Worry is like a rocking chair, it's gives you something to do but gets you nowhere!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Before and After..

This past Saturday the oldest medium kid and I tackled this small area around an Oak Tree. First sod and weed removal.
A few layers of newspaper to slow the weed growth and then a generous layer of mushroom compost, not pictured. While we rested from this we went to the porch for gatorade and to paint
I had some Creeping Jenny and a couple of grasses growing in an old plastic wheelbarrow. The weight of the plants and soil cracked the wheelbarrow open. We found a large container for the Jenny, potted it up and set the container in the middle of the bottomless chair. Now painted burgandy.
She is still in shock but will soon settle in comfortably and grow into a long flowing skirt covering the entire container, bottom of the chair and attach herself to the soil.
Still deciding exactly what to do in this area. Maybe my first Fairy Garden. We live on a corner so we have streets on three sides of us. It is our goal to connect this garden with the one just above it and continue around the entire perimeter of the front yard.
This chair also got a new color.
Oh the things I need and want to do in the garden this year have been slow go. The heat and humidity are stifling. Recovery from the elbow surgery has been slower than I want and the other elbow hurts constantly. Patience my dear, patience.
Today I am Thankful that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!


Deb said...

looks good Darla...yall did a great job....

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a lovely idea, building a garden and just putting in pots of plants until you decide what to do. Too often I'm in a hurry to "get it done"! But you've shown me that you can take time and it will still look pretty.

Cyndy said...

That chair is just fabulous!

Lois said...

I love the burgundy color you chose for the chair Darla and I also love your header! I have pictures of my daughter and my son in that caboose when they were little and now my grandchildren love it as well. It looks the same as it did almost 30 years ago!

Dorothy said...

Hi Darla,
You are Sooooo energetic, even with your elbow problems!!!
I love the new color of the chair and the new bed you have made! Take care and don't over do yourself. ♥ ♥ ♥

tina said...

What a coooool chair planter! You are always busy and amaze me with all you accomplish!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

That is a great idea. I love that the plant will root down the chair.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Darla, how frustrating to still have the elbow giving your trouble. From the amount you got accomplished in your yard, I'd say it wasn't slowing you down much:)

I love the chair!!! On my blog today I have a link to a site where they used a chair without a seat for a peony cage. I need to shop for chairs.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Looks great Darla! Great minds think alike....feel free to borrow my ideas anytime!

Kyna said...

If the chair suddenly goes missing in the middle of the night, don't look at me....*whistles casually*

Becca's Dirt said...

It's hard sometime to be patient when your tired of not being able to do the things you'd like. I love your new area. A 'fairy garden' - sounds nice. The chair looks so pretty like that.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Darla - Re your question on my blog: I probably don't have over 200 magazines right now to go through, rip, cut & tear, and pass on to the thrift store. Then there are probably another 100-150 that I keep (gardening, health, cooking).
That's not excessive, is it?
Is there a contest?
Do I win? (Probably not; there are worse addicts out there than me!)

Marydon said...

What a lovely garden idea & the accents are perfect!

Hope the elbow gets healed quickly, Darla.

Have a lovely day ~
TTFN~ Marydon

Jake said...

Very nice! I love how there was nothing there and then there was.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Looks great to me, Darla.... I think you are getting alot done despite the heat and your elbow problem... When do you have the next one done????

Your yard is gorgeous... Love the new painted chairs...

Floridagirl said...

Wow! Nice transformation! And all in a day? Newspapers are a familiar sight in my garden, especially when a new bed is involved. : ) Love your use of old chairs! Very pretty.

Alan said...

Hey Darla!

love what you have done with the new bed. And what a great idea with the chair! Your garden is looking great.

George said...

I really like what you've done with Creeping Jenny and the old chair. You are very creative with your ideas for your gardens and I certainly appreciate the results.

bennie and patsy said...

Love the new container of Jenny

Gail said...

Darla, You have been so busy and creative! I love the new bed and the chair is inspired~ Must- find -chairs when I get back home~gail

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Be sure to take pictures as that chair fills in with the plants.It is good to know you are getting some help with the outside work.

Sylvia said...

Your garden turned out so pretty, love that red chair too.


Anonymous said...

I'm asking God to give you strength, patience and beneficial/healing rest, Darla.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the chairs! The swirly design is just too cool. Your oak tree makeover looks great with the chair and the graceful Jenny doing her thing. The paint color is perfect as it causes the chair to really stand out. The other chair is unique and fun too.

Honestly, I can't imagine doing all this while limited with pain and recovery. How nice that you have a helper. Please give him a hug from me.

Love the header photo. The depth of field is perfect. I love the colors and the boys look like they're enjoying themselves. Very nice shot.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I love that Creeping Jenny chair! That's a cute idea! Can't wait to see what else you do there.
Take you time and heal.
I understand how you feel, though. With all this school work, my garden, yard and flowers have suffered. The summer isn't over and there's always next year.