So, now that you've seen the swings by the garden. . . can we talk about the garden itself?
Just in case we haven't been friends for that long, I wanted to re-create this from This Old House:
And mine kinda/sorta looks everything, and yet, nothing like that. But moving on.
So, my garden. Let's start with the ugly. And work our way on up. Shall we?
Thee, um, window boxes? That started out like this in May?
I had such high hopes. They were so lovely, and then. . .
"Dead things, Mikey. Dead things." Annnnd, I planted not once, not twice, but thrice.
Actually, it was just twice but I really like saying "thrice".
I've got a couple ideas about what went wrong. ("It's called 'water'!") But I'll be waiting to execute those next year.
On a brighter note,
two out of three of my new fruit trees gave forth fruit. So that's cool.
And despite that I can't keep some simple flowers alive, the garden exploded.
I felt ridiculous putting ginormous tomato cages down a couple months ago, but looky what we have here:
Happy to report that I didn't buy one thing for the garden. All of it was grown from seed. By Moi.
Who loves Butternut Squash? Raise your hand! ("MEEEEE!") Oh, and. . .
you must know that I love LOVE to decorate, come fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving with little pumpkins and gourds. But I hate HATE to pay $1 for each one. So I'm growing my own.
Already got a plentiful amount of veggies, and personally ate a plentiful amount, too. (Excuse me while I go DESTROY my toilet.)
And Oh Em Gee, did I ever tell you that I finally got an arbor this spring to go inside my garden?
Why yes, yes I did. The little lanterns light up at night. . .aw. . .
Thanks for looking around my garden like how a little kid dutifully looks around his great grandma's garden and says all the right things at the right times. It means so much to me.
But here's where you really come in.
Someone pointed out to me the massive mowing headache I've created for my boy toy on this side of the house. Garden gates and pergola swing 'n all. I feel kinda bad. And really, it's been in the back of my head to really, really landscape this area anyways.
Only problem? I need a rock solid, totally BAD TO THE BONE, idea.
A little help, here? I'm not gonna bother with it this season, but come next spring, I am gonna hit it hard. You'll like the way I work it. No diggity. I'd like to bag that up.
So, I'm gathering up ideas. Storing them-- letting them percolate in the brain for a while.
Like this awesomeness. Because this would sooo help with the mowing problem I mentioned. Of course.
I'd like a little a this DIY fountain somewheres:
Oh gosh, let's just go all out.
So, help me? Give me ideas! Inspiration! Something that keeps me up nights, planning! Anything goes! No idea is too big! (well it might be, but it's called "scaling down.")
You know I can (occasionally- from time to time) work hard. You know I'm good for it!