Thursday, September 22, 2016

Antiques and Vintage Sale at my Home.


Sneak peek of some of the many things that will be
for sale at my 
Antiques and Vintage Sale
in Lake Forest, Illinois.

The dates and times are~
Friday September 30 
and
Saturday October 1
9 am to 2 pm.

Email me using the button on my sidebar
for address.

If you can't come to the sale, I have many items available online 


Monday, September 12, 2016

Why I love coleus.








This planter is in a hard spot to keep plants 
looking great all summer.  It is under the overhang,
on the north side of the house, with very
low sun most of the day.

A couple of years ago I realized I could plant 
a few coleus in this planter
and they would perform consistently
every year.

Easy peasy gardening.

Hope this helps if you have a similar location.

Friday, September 9, 2016

I did it! Boston Fern.


I did it.
I did it.
I did it.

Every year I am tempted by the bargain priced
Boston Ferns Home Depot has every spring.

I've always decided "Nah, I could never keep it 
nice all summer long."

This spring I decided to "go for it".

And here we are in September and the fern looks great.

Would I do it again?  I am not sure.

I had to water the fern every day all summer long.
Probably more work than a 70 year old gardener wants
to take on for another year.

But for one summer~ I did it!!

On another topic,
If you are interested in what's new in my
6-year-old Etsy shop,



Thursday, September 1, 2016

Asphalt Restorations Driveway Repair.



This is the completed project.  Sealcoated and restored driveway.

The texture of the new and old sections are different.  They will always be different.

But for the price and ease of repair this process can't be beat.

Total replacement of driveway was 6 times the cost.

Replacement of this section was more than 2 times the cost.



This is what we started with.  Our driveway has already been replaced once.
The rest of the driveway is in good condition.
The problem was right in front of the garage door where there was a drop 
of 2 inches and major cracking.

This is the most common driveway issue.


Aphalt Restoration guys come in with a machine that heats sections
of the existing driveway, then they add asphalt as needed,
and spread the new and reused asphalt.

They make a neat seam between the new and old 
aphalt.  We had a 6 ft section of our double wide driveway restored.

 


This is a much better looking seam than you get if the repair guys cut out and 
replace your asphalt.

And the process takes about an hour for a patch our size.

Not days.


The final step is to have the driveway sealcoated by a sealcoating company.

You have to wait about a month for the patch to cure before sealcoating.
You can drive on the patch in 24 hours.

See how the asphalt is now the same level as our cement apron.

Here is the "after" picture again.  This is after sealcoating.