Monday, April 27, 2009

Step by Step


The weather has been stunning. Between rests I sorted slates and leveled the ground for replacing the path, whose larger stones I took for the patio.


When you walk around the corner of the garage, here is what you see. By mid-summer, the scaffolding should be gone, the fence should be up, and the flowers should be blooming. I'm planting hollyhocks and lupine, daisies and blanket flowers. A trellis will support morning glories. Violets and lily of the valley will fill in the blank spots along with whatever else strikes my fancy. Already my landlord has planted a small forsythia bush at one corner and a little rhododendren nearby.


When you come for tea and sit in one of the soon-to-be-painted chairs, this will be your view. By then the lawn should be grassy again and there will be fresh mint leaves behind your chair!

9 comments:

Floral Still Life said...

I love the flowers you are (were?) planting! My garden is small but it is growing in size. Have you ever seen a burgandy violet? I transplanted a few a couple of years ago before I moved and they are doing wonderful in my new home. Have you ever tried making still life images of your flowers? I posted today a still life image of some blue morning glories. Drop by my blog and "smell the flowers" at http://photographyhints.blogspot.com

Barbara said...

What a lovely scene! I can almost smell the mint. You must be feeling better if you are moving around these heavy pieces of slate.

It will be interesting to follow this "scene" as summer progresses.

red dirt mule said...

pure loveliness, Pauline ...
pure lovely.

i can 'see' your garden and can't wait for its appearance. an early morning cup of coffee, a notebook, pencil, and a sunrise for inspiration.

sigh ....

xxx
rdm

Pauline said...

Hi Floral - thanks for stopping by. I will have to try my hand at some floral still lifes. Yours is lovely!

Barbara - my landlord is a strapping young man. I'm just the director ;)

Come on over RDM!

Ruth D~ said...

What a welcoming place for tea and talk. Wish I could join you at the table.

meggie said...

Oh I will love to sit & visit. Might I suggest, a little Thyme for the scent? So useful for cooking too.

Pauline said...

Ruth - wouldn't it be fun if you all showed up? I'd need more chairs! What conversations we'd have!

Meggie - those cunning little decorative blocks will hold thyme, mint, basil, rosemary and parsley. They're just a step from my kitchen. Near the door the chives and oregano are thriving - they find their way into several dishes.

TheElementary said...

It all sounds and looks lovely. Your previous post title 'Slowly But Surely' might apply to me, getting back to normal, enjoying my favourite blogs. This is a good start.

shara said...

well now I'm inspired to go out and do some more work in the yard; yours is going to be quite charming, which is appropriate, given the nature of the woman who's making it. here's wishing you many beautiful days to make your garden and even more to enjoy it.