Sunday, June 10, 2007

I've gotta get my groove back

Let me show you some of my garden. Maybe you can tell me what I have to do to get some enthusiasm back for working in it.

For years, I built retaining walls and stone walkways and slate patios and I poured over gardening manuals and selected the best perennials for the degree of sunlight and moisture level of the soil. And then I tried again with different plants when those ones would die.

Sputnik would often help me out with the yardwork.

Finally the garden is looking half decent.

And now I don't want to have anything to do with it.

Mother nature has triumphed, the garden has beaten me; even the composter has stopped working - nothing but twigs and roots in there where there should be rich compost.

I think I'm burned out. I really should fill in some empty spots in the perennial beds and fill the front porch and the back patio up with potted plants like I used to.

But I really just want to reclaim the lounge chair from the cat.



Johnny Yen said...

Love the Adirondack chairs! We've got one in our backyard too!

Jas B said...

Barb, the garden still looks beautiful! :)
How is the Rhubarb coming along???

Karen said...

Looks fabulous to me. Much better than the no balcony/no yard that I have...stupid basement apartment. I've got a suggestion. I'll do your yardwork and pretty up the garden for free rent. How does that sound? But will Sputnik get along with my boys?

Allison said...

Lovely muskoka chairs!! I was sitting in the ones we have here this afternoon, nothing better on a lovely day.

Your garden looks aces to me. I say sit in the chairs and relax and don't worry about it :)

mellowlee said...

I'm with Allison! I would love to come over and sit and sip with ya there! It looks like home to me :O)

Joe said...

That's a good looking garden! Can we hang out there and drink?

Evelyne said...

Should spend more time on those chairs Barb, your garden looks great.

My mom used to be an horticulturist (or something like that), and our backyard looks like a jungle now, she tried to have plants that require as less work as possible (perennials are great!). It can be hard to find the right species but once you found them you are good to go for many years.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They are what summer is all about, aren't they Johnny? It's funny about the regional differences though, up here we call them Muskoka chairs.

The rhubarb is HUGE,Jas! That's another thing I have to do.

It was all sounding pretty great, Karen, until you brought up the cat who despises other cats. I'm thinking maybe this won't work so well after all.

I think that kvetching about it on my blog actually exorcised something, Al - went out this afternoon and bought some plants and even planted half of them. Turns out I just needed to complain!

I'd love to HAVE you come over to sit and sip,Mel. That's why we have so many chairs.

Of course you can, Bubs! There's even a fire pot so that we can burn stuff after we've had a few drinks.

I do spend quite a bit of time in those chairs, Evelyne. Your mom is absolutely right, perennials are the way to go. I still like a few pots of annuals around but not the dozens of them that I used to plant. Because then you are a prisoner to watering them.

Anonymous said...

Fishing for compliments, are we?

Tsk, tsk.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We are indeed, Anony, and you know what? It works!

Will said...

It just looks lovely! I'm so jealous of your backyard.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Aw, thanks Will, and I'm jealous of your record label!

Deb said...

I think it looks beautiful. As others have said, just sit back and enjoy it.

BeckEye said...

You really need more gaudy lawn ornaments. Gnomes and flamingos and cherubs, oh my!

But then you'd be an American.

phlegmfatale said...

I think your garden looks superb, actually. LOVE the passion flower- it's thriving. And the asparagus fern et al.

What about Hostas? They are lush and really fill out a space and are available in variegated and solid greens? You may have to re-plant every year, but down here, winter is mild enough that they come back every year.

Still, like I said, I think it's lovely. Delphiniums? Larkspur? Both give height and color.

Conky said...

do what my mom did and just put rocks all over everything and nothing will grow lol

JustRun said...

I guess you could do more but it already looks pretty good to me!

justacoolcat said...

I think it looks pretty good too. Just add alcohol and water on occasion; alcohol for you and water for the plants.

John Mutford said...

Great garden. My only suggestion is maybe putting a small herb garden off to the side somewhere. Won't improve the already great look, but might be a fun hobby.

Serah said...

Well it all looks lovely to me. I used to have a gorgeous gardens. I like to plant wild flowers and let mother nature do all the work for me. I find if I actually put things in the ground myself - they die. I currently have a empty pot graveyard on my deck. Nothing will grow for me there. The few plants I have in the house that follow me home from the grocery store usually end up out there. Not a good place to care for plants - maybe I don't care either?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am enjoying just sitting around Deb, but am starting to bow to the pressure brought on by my own self, and have now bought some annuals.

hahaha Beckeye! I DO use weird shit in the garden, like old croquet mallets and test tubes racks and such, PLUS I even have a plastic frog.

I LOVE hostas, PF. They do okay in my yard, but they don't perform as well as I expect them to.

Not a bad plan, Jen! Your mom knows.

Aw, thanks Justrun. I do tend to overcompensate (for something).

Alcohol is as necessary a component of the garden feature as water, Just A. So long as I don't mix them up.

I usually just stick to a herb pot beside the door, John, and lettuce, I need lettuce!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have an empty pot graveyard too, Serah! Sometimes I pretend they look great just the way they are.

I suck at houseplants. I have a handful that didn't die, so I empty my water bottle on them now and then and leave them alone.