You know how you take a decision one day…
…and the next day think, “WHAT HAVE I DONE!?!”
Yup I’ve got that feeling.
Yesterday I signed my garden up for an Art in the Garden event.
This is a local event where artists and gardeners come together for one weekend, this year May 31st and June 1st. Musicians preform in the garden, artists show their goods and gardeners open their private gardens for the event.
So far I’ve only applied the garden but also plan to apply for my art.
Today the sun came out and made the most beautiful silver linings and Chloe took her studies into the living room and is moving the chair around following the sun. So I decided I should probably take stock of the state of the garden…especially if I’m going to have an open garden tour. (Gulp)
It’s hard to imagine that my garden could look lush and green and fragrant with blossoms…ever!
So I got out some of my favourite gardening books from my bookshelves and had a good look.
The Art of Gardening in Pots by Elisabeth Lestrieux is my most favourite “garden porn” book in the world! I couldn’t get it in Canada and I really wanted it, (this was years before Amazon delivered everywhere), and so my poor parents tracked it down in England and brought it to me. Ok, my garden will never look like any of the beautiful photos in that book!
Next I looked at Chihuly at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, by RBG Kew. Then I decided that maybe what I really need is a load of fabulous Chihuly glass all over the garden…lol. Not practical you say? Yeah, if I had the million to buy the glass I’d redo this whole garden instead.
So I picked up my good old stand by Martha Stewart Gardening. Say what you will, this book saved my sanity when I was confined to bed for the last trimester of my last pregnancy and I’ll always have a great big squishy spot in my heart for MS.
So now we’re talking doable. That book, plus my other two favourites: The Ornamental Kitchen Garden by the late, great gardener Geoff Hamilton, plus Creating Small Formal Gardens by Roy Strong and I’m set for some serious garden thinking.
Spoke to Robbie this afternoon Van/evening UK, and complained about the state of the garden and questioned what I had done and he said, “Oi, stop being a Joan Collins! … Miss Diva!”
Ok, lol, settling down now! 😀
I can’t wait to watch the transformation of your garden…I know it will be absolutely marvelous! Thanks, too, for including the video at the end…very funny!
Thank you so much Christie. It’s a good video, isn’t it? Makes me laugh too. I told myself that an hour/day will equal 100 hours before the garden show and so that should be loads of time. 🙂
Nancy @ A Rural Journal
I try not to make hasty decisions I will regret later — I think you will have fun at this event and your garden looks promising!
I know, I know, I tell myself to not try making hasty decisions at 2am…a lot. 🙁 An hour of work each day is also what I keep telling myself. I’ll whip that garden into shape! 🙂
i have no doubt you will rise to the occasion and turn your sad barren garden into a show place with your usual panache and élan
YES! I plan on it. 😀 Thank you so much for your vote of confidence Daryl. Big hugs. 😀
Ida P. Krause
I bet it will look fabulous! Have fun and it will all work out just fine.
I hope so Ida, my plan is maybe one hour per day of garden work would equal 100 hours before the show. I can do this! 😀