- I found this old lantern at a consignment shop. It just screamed "garden" to me. Originally, I was thinking of hanging it from a tree but when I got it home, it was just perfect for the " garden wall"
I cut some coir matting for the base - the stuff used to line those hanging planters - I happened to have one in the shed so I re-purposed it.
then I filled it with some potting soil and some plants and hung it up - how easy is that!?
Isn't it cool? At night, I pop a solar light in it too because why not right? It is a lantern after all.
I love gardening. In fact if I wasn't a painter I would be a garden designer ( I actually worked as one for a summer). Color theory, creating compositions and solving problems are all skills an artist hones while creating a painting and a garden becomes a giant expression of the gardener/artist.
In my little suburban, zone 6b garden, my plan is to create garden rooms. My garden philosophy is that a garden should have surprises. A successful garden is one that does not reveal itself all at once but offers a new experience as you move throughout it. Which brings us to this years project : the garden trellis wall.
I am trying to divide our yard into 3 distinct "rooms" - the deck/dining area, the firepit garden and the shed garden. To achieve this we needed to create a wall between the deck and the "shed garden". Also this blocks the view of a neighbors house - making for a very private deck area and the perfect support for vines.
I figured out exactly what I wanted, drew up a plan and recruited my husband and his handy friend to do build it.
I won't go into the step by steps here - you can google 'how to build a trellis' or similar for all the how - to's you will ever need. (Or get someone with the know - how to do it like I did!)
The guys did a great job, but you know I couldn't leave it natural right?
No, I like black as a back drop for plants. When the clematis grows up this, the flowers will really POP!
you can see I tried out different fountains... more on these next week.
I'm having a hard time getting back into the blogging grove!
Easing back in with a little peek into my (currently very messy) studio. Working on 3[ 24x36 beach scenes. One is for a commission, the others will be available soon - more soon.