it's been giving me some unwelcome moments of total frustration...
don't like feeling this way.
I'm overwhelmed and feel rather helpless...
need some expert advice.
I'm considering (and Mr. HB is listening to my concerns) a complete redesign of the yard.
The garden has become far too "high maintenance" and I have been spending many many hours in the hot sun trying to get on top of it to no avail.
I LOVE my roses and plan to keep them. I want and need to find other plants that will look good and not demand too much of my energy and yet still look stylish.
(Mr. HB wants for us to be happy and content in the garden)
We had some friends over for lunch today to discuss this very topic and I am enthusiastic that we might have some help in the future.
The garden needs a plan...
I've pottered about for years with no grand scheme and the beds have evolved in a willy nilly fashion...and while they look pretty, there is a slapdash feel to the whole space.
Too many curves, plants that have "taken over" and a lawn that is filled with buttercups, dog violets and clover.
We invited a couple of friends who have glorious and beautiful gardens
a professional gardener
to walk with us through our garden
and give us some ideas...
Lunch needed to be quick as our guests had a tight timeline.
We drank tea and ate assorted "tea type" sandwiches.
(triangle sandwiches with the crusts cut off)
We served cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks and olives on the side...
Dessert was home made lemon loaf and clusters of red grapes.
We bantered about some ideas and my friend will plot out some plans
his gardener will give us the names of a few professionals that might be able to assist us in our quest.
David Austen Jude the Obscure Rose
The Humble Bungalow bathroom
Mr. HB designed the remodel of this wee space years ago.
This room is so well planned and it makes me very happy too.
Good design is SO important, in the house AND in the garden.
You can see how small the room dimensions are here as the claw foot tub nearly hits the two walls!
Mr. HB had some great tile patterns in mind...
he showed me several options and we agreed on this one.
We opted for a modern pedestal sink
and a pair of new period style lights from Water Glass Studios.
A lovely original painting on vintage linen of French country side
a gift from our dear friend and talented artist, Cheryl Fortier.
(In the reflection you might notice all my silver bangles)
There is no storage other than a medicine cabinet in the bathroom.
We re-purposed an oak arts and crafts bookcase to use for the towels.
Hope you have enjoyed this peek
"Inside the Humble Bungalow."
we got a smattering of rain this afternoon.
A welcome gift as we are experiencing a very dry summer here.
I hope it will help with the forest fire situation.
Our garden certainly needs the extra moisture...
the roses and hydrangeas are "needy and greedy"when it comes to water.
In other exciting news...
a group of neighbours have agreed to join me in building a small neighbourhood library box.
We plan to donate books to share
We have a glass fronted cabinet which we will paint and build a roof overtop.
We will attach some posts and erect it.
It's one of a number of neighbourhood libraries in our city.
This video is very inspiring...