Remember daughter Boo. . . she of the bottle tree and garden whimsy?
Her Indiana garden may still have frost warnings, but her creativity never stops blooming.
When she visited last month, she surprised me with something she’d made for my garden.
What IS it, you ask?
Garden art. I call it Pretty Garden Thing My Daughter Made for Me!
I love the way it sparkles in the sun. That little heart on top is my favorite part.
Speaking of pretty things in the garden, I enjoy moving plants around to create little color vignettes, like this iris and rose.
The purple pansies in the white pot on the left don’t match, but I didn’t have the heart to move the pot. Last fall I bought a half flat of pitiful pansies on a clearance rack–a mercy mission–and planted them in three hanging baskets around the garden. The ungrateful things look as spindly now as they did when I bought them. I had three or four leftover pansy plants, so I stuck in an old white plastic pot around the small conifer which is biding its time there until I decide where to plant it. I expected nothing; I just hated to throw them on the compost heap.
Now THAT’S gratitude!
Speaking of garden love… and gratitude… I fell in love with these wind chimes in the mountain garden I visited last fall.
The trees were huge, as were the wind chimes, but the sound was clear and melodious. not the least bit loud or clanging.
When my friends came last month–my special knitting/reading/e-mail friends–to spend a few days here, they came bearing wine, Diet Coke, snacks, and Beanie’s wonderful turkey chili. They also brought a large, beautifully wrapped box containing… be still, my heart!… a set of wind chimes!
I LOVE them!
Yes (ahem) they’re hanging inside the screened porch. They will eventually hang outside, but I’m in no hurry for DB to get back on a ladder. Miss Piggy, our somewhat neurotic cocker spaniel who is afraid of thunder, lightning, wind, and the dark, appears comforted by the sound, thus spending less time hiding amid the shoes in my closet. An unexpected bonus!
Maybe the Pretty Garden Thing is, as an added bonus, a Solar Squirrel Repeller.