Hamburg, New York is the reputed place where the "hamburger" was invented. But a million places all over the U.S. and world make that claim so you'll have no beef with me if you disagree. Anyhow, we went for the garden walk. From the weird to the wonderful, you'll see it here. So many unique ideas that many of us might want to consider trying in our own yards and gardens. It seems like people in Hamburg take their yards and gardens very seriously. Or maybe not and that's why we spotted so much silliness. And as a little DIY commercial, Tom has been working on an outdoor DIY project for fall that I bet you will love. I'm so grateful he got on this one. It's coming up in the next week or so. Keep your eyes peeled!
Very few people actually grew any vegetables. Or fruit. Or anything edible really. This surprised me. Is it an age thing? Maybe. Most of the gardeners showcasing their landscapes were in their 50's and up. Aesthetics are important to them. And I know many of my contemporaries who are trying their hand at gardening for the first time are largely motivated by food. Not only with the saving money aspect but the idea that locally sourced food is better. We want to know where our food is coming from. We want organic and chemical-free. Is there a shift in how we perceive gardening? Maybe there is. Is it out with flowers and in with fruit? Tom and I are at a 70/30 ratio with veggies to flowers.
Regardless, it was great gleaning some new ideas in the hopes that someday....sigh...we will find the time to implement in our own tranquil backyard space. I've seen quite of few of these bottle sculptures. How do you feel about them? I'm on the fence.
Built-up beds with hostas and astilbes will always stun. And wood wood wood. From the floor to the fence, it looks fantastically natural.
Are you ready for trains in the garden? Do they even belong? Or does "anything goes" in the garden your mantra. The homeowners don't leave the trains out in the rain or snow, they are only brought out on "show" days. Not sure I'm up for that kind of work. But it is cute.
Cement block planters. They work for me. Love how the homeowner used these to organize their herbs. They look spiffy and function great. Drainage hole is obviously built right in and most people have a few of these blocks hanging around to try.
Have you seen lots of dishes getting used in the garden? We have. It seems to becoming a huge trend. The miniature fountain two-level dish is kind of unique. I'm not ready to go here yet but liked the creativity.
Clematis never ceases to amaze. The vibrant color is marvelous. And year after year it will be enjoyed and be back back bigger and better than ever.
Fairy gardens are still the "in" thing. This one around the tree is quite whimsical. It's almost a separate hobby altogether than gardening.
I really like bird houses. (Bird house giveaway alert....it's coming up very very soon!) The metal license plate roof is smashing. Always wanted one of these. Next DIY Tom?!? What kind of birds are you hoping to attract to your yard?
Spinners are fun for all. I love this hot air balloon one. So does my 6-year-old. It's funny that it doesn't matter how old you are when it comes to spinners and pinwheels.
Tom has had it. I don't blame him! It's almost 90 degrees and he's been driving me and the kids around all day to the garden walk. So he has the right idea. Find a comfy chair and enjoy your shade garden. And in the corner it looks like my daughter is breaking something. Probably one of those dang fairy gardens. How much is it gonna to cost me to replace?
What ratio do you plant veggies & fruit to flowers?
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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