Almost anti-climatic, but the penny ball garden is finished for now. I planted the shrubs, perennials, and grasses, and now have to wait until spring to see if it will look as I have imagined. But the bones are in place, and it needs only mulch now and a few spring bulbs before it rests for the winter. The leaves are pretty much all down off the tulip trees, the firebushes and dogwoods are bright red, and just enough hints of color in the rest of the trees now to say, “yes” , the summer is behind us. For your viewing pleasure, and a hit to your funny bone, first, here is a very,very short video of how KBJ and I put this garden together. If only it happened like this! The photos follow.
I had a metal fabricator make the 1/4 in x 24in x 36 in curved tray based on drawings and measurements I had done. It was important that the tray and the ball be in balance size wise, knowing that they would sit on a 7-8in post. These were the most expensive parts of the project. I also had him drill a hole in the center of the tray to accommodate a copper tube that would sit in a hole in the log, and allow for the ball to sit above the curved tray by a couple of inches. My intent in choosing steel was so it would develop a coat of rust and a patina to complement the penny balls. The little black thingy sitting on the tray is a small solar light, as I wanted light at night that I could both see from the house, and also bid welcome to folks driving in the driveway to the house. The lanterns hanging from the post can handle either a wax or oil candle. In the spring, I think we will probably use solar lights on the ground that shine up to illuminate each post a bit more as well and some of the landscape. This particular pocket garden is the furtherest one from the house and is about 200 feet away.
Jump forward to a few days ago, when the balls came off their posts for me to grout. They are back up, and with the addition of copper lanterns, seen below. I have had them for a while, and were part of the plan I was thinking when I was designing the space. They were a steal last fall for just a few dollars each on clearance at Lowe’s. Yahoo!!! The brackets were repurposed from an old project.
So there you have it….the last garden project for a while. Next spring, God willing and the creek don’t rise, all the new pocket gardens will be a welcome addition to these woods where I garden. If you missed the two part tutorials on how to make the penny balls, you can read them here……Part One and Part Two. Thanks again for stopping by. And special thanks to KBJ, who is is always such a good sport when it comes to helping me in my gardens, as it really is not his thing. Laters, charisse