I get a nice feeling from the kitchen in this photo. It's ceilings are much higher but the layout reminds me of my kitchen. It inspires me to mentally prepare myself for our dreaded kitchen renovation.
And this photo is what doing a kitchen renovation feels like.
It's hard to believe, only 3 or 4 years ago the Forget Me Nots were only a couple of leaves with a wee blue flower on it that I found growing in the grass!
Transplanted all of the stray seedlings of Blue Barlow Columbine - Aquilegia vulgarism plena. These babies are from the original plants from Patti Hunt. This, to me is the best Columbine ever- pure purple and double petals...and the groundhog doesn't like to eat it.
Squeezing some garden interest on the narrow side of the house with an urn of Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' /Fragrant Solomon Seal and some Creeping Charlie. I suppose I will have to eventually divide it and put some back into the ground as it matures.
This is mine- I already allowed new unpruned upper growth, but trimmed out some of the very dense twigs to form a trunk. I didnt photograph the typical topiary cone shape it was when I bought- but it was so harsh, that any new growth looked clipped off and dead stems showed.
This is the second pruning a few weeks later. It was very extreme, reduced to one main trunk, but now allowed to grow upward naturally.
This Yew on Centre Ave in Shadyside inspired me to grow one with a trunk. I'm not even sure what kind of Yew it is.
And.... Some unidentified Yews I bought at a nursery that me and Theodore go to each spring, located near WPXI-TV and WPGH-TV. It's owned by a really old man and you never know what you will find or what you are buying but the prices are great. These had been pruned to stay low growing bushes but I'v given them trunks. One looks like a Hick's Yew and I'm not sure about the other two.
Growing in the pot with one of the mystery Yews, are some little purple mystery plants. I thought maybe purple basil but they seem a little too woody for that...so time will tell.
I must make a conscious effort to really experience summer to the fullest, in a way that makes me look back a the spring and summer of 2016 and say "Wow what a summer that was"- instead of WTF happened to summer it's already over!?!?
*Make home-made fruit popsicles.
*Gardening... in that lost to the world kind of way.
*Lay in the sun on the big rug in the grass and drink iced tea.
*Swim at the PAA Club, even if it is indoors there is the nostalgic smell of chlorine in the water.
*Salads and seasonal fruits, and try new recipes.
*Sit on the front porch with the laptop computer instead of inside.
...and of course in-between all that move about a ton of stones still heaped behind the garage, keep an eye on the groundhog re-digging that hole under the garage, transplant, weed, water, rake, sweep up bird seed....
Finally decided to tackle the "ankle-twisting-no-man's-land" behind the garage. Lots of small stones, vines, tiny stumps of cut saplings, and rocks tossed around wildly- I assume to prevent the groundhogs in this neighborhood from digging under the garage. One was working at a new hole at the corner of the garage and I had to examine it with a stick to make sure no one was inside and that it was not deep and then cover it up. I don't mind the groundhog- even though it eats some of my perennials- I just don't want it digging out the foundation of the garage.
So I had to place stones all around the back of the fence in a more orderly way than someone before me had done. Although it used to look sort of natural in the before photo above- in real life it was full of chunks of old cement and debris. And then there was the underground cable TV box.
So a planter on top with a Sum & Substance Hosta, that should thrive in the light there.
If Comcast needs access it will be much easier to get back there and just move the planter than walking on the treacherous terrain.
Still a long way to go moving even more stones left in messy stacks back there by someone else...but I have all summer to chip away at this project. I think I might lay a natural stone path to the pot once I have the other half cleaned out.