Upcycled Firewood Ring in the Garden

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

~Margaret Atwood

Encore Tulip and Daffodil Performance

Last fall I planted some “late” season tulips and daffodils. While not all of them seem to have bloomed, many have, so I am blessed with an encore performance of mostly white or pale yellow flowers (not planned). The delicate beauty of the various shades of white and yellow stands in lovely contrast to the riot of color I had going on over the past few weeks – almost like a different garden. To add to the beauty, I have some of the flowerbeds edged in various succulents, which are looking pretty impressive filling in the front row and edges.

George’s favorite flower

Bleeding hearts are really strutting their stuff right now. I love the combination of pink and white ones in the same flowerbed – again, not planned. They just come up willy-nilly wherever they please. The flowers are my youngest grandson’s current favorites. George (age 8) cracks me up when he calls them “Blood Thirsty Hearts.”

Garden Great Expectations Revisited

I mentioned in a recent post, ‘Garden Great Expectations’, that I really wanted to move an old firewood ring to another flowerbed and use it as a support for some new clematis plants I planned to purchase. Well, hubby emptied the firewood out of the ring and relocated the structure to the location my heart desired. I happily searched a few favorite garden centers to find some more clematis plants and today I planted them. I stopped first at a little backyard garden center called ‘Gardening Adventures’ and told the proprietress and gardener extraordinaire that I wished to purchase a clematis. She led me to one she had dug from her mother’s yard and was fairly certain it was Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’, which should boast large pink and lavender star-shaped flowers. Next stop was a smallish garden center near my home where I had a good selection, so chose Clematis ‘Diamantina’, which should produce large purple-blue double flowers with rosy accents. Both are pruning type 2, which is fairly important since I plan for the flowers to intermingle.

We have a significant problem with an over-population of hungry rabbits this year, so knew I would need to provide some protection for my young clematis plants. My hubby found some old chicken-wire stored in the garage which had aged to almost invisible perfection. I can’t wait to see what this will look like when covered with floral beauty and will most certainly show it off in a future post.

Stay tuned . . .


That’s my “Six on Saturday” leisurely walk about my garden for this week. I invite you to point your camera or phone at six things of interest in your garden and then join me next week with your own post for this worldwide tour of gardens hosted by The Propagator – and be sure to and check out the comments section where you will find links to other gardens to visit.

Author: barefootlilylady

I love sharing about my barefoot gardening adventures, hence my blogger name. As I write, some of my other passions might spill out -- like fun with grandkids, baking and sewing endeavors, what I'm studying in Scripture, and the like. My readers will notice that one of the primary things I write about is Alzheimer's. May what I write be an encouragement to anyone who is a caregiver for someone they love with memory loss.

5 thoughts on “Upcycled Firewood Ring in the Garden”

    1. Carolee, the clematis plants by the firewood ring are faring well…so far undisturbed by my voraciously hungry bunny family. That tulip was part of a 25-bulb collection of “Viridiflora Tulips with green accents” purchased back in 2019. It would appear that the white ones were the hardiest of the mix which was supposed to be “a dazzling range of spring colors”, as they are the only ones which have continued to bloom reliably. I hope to add more this fall.

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