Monday, August 1, 2011

Just call me Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh used to have a show called Ground Force I would watch on BBC America. It was a garden makeover show where he and his regular crew would re-do someone's garden in two days. It would be a surprise for someone the family had nominated. The show was funny and interesting.

My similarity to Alan Titchmarsh ends there. He had a show, I watched it.

Gardening has been a family past time for generations. My parents, brilliant gardeners, passed the gene to my sisters and I. My two older sisters have amazing gardens, mine leaves something to be desired. I had fairly nice gardens, I thought they were awesome, at my first house. This house has been more of a challenge. I started out full swing but the plants didn't seem to like it so much. The soil has a lot of clay and some dopey previous owner put ground cloth down to control weeds and even cutting through it stunted the plants. The front yard is sloped and hard to garden. I seem to be always chasing a runaway wheel barrow or watering can.

I got discouraged, gained a dodgy knee and discovered the internet. The garden has thus suffered over the last 8-10 years. Periodically I would attempt to revamp a part with the help of my mother but the weeds would take over the following spring. I am fond of the "over grown" look with lots of crowding and a busy look, but weeds doing the crowding doesn't count. Although my mother defines a weed "as a plant growing where you don't want it" I haven't found any weeds I want to keep, and technically a rose could be a weed.

A couple of months ago I bought some plants from the local garden club and if I don't get them in the ground soon they will die. Some are currently on life support, but  I am hoping for the best. Last weekend I visited my parents and sister in New Hampshire. I got a tour of my folks new garden shed and garden. I also got a tour of my sisters garden. Yes both are extensive enough for tours. My sister had these neat glass sculptures in one of her flower beds. They are made from discarded plates, glasses, vases, you name it, collected from thrift shops and yard sales. Inspired we decided to make some ourselves. Below you can see our first, designed and put together by the youngest. We have collected enough glass for some more [as these things look better in groups]. The oldest and I will be crafting ours soon.

Enjoy some before and after pictures of the front of the house. It still isn't finished [since every good garden is always a work in progress]

 Glass sculpture #1
We got some cool rocks and "stuff" at the Christmas Tree Shop
The boots are my dad's. They have been outside for years and have a great layer of patina and moss
Yes I know the walk needs some work too. It will come. :)


EmptyNester said...

Wow- that's quite a difference! You've certainly been busy! I doubt I'm creative enough to create sculptures with glass pieces but I love yours- maybe y'all could come make some for me! LOL

Bossy Betty said...

That's wonderful! Love the sculptures.

Eva Gallant said...

I bow to your energy and ambition......I grow weeds very well; they require so little attention, too!

DCHY said...

Nice work...if only my wife could follow through on her gardening...

David L Macaulay said...

sure is a blast from the past is he dead?

Sandy said...

I used to have some awesome gardens, mostly perennials. I've let them go over the last 8-10 years and have often beat myself up over it. I have finally admitted this year that I can't do it anymore. I did, however, put in a small flower/herb garden where my veg garden used to be. So far I'm enjoying the friendliness of a smaller patch.