Morning Glories and Yard Art

Fireman boot, Morning Glories and Yard Art

Morning Glories planted in my Father-In-Laws Fireman Boot

Gardening, to me, is a nice idea. I put it right up there with only drinking one Starbucks a week, having an organized purse, always being able to find your keys, and being flexible enough to agree to meet friends somewhere at some time. I like the idea of a vegetable garden, beautiful flowers, and a yard that has that natural look that you have to work to achieve. There is only one problem: I like the results more than the effort. In my lazy defense, it isn’t exactly easy to garden around four-legged plant-trampling, root-pulling, carrot-eating furs—the kind that barks and digs in your elephant ear pots the moment your back is turned.

The front yard always looks good because we grow great grass. My lawn guy mows, edges and sweeps. I water. I love to set up the sprinklers. The flowerbeds are home to hostas, ivy that Cole insisted on planting, and two azalea bushes I was gifted for Mother’s Day that bloom magnificently in the late spring.

My teen and I take care of the back yard. This year, I decided to go ahead and plant the usual elephant ears because they grow with a minimum of effort, have bold foliage, and are hearty enough to withstand being repotted several times until they reach their full size

. elephant ears, Morning Glories and Yard Art

Elephant ear, Morning Glories and Yard Art

The effortless theme continues with morning glories that love to take over and share beautiful blooms early in the day. My next-door neighbor grows morning glories on her side of the fence, which then creep onto my side of the fence, and this year I planted morning glories in pots that I hung on my side of the fence to co-mingle with the neighbors’ plants. *see note at bottom regarding toxicity 

Morning Glories and Yard Art

Morning Glories and Yard Art

Morning glories in all colors: red, purple, pink and blue

Morning Glories and Yard Art

I’m a fan of yard art, so I hung Cole’s retired soccer shoes on the fence a few years ago and have added flamingos (just two!), and this year my favorite addition is my father-in-laws’ fireman boots (pictured at the top of the post), in which I planted MORE morning glories. I also added some butterfly baths to the side of the yard with the lilac bushes. The cups catch water and sparkle with dew and rain.

. Butterfly baths, Morning Glories and Yard Art

butterfly baths, Morning Glories and Yard Art

flamingo, Morning Glories and Yard Art

Next week—or is it the week after? Let’s just say this month sometime—our adopted tree, a Deborah Norway maple, will be planted in the middle of the back yard. He is currently 18 feet tall, 800 pounds and has a three-inch tree caliper. Zug (our name for him) will be red in the spring, green in the summer and yellow in the fall. He does not shed flowers, fruit, or thorns and is very hearty. Zug will be in excellent company as he shares the yard with our magnificent pine trees. Don’t worry Odd will offer full coverage of the tree planting., Morning Glories and Yard Art

(Zug’s foster mother tagging him for us)

My yard is never going to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens (although I might send them a picture of the fireman boots), but it does makes me happy to sit on my patio drinking my little Cokes, admiring the occasional cardinal, frequent butterflies, visiting with my teen, throwing balls, patting pups, and retrieving and replanting elephant ears while enjoying the whimsy that enchants my yard.

Note:  There are a number of different kinds of Morning Glories and you can buy seeds that are not toxic to pets. Nonetheless, mine are planted high (which might not be apparent from the pictures) and I do not let them trail down.

(Also note that gardening and lawn care routines can become easy if you visit the url and contact them for unwanted tree removal and clearing plant debris)

11 thoughts on “Morning Glories and Yard Art

  1. Beautiful and there is nothing wrong with easy. I love flowers coming out of your FIL firemen boot. So creative.
    Better Homes and Gardens pretty but often Blah. There is nothing blah about your yard.

  2. I enjoy looking at a well flowered yard. This would not be my personal yard though! My talents & time lie elsewhere. I, too, like the Fireman’s boot belonging to your FIL. So creative you are!
    Sitting waiting for my inservice to begin. At least this one is in my content area. Added bonus is seeing long time friends.
    Good morning!

    • Thanks. It’s not often that my project works the way I imagine.
      I think I remember last years inservice was really boring. Hope this year was better and you had a nice lunch with friends.

  3. How exciting about the new tree..I need some more trees in my backyard..I have one large Texas Mesquite tree on our bluff which has grown so much that it is blocking our neighbor’s view above us..we have allowed them to trim our tree in the past but this year they were destroying it so we stopped them..and the tree war
    Love the Morning Glories in the boot. 😀

    • I remember that bluff! Texas Mesquite is a nice tree. It has such interesting branches.
      Nobody can own a view but you can own a tree!

  4. A Maple tree is a good choice. And I like the name. It’s real tree like.
    Looks like a nice yard that accommodates family and campers. The flowers are pretty. The boot is an interesting planter.

    • Thanks. I’m glad you like the name Zug. It fits him. Don’t you like the contrast between the tough boot and dainty floor. The irony isn’t lost on you, is it??

  5. I think you and Cole did a GREAT job choosing your new maple! And, from reading over its characteristics, it sounds like the perfect tree for your yard.

    Thanks for the heads-up on some varieties of morning glories being toxic. They seem to spring up wild, mostly in corn fields and along fence rows, and Dallas doesn’t seem too interested in them. Perhaps I ought to yank them down before he tries to??

    I love flowers and such, but you’re right — they’re a LOT of work. And if you’re not willing or able to invest a lot of time into their care, there are plenty of other ways to have a lovely, restful yard (love those butterfly baths!)

    • Thanks! I think we are really looking forward to Zug joining our family.
      Most dogs leave plants alone. If Dallas isn’t interested then I wouldn’t make a big deal out of it.
      Flowers are so pretty but besides the work we have tons of shade. Maybe in my next life I’ll have an english garden–gardener included.

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