My husband thinks we are rednecks. I have no idea what he is talking about! A couple of summers ago, Sir Knight built beautiful raised planters in front of my sun room. I decided that I wanted to plant vegetables in the beds, so, in order to support the climbing bean plants, Sir Knight installed cattle panel supports. It was a stroke of genius! Not only did the panels look quite nice they provided perfect support as the bean plants grew and climbed, and in turn, the beans blessed us with wonderful, filtered shade in our sun room.
Last summer, in my intense desire to move, I neglected any gardening or beautifying pursuits. My garden beds sat empty, my flower beds, tangled and overgrown. In my mind, we had moved already, even though our physical bodies were here. This spring, although it feels like I am admitting defeat, I am planning new garden beds, sprucing up the flower garden and preparing the chicken coop for a new flock of hens. As I keep telling my children, we must live where we are, not where we want to be.
After visiting my friend, Lady Day, I was inspired by her lovely gardens and flowers - her manicured lawns and carefully tended shrubs. I came home with a renewed desire to make the best out of "Little Shouse on the Prairie". One of the features I have always admired in a home is a lovely little arbor outside the front door, covered in tangled vines. Once, I made a twig arbor (with the help of Master Hand Grenade), only to have it disintegrate after about three years. Not wanting to repeat my first experiment, I searched my brain for another alternative. My visit to Lady Day's, provided the inspiration! Lady Day's husband built a rose arbor for her out of metal fence posts and a cattle panel. It is impervious to the weather and provides a perfect platform for Lady Day's climbing roses. Painted white, it is quite lovely, with a very homespun quality.
|Cattle Panel just put in place|
|Papering the "Shouse" so the paint|
doesn't get on the metal
|Maid Elizabeth, doing her mother's dirty work|
|Cattle panels and planter boxes outside|
the sun room
As much as I would love to be moved and settled, I will continue to do my best to live where I am, not where I want to be.