A beautiful garden on the 1st day of SPRING

I just couldn’t resist wishing all of my readers, subscribers, followers, fans and sponsors a “Happy Spring” on this 1st day of one of my favorite seasons.  I know a lot of you have had a tough winter and year, so I hope this little bit of nature in bloom brings provides you with the inspiration to begin your own new (plant) life in your gardens or patio containers…  as soon as it’s possible, of course.

My regular blog viewers are familiar with how I love to design and decorate on a budget.  I’m always happiest when I’m creating something out of nothing.  This beautiful garden design idea completely qualifies because this is my neighbor’s handiwork… ha ha… completely FREE for me to look at and admire, so I’m sharing with you – ENJOY!  🙂

This vintage wheelbarrow was a gift from one of their relatives, as a rememberance, so it is a very special part of their design, every season



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It seems like many builders are putting homes closer & closer together, to save acreage, without a single thought to privacy issues or placement of roof junk (as I call it).  It’s not my fault, nor my neighbors, but I still don’t want to look at the mess our builder left in my line of sight.   Unfortunately for me, it’s right outside MY kitchen window!  If only builders would put a little thought into window views (between homes) before placing outdoor eyesores, like the power line wiring, venting, etc., in this line of sight.  I’m sure this could all be resolved during the planning stage, but it probably never even crosses their radar. So, if you’re like me and stuck with one of these “eyesore” views, from one of YOUR windows, I have an inexpensive solution for you!

Below is a typical view of some “house junk”.  It’s located on the outside of my neighbor’s house, which is visible from one of my windows (yeah!):

Lovely View... right? Not quite!

My solution for this problem (at my home)  included an inexpensive wrought iron garden arbor. The one used here was only $99 at K-Mart (a discount dept. store) and believe it or not, it’s very sturdy. I placed it between my property fence and window (with the lovely view of the neighbor’s “house junk”), directly in the line of view from my window.  Then, I pulled some of the neighbor’s established Jasmine vine (with their permission) on to the arbor to get it started.  However, you can also place a planter on each side of the arbor and fill it with a quality potting soil and climbing vine plant of your choice.  The Jasmine vine took off like crazy and covered this arbor in no time at all.  I also added a glass-topped, wrought iron table below the arbor, with a couple of stone Garden Angels and flowering plants (on top) to create a cozy, shaded garden look, which also gives purpose to the vine-covered arbor.

Now, looking out (from my window), all I see is green serenity, which means I solved another problem for a very small price.  Yeah, chalk one up for creativity! 🙂

The "NEW VIEW"... ahhh, MUCH better!

SPRING, in the Recycled Garden!

GARDEN FOCAL POINT! One day, I realized that the corner of my yard simply looked boring, so I started looking around for something to hang from a large oak tree limb that protrudes over this area.  While shopping at a country store, I found a vintage farm house window, they were selling for a very reasonable price.  I brought it home & hung it from the tree limb on metal chains, using s-hooks to connect the chain to the existing window hinges.  I always feel good when I recycle things, but it is a HUGE bonus when it looks so great.  My new window not only turned out to be a superb focal point that brightened up a bland corner of my yard, but it has also proved to be a unique conversation starter for friends & family who visit.  I like to call it my very own “window to the world!”

LAYER YOUR GREENS! If you happen to have an old, outdoor container that is no longer able to be used for its original purpose (see my old birdbath in photo at right), please don’t throw it out… RECYCLE IT!  Whether it’s a clay pot or birdbath that’s developed a hole or a rusty wheelbarrow, simply use it to add another layer to a garden display.  In my back garden, I needed a display with some height, so I added a clay pot to the center of my old birdbath.  Then, I filled both the inside of the clay pot and the surrounding area (in the birdbath) with dirt.  I planted flowers that grow vertically inside the clay pot and creeping flowers that love to dangle in the remaining birdbath area.  Don’t forget to water frequently (especially after first planting your new display) and cover the soil with mulch to keep moisture from evaporating too quickly.

Alternative Ideas: Fill a large clay pot 2/3 full with soil & place a medium clay pot in the center of that.  Then, fill the medium pot 2/3 full with soil & place a small clay pot in the center of that.  Fill all 3 pots with strawberry plants or an herb garden.  There’s simply nothing better than fresh mint in your iced tea or fresh oregano in your spagetti sauce, especially when you’ve grown it yourself!