There are many efficient and simple gardens out there and they are all lovely. I thrive on color and texture and I love a little whimsical touch.
We spend much of our time outdoors if it is nice out so we treat the yard as if it were an extension of the house. Two comfy chairs (not couches or discarded recliners please) make a nice place for settin’ with a glass of sweet tea, to watch the world (and neighbors) go by. They don’t match, but someday they will. I always have about twelve bucks in my gardening budget so we use what we have!
Trellises anywhere you can put them invite vines and climbing flowers. They add a vertical element to the garden. Of course, our old farm sign still graces the porch.
A yard (or a house) should never be quite perfect. Complete orchestration takes out the whimsy and comfort of a place. We have weeds and barren places and we have beauty and interest. Our gardens invite the visitor to look for fairies and sit awhile to watch the birds.
These trellises are a bit rickety after years of use but attached to the fence they make a lovely architectural image, like a large picture in the garden.
I have friends with very efficient gardens that are self watering, raised beds that can stand the test of time. Again with twelve dollars, I get more creative. I want my garden beds to become part of the earth. Each spring and each fall as I add more compost and chicken straw from the coop, I want them to nestle down into heaps of greatly fertile soil that restores Mother Earth. My simple method is logs surrounding cardboard topped with straw, compost, and soil.
This soon-to-be herb garden is awaiting its soil. The trellis in the center is for scrambling vines to add height to the bed but also to create beauty.
I love how the beds seem like they just rose out of the ground. I didn’t leave enough room for the mower in between the beds so I took empty chicken feed and mulch bags and lined the space between the beds then topped them with mulch.
The spring crops peek out of the soil. My fingernails are gloriously dirty. I love springtime!
Most of our decor are natural elements but sometimes you need a little bling. I added the wind vane/solar lights to create a fun vibe. The tractor and the bicycle are adorable. There are more beds to be made and more twinkly lights to be added.
We put pumpkins from the root cellar in the trees for the squirrels and put out a big bowl of bird seed along with a bowl of water for birds. The hummingbird feeder is full. We love the Snow White feeling here. We welcome all the critters.
We eat alfresco every night of the summer so it is time for me to clean off the table and put a nice woven blanket on it. Yesterday a lovely, rich rain fell upon the beds and the earth and the birds sang and is beautiful in this charming garden.
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I like a bit of whimsy in the garden, too–most of ours is repurposed and, like you, we add to it slowly as funds allow. Lovely scenes you photographed!
Thank you! So glad we can spend more time in the gardens now!
We all have our own style. I dislike the whimsy, and prefer more simplicity. It is how I learned to do it. I also like getting the garden to do much of the work. You know, I never had automated irrigation in my home garden. I know it is sensible, but I dislike it. Oh well.
I do love to hand water. I can see what is going on with each plant. If there are pests, if it’s time to harvest, what needs to be replanted. I love spending time in the garden.
and it can be relaxing.
It seems that those of us with more resources must put more effort into imaginative recycling and repurposing. It comes more naturally to those with less.