wind in the willows

So, back in mid-May, I ordered some hybrid willows from Farmer Seed Company in Faribault, Minnesota. They were six for $23.74, so thought I’d give them a try. They took a long time to come — Farmer was probably out in the field hoeing the strawberries. Anyway, they came yesterday and I planted them today. They’re supposed to grow up to 20 feet in a season, but we’ll see what our poor soil brings. There’s one very close to the water on the west side. The purpose is to block neighbors. If these live, I’ll get more.

HAHAHA. It’s just a stick, but hopefully it’ll like having its feet in the water and will grow big and leafy to block out the neighbor’s view of our dock and firepit.

Here’s his brother.

I also put a couple up by the deck to block view of all the fun things I do on the deck. Like type drivel on my blog.

I also ordered some Irish Moss from Farmer. I put one on the steps in the lake garden and two in the succulent garden as a ground cover. We’ll see how they do in covering that ground. There’s conflicting information online about whether they like sun or shade, but Stepables says they like cool sun in northern climes.

For some reason, I forgot that I already had creeping thyme on the hillside in the lake garden, so I ordered more. Sometime I’d like to remove the old deck-like doorstep/porch on the east side and replace it with a stone or paver entrance with groundcover growing between the stones. Not sure how much traffic they’ll take. Pavers are heavy and expensive, but I’ve been looking at hypertufa which is made from concrete and other stuff. You can make whatever shapes you want and apparently it lasts forever. I’ll see what it takes.

This would look nice as a stone patio. We’ll see.

So I have this metal coat rack that I don’t really need inside in the summer so I planted three thunbergia under it and helped their climbing efforts with string. (Well, it’s really Sugar and Spice cotton yarn, but I guess I’ll have one less dishcloth.) There are two African Sunsets and a regular yellow.

 

west side story

I’ve never done much with this yard.

So yesterday I cleaned it up. Early in the morning I had been walking through the woods looking for ferns to plant here. Didn’t find any ferns, but found this weird plant growing in rotting logs. So, I transplanted some. It has a strange growing habit. When I tugged on it there were long trailers that had rooted. Then when it finds a good home (rotting wood) it stands up. I think it’s pretty.

I also transplanted a couple of ferns that had been growing in the yard and they seem to be ok, although looking a bit sad. Raining again today, so they’re happy. Then I got the flat concrete blocks back from the lake garden where I’d moved them a couple of years ago and replaced them, moss and all, as a small walkway and steps.

 

ladder love

For some reason, I have three wooden stepladders. They proliferate while I’m not looking. So, being that my motto is “Use what’s handy instead of buying stuff”, I used one of them as a trellis. The rope has been languishing in the shed for years, so I wrapped it around so the little acorn squash and cucumbers could use it to climb.

The cucumber is a bush variety and since I haven’t grown cukes in years, I’m not sure of its growing habit. But as with all gardening, we’ll see what happens.

peas

So, I found this package of Asian snap pea seeds in the Gardening Tote (small house means storing a lot of stuff in totes outdoors). Well, I thought, these seeds can’t be any good since they have frozen at least one winter. But on my way to the garbage can, I must have gotten distracted and laid them on top of a fence post.

Then it rained. A lot.

A few days later I saw the strangest object on the fencepost. From a few paces away, it looked like a science experiment gone wrong.

Sans the little bowl I used to collect the errant seeds, this is what it looked like. I honestly thought some weird bird was building a lumpy nest. Anyway, the little fellas sprouted. So I planted them.

This is an old hunk of fence that was laying around. There’s a spot on the south side of Libby’s that was potatoes (fail!) last year and hadn’t grown in yet. We’ll see what happens. I love pea pods.

polka dots.

My latest project (not saying there aren’t 20 other projects in the works, too)

I know. Strange design. Maybe it will all make sense when it’s done. Nah. It probably won’t. But it’s perfect for my Waterford bedroom. Not to be confused with my Trego bedroom. Which is aqua.