Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ARTIST FEATURE: TERRY SMITH


NEW WALL SCULPTURE COLLECTION: UNITS

This new collection for the wall lets you have some fun getting involved in the creative process!  You can select from among 12 unique pieces to put together a grouping the way you want it.  The pieces are integrated through shape and color so you really can't go wrong.  Check them out this weekend at It's a Marshmallow World.

Monday, October 29, 2012

ARTIST FEATURE: ROSE MARIE DAMMANN


INTRODUCING: GARDENFOLK

These are my new GARDENFOLK wall sculptures.  They are made to hang inside on the wall but are outdoorable as well.  The piece in the middle above and below is a garden votive stake.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ROBIN AND LEANNE BRING Y0U WEIRD BUTTONS!



"IT'S A MARSHMALLOW WORLD"..THE SONG

 "It's a Marshmallow World" is a popular Christmas song that was written in 1949 by Carl Sigman (lyrics) and Peter DeRose (music). Although it has been recorded by many artists, it was first a hit for Bing Crosby backed by The Lee Gordon Singers and the Sonny Burke Orchestra. He didn't like the song and refused to record it at first. Crosby's contract required him to sing it and later his was glad he did as his version recorded in 1950 peaked at number 24 on the pop singles chart in January 1951.

TUFA BIRDHOUSES

These fun birdhouses are more decorative than "real' in the sense that the hole is pretty large.  My favorite birdhouses have wren-sized holes and are lighter in weight.  These decorative birdhouses make great accents in the garden however, and while more bulky, they can even be hung.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

PAINTING WITH BULBS...

It's really hot when you plant three colors of tulip bulbs together.  I am not too fond of planting them however and so I like to dig a large hole and make mass plantings.  The only problem is that finding a large space to do this in the garden right now is always a challenge.  I ended up planting several clump areas so there will be the statement/restatement thing going on.  I am excited to see these three strong varieties together, each seems to scream for the spotlight....should be a fun riot of color!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

WE WELCOME OUR NEW APPRENTICE- BRANNON

Brannon is a freshman at Shawnee Mission West
this fall and comes to us with some background in mixing concrete and making hypertufa. He and his brother took our Hypertufa Studio with their Grandma two years ago and really did a great job. It is exciting to see these young men work so creatively with these mediums. Brannon is also artistic which goes a long way when you are a studio assistant here at From the Summer's Garden. Welcome to the group Brannon and just in time for It's a Marshmallow World!                     

Monday, October 15, 2012

ARTIST FEATURE: SYD BAKER

SYD BAKER:  THE BIRDHOUSE MAN OF ROELAND PARK
 HERE'S THE CHANCE TO GET YOUR BAKER BIRDHOUSE THIS SEASON!
2012 MARSHMALLOW WORLD HOLIDAY EVENT

Thursday, October 11, 2012

ALL IN GOOD TIME MY PRETTY...

It has taken a long time but at last our new Dorothy stone completes the "Over the Rainbow" collection of gardenstones and stakes. Now you can really be "off to see the wizard" in your garden!  Available in terra cotta, sage green, gray and teal stains.

Monday, October 8, 2012

ARTIST FEATURE: FRANK MANGIARACINA


FUN AFTER THE FROST


Now that frost has put the kabosh on many things growing in the garden, it's time to have a little fun. Clean out the dead and damaged plants and rake the soil smooth. Draw simple designs or words in the soil using the end of your hoe handle. These lines are ideal little furrows for planting winter wheat seeds. You can buy seed on-line or at your garden center.  Be generous in your planting so your designs and words are well-defined.
Cover the furrows with surrounding soil and tamp the entire area flat with your hoe. Gently water the area and keep it moist. In about four to five days the design or words will emerge in fresh green sprouts.  
It's quick and easy and just in time for...



Halloween...
or Christmas.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

GET YOUR MERRY ON!

We're excited to share what's new at From the Summer's Garden for our upcoming Holiday Event, 
IT'S A MARSHMALLOW WORLD.  You can bet there'll be plenty of SNOWFOLK read to help you "Get Your Merry On!".

Monday, October 1, 2012

DON'T MISS THE CROW SHOW!


Eclectics Gallery works hard to make a visit to the store an intriguing shopping experience.  The CROW SHOW promises to be an especially fun way to begin
the month of October....crows all over the place!