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Do you recall my post from a couple of weeks ago? I talked about what’s been keeping me busy lately? Well seeing as it’s Wednesday I and normally (when I have arty type books) do an art post, I figured gardening is another type of an art form isn’t it? At least the art of gardening seems real to me.
I’ve been busy moving gardens around. They used to be vertical to the rabbitry but I found that didn’t leave me a lot of space for when I do a major clean up. Easy for me to trip and fall. I thought I’d move them horizontal and see how much room that left me. TONS more room! 🙂
So here’s the old way they were set up looking out from the rabbitry.
And the new way I have them set up, again looking out from the rabbitry.
What I’ve ended up giving myself is an extra two feet for maneuvering rabbitry items in and out. I have goals to rearrange where the mice are, and where our pet rabbit Wafer’s cage are but that will take time, some figuring out and room to move. That bare patch of dirt below is the room I gained, isn’t it great?
You may have noticed those white barrels. My goal is to paint them some lovely colour (whatever is recycleable paint cans) at some point, probably not til late August for me to get that done. These three above hold my mint. I think it will make them more containable! Mint spreads fast if you let it.
Art of gardening
This is my newest bed, well okay, perhaps not my NEWEST bed, but it’s my “make me smile” bed. Buttercups, allium, irises, lilies and daisy type flowers. They make my heart smile when they flower. Isn’t that what art does? Make a heart smile? Gardening does it for me.
And of course my metal chicken! I have other garden things to put in here yet, but just haven’t gotten them in yet from my original perennial bed. My mom gave me those green chickens that are hidden under a coreopsis plant. Brilliant yellow flowers will come out in July (if this wet weather ever goes away).
I used to have a lovely BIG rooster in my perennial bed. But chicken met active boys and unfixable damage happened so I lost that lovely big rooster. I was rather sad but accidents happen when boys are having fun, apologies happened and life moves on. Someday I hope to replace him.
IGNORE the weeds PLEASE! I haven’t gotten to them yet, but do enjoy my purple allium. Isn’t it lovely? 🙂
Behind the perennial bed I have my fruit bushes. Gooseberry, black currant and goji berry. I am hopeful this year to get more than TWO goji berries. They do have a lovely taste. If they don’t start producing better I’ll be getting rid of them. I’ll give them this year and next to prove themselves. A friend told me I have berries coming, so maybe I need to yell at the squirrels and birds faster. 🙂 My red currants are on the other side of the yard. Bigger bushes so they need more room to spread out.
I’m actually divided on what my next project is. The biggest part of me wants to move these three small gardens and then move the pond up two feet and three feet longer. I’ve done a bit of research on how to make a better pond and want to put that knowledge to work.
BUT then again, I have a front bed that needs some rather significant work on it. I’m kinda wondering if that will need to wait until the fall though. Bushes to move, new ones to start. If I bend down a branch and weight it on the ground I can start a new bush and kill off the old one…. the original is too close to the house. I want the bush, but not the work of digging it all up, so if I can get a new one growing then I have less work overall.
So overall I think pond and small gardens first. Oh that reminds me.. I need to bring my dahlias up out of the basement!
I have convinced out bumble bee to let me move her home (hence the bare patch in-between the gardens). She didn’t sting me when I moved her home and I’ve seen her going in and out from where I moved her hollow log too, so that was a huge YAY for me. 🙂
This fellow here is a big part of my reason to change up our pond. I want to make a deeper end so that we can put in water lilies and other pond plants. I want to encourage dragonflies, water striders, frogs, toads and other such critters to come hang out. It doesn’t need to be pretty (though that would be nice) but it mostly needs to be inviting. Right now our goldfish & catfish are happy, but I want more critters. I also love the moss growing. I have NO CLUE why, but it makes me happy so it stays.
Did you know that SchoolhouseTeachers. com has a huge selection are gardening helps? Free organizers, copywork, colouring pages, and plant observations pages as well as member only resources for square foot gardens, raised beds, sensory gardens, designs for garden containers and so much more. It’s remarkable the number of resources they have. I may have my lad work through some of it to get a horticultural credit.