|The entrance to the woodland garden of my friends TC and Carol.|
|TC's new tiki torches light the way on dark evenings. That will be the garden club's 2013 spring project. Check back this time next year for instructions.|
Let's face it, gardening, of the ornamental variety, rarely offers spectacular results the first few years. It takes a couple of years to find out the outcome of your efforts. Like the fact that the shrubs you laboriously transplanted hate their new surroundings, and despite your best efforts, they ever-so-slowly die, keeping you hoping to the very end, that they just might green back up. Or that the plant you thought would make great ground cover has covered all your ground and half of your neighbors', and they are threatening to have you charged with horticultural trespass. Personally, I have a hard time waiting ten minutes for cookies to emerge from the oven, so as much as I covet a charming cottage garden, I've not had the patience to get much beyond a straggly bed of zinnias, and the lilacs, ditch lilies and hydrangeas that were here when I moved in, seven years ago.
|These sweet windows were originally their attic windows. They upgraded to efficient reproductions in the house, but made use of the old ones, here. If this was a vine-covered structure, I can imagine the windows actually being functional.|
|This little tea house sits to one edge of the woods. TC's granddaughter has recently informed him that the roof needs some work to be of any use at all. Duly noted.|
When not torturing neighbors with my impressive dandelion growing abilities, I try to delight clients with my painting skills. You can see my portfolio at theartofthehome.com.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to leave them below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an uncontrollable urge to pull weeds, you know where to find Belle Ami.