I didn't set out to have a Container Garden. It just sort of evolved. I started with a small paved patio with my plants in pots on it, which I was constantly (accidentally) running over with the wheelchair. My containers were reproducing like rabbits, and the plants to go in them could only survive in leftover cottage cheese tubs for so long.
Well, it really started back when I bought one of those magazines. This magazine had a "BEFORE" picture that may as well have been taken behind our house - the dryer vent, the piles of junk, the parched earth, the "nobody loves me" look. And the "AFTER" picture - oh, my! The foundation planting, the carefully thought out hard-scaping, the flowers, the butterflies!
So, my husband was building a raised bed off to the side. The new bed was in that corner previously only known for its clutter, weeds and dead grass, in sort of a no-man's-land between the garage and the kitchen. He was working with mortar and bricks, and he ended up with a long curve where I was expecting a short straight line. Oh no, what to do? He refused to undo his hour of hot and sweaty (if misdirected) hard work. And tomorrow would be Mother's Day. An idea was hatched, one that would require more mortar, more bricks, and our two children - no, I know what you're thinking, and it's nothing like that! They were going to be helping!
The following is excerpted from the log Operation Mother's Day 05.13.2007:
breakfast in bed, whether she wants it or not - cereal, orange juice, tea, and the usual ration of vitamins.
church - that was Mom's idea
picture courtesy of Bill Owens
1155mix mortar, begin laying first set of pavers. have assistant #1 hoe out weeds and debris to clear center area. watch assistant #2 go cartwheeling off.
mix second bag of mortar, begin laying second row of stones.
1415repeat for third row. train assistant #1 to lay stones. run out of mortar. still need to set one more stone, as of 2008. 1500
bring Mom out with assistants standing in front of missing stone and bare ground. Mom is overwhelmed!!!! Operation Mother's Day is a success.
begin Mom's new game of Musical Heavy Blue Pots. sigh.