Friday, July 16, 2010
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.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
One of the constraints of a small garden is that you can’t grow all of the plants you’d like to grow. As if being held back by soil type and climate limitations (not to mention those of a financial nature) wasn’t enough, when one has limited space one must constantly edit one’s desires simply due to lack of exposed soil surface. When I was in Buffalo last weekend for the third annual gathering of garden bloggers I found myself drawn to one piece of garden art after the other. And that's when another unhappy truth occurred to me...you can't have all the garden art you like either when your space is small. Not unless you'd like the neighbors to think you're having a yard sale or cleaning the garage.
Most gardeners like to accessorize their gardens with art and Buffalo gardeners are really good at it. Colorful pots, fountains, statuary, bird houses, even tea cups were among the items that caught my eye and have me wanting to get home and take a fresh look at what lives in my own garden.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I'm on vacation, or as Carol from May Dreams Gardens calls it, at summer camp. In Buffalo for the 3rd annual gathering of garden bloggers I am closing in on vegetative overload. Who knew that was even possible? I'll be explaining about that in future posts but before I arrived here (along with about 70 other bloggers from around the nation and Canada) I kicked off my personal garden tour schedule with my first ever visit to the garden of a blogger I follow. Kim, known to many as Blackswamp Girl, writes about her garden at A Study In Contrast. Kim was so gracious to allow us to visit (I took along my Aunt Elaine who lives quite close to Kim) and I had an absolutely wonderful time seeing in first person a garden I have visited virtually many times. I can't encourage other gardeners enough to get out there and make similar visits. To actually see so many of the plantings and the design that Kim has been working on was amazing fun...we see so many vignettes when we read blogs but to see the garden as a whole is an entirely different thing. Kim was afraid we would see only what needed to be done, but what she has going on was so impressive she shouldn't have even been concerned. I had to hold back and not photograph things I knew she would want to talk about herself but I saw a thing or two first, before she wrote about them...I'm just saying!
I would love to be able to return the favor...so Kim, you have an open invitation to my garden...just name the date!