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Sunday, 24 August 2014



I fear I may have been duped by Mr TG.
Following the renovation of the front garden & construction of a new driveway earlier in the year, the wheelbarrow that had been used to shift soil, rubble & gravel, had stood smack bang in the middle of the back garden waiting to be lifted over the obstacle course that is the side alley, back to its place of rest.


‘I know…..’ said Mr TG, during what I thought was a moment of madness…’Let’s turn the wheelbarrow into an alpine bed’.
Thinking the sun had gone to his head & realising that this would mean visits to a variety of gardening establishments to acquire plant gorgeousness, I questioned his sanity (briefly, less than a nano-second) and agreed that this was the best idea EVER!!


Aethionema ‘Warley Rose’

So out came the boys toys, holes were drilled in the base of said barrow and a 50/50 mixture of compost & left-over gravel added.


Rhodohypoxis Milloides Claret

It was down to me to ‘traipse labouriously’ (Not!) from garden centre to garden centre seeking the ultimate in floral fantabulousness.


Sisyrinchium ‘Rocky Point’

It’s not easy being me you know.
Vacuuming, dusting & ironing all had to go on hold whilst I endured my painstaking search.
(Are you feeling my pain?)


Phlox Subulata Fort Hill

This is unbelievably dainty and screamed (in a lady-like-manner of course) ‘BUY ME!!!!!!!!!’


Anthemis White Carpet

Lots of plants scream at me when I go shopping.
Does this happen to you?



Sedum ‘Rubens Lizard’

Thankfully for Mr TG’s gas-guzzling car, I already had some home-grown beauties to add to the display.


Poached Egg Plant


Sedum ‘Reflexum’ of some kind.


Bought this Trifolium ‘Purpurascens’ earlier in the year and it looks much better here in the wheelbarrow.


So…there’s me….marvelling at the genius that is Mr TG.
Bowing before him, fuelling his ego with praise at such a wonderful idea.
His head so large, he can barely get through the back door.


Then it hit me, like a wheelbarrow across the back of the head!
No wheelbarrow….no more major changes of the Tidy Garden, no more make overs.

So if you’re a wheelbarrow manufacturer who desperately needs a product reviewed then I’m your man woman.
Preferably a pink or purple one….revenge is sweet…..Mwhahaha…..


Bethany Benton Art said...

Well, well, well, that Mr. T.G. is a sly one! However, you ended up with a fabulous new garden planter filled to the brim with "garden gorgeousness," so the joke's already on him even before you surprise him with the pink or purple wheelbarrow, lol! Wow! What a lovely scene in your last photo! I enjoyed your very entertaining post. Now I have my flower fix for the day (such is the life of a temporary townhouse dweller ... sigh) All the best, friend! :-)

Tammy said...

Lovely use of a wheelbarrow! Gorgeous choice of textures and color! Plants scream at me when they see me - - no, no, no, PLEASE do not take me home!

Alistair said...

Enjoyed your predicament Jane. Now! tomorrow I have two tons of topsoil being dumped in the front drive, well I call it a drive its just a small tarred area at the front of the house where one is supposed to leave the car, now that I have disposed of the garage. Well anyway, I have to take this soil round the back to put in a huge bed that once was the lawn, I still left a little grass. Problem is I don't have a barrow and if I get one there is the problem of where to store it, so, your solution is just the ticket, and it looks good.

Susan said...

Oh the challenges you face, no wonder domestic duties have to take a back seat. Perhaps Mr TG really wants a new wheelbarrow too. Something with racing stripes or flashy wheels?

elaine said...

I am sure his suggestion was quite innocent - but it did give you the opportunity to buy some lovely plants - ideally raised up where you can appreciate their miniature beauty.

Chrissy said...

I grew the most pretty weeds in my wheelbarrow [that never got emptied] once..grass and the odd lilly thing came up...but I love your one better...so very pretty and love the daisy..anthemis.I have a thing for yellow and white and I'm surely going to pop some in my new garden this year.My new wheelbarrow is red and I will empty it[I promise]..and I must clean the old birdbath too as things are coming up in there too..


Ali said...

Love it!!! Your garden and barrow is still in bloom mine seems to have given up :-( xx

Angie said...

It's good to read someone had a reason to go visit all those Gcs. Me, I just tend to go because I can!
Nice plants, watch out for the Trifolium though, it will devour everything in it's path!

Janneke said...

Lovely use of a wheelbarrow, all these beautiful rock garden plants are so tempting, but my garden is too wet, unless I have an old wheelbarrow......
I was here before, anonymously, but now I am your new follower.

Indie said...

Oh, what a horrid time you must have had at all those fabulous garden centers, ha! Your wheelbarrow is absolutely gorgeous, and I love all your plants. That Poached Egg plant is so cute! Eventually you would have needed a new, easier-to-maneuver wheelbarrow for garden improvements anyway, right? I'm sure they must make them in bright pink...

Swimray said...

You did a fine job with your selections. No, plants do not scream at me to buy them, but whisper in a seductive, sultry voice.

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Casa Mariposa said...

Not only do plants scream at me, but they wink, and hop into my cart. Time for a bigger wheelbarrow so you can haul even more stuff. Love your new alpine garden bed! :)

Sally said...

What a beautiful arrangement in your wheelbarrow and your blog is so much fun.....I'm glad I visited!

HELENE said...

Oh it’s so pretty, I wonder if they all are going to stay small and dainty, or will some of the plants grow monster size eventually? I am looking for plants for a miniature garden myself, haven’t started collecting yet but is compiling a wish list. I know exactly what you mean about plants scream ‘buy me’, to me they do it from my computer but that’s the same thing. Good luck finding a pink wheel barrow!

Paula @ Blooms 'n' Spades said...

What a fantastic use for the wheelbarrow! I love the plants you've used in it, especially the little sedum.

Jane@Hoe hoe grow said...

What ! No housework but plant buying instead ! has the world gone mad ? Seriously though, when the sun is in the sky , the hoover remains under lock and key ! Life's too short, when there is gardening to be done !

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