The Big Reveal

Today is the big reveal. If you’ve been following my Fashion Friday posts, you know that I’m beginning a new series with a dress form. Yes, I will be the crazy lady escorting a mannequin all over the world to have her picture taken in fashions for those of us in the Silver Linings stage of life. Definition: We’re approaching or in the empty nest and not quite to the “golden years” stage. In other words we are right smack dab in the middle of FUN! And that is just what my adopted model is all about.

Her first outing was very well-planned and thought out. I checked the Event Calendar in my area and chose one. The event seemed very fitting, AND, I learned something new. She is a dress “form” and we attended a hypertufa class. You may ask, “what the heck?” Well, hypertufa is the latest craze in gardening. It originated with farmers using a combination of peat moss, sand, cement and water to make feeding troughs to replace the heavier ones made of pure cement. But now gardeners are using the mix to “form” or mold new planters for container gardening. She (my form) felt right at home.


All sorts of molds can be used to make your container.


Ellen Huckabay was the presenter who taught a “Lunch & Learn” class how to make the molds. My form (to be named in a few more paragraphs) was fascinated.


The mix is made up of 1 1/2 parts peat moss, 1 part sand, and 1 part Portland cement. Water is added until you get the consistency of cottage cheese.


Then you apply the mix to your form.


“My girl Friday” was so relieved that she wasn’t the form to be used for this project. Although, she came prepared to work. She is wearing her gardening gloves.

Hypertufa Mold

A small bowl was used instead.

The “Lunch and Learn” class is held on the third Monday of each month at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center in Mobile, AL. Attendees bring their lunch and learn something new each class. We thoroughly enjoyed the class and I can foresee a hypertufa planter in my own garden. These make great additions to roof top gardens, as they are light weight and long lasting. Just be sure to add a drainage hole as you are making them. You can also find more information with Martha Stewart.

I’d like to personally thank Ellen Huckabay and Mary Ann Days for welcoming me and …

Cozi Rosie

A very special thank you to Judy Pimperl for writing in this lovely name, and to all of you who voted for it! I love it and an added plus… so does Mr. Cozi.

She has A Name

A rose by any other name…

I think my first hypertufa should hold a gorgeous Knock-Out Rose, don’t you?

10 thoughts on “The Big Reveal

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    1. Hi Bonnie, the recipe is listed in the post. The biggest issue I see with this project is that the cement you have to purchase only comes in a huge bag. It might be fun to have a hypertufa craft day and invite friends because you will never use all that cement.

  2. Cozi Rosie a wonderful name. Everybody needs a name and I know everybody will know it soon.
    Such a cool event you went to. Making your own cantainer in the size you need for a space you have is ideal. How long after you mold the form before you may unmold the form and use it?

    1. Thanks for the Cozi Rosie compliment. I hope you are right and she becomes famous. 😉 The hypertufa takes 7-30 days to cure depending on the size of the container. It’s best to store it in a plastic bag and mist it occasionally. There’s lots more information on the Martha Stewart sight than I could list in my post.

  3. Oh my goodness!!!! Cozi Rosie! I’m so honored that you and your readers liked the name. I can not wait to meet her! I love the fact that she wasn’t afraid to get her hands (gloves) dirty and I look forward to following her on her future adventures!
    Those forms for plants are very interesting…
    Thank you for letting me be part of the fun name game!

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