Do you remember when the Secret Garden was revealed last summer?
It was exactly as we had envisioned it and we were so proud and happy over the way it turned out.
It is now but a distant memory.
It first started with the falling leaves.
The gazebo sits under a large walnut tree and another tree that constantly drops leaves and large seed pods all summer long.
It actually looked pretty in the fall after adding a few seasonal touches, but it was not conducive to summer relaxation.
Then came the birds, who totally believe that this is their very own playground.
"Waiting for the 4th of July?
This is just your own personal space to experience the softness of Charmin!!"
So we've changed things around a bit...
We've put the table under the gazebo, which is a larger space than the porch. We've added a screen netting to keep the leaves off and the birds out.
We placed the wicker pieces up on the porch which the birds haven't found yet!
And we've added a few different plants and accessories that were not here before.
Do I like it as well?
It looks prettier to the eye then it does in the photos, I think.
But, I can't really say that I like it as much.
Right now, as I'm sitting in my
office car writing this, and the Captain is walking his dogs, it is pouring down rain.
As we return to the Cottage...
The only two plants that were really looking good in the garden now...
...have become a flattened mess.
This is our neighbor's flowering plum tree.
I have never seen it like this even in a snow storm.
...yet again we have a mess in the Secret Garden.
We knew the rain was coming so we stacked some of the things on the porch.
I didn't pick up the table as we thought the umbrella would be able to keep a little rain at bay!
Well, nothing that won't dry out...
...hopefully in time for the holiday.
"It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place anyone could imagine.
Mary Lennox, when she first saw "The Secret Garden"
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