Re: Garden decor was Re: [gardeners] 'Bright Lights'

Cheryl & Erich Schaefer (
Tue, 6 Jan 1998 10:46:12 -0500 (EST)

>>I was looking for an old bathtub, one with legs.  Think it would
>>make a nice raised bed, besides being "art."
>>I'm not into a "beautiful" garden.  I think the more fun one has
>>in the garden, the more fun it is.
>Hear, hear, I want to have about 200 pink flamingos in the front yard but
>Anne won't let me buy any. Everyone comments on her landscaping in the
>front flower gardens and she graciously accepts the compliments. Truth is
>known she just chucks stuff in there and it just kinda grows. No rhyme or
>reason, no ordered rows, just a mix of stuff that looks like it came up
>wild. There's always something in bloom, always interesting textures and
>colors of green (and brown!) and sometimes there's a little white dog with
>black spots peeking out as she hunts lizards and toads.

Since Anne is an artist, I suspect the stuff chucked here and there is
greatly influenced by an unconscious (or semi-conscious) awareness of what
is there already, what color it is, when it flowers, etc. My garden is
seemingly haphazard, too. As for the flamingoes, George, perhaps you could
get her to agree to a baby one painted red and nestled among the hot
peppers.:-)... Cheryl, who planted garlic yesteday in 60F, sunny weather, a
week after it was 7F followed by two ft. of snow. Good thing I have raised
beds. I was up to my ankles in water.

Cheryl Schaefer
Zone 5 in the fabulous Finger Lakes of NY