck Egg

In the end, after getting help fixing all of its problems, I gave it a simple paint job with Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg.

bed corner

It is structurally sound now because Ken did a bang up job repairing the leg.  I ended up removing all of the veneer from the bottom trim on the foot board, but you’d never know it with it painted.

bed close up

The bed has side rails and bottoms slats that go with it.  I just love a curved foot board, don’t you?

antique bed painted in Annie Sloan Duck Egg

And since we’re already in the garden, I thought I would share a quick tour of what’s blooming this week in Minnesota.  Some of my favorites are in full bloom right now, like the Allium.  I never grew these until I saw then in nnK’s garden a few years ago.  Did you know they are bulbs?  If you want some in your garden next spring, plant them this fall.  They are as simple to plant as tulips.  I add a few more every fall.  They mostly die back to the ground a month or so after blooming, so plant them among other plants that will hide the leaves as they die back, such as hostas or peonies.  You can see that mine are planted among the peonies here.

allium

This photo doesn’t really show how tall and statuesque the Allium really are.

The irises are also starting to open up.

iris

As much as I love the flower, I’m not as fond of the plants themselves after the flowers are done.  They tend to look a little messy in the garden.  I’ve been slowly reducing the number of irises in my gardens.  I gave away a bunch of yellow ones last year and I’d be happy to give away some more.  If any of my locals readers would like some, let me know.

A bunch of my woodland plants are blooming now, the Columbine and the Anemones.

blooming collage

I added some Sweet Woodruff to the garden last year, and that is looking fab.

sweet woodruff

Like pretty much everything else in my home, I buy a lot of my plants at garage sales.  There are a number of ‘pros’ to doing this.  First of all, you know you are getting a plant that does well in your area.  If it’s growing so well that the seller has enough to divide, it must grow well in your area.  Second, I find that divisions from someone’s garden tend to establish faster than nursery plants.  Maybe that is just my imagination, does anyone else find this to be the case?  And third, of course, they are much less expensive!

However, I will caution you to do a little research into plants before you add them to your garden.  You’ll also find that many of the plants being sold at garage sales are invasive.  Sweet woodruff is one such plant.  I’ll keep an eye on it, and try to keep it in check.  I don’t mind if it fills in a large chunk of my shade garden though.  Perennial geranium is another such plant.  It is the sea of purplish blooms that you can see behind and to the left of the bed in a couple of photos.

Some more of my favorite hostas are looking really lovely right now as well.   Here is my newest addition, Dream Weaver.

hosta dream weaver

And one of my all time faves, June.

hosta june

And I’m fairly certain that this one is Liberty, but the tag has gone missing.

hosta liberty

And in case you were wondering, my annuals did survive the cold snap we had just after they were planted.  I’ve added my own wordy plate to one of my galvanized boiler window boxes.

grow plate

Coming soon in the garden; peonies, clematis and then roses.  But let’s not rush things, shall we?

Meanwhile, the garden bed is for sale at $225.  If it doesn’t go sooner, it will be available at my upcoming sale.  Please note, this is a full size bed.  There is no such thing as an antique queen or king sized bed, these sizes weren’t manufactured until the mid-1950’s.  But if you like to snuggle up close with your significant other, or if you sleep alone, a full might be perfect for you.  Otherwise, it’s a great size for the kids or the guest room.  You guests won’t be comfy enough to overstay their welcome.

Sidebar:  Remember the dueling mid-century bureaus?  My sis painted one, and I painted one.  Well, Debbie is gloating all the way to the bank as hers sold already and mine remains on craigslist!  Drat!  She wins!

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14 thoughts on “garden beds.

  1. Love this bed. So gorgeous. I know it will sell quickly with all the pretty details and the color.
    Kris

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    1. I bought this bed as part of a set, so the dresser and vanity (which were in great shape) got done right away. I didn’t really want to take on the bed, but it came with the set. So there it sat! And of course, now that it’s done I wonder why I procrastinated so long!

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  2. I love the curved footboard of the bed. And the color looks fantastic. So wish I had your lovely garden as well! I keep working on mine, although with our small suburban Texas yards there’s not much room to plant big beds. Every little bit helps though 🙂 Your space looks beautiful, keep sharing pictures please!

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  3. How sweet this bed turned out and the perfect color too. It’s probably gone by now. I love the other beds too the ones in your garden. Just the past weekend my husband and I were just talking about adding some alliums to the garden. I had no idea they were bulbs. I am into pink, lavender and chartreuse right now in my front beds so I am totally loving what you have going on. I am not familiar with perennial geraniums. That said they look like the perfect thing for a couple spots in my back garden. I will have to do some research to see they will thrive here. The spots I need them in is mostly shade but does get some sun. Off to look up some info on those geraniums.

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    1. Oddly enough, the plant that most of us know as a geranium isn’t really a geranium at all. It’s a pelargonium. Don’t know why people started calling them geraniums. But a true geranium is a perennial and looks nothing like the pelargoniums. They are also called Cranesbill. They come in pinks and lavenders, which should fit right in with your color scheme, they are fine in the shade (in fact they tend to wilt if they get any full afternoon sun) and they grow in zones 5 – 9 so that should be good for you too. I think you need to get yourself some!

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      1. Oh, and one more funny thing. The website I saw said they “may form large colonies” … LOL … I guess that is one way of saying that they like to spread! They are easy to beat back though. Just yank them out where you don’t want them.

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      2. Hey thanks for this info on the pelargonium/perennial geraniums I am going to check out a couple of nurseries today.

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  4. This looks like an older listing. Is the bed still for sale or do you have other beds for sale with a curved footboard? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, sorry, this is an oldie but a goodie. It was sold last summer. I don’t currently have any other beds. For a quick way to see what is available, check out my ‘available for local sale’ tab. I try to keep that one updated with current information. Thanks Terri!

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