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Saturday, July 4, 2009

"Come to My Garden"

My English garden is finally ready for a photo--not a close-up, Mr. DeMille, mind you. Although still a work in progress, I LOVE my new space! Paco is button-busting proud! Didn't he do a marvelous job on the fence and entry??? He's going to hang my Brookstone swinging chair when he gets the posts in for the mount and put in a gate as well. Anyone for tea? I'm probably the only person on planet earth who spent the 4th of July planting vegetables...Judge me not! I can put this grow box garden "to bed" under a blanket well into October. So there.
This gnome looks all cozy and sweet, but don't be deceived. He pretty much mutters subversive political ideas under his breath around the clock! I know!!! I was surprised too!
Full-service bird bathing facilities and diner! That's the growbox garden there by the birdbath.
The entryway. You can't see the huge rock we buried as you enter for a walkway. We'll also have cement steppingstones that start here and will go throughout the garden. So one can "tiptoe through the tulips"

Notice the great beyond. I've committed to keeping my garden weed-free to within a 5 foot border around the garden. Beyond that I take no responsibility!

Thank heavens for a well-behaved gate-guarding-luck-bringing-sincere-smiling gnome! Doesn't he look like a "Mort"?
If you look really closely you can see tiny little llama dungs fertilizing away in my growbox.
From the Stuart's llama website (they seem to know their llama dung!)
"Our biggest client and neighbor The Chile Man uses Llama Manure as an chemical free organic fertilizer for several years. Fresh version looks like deer or elk pellets, llama owners call then "beans" and commit to a communal dung pile. Ideally the beans should be run through the pasture vacuum (leaf vacuum) to be mulched by the blades or allowed time to brake down and soften. Works great mixed with equine and or bovine fertilizer, rotter-tilled into your garden soil late fall and plant seeds come spring. Used as the sole source of fertilizer it will concentrate on the green plants. Ask us about bean tea for house plants. Llama "Beans" in Your Garden and posable another use Llama Dung May Be Used to Clean Bolivia Water Supply and Manure Converted to a Variety of Products."
Now that is ONE badly edited paragraph! Posable? Brake down? Rotter-tilled? Llama dung as a filter for Bolivian water??? I just know my grandkids are going to think these are jelly beans!!! Yowee! Incidentally Daisy Eagan got a Tony for her portrayal of Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden!! Ahhhhh...Mandy Patinkin...



David and Shelly said...

Wow, that was a mouth full. (Hopefully not full of "beans")
It looks marvelous, darling, simply marvelous.

Laura said...

Your garden looks like such a peaceful place to sit and read a book--although perhaps with a little more shade.

Jill said...

What a fun garden! You'll have to take me on a tour when I bring you that newspaper article I promised to save you!

eileen c said...

I got excited until I saw the dung!!!! I'll have to make you some garden art now... SYS

Patti said...

Beautiful work guys! You'll have to do a week by week picture update as the plants start coming up. And I'm really impressed that you can keep things growing into October up there. Well done! :D

jennifer said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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