Thursday, July 13, 2006

Ahhhhh ... dirt therapy

Sometimes all you really need after a crappy day is go out into the garden with a helpful cat.


18 comments:

phlegmfatale said...

WOW! Your garden is SO lovely, and I spy some of my most beloved - lobelia. Dreamy. Restorative, indeed!

Allison said...

I second that. Looking at those pictures actually made me relax a bit, so I can imagine it would be a great place to distress. Sorry to hear you had a crappy day (wireless again?) hope tomorrow is better.

Jas Bhambra said...

It looks awesome, Barb. Sure is refreshing. I agree with Allison, it made me relax a bit as well...:)

Alana said...

Hey wow, your yard looks great! It's so pretty, it must be the most fantastic place to get reading done or even just have a few friends over...it looks fabulous!

Leazwell said...

I have a ladybug, too! My cats are great company when I'm gardening except when they want to ooze down right in the middle of where I'm working.

Ariel S. Hyre said...

I have to agree with alana. I wish my thumb was as green as yours! Your garden is fantastic!

mellowlee said...

Ok, this is where I meant to comment *sheepish grin* Like I said....these pics of your garden make me wish I was there. So pretty!

Barbara said...

Curious how the cat was helping you.

Jetson Stamina said...

Wow looks fantastic. You're hired.

Suggestions from Jetson Stamina: Horticulturalist.

On the 2nd last pic...

If you want to frame the shrubs and make the green punch out even more, I'd surround then with Silver Mound. I think Calgary is a Zone 3, so a Rhododendron in the left corner would add some color and bring some balance to that corner without making that area look too crowded.

Pic #1. Beside the purple door. Red Osier Dogwood. (Keep it trimmed narrow) In the winter, the red bark punches out of the snow and will make the yard look killer.


Just some suggestions. The yard looks amazing.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks for the compliments all! You are too kind.

Phlegmfatale, I love lobelia as well and usually have lots more of it, but this year I just didn't feel like gardening. I just realised I have almost no annuals (hence no colour other than green) this year - too lazy.

Yup, wireless again, Allison - oh god I'm starting to sound like broken record... I am ratcheting up the attack on the Telecom guy!
It is a nice place to read though, even though my chairs are starting to fall apart.

Jas, you have to come over and relax in real life.

It's actually a pretty small yard, Alana, but easy to look after because of that. I love reading the paper ouside on a weekend morning - bliss!

haha cats are so territorial when it comes to "their" yard, Leazwell. Mine used to attack me when I tried weeding, but she's gotten past that now.

I'm really glad I worked hard on my yard over th past 5-8 years, Mellowlee, because now it still looks decent and I don't have to do anything. I really wish I had planted annuals this year though. Maybe I still will - now that I feel like gardening again.

Barbara W - my cat is a very curous creature indeed. She loves nothing more than when someone spends time out in the yard with her.

Jetson Stamina! Will you ever cease to amaze me? Who knew that my favourite smart-ass knew so much about horticulture? I actually used to have silver mound in that spot, but it eventually died, so I replaced it with false lamium. Rhododendron is a great idea though, and although there is very little room beside that purple door (it's actually an old playhouse) I'll bet a reddish plant would look awesome there. You win the Gobsmacked Me Award of the day - you're going on my sidebar, pal.

kees said...

Aw wow, what an ace little sanctuary, it looks loverly. I'm currently having a total love affair with the balcony of my flat. Everyone needs a pretty little space to chill in. Cute cat too - fancy patternings :)

Will said...

Wish I had a garden ... though I probably wouldn't be any good at taking care of it. Looks like you are though, and it looks lovely.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I agree, Kees, that a space does not have to be large to be a sanctuary of sorts. In fact, small is often better - cozier and easier to care for.
Sputty the cat says thank you. She's a tortoiseshell, fierce but pretty.

I used to be better at looking after the garden, Will. Now it pretty much looks after itself - like everything else around this house.

Jetson Stamina said...

I'm all about the mystery. Gotta keep you on your toes.

Aren't I already sidebared? Ouch.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh Jetson, you've been sidebarred on the blogroll for forever, but I meant that you won the Gobsmacked Me Award on the sidebar. However, you missed it, as it was a couple of days ago. You have to come visit more often!

It said - I am gobsmacked by:
Jetson Stamina, master gardener and debater

bronxbt said...

omgoodness.. cool garden and kittenz!

wifee and i approve wholeheartedly!

eeep!

B

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Bronxbt, welcome! Thanks for the approval from both you and your lovely wife. And I know for a fact you know your cute animals!

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