My childhood friend, Tracie Parker Murphy shared a photo of her blooming Asian Pear tree with me today! I had to share it here! It is gorgeous!!
Thank you for sharing, Tracie!
Espalier Trees are planted and trimmed!
We had a beautiful day in Platte City on Sunday! With the help of my husband, Rick and my son, Zach, we were able to get the cables strung and the trees planted! Now I have from left to right, a Kiefer Pear, Gala Apple, Bartlett Pear, Honeycrisp Apple. I am very excited to watch them grow. Thanks Guys!
New Garden Bed Planted
My Perennial Garden
My husband Rick making the posts for my Espalier trees.
The posts are in! This is where my Espalier trees will be planted. I am planting two apple and two pear trees. The posts will be painted white to match my vegetable garden fence and topped with copper tops.
It may be a few years before my trees look amazing, but it will be worth the wait!
Here are the types of fruit trees I will be planting this weekend!
This weekend I am preparing to add some Whimsy to my garden! I have decided to try something new.
It is called Espaliered fruit trees. The word espalier is French, and it comes from the Italian spalliera, meaning "something to rest the shoulder (spalla) against." The word refers to the trellis or frame the tree is trained to. In Europe they used this technique inside castles, because they took up very little space.
This technique started with the Romans, but the Europeans elevated it to an art form. I plan on planting three trees in a row, two different apple trees and possibly a pear tree. This is a great way to add something whimsical to my garden. I will post pics after I get the trees planted and espaliered.
Wish me luck!!
Diana from Germany sent me this illustration by Fritz Baumgarten as inspiration. Fritz is a German illustrator who illustrated many children's books. What she didn't know is I have a couple of his books and a folder full of images of his work on my computer! I even have a board on Pinterest of his work. Thank you Diana!
Here are some of my favorite illustrations by Fritz. I love the feel of the environments, they really draw you in. I love the storytelling and the compositions. Enjoy!
Here is another photo from Diana in Germany! She put the tiny gnome I made for inside her own pendant and made her own mushroom!
I love it!!
I love to garden! Growing my own fruit and veggies is so rewarding!
Diana from Germany has purchased three of my tiny gnomes and created her own terrarium homes for them! She sent me these great photos!! They are wonderful!!
This beautiful creature and I encountered each other this weekend! I surprised him as I was walking around my backyard and he took flight. This is a butterfly
I have only seen one time last year and it is very unique.
It is a Mourning Cloak Nymphalidae.
It truly felt like Spring after
seeing this butterfly.
I created Work of Whimsy as an outlet for my creativity! I create christmas ornaments on my day job. I had so many ideas that I wanted to bring to life and this was the perfect way. I can create whatever I want and if I am lucky there is someone out there that wants to buy it! So far it is going better than I expected!