Last weekend I went on a garden tour. By myself, so that I could go at my own pace.
That was before I realized that every single garden had at least one water feature that gurgled, babbled, or dripped… which, of course, made me remember that Ms. Bladder had come along, too. I spread the tours over two days at her insistence.
The gardens weren’t exactly a mecca of new plants; ferns, hostas, and roses for the most part. A couple of them had been professionally landscaped, but most were done over time by the homeowners. Those are always my favorite kind because they’re the best sources for getting ideas, but this time, they all tended to look the same.
Some of the things that made them memorable weren’t plants at all.
Behind two of the houses, both of which looked like typical brick homes built in the 50’s, were cute outbuildings: one a storage shed and the other a party room.
It’s hard to believe this is a storage shed, isn’t it.
There were double doors on the side so that they could drive out the old riding lawnmower.
The second garden had this outbuilding that was perfect for a retreat or a par-tay! The rest of the photos in this post were taken at this second garden.
Here’s what was in the little party building–a sitting area at one end, a kitchen area at the other.
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The house is a favorite hangout spot for all the neighbors, according to one of the neighbors who was, at that moment, hanging out there. Neighborhood children played in the hammock and ran around the yard.