The one eyed garden gnome and other scenes.

I feel as old as dirt now but that’s okay because I really like dirt. I’ve been spending all of my free time playing in it. This has been an unusually cold spring and is turning out to be a ridiculously cold wet summer. I’ve been constructing a spiral garden. Stone creatures meet live critters for fun and mischief. Th garden is over-run with cheeky chipmunks. They tear through my compost, dig up my plants, steal shells, make holes in the stone wall, and torment Little Nemo. Who need TV?

New Friends

He shows his true face in this one.

Double Trouble

Post Sedum

Peeking Out


Spiral Garden


Chives and Pinks

Poppies and Tulips


TheĀ  compost bins C.P. made for me out of our old deck wood.


57 thoughts on “The one eyed garden gnome and other scenes.

  1. oh man, i love chipmunks. I grew up in Florida, where they only exist in fairy tales, and when I moved to Georgia and saw them I about flipped. They’re so tiny!

    • They are pretty darn cute but also destructive. They get into everything and breed like crazy! They are smart too.

    • I think it’s a reproduction of a 19th C. (or earlier) style of statuary variably called drollery, chimera or grotesque. It’s quite amusing and weird.

  2. Happy birthday wishes – sorry I’m late to the party.

    Love your monstrosity and that cheeky chipmunk.
    I half expected to click and see googly eyes:)

    And of course, your garden is so delightful.

    • Thanks. No googly eyes here yet. :)

      I think the chipmunks might steal them anyway. They steal anything and everything they can carry.

  3. amazing spiral path! and poppies! I bought some seeds but not sure how well I’ll do with them.

    hope you had a great birthday…you really do create art in the garden.

    • Thank you jen! I did have a lovely birthday.

      Poppies are easy but let me know if you have trouble with them. I’ll send you over some of mine. They are tough cookies and will grow anywhere. Once you get them going they should come back every year and spread themselves around.

      My nasturtiums are looking good but they haven’t bloomed yet so they didn’t get their pictures taken.

        • I think they wish I would lay down astro turf. Mowing my lovely natural clover filled lawn scrappy weed patch would not be good enough for them. :)

          If they move, I’ll do a little jig and let you know!

  4. I’ve been thinking about making my own garden once I get a new place (whenever that might be). Are there any websites with instructions on how to construct one?

    Happy Birthday BTW!

    • Thanks.

      I recommend it highly. Gardening is good for the spirit. You know. I don’t really go to gardening websites now that you mention it. There is one called that has forums. I’m sure there is all kinds of recommendations and references there.

  5. yay!

    I just knew you were playing in the dirt! Love all the pictures…didn’t see any potted siamese in your garden though…I may be the only person who has one. :-)

    Chipmunks….hehe. I do love to watch them at our birdfeeders stuffing those cheeks. They can always fit just one more sunflower seed in there, lol.

    And happy birthday fellow June baby!

    • Re: yay!

      Hah. Potted Siamese. None of those here and it probably would not be a good idea to send them in the mail.

      You are Gemini. I should have guessed that.

      No. A Cancer. Much nicer than a Gemini. Heh.

  6. Your space is amazing! Do the cats bother your kitchen nursery? One thing I have learned about gardening is the power of the sun. I know that should have been obvious, but when we bought this house I didn’t consider where the sun was the strongest, which is my front yard. My back yard is almost all shade. My next place will have a sunny backyard so that I can have a proper place to grow things!

    Happy birthday! Sorry for the late greeting though.

    • Thanks. Yes. Nemo is a plant eater. He drives me bananas. Little scoundrel just ate the begonia that my mother brought me for a birthday present. He ate all of my pepper seedlings last year.

      I decided on my current property based on the land. I scoped out the sun and tested the soil. It’s also a good idea to check out the local trees and take into account how tall they will grow and how soon. :)

      A shade garden can be nice though.

    • You know I don’t eat food!

      The chipmunks, birds, and rabbits get most of it after the flea beetles do their bit. I just grow it for fun. I seem to have my own wildlife sanctuary going on here. :)

      • WTF is a flea beetle? And wtf can I do about these slugs? :o

        I can’t wait to get Dis to your house. He is going to love it every bit as much as I do.

        • A flea beetle is an evil little bug that eats lots of holes in the leaves of plants. Not nice. We are infested with them this year. I have been spraying them with hot pepper and garlic oil but it’s a big garden.

          You need chickens to eat your slugs. :)

          My second favorite slug control method is Diatomaceous Earth, the fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. Sprinkle that around your plants or even lightly dust the leaves with it. They will not crawl over it. Helps deter ants too. You can also use coffee grounds around the plants but not on the leaves.

          Other methods to control slugs are not watering your garden at night but you live in England so that probably will not work as well for you.

          Some people set out beer traps. Slugs like beer. They will drown in the trap though so I don’t like that method as well. I prefer to deter or remove most pests. Killing is a last resort, reserved for truly evil things…like flea beetles.

          • Dis wants chickens. He can’t have chickens until I can have a goat!

            No chance of my garden not being watered at night. And in the day, and at dusk and at dawn… Yeah. England. I wonder if salt around the base of the plants would work? I hear seaweed works. Can you send me a box of seaweed? lol

            I don’t want to murder the slugs. I’ll have to give them other things to eat.

            • Salt works on slugs but isn’t good for the plants or soil. Seaweed is fabulous for the garden. I use it as a mulch, fertilizer and in my compost. If it doesn’t deter slug it will at least do other good works.

              How about crushed eggshells. Grind them up in a mortar and pestle or a rolling pin and sprinkle it around the stem and lower leaves of your plants. It deters cutworms and other crawly things. It might work on slugs.

              Try circling each troubled plant with a small ring of eggshells and a larger ring of coffee grounds. Most coffee shops here will give you large bags of grounds for free if you ask them. Both coffee grounds and eggshells are good for the plants.

              • I’ve started saving eggshells, yes. Should have been doing this all along but since all of my gardening experience comes from Nebraska where it was nothing but drought, I’m still learning about how to keep things going in eternal damp. I’m serious about getting some seaweed – I do have a liquid for feeding my plants but I want the real stuff. I’ll try the eggs and coffee and see what happens. There is no shortage of coffee grounds around here. :)

            • slugs and bugs, part 2

              Do you have a compost set up?

              I find that having a compost bin takes care of a lot of pest problems.

              The pests bother the compost instead and do not attack my plants. The finished compost keeps the plants stronger and healthier and is a good mulch for the soil under them. This also deters pests like slugs and leaf eating insects. The healthier the plant and soil the less likely bugs will bother it.

              Another thing that I do is to plant one decoy plant per bed, something more attractive and vulnerable to insects that will make it less worth their trouble to attack my crops and perennials.

              Do reconsider your position on chickens. I know you want a goat but chickens are surprisingly appealing as pets and they are the all around best helpers for the garden. They make excellent compost and eat pests like slugs, snails, and beetles.

              Think of all those fresh eggs!

              • Re: slugs and bugs, part 2

                No compost bin yet, that’s next on my list of things that need sorting out. I’m not sure where I’d put it, but I’m sure one will fit back there somewhere.

                I wouldn’t mind chickens but we can no more have them here than we can a goat. We have to wait until we move for that kind of adventure, but it is the future. I am very much looking forward to the future. :)

  7. I’m late commenting but wanted to chime in that the photos are gorgeous! I can see why you have been so busy, everything is so lovely. I can imagine tiny unseen creatures from the other-world frolicking in this playful place.

    • Thank you. I’m late checking in with LJ again. I keep getting lost in this garden. Now I have a wee studio out there so I never want to come into the house. I have snacks in the garden but no internet connection. ;)

  8. I just took a chance and clicked on you and wow I’m glad I did. I love what you are into.
    To me Utopia would be living around only people that had gardens and thrived on them like you seem to!
    I just love that sculpture in the first photo, that strange mustached man face animal thing! I want one for my garden!
    That spiral garden is fabulous! I’m glad I went exploring and found your blog.

    • Thank you for taking the time to explore and comment. I’m with you. That is my idea of Utopia. Most of the people around me are conspicuous consumers which sometimes borders more on Dystopia. My little garden gnome guy is there to spook the tourists and improve the vibe.

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