Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Summer Garden Tour 2008: Day 2

Welcome back for day two of the tour everyone! I wish I could offer you all a snack, but I haven't even gotten around to having dinner myself, so that just is not happenin'!! Therefore, it will be b.y.o.s (bring your own snack) day. Hope you don't mind!

We are still in the back, side yard. And....we are still looking at planters. But don't worry, we will soon move to the other side!

Here you have Mr. B. He is pleasant - not the stinging kind. I assure you! He watches over the grill to be sure Josh is not undercooking my meat - yuck! Poor thing, I haven't decided whether that is a weed in his bucket (most likely) or a returning bloom from last year. We'll let it go a while longer just for fun. And don't any of you "smarty pants gardeners" ruin it for us, either. This is one of the several picket fence projects Josh worked on for me last year. It is missing a bottle or two thanks to Old Man Winter, which I will soon replace. For now I don't mind its imperfections. Hopefully you don't either. I love to watch pinwheels go round and round in the wind; but when they're made of metal they don't go round and round much at all. Just a tip...super cute, but BORRRING!
Another super cute planter, this time from the Christmas Tree Shop. You've got to love ceramic rain boots!
Ok...we will now scoot across the lawn to the other side. Maybe tomorrow you can lie down in the hammock, but for now stay focused. There's plenty more to see. Today you can peak at the hammock you'll be lying in tomorrow - up in the header (courtesy of last year's garden photos).One of two barrels and another Joanns clearance planter. This one is HEAVY!!! It had a ficus in it that I was keeping inside. What a pain! Then I killed the ficus (no, of course not on purpose sillies - wink wink) and brought the planter to the garden.
Here is where I may lose you, so try your best to stay with me. In our house, the dining room hangs over the foundation a few feet. This means there is an overhang with no support underneath. Can you picture this? The first floor of the house hanging out further than the basement walls go??? Are you with me folks? Anyway, it was gross under there when we moved in, so we filled it with stones and made it another container garden. If we planned on being here for a long time I'd most likely plant a rock garden under there. But for now....
...we have a huge rock that looks like an alligator's mouth that we dug out of the creek by my parents. It is hard to see here, but the rock has an indentation that appears to be a reptile's mouth opening up to eat you!! The planter is from Big Lots.

There is also a $1 children's chair from a garage sale under there, with a little burlap, of course! It rests atop a landscape block.

Then there is this old heater as a stand with a great metal planter that has been left out to rust and perfect its patina. It has a pot of lamb's ears in it from my friend Nicky. You almost want to jump in there and snuggle up with them they're so soft!!

In addition to these things, I have a rocking chair planted with climbing seeds that have not fully grown yet, as I was late planting them. I also have a large sleigh seat (the type horses pull) from forever ago, that has been planted with the same climbing seeds. I will show you both of these when they are in bloom.

Well..that is where we must stop for today. You are all welcome back tomorrow for Part 3 of our tour and if you're lucky we may just make it to the hammock!


Kelli said...

Your gardens are beautiful and I love all the special little touches you've added!

Bobbie said...

Beautiful!! I am very impressed with all your containers and flowers- looks great.