Tuesday, October 30, 2012

a little bit of garden DIY...

I spent hours in the courtyard last weekend. Hours. This appears to be a necessary evil when you have neglected it for the entire winter!  There's still quite a bit to go but I managed to do some rearranging, put in some new sprinkler thingies, pull out a mass of weeds (don't talk to me about honeysuckle!), toss some very large concrete pavers over the wall (don't ask, you don't want to know!) and plant some flowers and veggies.
I also did a very simple little DIY involving a mirror, a pot and a new little space in the courtyard where the rickety old bench used to be...voila!
This little spot under the growing maple tree lets me see the sky (reflected in the mirror) while reading a book, having a drink and without straining my neck!
and as a bonus...the pot is a place to put a bit of gardening paraphernalia...just whip off the mirror and put it back on when done. Clever huh!
As as for that bench where Buffy used to sit...
...I'm using it to grow a herb garden! 
Poor vampire slayer...

all photos by me taken on the iPhone 4S


  1. That deserves a toast.

    And am totally copying the mirror pot piece of genius.


  2. Looking good Kerry! I know what you mean about the hours you have to spend when you neglect the garden over winter. I did the same thing over the last few days. I think I finally have the vegie patch in order and am looking forward to eating the rewards.
    Poor Buffy - I hope she doesn't get in trouble when she makes a bed on top of your herbs!

  3. That looks like the perfect spot for a book and a cool drink, Kerry. I would love that table - I am constantly either searching for my secateurs or bemoaning that I packed them away in the garage downstairs... x

  4. This is a particularly inspired piece of DIY Kerry, and brilliant timing for the summer too!

  5. That's what I love about a garden, you can neglect it and then with a bit of work bring it back to gorgeousness. Now I'd better go and look for my hand held nozzle misplaced somewhere in a couple of acres, maybe I need a table like yours?

  6. Nice work Kerry I love the storage under the mirror,a great idea.

  7. Over the wall? To the neighbours? You're right I shouldn't have asked, but the thought of you just casually tossing a few concrete pavers over the wall is perplexing!! Love your made over courtyard retreat though. x

  8. Love your work, Kerry. I started some weeding today. Still days' worth to go! J x

  9. Hard work always pays off!!! It looks like a stunning place to relax! xx

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  11. I love what you have done with the herb garden,

    Although the trend is to start moving these inside.

    I found this pinterest board pretty helpful re: bringing the garden inside.


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