Work Continues on the Garden of Envy

Joe went away with the boys last weekend and left me alone with a pile of rocks. It was among the most thoughtful things he’s ever done for me.

BLOG more stones

Gift of rocks

While the boys were in Maine eating lobster and drinking beer (root beer for the younger crowd) and watching the Portland Sea Dogs, I spent a delightful day of solitude in my woodland garden. (Elsie had to work, but she checked on me when she got home and tossed bottles of water over the fence to me upon request. It’s a family of truly thoughtful types, I have.)

BLOG the dock

First, I spread the flat stones around my vernal pool, which had always existed, but needed a little clearing out. The muck-shoveling stage was completed last week, and now we just needed to be able to walk around it without falling in. The flat stones are doing an excellent job. I haven’t fallen in once. As far as I know, no one else has, either.

BLOG better dock

BLOG birdbath on dock

I also dragged down a platform that used to hold our grill but now makes a perfect little dock. The dock provides an excellent vantage point to watch tiny frogs FLIP OUT whenever a human comes near. Frogs are nervous creatures, I’ve come to discover.

A place to sit

BLOG vernal pool at dusk

I also brought down chairs and benches and tables so there is always a place to sit and read or contemplate nature with a drink and a can of bug spray. (Please, don’t misunderstand, the bug spray is not to consume. That would be silly. But where there are frogs, there are mosquitoes. It’s the natural order of things, and one must be prepared.)

BLOG gnome

But what woodland garden is complete without fairies and gnomes?  I mean, the chance to gnomify is the reason I started working on this woodland garden to begin with. And so now, I have these:

BLOG fairies

Zen frog 2

My woodland garden is still very much a work in progress, but if you need me, this is where I’ll be:

BLOG wg walkways

BLOG white flowers on bridge

BLOG wg bench


Author: kristinrusso

Writer, teacher, insatiable reader

5 thoughts on “Work Continues on the Garden of Envy”

  1. kristinrusso, thank you so much for the follow. I love what you’ve done with your garden and the stones are just perfect. Everything looks so nice and peaceful there and I look forward to seeing what you add next. Your blog is so delightful and engaging, take care from Laura


    1. Thank you so much, Laura! What kind words. I’m glad we found each other in the blogosphere and I’m looking forward to following your posts as well. You have a real artist’s eye with that camera of yours. Thanks much for the follow. 🙂

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      1. kristinrusso, I’m also excited about visiting your blog, and all of the wonderful posts of yours. Thanking you kindly for you sweet words about my pictures.

        See ya soon ~ Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura


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