Friday, July 14, 2006

My Favorite Spot, July 14th

On weekend mornings, I rise as early as I can bear. I stumble down the stairs, trying not to trip over the cats. I head into the kitchen, open the back door, and collapse into the hammock. Then I lie there in a daze, allowing the morning air to finish the job of waking me up. Later, I’ll muster my strength to brew a cup of tea, and then return to the hammock to nurse my cuppa. After sipping the stimulating brew, listening to the trickle of the fountain and clatter of the wind chimes, and gazing at the vibrant flowers, I’m ready to begin my gardening day.

My favorite spot this week, the deck, gets heavy use. Not only is it my second bedroom, but it is also the kitchen and dining room most evenings. It is also my nursery. The snowy deck hosted my winter sowing containers during the cold months and now supports my immense stock of shade-loving seedlings.

I’ve planted the area around the deck fairly intensively. The southwest side is lined with spiderwort and nicotiana. Along the northwest, I’ve recently planted ostrich ferns, Golden Lights azalea, Fairy primrose, sweet woodruff, hostas, and a Ruby Spice clethra. A Terese Bugnet rose was already resident on the northeast side. While Terese’s head is in the sun, the area around her feet is shady, so I’ve planted more ostrich fern and chameleon plant there.

When I first began to plan the landscaping around the deck during March ’05, I debated over which vines to climb the overhang. I was torn between clematis jackmanii and trumpet vine. I decided to plant them both. Neither plant flowered last year, but I was rewarded with purple and orange blooms this year. Four enormous fuchsias hang in the windows, completing the lush, tropical feel.

Can you see why this is my favorite spot?


Blogger Christine said...

That sounds soooo relaxing!
I hide out on my front porch (made mostly-secluded by all the greenery surrounding it) in my pajamas, with my journal, my caffeine and an inspiring book.

Until the neighborhood really wakes up and gets going, I don't bother getting out of my jammies! :)

11:38 AM  
Blogger Poppy said...

*sigh* your deck looks so inviting!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Takoma Gardener said...

Now we can all imagine you lying in your hammock sipping your cuppa as you gradually awake. Nice!

3:57 PM  
Blogger OldRoses said...

I love, love, love your deck!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oh wow... I would seriously never leave that hammock...

8:51 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

You find the neatest things. I love the drape edge on the hammock. Gorgeous.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Oh Absolutely!! I wish I had a spot for a hammock. Sigh.

8:18 PM  
Blogger LostRoses said...

Just lovely! {{{{sigh}}}}

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Hanna in Cleveland said...

That is just a breat taking place. I am jealous, jealous, jealous!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Entangled said...

What a gorgeous hammock! What is that edging? Crochet? Macramé? I want one!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Kasmira said...

I'm pretty sure I bought the hammock from I think it is a Nicamaka hammock. The edging is some sort of crochet. It is intended to double as a light blanket (just curl the edges around yourself!)

1:30 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

I saw a hammock like yours and wanted to get it - but I have no where to put it! Besides, the neighborhood kids would certainly try to use it as some sort of crazy trampoline or catapult, I'm sure.
I'm jealous.

Very jealous.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Fountains and Garden Decor Lover said...

You have obviously created a special "garden retreat" with your hammock and the surrounding plants, flowers, and decor. What a wonderful way to "attack" another day of gardening!

8:49 AM  

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