Friday, July 16, 2010

Ideas I Am So Stealing!


This darling little garden in a box was seen on Lancaster Street. The owner called it her “touching garden” and enjoys having children rearrange the scene. It is furnished with little benches, tiles and tiny succulents in equally tiny pots and even a miniature arbor with a tiny plant growing up its sides. I am most definitely stealing this idea.

As a matter of fact, the Sweet Granddaughter and I have begun a tiny version here. I am now on the lookout for a tiny arbor and some patio furniture. We're hoping to move up to a larger garden when we find more things to use in decorating.
These post top pots were great and I am also stealing this idea very soon. I’m not sure what style of pot I will find/use but I think there are a gazillion possibilities here.


I know some gardeners in certain areas think of wax begonias the way I do gazanias or impatiens, finding them overused and boring, but I happen to like the reliable color they bring to my garden. And although they die back pretty pathetically in the winter they come back up every spring, making them perfect container plants in that they can be hidden when they are at that awkward stage. This garden had several strawberry pots that provided me with one of those “why haven’t I ever thought of that” moments. Impatiens here, but begonias in other strawberry pots, were nestled about.

13 comments:

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love that touching garden! I missed it, but I'm going to steal it too.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

That touching garden will be very fun for the kids! (Okay, and the adults. :)

I have actually put a few pots up on posts before (at my old house) but they weren't the sturdiest things. Now that I see those, I'm inspired to try again with a few square black pots that I brought home from the garden center... hmm...

Jean said...

Leslie, I don't know if you saw this but Lockwood Nursery had a lot of those little wire items that were in that box - watering containers, arbors, benches, etc. They were so cute but at the time I had no idea what to do with them, so I didn't buy any! Maybe you could see if they ship. :-)

Gail said...

Leslie, What a great idea for children and adults. I love to go to the petting zoo with my young family members so I can pet the animals, so having a little children's play garden is perfect! Frances bought some of the wire items Jean mentioned.

gail

Patsy Bell Hobson said...

stealing ideas is OK. It is nice to be so clever and creative that people want to copy your garden style.

Leslie said...

I just might go on line and order those...I've looked at a few places here and online with no luck. I'll check Lockwood!

Kathy said...

I can't believe I walked down Lancaster with you and you saw that and I didn't. Here's one place that has some miniature garden stuff: https://www.superseeds.com/products.php?search=fairy

Meems said...

It's always fun to come home with good ideas you can put to work for your own use. You and your little one are going to have fun gathering the items and incorporating them in the garden.
Meems

Sue Swift said...

I suspect there are going to be Touching gardens all round the world soon. You'd better let the original creator know what she's started ...

Helen @ Gardening With Confidence said...

Hey Leslie,
I just wanted you to know I added your blog to the soon to be launched North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association blog roll for NC Blogs!

http://www.tarheelgardening.com/wordpress/

I also wanted to make sure you received my new link for Gardening With Confidence's blog

www.gardeningwithconfidence.com/blog.

Thanks!

I hope you are doing well!

H.

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

That sweet little garden was a true hit, and in your line of work, it would be perfect. Oh, I wish I'd had the courage to do something like this for my kids when they were small. I guess I'll wait for grandchildren to share the touching garden with.~~Dee

donna said...

Little gardens for little gardeners. Luv that idea.

donna

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I would probably be one of the biggest players in this garden. A great idea.