Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Secret Revealed

Recently I revealed that I had been working on a new border for quite some time and judging by the responses I received this whole new border came as quite a surprise to many of you. This is how it is looking now (pic above) and I'm rather pleased with it and, more importantly, so are the bees and the butterflies.
This is the latest bit I've added to it. Looks a bit bare at the mo but once everything starts growing I'll have to do a lot of pruning to keep it from turning into a jungle. I garden on heavy clay, which is not the easiest soil to garden on as it turns to concrete in the sun and mud in the rain, but it is fertile, very fertile. So together with the loads of rain we get, the moderate temperatures and the fertile soil, many plants grow with wild abandon at Bliss.

And now, gentle reader, something that you all have been waiting for, it's time for the big reveal, TADAAAAAAA, may I present my wildflower meadow to you:
Lovely isn't it, and such a butterfly and bee magnet too. I love watching my pretty meadow
with all its lovely delicate flowers waving about in the breeze.
And there are many kinds of flowers in my meadow too as you can see here.
There is something magical about wildflower meadows, don't you agree? They conjure up childhood images of warm summer days, laying on your back in the meadow watching the fluffy clouds in the brilliantly blue sky float by, bees buzzing, birds singing, the wind rustling, weaving daisies chains to wear on your head, picking posies for your Mum, and just simply being there, happy to be alive because the sun is shining and all is right with your widdle world.
And, before you get jealous, you haven't heard the best bit yet; everyone can have a wildflower meadow like mine.
See? Your own mobile bliss meadow TM, a little bit of heaven on earth, what more could you possible ask for?

And what did this little bit of heaven cost me? Less than a dollar and very little work. Does it get any more blissful than that? I don't think so. :-)

copyright 2008 Y.E.W. Heuzen

Garden art and landscape architecture rely on sensitivity to convey experiences which are authentic. Garden art and landscape architecture are the antidote to virtual reality.
Sven-Ingvar Andersson

39 comments:

gintoino said...

LOL you really tricked me into thinking you had a meadow. Very nice idea of a mini movable meadow. Wild flowers look so nice don't they?

Entangled said...

You had me fooled too! And if the butterflies didn't come to your meadow, you could chase them with it ;-)

Green thumb said...

Hmmm...That was a beauty! My dear Yolanda, with your talent I think, you have a bubbling career in Movies waiting for you. The last time I was so convincingly decieved in this manner was while watching 'Jurassic Park'. So, i guess its time to tell a certain Mr. Spielpberg to move over and make way for YE:-)

Tracy said...

LOL! You tease, Yoland...I was fooled too! But I LOVE the idea of a mobile wildflower meadow--genial! I love wildflowers--they are such happy things! Enjoy...Happy Days ((HUGS))

Casbah Kitten said...

What a wonderful idea for a mini meadow! I had pictured vast spaces but how compact! I'll have to try that next season.

guild-rez said...

surprise..surprise..
Not only have you created a mini wildflower garden, you matched the colour of the cart with flowers as well:)
-Cheers Gisela

Brimstone said...

Je border gaat hard!
En je zette me echt op het verkeerde been met je bloenwei :-) Leuk idee!

Brimstone said...

bloemenwei :-))) Wilde veel te vlug.

Cheryl said...

Hi Yolanda.....beautiful mini meadow....and you are right that little plot will be heaven for the bees and butterflies. I hope that people look at the things that you do and think hhmmmm maybe I could do that.
Lovely border Yolanda....look forward to seeing the jungle....

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I was wondering where you would put a meadow. I'm looking forward to watching your new boarder garden grow.

Gerti said...

keek wel een beetje ongelovig naar je bloemenwei... ik weet dat de grond bij jou veel te vruchtbaar is - leuk gedaan. Ben heel nieuwsgierig naar de nieuwe border!

Frances, said...

Hi YE, what a creative use for an old wheelbarrow. I even have one of those, but it is filled with the sedum collection. There is probably something around here that could be planted like that. Hey how about that metal tub with the holes rusted through? Perfect, thanks for yet more inspiration.

nikkipolani said...

Yolanda, you are a genius.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Hi all and welcome to meadow-y Bliss!

* Alexandre: but it is a meadow, although a very tiny one. ;-) Wildflowers are wonderful, I love them to bits.

* Entangled: LOL thanks for the visuaL!

* Green Thumb: move over Stephen Spielburg! ;-)That was one of the best things ever said to me, so I thank you and my ego thanks you.:-)

* Tracy: it's a fun idea, isn't it? I know that many would love to have a wildflower meadow and now they can. ;-)

* Casbah kitten: excellent idea and good luck with creating your own mobile bliss meadow TM. ;-)

* Gisela: but of course, I am, after all, a designer. ;-)

* Brimstone: ja, die border schiet al lekker op. Dat weitje was een uitprobeersel dat aardig gelukt is.

* Cheryl: I just wanted to show that everybody (well, almost everybody) can have their own wildflower meadow. It's so simply and cheap to make and bees and butterflies just love it.

* Robin: well, now you know. ;-)

* Gerti: tis ook maar een mini weitje maar de bijtjes en vlinders zijn er blij mee en ik ook.

* Frances: sounds like a plan! :-)

* Nikkipolani: hardly, but thanks for the lovely compliment.

Thanks all for your wonderful comments. It's great to know that people enjoy my blog.

marl1 said...

Ik zag dus al meters wuivende wilde bloemen voor me....;-))))maar wie het kleine niet eert...Ziet er mooi uit en mochten we slecht weer krijgen :-o, kun je dit zo voor het raam rijden- super!

@ verlengsnoer:misschien bedoel jij een haspel? Die hebben we, daaraan gaan 2 van die lange verlengsnoeren, anders komen we niet bij de heg.(contactdoos zit in het midden v.d. tuin.)En-- hoe lang? Ik ga er vanuit dat degene die de chaos maakt, deze ook weer helemaal zelf oplost..;-)))

walk2write said...

Your mobile meadow is truly a "moveable feast" for the eyes. Do your cats try to hide in it? I know mine would.

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Hello Dear Yolanda....


What a brilliant idea..... Your wonderful, weeny, wild flower meadow creation! I shall certainly remember this little gem for next year. I have in mind just the spot too. Thanks for that Yolanda. Have a great weekend. Marion

Kim said...

I LOVE your meadow! What a clever idea, and so lovely, too. I think I might try one next year.

Naturegirl said...

Oh Yolanda you are such an inspiration and a tease I might add!
LOL!
I LoVe your idea of this portable meadow garden! I was thinking as I read your prose.."boy does she have a huge property to be able to do this"!
Ta da...a minature..smart thinking!!

Loved it!! Have a bliss filled weekend.

The Garden Faerie said...

I love your meadow and especially your mobile bliss meadow! :)
~ Monica

Flighty said...

What a great idea for a compact, managable wild meadow! xx

Jessica said...

beautiful!!!

Ewa said...

This is really a wonderful idea! Where do you take the ideas? they are so daring and effect is really great.
Thank you YE,
E.

MrBrownThumb said...

Very nice. It looks like a field of candy. I can see why the bugs love it.

Annie in Austin said...

You fooled me too, Yolanda - what a great idea! In a garden with shifting shade patterns you could keep moving the meadow to stay in sun and keep the blooms coming. And instead of looking at the tired remains of dead annuals, you can wheel it out of sight to replant it.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Chookie said...

What a superb idea for a wildflower meadow! And are these wildflowers that grow in your area?

Rosehaven Cottage said...

I am stunned! Your wildflower meadow photos were looking so much like the one I played in as a child in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado... and then you revealed how big it truly is! I have absolutely NO excuse now for not having one! I even have an old wheelbarrow in the back garden that would do the trick.

Cindy

Strawberry Lane said...

What a feast for my eyes! I had visions of vast meadows filled with those beautiful flowers.

Tomorrow, the wheelbarrow comes out from behind the barn. It will be filled with rich soil, thanks to our beautiful Royal. And this California girl will finally have a meadow filled with memories of childhood days in Nebraska ... and wildflowers.

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Rose said...

Like everyone else, I was completely fooled! I had visions of acres, or maybe a half acre of of meadow:)
What a wonderful, clever idea! I'm sure I have something large hidden away in a shed somewhere I could use for a container. I have a feeling there are going to be mini-meadows all over Blog Land!

Gail said...

Everyone has said this before me, but I do want to tell you that this is a very clever post! It goes without saying that is a great flower meadow ...could the color of the wheel barrow be any better for the plants you've chosen. My favorite blue!

Gail

Libbys Blog said...

LOL!!!! Very impressive, I was trying to work out where you had planted it? Very clever idea though. Lovely flowers too!!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You funny girl. I just love your meadow. It is truly one that many can aspire to. Your new jungle is coming along quite good too. Can't wait to see it fill in.

marga said...

Hoi Yolanda
De nieuwe border ziet er al fantastisch uit.........tjonge, wat gaat dat hard hé.
En wat een leuk idee.....en verplaatsbare bloemenwei. Grandioos idee.

Karin A said...

Your wildflower meadow is really beautiful! What a great idea. Anyone could do it, don't you think so? I'm really fond of wildflowers but I don't have a place to grow them in the garden. Might try this next year. :) Exceting with your new border. I know what gardening in heavy clay means...

Kram!

ipod battery said...

You are really very naughty.

Do you need help planning your finances said...

I remember in my childhood i use to chase butterflies all day long.

richtsje said...

Haha! da's een geweldig idee zo, met die wilde bloemen!

En een border aanleggen zoals ze dat op tv doen, dat is schrikbarend idioot. Inderdaad, planten moeten ook de kans krijgen om te groeien!!

Barbara said...

Super idea and presented in a funny way! I liked this post, Yolanda!

Jane said...

I love your meadow too and all your beautiful flowers and cats! It's a wonderful blog altogether.
Best wishes from Wales, Jane