Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pine-Cone Lovin'

I have three {beautiful} crabapple trees. Okay, I'm {lying}. For 2 weeks in May, I have three beautiful crabapple trees. They have gorgeous fuchsia blossoms and smell heavenly. The rest of the year, I have three perfectly {average} crabapple trees. 


I have tried on various occasions to grow shade-loving plants under my three crabapple trees.
 Shade-loving plants do not love {my} shade!


{sigh} So I have given up on my dreams of a shade garden... but that's okay, because I was totally inspired by the front yard of a dude who lives down the street from ~jan. 


Here is one before (I put in the river rock rings last year. Can you {believe} I picked up all that lovely river rock in my pasture?)




and here it is {now}.



(My {kitty} wanted to be a part of this..)




The only thing I did was pull the weeds, put down some {biodegradable} brown paper as a weed block, 



and piled on the pine-cones. 


So pretty!

(the tree ring, not me!)

Thank you, Margo, for allowing me to pick up and bring home all of these lovely pine-cones from your cabin, and Pat for taking pics, and Lizzy for helping me spread the prickly pine cones!

<3 AmberLou











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NightOwlCrafting

1. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods?


Salty.  mmmMMMmmm!
2. Name your 3 BEST personality traits!
I'm shameless. I'm friendly. I hate gossip. 
3. Name your 3 worst personality traits!
I talk about myself too much. I interrupt.  I'm impatient.
4. Do you collect anything?
as a kid I collected pigs, now I try to keep things simpler.
5. What is your favorite season of the year?
Spring. ahhhhh....



38 comments:

  1. Now that is smart, no shortage of free pine cones in lots of places. Thanks for the idea!

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  2. How interesting! I haven't seen this before... looks good! And you found all that rock in your pasture?? How cool!

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  3. Excellent idea! This looks so much neater. I am going to try this.

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  4. Great idea I never thought of that.

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  5. What a clever and great idea!

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  6. Thanks for helping us have another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  7. I LOVE this!!! I love it. It looks so great! Thanks for linking to Messy Monday1 I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!

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  8. that looks so neat and tidy! great idea. thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!"

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  9. that's such a great idea, I wonder how my lemon tree would look with the pine cones.

    BTW, did I miss your Hoo Are You Tuesdays post?

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  10. I love, LOVE that you're shameless!! I think we'd be good friends!!

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  11. Looks great and love that kitty wanted to snuggle against those cool rocks!

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  12. That's a wonderful idea! It look very pretty.

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  13. What a great change! Thanks for linking up! I love pine cones!

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  14. love this idea so easy and carefree

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  15. That is a great idea! I've never seen anything like it before.

    Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session with Life in the Pitts!

    PS. Your cat is cute!

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  16. The pinecone idea is great! Very cute! Have a good rest of the week :)

    Hood Photo Blog

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  17. That is such a unique idea! Love it!

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  18. This looks fabulous! I love the idea.

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  19. How clever! It looks great!
    Thanks for linking up!
    ~Liz

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  20. Great idea! I have tons of pine cones to use. But, probably too many trees for all of them to have rings.

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  21. Oh, of course, you have the lovely GIANT fir cones over there. Here in the UK we have diddy ones.

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  22. Lovely! That's a great idea...I never though of using brown paper as a weed block! Thanks!

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  23. I love it! My Mom needs to try this...they have pinecones out the wazoo in their yard and they just keep falling! Thanks for sharing at It's Party time Thursday @PonyTails&FishScales!

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  24. Wish I knew someone that had too many pinecones and wanted to give them away. I had to pay for mine! Darn.
    Love the idea. Looks like a pinecone carpet.

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  25. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  26. Pretty & a great way to use all the pinecones & not have to buy mulch!

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  27. This is a really neat idea and looks great!

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  28. Thanks for the idea!!!!!!!!!!!!I LOVE IT!!!

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  29. Great idea! Thank you for visiting my link party!

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  30. Just a word to the wise to keep an eye on the tree - pine cones are very acidic and can cause some plants to die if the acidity in the soil gets too high. People often use the pine needles for mulch too, but I often wonder about that. Having a pine "woods" in the back yard, I struggle with too much acid in the back yard a lot!

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  31. I don't want to tell you how much we paid for our lawn service to find us river rock like that for around our tree and flowerbed. It is just super pretty! You did a great job. What a neat idea with the pinecones. I like the finished look! Seems like we both have had our share of yardwork lately! Thanks for linking to It's Stinkin Cute Craft Thursday!

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  32. This is a fantastic idea and looks so neat and pretty! Plus there are ton of pinecones around here!!!! Yippee now to start collecting them!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  33. What a great idea. That looks very nice! Love the cat too! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

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