The rich, whistling song of the Baltimore Oriole, echoing from treetops near homes and parks, is a sweet herald of spring in eastern North America. Look way up to find these singers: the male’s brilliant orange plumage blazes from high branches like a torch. Nearby, you might spot the female weaving her remarkable hanging nest from slender fibers. Fond of fruit and nectar as well as insects, Baltimore Orioles are easily lured to backyard feeders.

Data & Image Source: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Baltimore_Oriole/sounds

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Retro Coke Machines

July 4, 2015

Coca-Cola was already America’s top-selling soft drink in 1928 when sales of bottled Coke finally outstripped soda fountain sales. In 1929, Glascock Brothers Manufacturing Co. of Muncie, Indiana, introduced Coke’s first vending machine, a 151-lb. ice box that held 72 6-ounce bottles. Each Coke sold for a 5 cents, payable to the clerk.

Source : http://www.ehow.com/about_5194576_history-coke-machines.html

No coin operation yet on this Coke machine as the buyer had to give his nickel to the clerk

Two companies emerged in 1937 that distributed Cola-Cola machines. Vendo Company was originally based in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Vendorlator Manufacturing Company based in Fresno, California. At the outbreak of World War II, Coca-Cola pledged to provide all U.S. servicemen free Cokes. The U.S. government deemed soft drinks essential to troop morale. Vendo manufactured 5,000 machines for military bases and civilian factories. Vendo and Vendorlator merged in 1956.

The Vendorlator 33

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The Vendo V-23 Mechanical Coca-Cola Coin Cooler

Also known as the “Spin Top”, the Vendo 23 vended 23 bottles and pre-cooled 7. Introduced in 1949, it was a smaller cooler, made specifically to fit into smaller spaces. It was intended as an alternative to the bulkier upright vendors available at the time.

Source: http://www.vintagevending.com/the-vendo-v-23-mechanical-coca-cola-coin-cooler

Vendo 23 Coca-Cola Cooler

The VMC 72 is a considered a small machine to have dual bottle chutes. It may be the smallest ever made. Typically the dual chute design appeared only on the larger soda machines. The VMC 72 has a very large Coca-Cola logo that manufacturers believed would attract more customers.

Vendorlator Coca-Cola Machine

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The Vendo 81D may be one of the most sought-after soda machines, also called “drink boxes”, among collectors. It was introduced in 1955 and was made exclusively for the Coca-Cola Company by Vendo.

Data Source: http://www.vintagevending.com/coca-cola-vendo-81d-soda-machine

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Cherry Parfait Rose

July 4, 2015

The Cherry Parfait Rose was bred by Allain Meilland in France in 2000 and introduced in the United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 2003 and in Australia by Treloar Roses Pty Ltd as Fire and Ice. Cherry Parfait is a lovely bi-coloured Grandiflora that has light yellow to white vermillion edges. Its bi-coloured blooms make a striking display in the garden, containing 35 to 40 petals and an average of 4” diameters.  The bush is quick to repeat those white flowers, broadly edged in cherry red, making them great when used in a border, or combined with other perennials, or anywhere there is a need for constant color. The plant grows loose, and spreading, covering itself in blooms and produces a slight sweet fragrance.

 

The Cherry Parfait © Britt Conley

Image Source: http://thephotogardenbee.com/2009/11/30/todays-featured-post-part-ii-the-rose-garden-at-lewis-ginter-botanical-gardens/

This rose is excellent in all climates, it can used for bed and borders, container rose, garden or landscape, it is hardy and very disease resistant. For spring pruning, remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. Cut back the remaining canes by about 1/3 in warmer climates and a little more than that in colder climates.

If you are looking for a striking rose to adorn your garden, the Cherry Parfait is an excellent choice. Not only is this bush a generous bloomer its colours hold out even through the heat of summer.

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Portmeirion Pottery, a British pottery founded in 1960 by Susan William Ellis and her husband Euan Cooper Ellis, created the Botanic Garden china pattern. In 1970s, Susan and Euan visited an antiquarian bookshop in London and while browsing through 18th century engravings of sea creatures to decorate her pottery, the shop keeper showed her a book called The Universal Herbal published in 1817 by Thomas Green.  The illustrations in the book were vibrant and full of color that it triggered an inspiration in Susan prompting her creative talents to kick in and allowing her to envision a wide range of tableware featuring different flowers on each piece.

On their way back, book in tow Susan continued to envision the next design line and had decided that this collection would be manufactured on a variation of Meridian shapes which has just recently designed. She continued to search for books with botanical motifs and came across the book “The Moral of Flowers” which contained poems and prose for 48 different plants from oaks to daisies. Susan sought the help of Mr. William Clarke, a highly regarded draughtsman and former employee of the Horticultural Society to illustrate those plants. Mr. Clarke’s illustrations were perfect for what Susan had envisioned that she purchased several more books that contain Mr. Clarke’s illustrations. Later on she decided to add butterflies and other insects to her designs to give it variety and to bring the range together she added the triple leaf border.

The design range is then named The Botanic Garden after an 18th century poem by Erasmus Darwin. Botanic Garden was officially launched in 1972 and has since then been loved worldwide, a serene and comforting presence amidst the increasing busyness of our everyday lives.

 

 

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Patriotic Bunting

July 3, 2015

I love beautiful houses decorated with patriotic bunting.  It’s fun, easy and not too time consuming to dress up your house for the patriotic holidays. =)

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These are some fun ideas for the 4th of July (or Memorial Day or Veterans Day)!

FLAG WREATH:  This will take about 3x packs of 100 mini flags. Just poke them into a styrofoam wreath or disk!


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Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming. Set in the 19th-century American South, the film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the story is told from the perspective of white Southerners. The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).

Data Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gone_with_the_Wind_(film)

 

The production of the film was troubled from the start. Filming was delayed for two years due to Selznick’s determination to secure Gable for the role of Rhett Butler, and the “search for Scarlett” led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part. The original screenplay was written by Sidney Howard, but underwent many revisions by several writers in an attempt to get it down to a suitable length. The original director, George Cukor, was fired shortly after filming had begun and was replaced by Victor Fleming, who in turn was briefly replaced by Sam Wood while Fleming took some time off due to exhaustion.

The film received positive reviews upon its release in December 1939, although some reviewers found it dramatically lacking and bloated. The casting was widely praised and many reviewers found Vivien Leigh especially suited to her role as Scarlett. At the 12th Academy Awards held in 1940, it received ten Academy Awards (eight competitive, two honorary) from thirteen nominations, including wins for Best Picture, Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Adapted Screenplay (posthumously awarded to Sidney Howard), Best Actress (Vivien Leigh) and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, becoming the first African-American to win an Academy Award). It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time. The film was immensely popular, becoming the highest-earning film made up to that point, and retained the record for over a quarter of a century. When adjusted for monetary inflation, it is still the most successful film in box-office history.

The film has been criticized as historical revisionism glorifying slavery, but nevertheless it has been credited for triggering changes to the way African-Americans are depicted on film. It was re-released periodically throughout the 20th century and became ingrained in popular culture. The film is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time; it has placed in the top ten of the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 American films since the list’s inception in 1998, and in 1989, Gone with the Wind was selected to be preserved by the National Film Registry.




Day Breaker Rose

June 23, 2015

The Day Breaker rose is an exciting, vigorous floribunda that will surely brighten any garden with the colors of dawn. This rose was bred by Gareth Fryer in United Kingdom in 2003 and introduced in the United States by Edmunds’ Roses in 2004 as Day Breaker. This floribunda blooms non-stop throughout the season, producing petite clusters of perfectly formed spiral 4-inch blooms that open in warm yellow tones, blending apricot and pink. The perfect spiral form will have floribunda exhibitors clamoring for more plants. Shiny, clean, deep green leaves have rims of red, and the sprays of flowers seem to sing, “Here comes the sun”.

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This elegant rose has 26 to 40 petals that blooms perpetually throughout the season producing strong tea fragrance. It has medium, bushy and glossy dark green foliage. It can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, exhibition or garden. Ensure good air circulation to cut down on disease pressure and remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. This cultivar is reported to have better than average disease resistance.

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Alcea also known as Hollyhock is a genus of flowering plants native to Europe and Asia. Hollyhocks are annual, biennial, or perennial plants usually taking an erect, unbranched form. The flower stalks  on hollyhocks can reach heights of 9 feet tall and can tower above a garden, adding a  lovely vertical element to your garden. The flowers of hollyhocks may be solitary or arranged in fascicles or racemes. The notched petals are usually over three centimeters wide and may be pink, white, purple, or yellow.  Gardeners enjoy growing hollyhocks in borders against walls and fences where their spectacular flowers stand tall above all else.

Hollyhocks need full sun and moist, rich, well drained soil something that novice gardeners made a mistake of when they planted hollyhocks in a soil that is a bit dry. Prior to the start of planting prepare the area by working in plenty of organic matter such as compost or aged animal manure into the garden. This step is essential to improve the condition of the soil by improving the drainage and increasing its ability to hold water and nutrients.

Hollyhock

Next step is to sow the seeds just beneath the soil 1-2 weeks before last frost. In 10-14 days the seeds will germinate, after that thin to 18-36 inches apart after seedlings have sprouted. During dry conditions water as needed to ensure flowers keep blooming. To obtain bigger bolder blooms add organic flower fertilizer every couple of weeks. Cut stalks to the ground when the flowers fade.

Bear in mind that hollyhocks are susceptible to fungal diseases, such as anthracnose, rust and powdery mildew, which can disfigure the leaves under severe infestations. Avoid overhead watering whenever possible, properly space plants to improve air circulation and apply copper or sulfur spray to prevent further infection.

 

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Summer Surprise Hybrid Tea Rose is an orange blend Hybrid Tea bred by Delbard-Chabert in France, 1981. This rose has orange-red, copper shading and golden-yellow colouring on the reverse. It has large full cluster-flowered of 26 to 40 petals in high-centered bloom form. It blooms in flushes throughout the season and has none to mild fragrance. The bush is upright with glossy, dark green foliage with a height reaching up to a height of 4′ (120 cm).

This lovely Hybrid Tea Rose can be used for beds and borders, cut flower, garden or hedge. It is hardy in USDA zone 6b through 9b and is disease resistant. Protect tender new spring growth from hard freezes that may cause canker, die-back and death of the plant. To encourage rebloom be sure to remove spent blooms and for spring pruning remove old canes and dead or diseased woods as well as canes that cross. Cut back the remaining canes by about one-third in warmer climates and probably more in colder areas.

 

Summer Surprise

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