I had a rather stressful day yesterday so I was totally thrown off .. BIG DUH !
That is my story and I am sticking to it !
So what is my garden theme today ?
Creating little vignettes in your garden.
I love the sense of wandering through a garden but feeling like you are entering different "rooms" of the same house .. the rooms vary due to different sun values or position or even just the inventiveness of the gardener to arrange a setting that gives you pleasure.
My hat goes off to all the Fairy Garden(ers) ... those tiny jewels are absolutely amazing !
One of my most favorite areas is that of our rain barrel section where I have trained a Tiger Eye Sumac with ferns , heuchera and hosta ... and a rambunctious vine that I have to keep an eye on.
I threw some blue glass beads in the dry stream bed to keep the fish company .. added some rustic lanterns and a little piece of drift wood and voila` a little scenario is created.
It is very heavy and will be coming in the house for the winter, I don't want it to crack or get damaged.
The colour blends in and the design is interesting.
The reflection is the icing on the cake !
The different size rocks mimic a very small dry stream bed ... I am just a big kid that still loves to play with rocks so that is another reason this is one of my favorite places in my garden.
This is is how it looks from the back .. I plan on adding Japanese Painted ferns to the Ostrich ones because I find what ever bugs love munching on the Ostrich ferns do NOT like Japanese ferns .. so a natural pesticide!
I will also replace Fire Island hosta with something more slug proof .. those poor hosta have put up with enough now.
I find in my own garden that every so many meters there is a subtle change in "atmosphere" that you can play with to creating different "rooms" even in small gardens ... just go with your instinct about how you think you would like it to look .. add those special plants and little garden art objects .. and just enjoy !