Friday, May 5, 2017

An early sketch, WWWT*

How does one end up hanging on to some things when others, obviously more important, get tossed? I'll never know. Going through some random papers last weekend Andrew ran across this sketch. It's of our front garden, as seen from the house, looking out towards the street (text added, for clarification). I can only imagine we were trying to decide if all the front lawn was going to be removed (something we did in early summer 2006, after living in the house for about 10 months) or we were going to keep a tiny patch. Here we were leaning towards a heart shaped patch, or maybe that's a slightly lop-sided butt. Dunno.

Either way, I was drawing amorphous plant shapes, while Andrew was having fun adding the iconic "donkey with cart" and lawn jockey. I'm happy to report we have neither. And while we obviously identified a need for pavers next to both driveways (since they're too narrow for car, driver and passenger) we never have done anything about that.

*WWWT is a slightly altered version of my longstanding WWTT posts. In this version it's "what were we thinking" instead of "what were they thinking".

Weather Diary, May 2: Hi 85, Low 57/ Precip 0

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28 comments:

  1. Definitely a lop-sided butt.
    Love those little mementoes; too bad there isn't an aerial shot to see how close you came to the original sketch.

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    1. Oh gosh, no aerial shot needed, there's not much of anything from this sketch that's evident in the current garden look. Maybe the tall Tetrapanax in the upper left corner...although I think I was drawing grass.

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  2. Talk about a missed opportunity. You could have been the gardener known for having the lopsided butt lawn. I've been meaning to sort through some of my old papers to reduce them. I can only imagine what I'll find.

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    1. That would have made for an entirely different blog...

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  3. Ah, a trip down memory lane! I have a vague recollection of a drawing or two in my own garden file - but it wasn't nearly so artistically rendered.

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    1. If you ever run across them I'd love to see them!

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  4. So glad you decided against a butt-shaped piece of lawn (it was a half-assed idea). Mowing and edging the "crack" would have been a PITA.

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    1. Oh Alison, you had me spitting out my coffee with that one.

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  5. You know, every time I've visited your garden, I've thought that a lawn jockey and a donkey pulling a cart would be just the finishing touches it needs. Shall I try and find them for you?

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    1. Peter will "try and find them", when he knows he already has both of those in his room of requirement/basement. :)

      I'm just amazed that you planned at all. New home usually means overly eager to jump in so spontaneous trip to the garden center. :)

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    2. Is Alan right Peter? Do you already have them socked away somewhere?

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  6. I'm with everyone else, the lawn jockey and donkey and cart are now an essential part of your front garden design. Can we vote on it!
    I love finding things I had forgotten about.

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    1. I think I'm more the pink flamingo type...

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  7. I certainly can't add anything to these hilarious comments. Nice way to finish the work day!

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    1. Glad to send you off with a smile.

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  8. Every ten years or so, when I sort through old drawings and such there are many WWWT's and every so often a "wow, that's pretty good". The WTPG's get saved for the next time, to see if they still hold up. The WWWT's get destroyed as evidence unless they're so bad they're good (if you know what I mean).

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  9. I love being able to look back at the history of the garden, including bad ideas or projects that never happened. The mere fact you were sketching ideas puts you ahead of many gardeners. And it explains why your garden is a sucess.

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    1. I still remember sketching the paver path to the patio, while sitting in a seminar at our spring garden show. I'd been trying to come up with something I liked for awhile, and it just hit me. I should see if I can't find that one.

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  10. I really can't come up with a single comment that holds a candle to Alisons. Glad you p-assed on the gr-ass though.

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  11. I appreciate Andrew's sense of humor. But why is one buttcheek larger than the other?

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    1. No-body is perfectly symmetrical.

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  12. How cool to see how far you've refined design thought, keep the sketches coming! Though I do detect hints of a multi-headed yucca in that tree...
    Your May 2 high was within a degree of ours, but your low 8 deg warmer!

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    1. That nice high temp was an anomaly, we're back to the cool again...although the sun has stuck around for a few days.

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  13. AnonymousMay 07, 2017

    As I recall, your parents had an iconic "donkey with cart" at your house on Jacobs. Of which, by the way, I was super jealous. I thought it was so cute, and wished that my family could have something like that, but thought we could never afford it. :) Love reading your blog, friend. No need to post my comment, just wanted to share that with you. ~Paula

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    1. OMG...you kind of had me going with that first line "online stalker!!!"...how does this person know this!? Thanks for including your name. Good to hear from you! And you know what, they still have it. All these years later.
      http://www.thedangergarden.com/2016/06/a-quick-trip-back-to-spokane.html

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