Thursday, February 7, 2008

new garden - part deux

My apologies to everyone who visited this post earlier! Mark just picked up books at the library for me - one of them was The Jane Austen Book Club. I was reading the back of the book - this copy has info on the movie. "Kathy BAKER" jumps off the page at me. Oh, no, I know I wrote Kathy Bates - shoot. Yup, a quick check of the blog and indeed that's exactly what I did. I'm so sorry. However, if you see the movie, I don't think you'll be disappointed - Kathy BAKER is absolutely wonderful.

Thanks for the comments on my new garden ideas for the driveway. I look forward to reading more! As I was reading the comments, it occurred to me I didn't give you as much info as I could have. The driveway is on the north-northwest side of our house. Last year I placed half barrels along the edge of the driveway in an attempt to ward off some of the construction traffic on our street. The overview photo on yesterday's post was taken at about 9 am - the sun hadn't made it to the driveway yet. The second photo in this post was taken at 10:30 am - and you can see that the barrel is casting a shadow. The first photo shown here was taken at about 6 pm, so I get at least 8 hours of bright, hot sunshine along the edge of the road - where the garden will be placed. (photos taken around 7/20) ((the shadow on the left side of this photo is me trying to get a photo without a shadow - lol))

Last night I was checking more info on the net and making notes, and I started thinking that I'm not sure actually where my sun is in that area. The barrels did fine on all sides because they get all day sun basically from side to side. But if I plant a taller ornamental grass, the street side may not get as much sun as I was thinking. I'm not sure how the summer sun works its way across this space. I wouldn't be too upset to just plant a lovely big stand of ornamental grass - or to have a few other shorter plants on the house side - it would look nice from the house and patio area. I know Mark wants me to keep as much driveway space as possible because he's afraid I'll eventually treat the driveway like I do the yard - it's all potential garden. I can't actually deny that thought has crossed my mind! :) One thought I had was to plant the grasses kind of behind the rocks I want out there - with half barrels of annuals as fill for the forward space. So many possibilities!! I appreciate your input - and no doubt you will be hearing most of the thoughts that flit through my little brain on this topic.

Tuesday night I watched The Jane Austen Book Club. I loved it. I adored the group of women in this movie. Kathy BAKER played the oldest member of the group - and she was so nurturing to the other women - without being overbearing or cloying. I thought perhaps I want to be that character when (if) I grow up. Or maybe better yet, I want a best friend just like her. She was so confident with who she was - again, without being pushy or controlling about it - I just loved her. I thought it was a good chick flick.


Karen said...

I can't wait to see how your garden turns out. I'm not very good at planning things like that, so I'm always impressed with what people can do.

Did you read the book before seeing the Jane Austen movie? I haven't, but would like to see the movie. You've hooked me with your description of Kathy Bates' character.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting and good luck with your garden. I've always liked ornamental grasses so your plans sound nice.

The Texas Connection said...

Hi there-----A little garden out by the driveway sounds lovely----BUT, remember there are Motorhomes roaming around in the summer looking for a place to land!!!!! Just kidding, we can always approach the Arb, and see if they will take us!!.

Hit a new record for temps here yesterday--at 2:30 pm, it was 99 degrees, l0l in Rio Grande City..

Have a good day.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Hi Kris,

I'm so glad you dropped by Rosehaven Cottage!

You know, as long as you keep the plants in barrels it really doesn't count as "taking over" the driveway. That's what I think.

And wasn't the Jane Austen Book Club the best?!?! Hubby and I went and saw it in the theatre and loved it so much we went straight to a used bookstore on the way home and got copies of all the Jane Austen books so we could read them (don't know why we didn't have our own copies before).

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Tristi Pinkston said...

Kris, I just gave you a blog award. Come get it!

Cheryl said...

Hi Kris

Good to hear from you. Love your home and surroundings....beautiful.
I have a lot of oak barrels in my garden, I have become a bit of an expert. Have you thought about planting small trees in them, then underplanting with annuals. It can look stunning if the tree is right. You get the height from the tree, the colour from the annuals. I have put japanese acers in mind. I get the lovely shades of red from them and then underplant with cerinthe, dwarf marigolds, californian poppies. Its a bit in your face but so warming. Anyway something for you to think about. Love your space, will be back.
Its wonderful being a grandparent.. I am sure you will find a way to bring the miles closer....don't worry you will sort it out and have a very beautiful relationship with a very special child.
Have fun.

Dirty Fingernails said...

it is almost time for spring!! I have the fever so bad, I go out and wander around the yard and look for life.