Monday, July 25, 2011

Ditch Gardens and Deck Decorations

Nasturtiums grown from seed decorate our sunny deck.
Don't ya just love Sunday mornings? As opposed to Monday mornings when you feel obligated to attack that lengthy list of must-do's vs. wanna do's.

Sit a spell. (See close-ups below of the climbing vines.)
I cheerfully wasted the whole of a Sunday puttering about the gardens, pulling weeds, and saying thank you over and over again.

The 'thank you' part is a little bit of a blessing and way more of a curse...

Clematis climbing vines smile at you from one corner of the deck's privacy screen.
This WAS a cute little country cottage when I first bought it. But, I've gained tons of new neighbors in the last 8 years. So many that I live 'in town' again. New Town, as they call it. My quiet little old ranch road has evolved into a busy thoroughfare. And, a popular bicycle path.

At least 100 honeysuckle blossoms pretty up the other half of the privacy screen.
Now I have an audience while I'm working in the garden. (Which I'm not too thrilled about. Especially when I'm out there in my pajamas.)

I do love the fact that they're so appreciative of my efforts. Calling out: Beautiful flowers! So pretty! as they peddle by.

This used to be the weedy ditch in front of my house.
That's because I gave 'em something to take their mind off the fact that they're peddling uphill. I have the prettiest ditch on the old ranch road!

Over the last 2 years, I slowly, methodically, killed off the crabgrass and dandelions covering the steep ditch in front of my house. Then I filled it with tough as nails waterwise perennials that happily wave in the breeze.

Butterflies play there. Bees are a buzzin'. Teeny green Hummingbirds whiz past my head. It's quickly become my favorite spot in the garden. Even if I do feel compelled to comb my hair before I head out there and say hello to passers by...

PS: Welcome back from the Seattle Fling, garden blogging buddies! I pouted all weekend because I couldn't join you...

24 comments:

Landbohaven said...

Rigtig gode billeder.
Hvor har du mange skønne planter.
Jeg kan virkelig godt li` dit andet sidste billede.
Tak for rundvisningen

Lona said...

Hi Kate. Girl your ditch garden looks so beautiful.I can remember when our neighbors were few and far between too.Now there are cabins and tourist everywhere. Even tromping from the woods into my back yard. LOL! I use to love the quiet time here.LOL!

ProfessorRoush said...

Wow, love the formerly weedy ditch.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a ditch. No wonder everyone shouts "thanks" and "pretty" at you.

Laurrie said...

What a nice thing, to hear compliments shouted from passersby as you garden. You do have an awesome ditch! (PS, don't worry about messy hair and rumpled pajamas outside --- no one is looking at you, they are ogling your flowers)

Snowcatcher said...

I absolutely love what you've done to your weedy ditch. That's what I'd like to do with my... um, mess. :) You've inspired me and made me believe I can win over the crabgrass and grasshoppers. (I actually like the dandelions!)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Landbohaven;
Tak, min skat! At næst at vare billede er min fave så godt.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hey, Hey Lona!
Do not fear if you see some crazy gal sneaking about your gardens at night... I simply must have some of the Cardinal seeds you were showing off this morning. :D

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thanks, Prof!
I'm really loving this crazy mess of primary colors. And, they're getting so feisty they actually weed themselves.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Oh, Lisa!!!
I've been such a terrible blog visitor this summer. But, I think of you every time I'm riding horses in the meadow. There is a stunning yellow bird, with black markings, that chirps (angrily) at us as we pass the swamp. I'll bet you'd know who I'm talkin' about...

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Let's truly hope so, Laurrie;

'Cause my cowgirl jammies leave a lot to be desired!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Snowcatcher!
It's a pretty simple mix. I've never done that before but I just chucked it full of the very, very basics that can put up with things and not require much attention: Catmint, Salvia, Hymenoxys, wild 4 o'clocks and I let the wild asters (which were already there) run wild.

Carolyn ♥ said...

You seem to have created the perfect natural looking garden Kate. Love it.

Rilly said...

I stumbled upon your blog when I googled "cassiar highway" and love your beautiful flowers. I blog about my life adventures and one was over the Cassiar in `84. The reason this senior travels slower along the roads is because I don't want to miss a single part of this wonderful country. I'm plan on following you and your gardens.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thx, Carolyn;
It's been a labor of love.

Nice to meet you, Rilly!
The Cassiar Highway is an amazing place. So nice to find a fellow traveler who has experienced that remote area. The first day driving that road we saw 13 grizzly bears. And, kept the windows rolled up tight! :))

Alison said...

Oh Kate! It would have been great to meet you in Seattle. I had a blast! Hope you can make it next year.

Your ditch garden is magnificent! Too bad there has been so much development around you.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

It would have been wonderful to meet you, too, Alison!

But, I've got a 'bucket list' dream vacation coming up this Friday and I just couldn't afford to do both trips. Next year. For. Sure.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Kate girl I think you should be named the "Ditch Goddess"!!! That cottage of yours is beyond gorgeous : )
Are you dusting off some Halloween decorations yet ? less than 96 days until the big one ;-)
I have been thinking of Edward Gory and his creepy creations ? "I just kind of conjured them up out of my subconscious and put them in order of ascending peculiarity" too funny right ?
Joy .. wink wink

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Joy!
Ditch Goddess! I luv it! :)) We need to brainstorm on a blogger meme for Halloween. Who better than us good witches of the east and west??

sweetbay said...

Your former weedy ditch is gorgeous.

jan said...

Your garden is so beautiful! The former ditch is gorgeous!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Why thank ya kindly, Sweetbay.

And, you, too, Jan!!

We really should credit the weather more than me. These plentiful rains have made all the gardens so lush and lovely. My flowers are very spoiled this summer...

Melanie said...

I love your ditch garden. I'm inspired to do something similar although I don't have a ditch but I'm sure I can emulate its spirit :)

Gloria, Dakota Garden said...

Hi Kate - here I was imagining you enjoying Seattle and I was home in the heat. Maybe we can make next year. I saw that Ashville might be the site for next fling. I have never been in the South, other than, does Florida count? Enjoy your treck - it sounds fun and challenging - Gloria