Garden Yearnings and Decorating

Guess what we received more of? Yes, RAIN! I don’t know how the weather has been in your area of the world, but here it’s been constant rain. I think it is safe to say there will be no drought this year. I suppose we could experience a hot summer with little rain, but I believe the ground water will be quite sufficient.

Let me take you on a stroll through the Bog of Despair…

Yes, it is like this.
Yes, it is like this.

(Filmed on my iPhone, which explains the narrow image.)

The good news is I managed to have a landscaper show up. He spent over and hour surveying the yard and listening to what I would like to do. We discussed options and he said he would present me with different sets of estimates so I could pick which works best for the budget… and that was it. I have not heard from him since. Sigh. I suppose it will take more prodding on my part to get someone to be inspired to do their job.

More plants have been arriving and still there are no beds in which to plant them. We have been planting the various bare root plants and bulbs in containers we had left over from the move. Thankfully we kept quite a few of them otherwise I am not sure what we would have done.

Many of the live plants arrive packed like this.
Many of the live plants arrive packed like this.
Temporary homes.
Temporary homes.

We purchased a wonderful new garden cart this weekend. It’s quite large and has collapsible sides or the sides may be removed completely. 

Happy new garden cart!
Happy new garden cart!

The garden cart was put to good use too because winter has decided to come back with freezing weather. This morning the fountain was frozen! Yesterday all the new potted plants were put inside the cottage to stay warm, but it looks like this Tuesday the weather will stabilize and I will be able to put everything back outside for a time.

The new garden cart in action (yes, this is exciting).
The new garden cart in action (yes, this is exciting).

The inside of the cottage is a mess and there is barely any room to move around. It is a bit embarrassing to see it here in this photograph. At the moment it is a work space and a catch-all and it is useful for saving plants from this snap freeze, but eventually the space will be transformed. It is destined to become my future library / studio with wood flooring, fireplace and fabulous drapery. Yes, it is true.

The mess inside the cottage, a temporary potted plant refuge.
The mess inside the cottage, a temporary potted plant refuge.

In other news I have finally moved back in to my bedroom. I managed to hang some artwork, which is always satisfying. For awhile now I have been collecting the Robert Furber (1674 – 1756) botanical prints. He is best known for his pictorial catalog,“The Twelve Months of the Year in Flowers.” I believe they have come and gone out of fashion may times and the last time they were ‘popular’ might have been in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s and were often given to people on the corresponding month of their birthday. The only reason I believe these prints were made in this time period is due to the style of a few of the frames, which include gold velvet trim. Oh my!

The botanical print grid.
The botanical print grid.

I have to find the months of March and August for the collection to be complete. Once these are located they will go above the door (right) to the hall. I have always wanted to place these prints in a grid pattern and I feel this grouping works rather well.

The floor is covered with a sea grass floor covering which lends itself well to the sandalwood wall color. Currently my bedstead is in the cottage awaiting to be re-finished so I have the mattress on a simple frame. Without the bedstead the room feels open and light. I fear once the bedstead is set up the dynamics of the room will change. Time will tell.

Next weekend we are supposed to, get this… more RAIN! Yet again, no garden beds will be created. Instead I will focus on working on my mother’s room. I have to paint the ceiling, trim and walls as well as remove three doors in her room and cut, shave and file them in order to get them to close. The house has settled oddly in its 100 years and many doors won’t close and especially so in her room. Mother arrives in May. NOT PANICKING.

7 thoughts on “Garden Yearnings and Decorating

  1. Love your picture grouping, wish you could send just a couple of days of that rain our way. We are really dry at this time, and not sure what will happen to planting this year. I guess we can hope for April to bring some showers. Good luck with all that work left to do.

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