Down home in Louisiana, Epiphany or Twelfth Night signals the official beginning of carnival season... a time of parties, King Cakes and general silliness that culminates on Shrove Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras.
In that spirit (and also because it's damn boring out in the garden right now) I want to share some pictures of the silly, amusing and downright puzzling landscaping I've encountered over the past year.
2018 ended with our Holiday Possum-in-the-Manger, above, an unexpected squatter in our henhouse, where he was allowed to spend the night before being gently evicted next day. No damage to the resident poultry, although he may have consumed a couple of eggs.
Looking forward to 2019, here are some trends I've spotted that you might not like to emulate...
Mo' mulch, mo' mulch, mo' mulch!!!!!!
Hey do you think some plants would enhance my mulch display?
Dude, I was partyin' last night and I had this awesome idea about how to use that pile of stones we have...
Our motto: Love rocks, hate plants.
Connect the evergreens, see the bunny!
Build houses for your lawn jockeys so they won't have to stand out in the snow!
For the connoisseur of the rare and unusual... the exquisite Daffodil-flowered Spruce, Picea narcissiflora 'King Alfred'.
Also, the seldom seen Flowering Stump Tree.
Hope springs eternal.
Wait, what? Hostas are shade plants???
Well, at least it's cheerful.
I love golden evergreens. I love them, I love them, I LOVE THEM!!!
It's a topiary made from Rudbeckia. A topiary. Made from Rudbeckia... Ok.
Hanging basket tree. Wrong, on so many levels. Just wrong.
Don't hate me, I'm really not a mean person. Have a Happy New Year, everyone.
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