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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sheer Exhaustion

After two days of perfect gardening weather there are only two words to describe the way I feel, Sheer Exhaustion.

If you look closely at this photo you'll see all kinds of tools and pots in the garden. Plants have been dug, weeds have been pulled, divisions have been replanted and compost has been spread. Yet, when I look at the garden all I see is a monumental amount of work still to be done.

Squeezed in between the never ending job of dividing and potting plants, I played a bit with the decorative accents in the garden. None of them are finished but they are ready for their finishing touches. This bicycle still needs a basket on the handlebars with some sweet spring blooms.

Don finished making a platform for one of my two iron beds. This one will be used to hold plants that are for sale. In other words, it's the "sale bed".

Out front near the street I've had this Whiskey Barrel planter for a number of years now. It's been filled with Hosta and backed up with an old wooden handtruck. Although I've received many compliments on it, I had envisioned it cascading with plants.

Now it's tipped over so it looks like "OOPS". As soon as I find an extra hour or two I'll go out and get a flat of annuals to make the cascade portion. I haven't decided yet if I want to buy a flat of pansies now or wait 3 weeks and get Impatiens. My guess is the Impatiens will be the winner but I hate having nothing there right now.

Tomorrow is the first of a dozen lectures that I'll be doing at the local elementary schools. I'm bringing along a praying mantis egg case, lots of soil samples, seeds and we'll be making pots out of recycled newspaper. I can't wait!

Melanie

6 comments:

Dirt Princess said...

I love the bed!!! Very cute

Heather said...

One of these days I am going to make a flower bed too! Love the idea, although not every one will "get" it. Just trying to explain my plan to people proved that one.
Looks very nice!

Tatyana said...

I hear what you are saying Melanie. I feel almost the same after three days of gorgeous weather. The good thing is - I sleep well!
A lot of cute stuff in your garden, but the bed is a certain winner! Watch those customers, don't let them get the bed together with the plants!

Joanne said...

Hi obviously very busy and a good time to rest at Blotanical.

I love your garden furniture and have been wanting to do something with an old bike for some time as Mike repairs them for the locals free and so we seem to end up with many.

The sack barrow is similar to one we have and again something I need to think about.

CiNdEeS' GaRdEn said...

I love your beds and garden art(-: The handtruck/whiskey barrel will be beautiful filled with impatients! Sounds like you and your DH are working together well! Spring time is a load of work thats for sure! Have a great day!!!

CiNdEeS' GaRdEn

Red Studio said...

So many inspiring ideas! You have an amazing brain. Using blinds as plant tags? Great way to repurpose, my favorite thing.