Saturday, June 9, 2007

the finished hypertufa pot with plants

More fun than mud pies!

Hypertufa pots fit well into any garden setting.
The natural stonelike texture is made from a mix of cement, peat moss and sand (along with a few other variables for texture and strength).
As the peat moss decays over time it adds to the pitted natural look.
These pots are extremely versatile as they can be left outdoors all winter.
This means you can plant them with annuals or perennials such as these sweet little alpine plants.
Hypertufa actually means fake tufa.
Tufa rock is a volcanic stone which was once used in England as watering troughs for livestock.
The shape of the final pot can be as varied as the mold used to make it.
Round or square they are fantastic.
You can brush yogurt onto the hypertufa to create a moss covered look quicker than nature would.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

first attempt to create a hypertufa pot

made out of parts of Portland cement, peat moss, vermiculite and water...stay tuned...
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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden

My hubby purchased the book for me in early spring 2007.
Now I have time to try out some of the projects:

  • I 'll start with a hypertufa planter and have fun making the carved trough and a sandcast birdbath . Keep you informed about my progress...

    Sherri Hunter, author of the best-selling book:
  • Creating Ornaments with Concrete,
    proves once again that concrete isn't just for sidewalks anymore;
    it's perfect for the garden too.
  • ISBN: 1-57990-585-4
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Blackburnian Warbler

New guest has arrived in our garden:

May I introduce the Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca)

Distribution: Breeds from east-central Alberta east through boreal Canada to Newfoundland, south through the northern Great Lakes region and along the Appalachians.
Breeding habitat is tall, mature coniferous or mixed woodlands; pine-oak forests in the Appalachians.
Migration is trans-Gulf, with numbers peaking in the Gulf Coast during the second week of May.
Reaches northernmost breeding grounds mid- to late May.
Status: No serious declines noted.
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