Friday, May 26, 2017

Wheelbarrow Garden

Another garden magazine inspiration. My Dearly Beloved had this old wheelbarrow way before he had me. It was given to him by someone that upgraded many years ago. It has served well over the many years and several owners. The bottom is about shot so I decided to make it into a miniature garden. Do you notice what direction my gardening is headed this spring??
The following will be little vignettes of the figures. This is the turtle family. The Mrs is getting geared up to do her garden chores. 
She has her tools all collected. What could that task be? 
Tending the Mouse Ears mini hostas or gathering water at the well? Perhaps she will choose to sit under the Japanese Maple in the side garden? 
The Mister and daughter are slowly coming into the garden on their steady steads.  
The tortoises are coming around to see that the tiny golden sedum doesn't overwhelm the mini hosta Itty Gold and all is properly cared for. 
If you could hear all the stories that my Garden Helper makes up for these gardens you would enjoy them too. 
Happy Gardening no matter what sort of plants and accoutrements you enjoy. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wood Spirits Train Garden

I was reading in a garden magazine about a well made train garden. The pictures made me long for my own train garden. I have wanted one for some time. I have put off building one due to the fact that you have to run electric and in my area I would have to take up the tracks every winter, store and them. Early spring I would have to fix the heaving of the railway beds and reinstall the train. Not that I am lazy or anything like that but that part of train gardening has put me off.
I had this area that is sort of raised and it needed some attention to say the least. My mind got into that creative state.  I could build me a little train area here. What to do about the train part?? I remembered that back in the 80's I got a wild hair and collected a what amounts to a colony of Wood Spirits carved by Tom Clark. Each Wood Spirit had a name and story, all of which are well done. I haven't had a place to display them  in the house so they were in the attic collecting dust. There was a train in that collection. YES!!
Here they are. All of these figures  have names, stories and jobs on the train. All I have to do now is to add some more plants.
So I have more plants in there now, more Wood Spirits for the train people to visit. There will be more tweaking, planting, thought and growing over summer to get it where I will be satisfied with this little world.
Of course I will have plenty of help with ideas. Between the Wood Spirits, Garden fairies and Garden Helpers it should come around.