OK, first things first.
I’ve made it into The Finals of “The Homies”! (YAY!!) Thanks to you!
Now I need your help just once more to win.
I’ve already fallen behind (BOO) but voting is even simpler this time.
Just click HERE
and you’ll see this:
omg-can you tell I never got picked for any sports teams??
And now, without further pestering, the post;
I don’t know about yours, but my garden looks like a dog’s breakfast right now.
Other than a few wildly optimistic blossoms on my pear tree that never grow pears (the eager date who shows up way too early-sweet, but it’s like never going to happen)
I’ve got nada. Zilch. Strike out.
Not only that…but more of this happened …
My last big willow bit the dust.
Willow trees in Southern California are undoubtedly beautiful but let me tell you-they need a lot of supervision and attention.
They grow super fast, uproot easily, turn your back and they attract pests, and don’t look so great for a few months every year.
Basically, they’re the teen-age boys of the tree world.
So now I have about 10 of these wonderful stumps sitting around and I’m trying to decide what to do with them.
The Silver Lining is a dead tree turns into a beautiful ______ (Fill in the blank-don’t worry, this isn’t another contest )
I’ll put a few back in the garden as stools but I’d love to hear your suggestions on what to do with the rest.
I love pretty much everything with a touch of whimsy, but particularly in the garden.
Nothing more boring than spaces that take themselves too seriously. Life’s too short.
both images via Pinterest
One of the reasons why I love gardens that incorporate “rooms”, no matter how small, is that they allow you to come upon hidden surprises, which is often the best way to add a sense of whimsy to your outdoor spaces.
One magnificent example of this is the incomparable Ninfa Gardens in Italy, which contains several ‘rooms’ as well as the pristine Ninfa river running through it.
Another is the garden created by Japanese silent film star Denjiro Okochi, located in the Sagano district of Kyoto, open to the public yet not wildly busy.
A stroll through the small, stunning gardens ends with a steaming cup of Macha in the tea house.
Speaking of teen-age boys…my younger son kicking it at the Okochi gardens.
Moss gardens or simply allowing any ground covering to rule also add a lovely sense of whimsy.
a fuzzy pic of my ground cover
I wish these were in my garden
One of the most effective ways to create a whimsical effect is to place items normally found indoors, outdoors…
This “room” at “Lunuganga” in Sri Lanka (more of this garden and house in an upcoming post-It’s truly beyond)
Some of the arches are mirrored, some are not. How flipping genius is that?!
Of course outdoor mirrors can be applied in much smaller gardens and apartment terraces
both pics via Pinterest
I’ve used mirrors outside in many outdoor scenarios.
Which I can’t show here.
Because I’ve got “Save It For A Book” Fever now.
Giambattista Valli 2012
Another glimpse of “Lunuganga”
The very best thing about applying whimsy to the garden is that it’s utterly boundless.
And almost inevitably, you’ll get a helping hand from Mother Nature.
Whether you wanted it,or not.
Happy Grammies, Downton Abbey (almost over ) and to those of you on the East Coast-stay cozy!