Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wishing Wells and Trees


 I was afraid that I had lost my sycamore tree, but it finally started showing signs of life. Today was another day of mowing. It is supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow, so we had to get it done. My legs are aching and my hands hurt from pulling weeds. Spring is so labor intensive. Seems like everywhere I look I see more things to do.


 This maple tree didn't make it and will need to be removed. I have found one of the advantages of putting a garden around the trees is the seedlings have a chance to grow and can be transplanted. The biggest advantage to he who mows is less grass to mow and the obstacle (tree) is no longer in his way.

You can see the new pump house in the background. I can paint it now, even though it has no roof yet. The roof will be steel, like the main building. If I'm not mowing or weeding, I'm painting. Plenty of picnic tables await my brush.



Camper Harvey gave this wishing well to me for Christmas. He made it from some pallets that were to be thrown away. That always makes me happy ..... re-using resources. So, I need to plant something in it.

I hesitate to fill it with dirt, afraid it will eventually rot the wood. If I use a container that is too shallow, it will be difficult to keep the plants watered, as well as making the wishing well top heavy and prone to be blown over by the wind.

I want to use sweet potato plants. I tried putting them in hanging baskets last year and they did not do well until I took them down and planted them in the ground. Petunias come to mind. I can't decide if I want to stain it barn red or white wash it. It is cedar, so it will age to that grayish color and I like that, too. Things to ponder in the night ....... Any ideas are welcome.

11 comments:

Kathy G said...

Can you find a small trash can that would fit inside the wishing well and put the dirt in it? You could drill holes in the bottom so the water could run out.

otin said...

I hate yard work. I can never understand why some people enjoy it so much. I say just pave my whole lot! LOL

Joanne said...

You have accomplished so much. I have no idea what you're talking about, but it looks mighty fine to me.

Teri said...

The trash can is a good idea, or maybe build up the inside with some bricks and set the planter on top of the bricks. A plant that hangs over the sides would look great.

Linda O'Connell said...

Both sweet potato plants AND petunias would be lovely. youa re ahard working woman, plus you sew? I'm impressed.

SkippyMom said...

That is so wonderful. I bet it will look great white washed.

It a plastic five gallon bucket would fit, you could drill holes in the bottom. Kathy's idea is great with the garbage can. A little metal one.

Glad you kept your sycamore. I hold my breath over our one little tree every year. :) So far so good.

Val said...

No ideas on plants or staining your wishing well. But we have an outhouse made out of a shipping crate, and a shed made of pallet wood. That's a couple of projects for you to work on in your spare time. ;)

joanne said...

I like the white wash idea and the petunias. I've never grown or seen sweet potato vine, what kind of flower does it have? Never a moments rest in Spring eh?

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

You know I like many people use to think running a campground was easy work, no idea why I thought that but I did and after reading your blog I now know better.......

Mamma has spoken said...

I like Kathy G's idea!

ellen abbott said...

What a wonderful gift and I love that it was made out of recycled materials.