The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

May 10, 2011

A Garden of Dubious Delights

Filed under: Random Stuff — Brian Lutz @ 1:38 am

Having spent the most of the past six years living in apartments, I’ve found opportunities to do gardening have become rather rare.   This is especially true of my current dwelling, an urban apartment with no attached balcony or porch (the balconies on the other side of the building I live in do include planters, but as far as I am aware those are managed by a landscaping service rather than by the tenants.)  Not that I’ve ever been mistaken for a green thumb of any sort, but I certainly don’t mind an occasional bit of digging in the dirt every once in a while, even if most of that time that ends up being in the form of pulling weeds.  With Mother’s Day this past weekend, I took an opportunity to do a bit of gardening on behalf of my Mom by putting flowers in a couple of the large planters my parents keep on their front porch.  I have done this a number of times for Mothers Day in the past, and my Mom seems to enjoy the results (probably just as much because that means she doesn’t have to do it as because they’re nice to look at,) but I also enjoy this little project because it provides an opportunity to take a trip up to Molbak’s in Woodinville, one of the largest garden stores in the area, and kind of a cool place to just wander around for a while. 

While in the course of picking out plants to put in the two planters, I noted that there seems to be a lot of unusual (I suppose that’s one way to put it) garden statuary being offered for sale these days.  Anyone who has spent enough time in one of these places is probably well acquainted with the usual selection of fountains, fairies and frogs, but these days there’s all sorts of new and slightly interesting ways to decorate your garden (provided you can get past the sticker shock that comes with a lot of these pieces.)  After the jump, we’ll take a look at a few of these.


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