It has been a very busy week in the gardens! Spring has sprung in Michigan and everyone is anxious to dig in. Due to warmer temperatures and lots of rain, plants are growing like weeds and weeds are growing like crazy.
I am excited to share pictures from my recent trip to P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm for the Garden Bloggers Reunion (exciting times!) and others from gardens I tended recently. I hope you enjoy this week’s garden photos!
After an exhilarating two day Garden Bloggers Reunion at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm, Lisa Steele from Fresh Eggs Daily and I had the unique opportunity to partake in a road trip through North Central Arkansas, courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism #ARStory Road Trip promotion.
The entire adventure was a blast from start to finish! And, I had the best travel partner ever. If there were chickens, ducks, gardens, food, cows, horses, etc., we stopped to take it all in. Although we lacked a bit in navigating skills, our spontaneity and pure love for the outdoors made getting lost fun!
I hope you enjoy my photos and get a feel for the beautiful, charming State of Arkansas. Perhaps you will visit Arkansas, too!
Lisa and I are so grateful for this one-of-a-kind travel experience. We’d like to thank Mimi and the entire P. Allen Smith Team for selecting us and a special thank you to Elizabeth from CJRW and the Arkansas Visitor’s Bureau. The entire journey filled our hearts with so much fun and joy, we want to do it all over again!
P.S. Thanks Garden Girl USA for supply me with my favorite work-wear for women!
- 2 car tires and one larger truck tire
- 2 small tires with rims (from cart, wheelbarrow, or mower).
- 4 plastic bowls
- Tire inner tube
- Garden hose
- Recycled rubber doormat
- Lid from a broken storage tote
- Duco Cement
- Silicon caulk (paintable)
- Spray paint – green and white
- Brush paint – Red and blue
- Power drill with ½” bit
- Utility knife
- Paint brushes
- 2x6x8 piece of treated lumber
- 3” deck screws
- Long galvanized nails
1. Clean tires and let dry.
2. Select which side of the large tires will be down. Drill 4-6 holes in that side of each tire to allow excess water to drain.
3. Cut storage tote lid about 1-2” bigger than largest tire opening. Poke 3-4 holes in it for drainage, and work it into the tire to cover the bottom hole.
4. Use utility knife to cut 4 feet from rubber door mat. I drew the first with a silver Sharpie and cut it out, then used it as a template to make the others match.
5. Lay all the tires, feet, hose, and 2 of the bowls out on drop cloth and start painting! I used Valspar flat spray paint/primer-in-one, in “Tropical Foliage” color. It took about 5 cans. I didn’t paint the underside, since they wouldn’t be visible.
6. Paint the other two bowls white – I used Rustoleum flat white. Once dry, paint the bottom of these two blue.
7. Using Duco cement, glue the bowls into the rims of the small tires. The white bowls are the eyeballs, and the green ones on the back give the eyes a bulgy look from behind.
8. Spread a bead of silicon caulk on joint of bowls and rims. Once it dries, touch up the paint. Spray the caulked part on the back of the eyes. To touch up the front, I spray paint onto a piece of wax paper or foil and use a Q-tip as a brush.
9. For eyelashes, cut a wedge-shaped section of inner tube, then use scissors to make cut from the inner edge to about 1-1/2” from outer edge. Use Duco Cement to glue into the space between the tire and the rim.
10. Using red paint and brush, add mouth to largest tire.
11. Now the slightly tricky part – making the eyes stable in their mounting. First, set the eyes on the “head” tire and cut two slits in the large tire with a utility knife. This allows the eyes to sit down into the tire a bit.
12. Insert the piece of lumber into the head tire under where the eyes will sit. Install deck screws at an angle through eye tire, head tire, and into lumber. Do this with both eyes. They will have a little wobble to them, but not much. Later, when this tire is filled, stability gets even better.
13. Put it all together! Lay the 2 body tires side-by-side on the ground. Fill them to within an inch of the inner circle with soil.
14. Place head tire on body tires, centered and pulled forward a couple inches.
15. Lift head slightly and slip one end of arm hose on each side, between tires.
a. Cut off arms to length and secure to ground with galvanized nails as mini-stakes.
b. Place feet in position, and use nails again to hold in place.
16. Fill top tire with soil to within an inch of the inner edge height.
17. Plant with flowers of choice. I chose to use perennial daylilies in the bottom tires, and annuals in the top, so I don’t have to replant more than one each year.
This is how I did it, but if you make one, let your imagination go out and play … get silly or get serious, but make it YOURS!
Finally, and most important, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your interest in Frieda La Frog. I’ve told her how popular she’s become, and I’m a little worried … she’s demanding an entourage, Ray-Bans, and one of those silly little purse-sized dogs …
Master Gardeners of Sanilac County Fall Forum, Lexington, Michigan
P. Allen Smith Garden2Blog Event, Garden Home Retreat at Moss Mountain, Little Rock, Arkansas
Ferndale Beautification Commission, Ferndale, Michigan
Gross Pointe Farm & Garden Club, Grosse Pointe, Michigan