The cold frames turned out to be an excellent addition to the potager. This year I started the lettuce in them and it grew so fast that we now have fresh lettuce for dinner salad. Today I will move the cold frames around and put out the tomatoes I grew in our dining room.
Daffodils are long gone but they were replaced by some magnificent tulips from Amsterdam.The roses are about to bloom as well. The ones in the front courtyard are the vision of health and loveliness even without blossoms: nice strong canes and shiny leaves thus far free from fungal and other infestations.
It was even warm enough for me to get out some of the solar lights and fountains I bought last year to add whimsy to the garden. I still want a pond, darn it, but negotiations with my domestic associate have broken down and every time I try to raise the topic there is much mumbling about it being Too Much Trouble.
A few projects have come to fruition and others are in progress.
The Trellis: The one you can see in the picture above was looking rather shabby so I sanded it down and threw a coat of varnish on it. Much better. The wisteria I planted under it is finally taking off. Give it a few years and it will be lovely.
The Front Gate: I wrote about my feelings on this one here. We finally decided that we had to replace it since it was falling apart and scattering rust all over the sidewalk. We asked for bids which came in as high as 6,000 euros (cough, cough). Uh, no. We finally found a shop that would do it for us for a decent price and the workmen came and did the install before I left for Washington. Here are the before and after pictures:
|Old gate (1929)|
|New gate identical to the one installed in 1929|
Other Garden Walls: Now this I can do myself. When we took out the juniper in the back I gained half a meter of garden space but it also exposed an crappy, unfinished, partially painted garden wall. Ugly as hell and the bricks aren't even beautiful so the logical solution is to paint the damn thing. I'm thinking that I'll just slap a coat of red on it and be done with it but if you have other ideas, feel free to say so.
Other projects in the works are a woodshed (arrived last week and needs to be assembled, varnished and the fire wood that is sitting on the front porch stacked in it to dry), the chicken run (still haven't decided if this is a good idea or not), the rotting railings on the front porch (to be replaced and painted) and the holes in the gutters fixed (this one is probably the priority but, hell, this is least sexy of all the projects on the list and surely it can wait until Fall, right?)
Off to the hardware store this weekend where we will once again spend far too much money under the guise of Protecting Our Investment.
Who are we kidding? Home improvement is fun, if a bit addicting. We are like coke addicts when we walk into the store and Leroy Merlin is definitely our preferred dealer.
Have a great weekend, everyone.