I apologise about the gardeny nature of recent posts, but we’re trying to make the most of any time off we have in order to get the garden in, well, order. Having basically zilch experience means we’re naive enough to cart 3 bags of mulch home in our tiny car to fix up the gross area under the rhododendrons I showed you in my last post thinking it was enough. Ha! No. But the results of my crawling around in spider terrain dragging bags of mulch behind me on hands and knees are worth it: At the very least, it makes things look a little more loved and maintained than before. My next project (I know you were waiting impatiently for this announcement) is to put some kind of rock border in place to prevent erosion of the soil around the plants and add some visual interest. As per usual, I’m having a hell of a time deciding what should go there. Planter stones such as this one are very popular in Germany at the moment and come in lots of colours and variations:
One advantage is that you can, um, plant more stuff in them, arrange them in all kinds of cool ways, even build entire walls with them.
The trouble is that I can’t decide whether I find their industrial look cool or too ubiquitous and reminiscent of public spaces. Like ALDI parking lots. We could do something like this, but I think it’s too twee and, frankly, I’m not sure I can be bothered digging holes in the ground in order to anchor them… I know. It’s our first home and no toil should be too burdensome to make it pretty, but I’m so damn lazy when it comes to such things. Results! Now! No effort! I think rude awakenings are in my future. I did switch out the grotesque mass of old flowers and weeds growing in the cement planter that all of the townhouses in our neighbourhood sport on their garbage hutches (a term I just coined) for some heather… So sad, right? And yes, the metal door desperately needs to be repainted, as does our fence. But here’s a bit of improvement…The next serious issue that must be tackled before it gets nice enough to drink caipirinhas on the patio is what kind of furniture to put out there. Our current set is tiny, partly mismatched, and about ready to be relegated to the balcony. I don’t want anything made of wood that requires coats of sealant to make it look decent and I don’t want this furniture to cost more than all our living room furniture combined. It seems the combination of these factors make finding the perfect patio furniture about as likely as encountering a unicorn in the Habichtswald. We both know where this is going.
What do you think about the ENHOLMEN? It’s made of rust-resistant aluminium and kind of works with the look of the house and our other stuff.