Thursday, February 17, 2011

The more you move...

The more you want to.  Right?  Spring is right around the corner and I've been exercising and getting healthier over the past several months.  So it really doesn't seem too far fetched when I state that I am anxious to be more active and am thinking of an outdoor hobby.  I know, I know... "Susan, you're an artist, and artists stay in one place".  Yeppers, that staying in one place may have contributed to an excess of 40 to 50 pounds being packed onto this 5'4" frame.  So I'm thinking Rock Gardening. 

I don't have the patience to grow flowers, and actually I'm not that good at it.  Maybe some Cosmos or something that practically grows itself, but I was thinking rocks and cacti or succulents.  In doing some quick web surfing I found these images...

 Of course I'm not thinking anything this elaborate. Even though I have the room for it.  I'm thinking something that I can do by myself and even change or add to each spring if I still have this unusual desire to be outside lifting heavy objects.

Something like this might be possible. I do have lots of paving stone/tiles and rocks left here by the previous owners.  She loved rocks also and they are tucked away in several places.  I would love to get to the place, strength-wise, that I could heft rocks up into a wheelbarrow and move them from place to place.

I know this is a bit ambitious.  I just want it to be mine.  Something that I have done.  Not something my landscapers ( whom I adore, by the way) or my very strong and handsome husband has done for me.
But something I can putter around with and get some exercise while I doing it.  Oh, I know I could get the clippers and trim the ivy from around the trees or pick up sticks and pull weeds, but what's the beauty in that?

So let's put on our thinking caps and come up with a fun rock garden for me to do.  I have the space to do it.  I can rake and hoe by hand.  I don't really want anything that involves tillers or anything that will make me want to give up.  You get the picture, don't you?  Something doable that will show results.

Let me know what you think.  This is going to be a good Spring, I can just tell.


kathyj333 said...

I cannot wait until gardening season. I don't know if I can say that loud enough. This year, I'm also going to plant some vegetables. I usually just do flowers. I'm so ready.

Nezzy said...

Ya can start small and just add to it each year. Believe me, just ask Hubs who has enlarged my yard three times, I'm a pro at that! Heeehehehe!!!

Good for you sweetie, gardenin' is wonderful exercise!

God bless and have a fantastic day!

BTW: Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day....pass it on.... :o)

Peri said...

Okay! My suggestion is not rock gardening in total, but some nice containers up on your deck! Do some herbs and maybe some really simple plantings that take care of themselves except for radishes or onions or peppers...marigolds...wandering get the drift there? Then down below, some rocks going down that back hill in your yard picture...or in the side yards... get some container plants and make your containers be the spaces between the rocks in the bed...ROCK GARDENING!!! Or, like me, you could just stick rocks around and label them as different types! Just a thought!!

June said...

Husband and I dug out stones from the stonewalls and made our front walk. It looked gorgeous until they sank a little and the lawn began to overgrow them. So look into the prep first. And make sure your back is good and strong before you start hauling those things.

As for "the more you move, the more you want to," seems like the more I move, the more I hurt myself. During that rock-gathering for the front walk, I managed to whip a tiny branch across my eyeball and scratch my cornea. [sigh]

June said...

...but yes, I think a tidy little rock garden would be lovely. Maybe start with a small arrangement and a few little easy plants . . . in a corner or something. you have a shady coolish spot for ferny stuff?