If you've read my disaster with concrete paving stones or my husband's ingenious watering can fountain, you'll know that I embrace handmade garden projects.
When I received my review copy of Forkner's book a week ago, I began to spontaneously emit what can only be described as squeals of glee. Many of them.
Naturally, when I get all het up like this, I approach my husband, smile, and say: Honey… come closer. There's something I want you to do. Usually, he needs no further encouragement.
Let me share some of the scenes from the Edwards-Forkner garden, then show you what we, um, did.
|Lorene Edwards Forkner created a portable topiary in an old Radio Flyer wagon|
|An old seat spring takes on a windowlike quality as sculpture|
|In another out-of-the-box application, Forkner turns a wire basket into a novel hose support|
|Among the many project ides in the book Handmade Garden Projects is a recipe for turning old IKEA shelving and a repurposed baking sheet into this garden shed organizer.|
|The impetus for the project began when Mr. TG found stick-on LED touch-lights on sale for less than $3 each at Home Hardware. After experimentation, he discovered they fit best in the lids of wide-mouth canning jars.|
|Jars were also bought from Home Hardware at $13 for a dozen. Mr. TG gave the outsides an spraying of glass frosting.|
|The spray paint frosted up as it dried. All 12 jars were coated with one can of spray.|
|Here's a closeup of the finished jars in the garden. Because LEDs run cold, the lights can cosy right up to plants.|
|And the big picture in the Microgarden. Now Mr. TG is already geared up to make a dozen more.|
Now I'll close with a vignette from Lorene's garden. Now this is a garden with a personal imprint!