Since you left-coasters complained that you never get to enjoy waking up to a top-of-the-page Garden Chat, here’s a special installment for you, from commentor MaryG:
Higgs Boson’s Mate has far surpassed himself as a builder of garden furniture. Here is my gorgeous arbor in all its glory. He asked me what I wanted in an arbor. I went on the web over a span of a couple of weeks looking at them and ended up with a Pinterest page full, which I sent to him. He did some designs on Blender and we went back and forth until he came up with this final design. He only has a few tools and we weren’t sure if we could make the curved corbels in the top corners, so I bought them online from a woodworker in Colorado in paint-grade wood; HBM stained them and I just get a thrill every time I see the finished product.
HBM made it in the garage, and then it had to be gotten to the back yard, which because the gate on the driveway into the back is very narrow, meant it had to be dragged down the driveway, across the front yard, and through the patio. He was out of two by fours, and asked me if we could buy a cheap one just to make a temporary brace while he moved it. (I wanted to ask some friends to help, like an Amish barn-raising party, but he is a “better I do it alone because then it’ll be done right” type of person.) I said sure, but he decided it would be better not to waste the money and made the brace out of some of the off-cuts he had. Here it is moving, with Leland supervising, and my messy potting bench in the back.
Blooms are busting out all over. I am seeing so many messages on garden sites on the web talking about how it’s still too snowy to ship to some areas, and I know a lot of you all are still getting the freezing weather, but maybe my pictures will help to remind you that spring will come sometime where you live.
Some are things that have been here a long time, like this “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” bush.
Right outside the family room doors, there is a corner bed with only one thing in it that is unremarkable most of the year; HBM kept asking me if I didn’t want to pull up the boring plant with the strappy leaves and put in something showier. I said NO, NO, NO and here is why; it’s a clivia.
Blah most of the year, but spectacular when it flowers. This is a close-up, because it did not like the drought and most of the other flowers had already given up the ghost. Usually it breaks out all over flowers that last for months. This year there were way fewer flowers that lasted only a week or two and faded out before I got around to taking a picture of the full impact…
To be continued next week…