Friday, May 25, 2012

Hemlock Planter

Did an entire day slip me by? Hmmm...

John sure has been busy. He's even worked through rain.

~Making the Mad Dash through Torrential Downpours~




The measurements are 8 ft by 3 ft and it is 2 ft deep. I will fill it with a 60% screened topsoil and a 40% compost, which will all be mixed in together. 

The results sure are pleasing. Next time you see this, perhaps it'll be filled with lush plantings. Currently, John's considering using it as a poodle pound. Poor Molly!

Diane had this suggestion for me: Hope you gave hubby a Yankee dime for all that hard work! 

Now John and I had no idea what a "Yankee dime" was never having heard the term. We did come up with an interesting theory. John suggested that it is a post Civil War term meaning that a Confederate dime wouldn't be worth much. Not so. According to Diane, a "Yankee dime" is a peck on the cheek. 

Well, that's pretty cheap pay. In addition to a peck on the cheek, I made John a strawberry-rhubarb pie. It didn't come out of the oven until after ten p.m. and John waited up for it. Now that's saying something!


It wasn't pretty, but it tasted great.

Have a wonderful start to the weekend!

Love Vee

45 comments:

  1. Looks like all John's hard work has paid off. Our men will work in the rain if they have to. A Yankee dime (which I've never heard that either) is well worth it for your Hemlock. Looks like your pie was worth waiting up for as well! Have a lovely day Vee!

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  2. What a great job John did! He deserved that pie for sure.

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  3. Yankee Dime. That's a term that's screaming to be a blog title. Never heard of it either but I love it. That and the planter. Can't wait to see the end results.

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  4. A beautiful example of give and take... you romantics! "A pie for your service sir." "Always a pleasure m'lady." Something like that? :)

    Blessings, Debbie

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  5. Can't wait to see the planter filled in! And you pie looks great, 10:00pm is late for me too, but I think I might have stayed up for the pie!

    chris

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  6. Perfect gift to the garden builder! Our raised, boxed beds are made from the boys' old tree house (which we took away when we sold our old house). Have a splendid weekend!

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  7. I would have waited up for that pie too! The hard work of making that gorgeous planter will make a wonderful flower bed for years to come - can't wait to see what you plant in there!

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  8. Pie, in an old fashioned frying pan. Do you do this often? I've seen biscuit-like things, done in a fry pan. But not a pie.

    Till now!

    I'm sure it is simply marrrrrrrvelous!!! Yummmmm......

    Our daughter made her father a rhubarb pie last week. He was in heaven. -grin- Ours is ready, so I suppose I'll have to get-cracking, soon. ,-)

    "Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern;
    one is apt to grow old-fashioned quite suddenly."

    ~Oscar Wilde

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  9. That is great...I asked my son if he had heard of hemlock and he said no..so that must not be a wood we get down here. I now know Teak wood is very heavy, after they finished the play ground in Cambodia.

    Your hubby has done an excellent job..and fun learning on "Yankee dime"

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  10. Oh, has Molly misbehaved? I think she likes John's lap much better.

    The hemlock planter is a labor of love. John does so many wonderful things and I can see he's a perfectionist.

    That pie was also a labor of love. I can understand why John would wait up for a warm piece of pie! Yum!!

    Baking it in your cast iron skillet is such a great idea and has such a feeling of comfort.

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  11. Good job, John! Now...does he need the loader tractor?

    The pie looks like a just reward (removing that from the oven would have required some heavy lifting too!).

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  12. John says, "Yes, and how soon can it get here? How long can I borrow it for?"

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  13. Did John nap while he waited? I would have gladly waited up too...it looks ever so delicious.

    That planter is perfect. I can't wait to see what will grow in that labor of love.

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  14. Tell John he can use the loader tractor anytime between 'mealtimes' for the cattle. It gets used daily to load the feed into the mixer wagon...and is available other than that. Too bad the distance between is so great...or I'm sure we could strike up a deal. (Maybe a rhubarb pie...or something:)

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  15. The planter looks fabulous! John deserved that pie and the dime!

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  16. The planter is fabulous and I can't wait to see it willed with soil and planter with something lovely!

    John deserves a lot of rewards for all his labors.A real hero!

    That pie looks delicious. Did you bake it the oven and just put it on top of the stove, or do you have a way to bake it stove top like that? Inquiring minds want to know!

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  17. Plus, I'm fascinated by the way the planter is sunk in the slope and level.

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  18. The planter looks great...can't wait to see it filled with flowers!
    I have never seen pie baked in a cast iron skillet before...it looks yummy!

    Blessings!
    ~Nadine

    PS. The sun is finally shining here in Western Washington! ;)

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  19. Happy Weekend to you and John! Hope he gets some rest, and maybe a Yankee "Quarter" is in order. lol xo

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  20. I would have waited up too. I love rhubarb soooooo much!! Mom brought me two pieces of rhubarb custard pie this week. They are history......

    Awesome planter!

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  21. Your raised bed planter looks great Vee! John did a super job on it. I have never heard of the term 'a Yankee dime' before. Cute. Enjoy the weekend. (I think we're getting showers and thunder showers here tonight and into tomorrow.)

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  22. That's a good looking planter, can't wait to see it filled up with whatever you choose....

    Yummmy, pie!!!!!

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  23. That is a mighty fine looking raised bed. It looks like it will last for a long time.
    I don't blame John for wanting to wait up for the pie It looks delicious. Did you bake it in your skillet? How clever. Rhubarb is hard to find in these parts. I've been wanting to make a strawberry/rhubarb crumble, but haven't been able to find rhubarb yet.
    Have fun planting!

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  24. I love strawberry-rhubarb pie. It's one of my favorites. We just had it for mother's day.

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  25. Oh Vee that pie does looks pretty and delicious, I love that it is baked in a cast iron pan.
    Great looking planter..waiting to see what it looks like after it's filled with plants.

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  26. I never heard that expression before but it's kind of cute! John did a wonderful job! I'd love one of those raised planters for my tomato plants. Your pie looks scumptious, Vee! Wish I had a pice right now.

    Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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  27. You two are just right for each other! I felt so bad when I saw that photo the other day of John carrying that wood! He looked tired out! He earned a great reward!

    It looks wonderful and I can't wait to see it with plants in it!

    Deanna

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  28. Awww Vee, we growed up with Yankee dimes around here - I still give 'em to my Daddy. He loves Yankee dimes from his daughters and granddaughters, but He wouldn't take a wooden nickel! haha!

    Your box looks great - now fill that baby up with some purdies! But not Molly...

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  29. A Yankee dime AND a strawberry rhubarb pie...now that's fine payment indeed! I can just see the smile on his face...and a little lipstick on his cheek! Hugs, Diane

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  30. That's actually one that I have heard. I have given the man a Yankee dime many times. In fact, I've been known to give him a whole quarter. Ha!

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  31. I'm curious to see what your planter will be filled with. That rhubarb pie looks mouthwatering. I'm making apple and rhubarb crisp for dessert this evening. Have a good weekend Vee!

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  32. Hats off to John and his labor! It looks real good. Oh and that pie looks pretty to me!!

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  33. John did a super job and that pie looks sooooo good. Hope you both have a nice weekend, Vee.

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  34. Job well done on both the planter and the pie!

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  35. Well he sure earned that pie, didn't he? He does such a good job, it looks like everything fits to a T. I'd stay up past 10 anytime if that was my reward. Actualy I'm a night owl so that wasn't quite fair. :)

    Can't wait to see what you fill it with!

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  36. Gorgeous planter! And it will be even more beautiful when filled with green and growing things. Kudos to John who certainly earned his Yankee dime and rhubarb pie! (Says Cheryl whose husband is out in the humidity spreading mulch while I remain in the AC blogging. Wonder if he'll be content with a Yankee dime? I'd better make a pie.)

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  37. A Yankee Dime AND a Rhubarb pie is much deserving for his hard work! Can't wait to see the lush plantings, Vee!

    Happy day to you,
    Becky
    xx

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  38. That is looking splendid! Yum, I bet he loved that peck on the cheek AND the pie!

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  39. That planter is sooo awesome. It will look fabulous full of....flowers?, veggies?...both..?...why not.?

    I can't believe you didn't know that a Yankee Dime is a kiss...course, I've heard it all my life...and you haven't. Bet you have sayings that I never heard, too.:0)

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  40. Hi Vee!

    Wow, the planters are going to be great, I can't wait to see them full of beautiful blossoms and "poodles"!!

    I think that strawberry-rhubarb pie was worth wayyyy more than a Yankee dime (first time I have ever heard that saying too)!

    Have a wonderful week-end!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  41. I'm late to the party, but wanted to compliment John on his project. That's a mighty hearty planter! And I love that you made the pie in a cast iron skillet. So glad I found your blog, and now have you on my side bar (:

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  42. Fantastic work-John, can I borrow you for about a week...I'm wanting a pergola built in the back yard! Great job on the planter- it will be beautiful filled with plants.

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  43. I'd say strawberry-rhubard pie would be worth staying up for!

    Lovely new header... don't think I've seen it before....

    Wishing you a WONDERFUL week!

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  44. John did a great job on the planter. Would he like to help us with 'the barn' sometime. : )

    The pie looks soooo good. I'd like a piece please with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I've worked hard too. : )

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  45. He definitely deserved more than a "yankee dime". That looks really wonderful! We want to build something similar but put it on wheels or somehow make it easy to move around.

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