Our weekly word is imagine. There are so many avenues open with this word and I wasn't sure which one I wanted to take. But yesterday it warmed up here in our little mountain valley and I was finally able to get out into one of my flower beds for much needed resuscitation.
This particular bed has been an eyesore to me since we bought this house and I inheirited the previous owners plantings. It is up against the garage and one of our little outbuildings. It gets weedy and overgrown and is hard to get into to do any work because of all the brambles. I can see part of it when I walk through my living room, most of it as I continue through the dining room and I can't miss it when I stand at the kitchen sink washing dishes.
Both of the buildings are ugly, bland and boring, white cement block. For five years now I've been unable to imagine that flower bed in my head (yes, I'm slow because I'm not what you call a "confident" gardener) . I waffled with first this, and then that idea and I've tossed away mural idea after mural idea for the sides of those buildings.
And finally a couple weeks ago I was able to imagine it! The sides of both garage and outbuilding will become a beautiful soft blue sky with wonderful pale clouds. I love painting clouds. I remembered a collection of old windows sitting in that little outbuilding and was able to imagine two hanging on the garage wall and one on the little outbuilding.
That will be the simple work. The hard part started yesterday as I began to clean out those old overgrown brambly raspberry canes. The only thing staying is a big white hydrangea bush.
Now I'm imagining Roses, Lilacs, and Peonies. All in shades of pinks, maybe splashes of yellow and of course the white Hydrangeas.
White Lilacs in another part of the yard
getting ready to bloom
A couple of my very old and established Peony bushes
Rose bushes from other partsof the yard
I know it will take a few years for all that to really fill in and be as beautiful as I can now imagine it will be. But worth the wait. And until then...I have my imagination to fill it in.