Across the back of my yard, behind the gargantuan garage and driveway that take up fully 2/3 of my back yard - lies a seven foot deep patch of land that I always dreamed would be my shade garden. Due to the freakish angle of the sun here in Michigan, I have been able to grow a pretty decent shade garden despite the fact that most of it really isn't in the shade. I meant for it to be more shaded by now, but I managed to kill both of the trees that I have planted. Fortunately my back neighbors birch tree is thriving (and stealing all the water and nutrients out from under my garden). At least it is good for some morning shade.
After I killed the last tree, I decided I need to build something to provide some shade for this area in the afternoon. Something inorganic - that wouldn't die no matter how hard I tried to kill it. But summer after summer went by and I did nothing.
Nothing. Year after year. Nothing.
Well I did pull this ladder from the garage, paint it, and put some plants on it.
But this year two things happened.
First, some hot blogger friends and I decided to host our Hot Fun In The Summertime linky party;
and second, I found these:
It took me about an hour to decide what I would do with these.
I was going to use them to build a modified pergola for my back garden.
I imagined how I would build it and then waited. Waited for my birthday to come. Birthdays mean birthday money. Money that I would need to buy the posts, lumber and concrete to build my modified pergola.
My birthday came - along with the birthday money. But the 100 degree temperatures came too. Then rain. Then 100 degree temps. Then rain. Finally the weather broke and I blazed a trail to Lowes and bought my supplies.
I also started getting the windows ready. I thought that it would be unwise to leave the glass in. I have hopes of lush greenery growing up and through my pergola and providing rich shade, so I figure that glass would radiate too much heat and kill off any of what I am hoping to grow. So I started very carefully removing the glazing on one of the windows. It didn't take too long, but when I got ready to pull out the glazing points out I ran into some trouble. I just couldn't get them out. So as much as it broke my frugal, repurposing heart, I had to break out all the glass on these windows. Can you say ARGH??!!! What a glassy mess!!!
Last weekend I dragged Mr. Quirky, kicking and screaming, into the back garden and we built the framework for the pergola. Then I spent 2 days finishing cleaning up the windows and painting them and he went to Chicago. No problem. I'll just put those windows up on the framework all by myself...
And I did. Put the windows on all by myself. I also survived falling off of the 7 foot ladder that somehow collapsed and left me sprawling across one timber paver, one hydrangea, and one large hosta with a ladder laying on top of me! After an intensive inventory of aches and scrapes, I finished putting the windows up and went wash off the blood and soothe my aching body in a hot tub!
After a couple of hours to recover, I went to the nursery and bought a climbing rose for the sunny end of the pergola and a clematis for the shady end, and planted them.
Now when I walk to the back of the yard and around the corner of the honkin ugly garage, I see this:
And then this:
And I love it.
And love it some more.
And some more
And my flowers say "thank you for the shade that will eventually be here,"
and "I forgive you for falling all over me."
You see that 2nd wood paver? That's the one that is now imprinted on my back...
Man I wish I was brave enough to put in a picture of the bruise on my arse!
Thanks to Miss Flibbertgibbit, Little Miss Maggie, Miss Bella Nest, and Miss Bliss for inspiring me to finally get this accomplished!
See you tonight for the party - it is the last week so don't miss out!
Make something wonderful today!
Heading out for these fab parties:2805
The Shabby Nest