Tuesday, April 26, 2016

front garden plans

Currently working out my summer garden. I know that I want something that has a wild English garden type of feel (the cottage version, not the prim and proper manicured version).

This is what I have as a layout:

Now I just need to figure out what plants to add into the mix. I have hostas already in the garden running along the driveway (see the rock/circular plant section) and some lavender in the section below the porch/house section. We also have some ground covering artemesia (I can't remember which variation). Our soil is loamy (clay) raised beds are necessary.

Aside from how daunting a new garden project feels (kind of like scrapbooking did when I started), I'm trying to figure out how too integrate the hosta river rok line into the English garden so that it flows nicely. Mr Faye thinks we should run rocks in front of the "wild" garden to pull it together. I'm not sure if I like the idea. But even more than that, I'm just having a hard time visualizing it, which is why I tried an app to create the image above. Unfortunately the app can only do so much to help with that and has limited plant options so I can't pull together the plants I'd like. All I can recreate are colours and textures to some extent.

This is the kind of look that I have in mind. With ferns and hostas on the side of the house because we don't have much light there (added problem, our neighbour put up a 6 foot fence along the side of his house so that cuts the light even more).

Or maybe this:

Slowly but surely, I'll figure it out. Of course, then there's the question of soil to go with it all. I'm going with the premise that rich and well drained should hopefully cover all the bases and be a good neutral.

With all the overtime I've worked this year, I have most of the summer off so I'm looking forward to the garden adventure.

I'm also chipping away at the broken finishing that was done to our stairs, like a coat of finishing concrete over the concrete.  It was done poorly and has been chipping ever since so now I'm removing it (quite labour intensive) so that I can stencil my stairs.

These are some of the looks I'm considering. I think I'll stick with a grey backdrop with a white stencil as it won't be overkill and take away from the flowers. I love tiled stair mosaics but Mr Faye made a good point when he noted that all the snow shovelling would kill the tile work:

I'm eyeing up the stencil on the bottom right I think but the site has so many amazing stencils that I'm going back and forth. I love the colours, which I think is what is drawing me to this particular design.


Friday, April 15, 2016

this morning's little ironies

Do you ever wonder at the fact that we spend countless energy and parental shaming telling parents they need to clip in and harness our children just so to ensure their safety only to put them in school buses with no seat belts?

This morning I was struck by the irony as a bus lurched forward, children balancing their way down the aisles, as the vehicle started moving. 

Something is seriously wrong when parents are shamed for the car seat choices yet we turn a blind eye to society's choices when we entrust them with our children. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

working the work

I've been reading Ophiel's The Art of Astral Projection and am quite enjoying it. Definitely a recommended book, despite some of the chattiness of the text. I think he makes some great points for consideration. 

I've been meditating in is the act of patience and diligence while learning the craft.  Far too often, as he himself notes, it's too easy to get derailed in a practice because it doesn't come easily, is too much work or we muck up while learning it. 

I catch myself falling into this trap all the time. And yet, it's only in making mistakes that we learn. The road to success isn't paved in ease, it's paved in failure (so to speak). 

So I'm walking my route every day, noticing the details, working the system in order to master the craft of astral projection; working the little system. 
My husband looks at me like I'm crazy as I ponder the details of our stairway, but it's all good. Just you wait till my astral spectre freaks him out! 

Kidding. 😉