How to Garden Like Donna Summer

by Katy on August 8, 2012 · 18 comments

Remember my Goodwill disco-ball planter?

It took me awhile, but I finally planted it up. And because a disco-ball planter requires a dramatic plant, I chose a big bright $2.99 plant from Fred Meyer that should stand up to the bling-y competition.

Summer has finally hit the Wolk-Stanley backyard, Donna Summer that is.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Pollyanna August 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

It looks great! Nice and healthy and the color reflects beautifully from the jazzy pot. Great job — because you know, hey, “she works hard for the money” !!


Katy August 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

So hard for it honey!


Sorry, couldn’t help myself. 😉


Alison August 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

So you better treat her right!


Linda H. August 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

(Cue BeeGees) I feel like dancin’, Yeah!


Ann August 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm



Linda G August 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I would like to know where is the cheapest place to buy canning supplies. I need canner, pressure cooker, and jars? Any canning information would be nice too.


Linda in Indiana August 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I watch the estate auctions for jars…of course, they have no lids or rings. I have found jars and rings at the dollar stores….they work as well as the big brand names. You might be able to find a cold packer at an estate auction also. But if you buy a used pressure canner that way, you will want to take it to the extension service to have the gasket checked. Also, if you put out the word to family, friends or even older people who no longer can you might get a good deal or have somethings passed just passed on to you. If that happens with canning supplies for me, I try to return the favor by return a sample of the finished product to the generous giver.


Rosa August 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm

estate sales are good around here, though hot-water bath canners show up at thrift stores pretty regularly.

You might want to just put the word out through circles of friends, canning has been so trendy lately I’ve picked up a lot of jars bought by new canners who decided after a season it just wasnt’ for them.


Robin August 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm



Linda in Indiana August 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Is that a coleus? The pink and green reflect so neat in the glass pieces. And by the way, I liked the fun dialogue…cause we all work hard for our money and who wouldn’t love the Bee Gee’s. Groovy!


rosarugosa August 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hi Linda: It’s a caladium. A lovely one at that 🙂


Linda in Indiana August 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Thanks! Next year one will live at my house…that is, if I don’t kill it with my brown thumb:)


Trish August 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

omg, every time I looked at it I would be saying ‘hey mistah, you got a dime? hey mistah, do you wanna spend some ti-ime wit me…

it looks rockin’ with that beautiful plant. that’s a deal on the plant!


pmhaas August 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

You are so funny, Katy! If I owned that planter I’d be singing.”ahhh love to loveyou, baby”!


Diedra B August 9, 2012 at 2:52 am

rip Donna Summer.

The plant and planter are lovely.


JoAnn August 9, 2012 at 5:28 am

Nice! 🙂


Peg August 9, 2012 at 7:06 am

Did you ever post the winner of the “The Non-T0xic Advisor”? Or did I miss it????


pat August 9, 2012 at 7:48 am

It looks fabulous! Great job Katie.


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