Finally caught up with the garden

It took me all summer, but my garden is finally in shape. Just in time for frost.

 

28gardnOK, I still have weeds, but it’s actually at the point where I am not embarrassed to invite people to see the garden.

 

The dahlias are about a week or so behind last year. We’ve only picked 891 dahlias so far. Last year at this time we had already picked 1,229.

 

So what’s the difference?

 

Well, lack of rain for starters.

 

The plants are just are not as tall as last year, and last year each one  produced more.

 

My theory: the dirt in the back garden is just worn out. Yes, we’ll be talking about compost.

 

But the average person doesn’t know how bad this year is compared to last year. All they see is the fun stuff we added.

 

First, I picked up an old chair at the end of my coworker’s driveway. It was an old school chair, unpainted and in 28chairpieces. It was supposed to be thrown out but I knew it had possibilities.

 

My husband Ronnie didn’t share the vision but he indulged me since I don’t use a hammer and nails. He took the pieces from the center and built up the edges. My idea was to put a pot inside the seat of the chair. I have a spot under the tree where nothing really grows so this would be perfect there.  I was going to paint it white and then stencil pink flowers.

 

Didn’t happen. I went through the entire season with an unpainted chair until Ronnie finally painted it white so I could use it in my West End Fair exhibit. Forgot the stencils.

 

Found a blue pot, planted pink impatiens. Done.

 

Then Ronnie spotted someone who had planted a headboard and foot for a “flower bed.” Wish I could have said I thought of it myself, but I didn’t.

 

What we did do was find a metal headboard. It’s a beautiful mint green and we spotted it for $8 on the way to church. On the way home, we ended up buying it for $2.

 

I wanted to put it in the middle of our front garden but I have too many plants that are not strategically placed anywhere in particular.

 

27bedblogRonnie, in his wisdom (don’t tell anyone I said that) decided we should put metal tubes in the ground to slide it into. Then we can just lift the headboard out for the winter.

 

He wanted to test it at the edge of the garden first.

 
Maybe next year, we’ll move it inside the garden. Maybe we won’t. That’s what gardening with the Gougers is all about. The plan can change at any time.

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