Goodness, it’s been awhile. Summer is never the time when my blogging muse is the greatest, but I thought I’d give a little sign of life around here. Things be busy these days. Can I tell you, I have been so blessed, watching LittleJ once or twice a week and also having my niece over every once in awhile. Having raised two boys, there was a lot of testosterone in our household, and now we have some real girl power going on around here, it is fun, exciting, and exhausting all at the same time!
Today I want to share some pics I took last Sunday. ET and I set off for a rather spontaneous visit to the annual Baden-Württemberg garden show that is taking place in Mühlacker near Karlsruhe this year.
The reason I say spontaneous is because I was so eager to get out of the house early that I forgot to take along some snacks and water. The idea was to eat something at the show, not knowing at the time that food would be quite costly, and that we would just pass that and head for Burger King on the way home! Add to that it was a really hot day, and not a lot of shade. You can figure it, I was feeling like a hydrangea in the desert by the time we walked the entire terrain three and a half hours later.
We got there at about 11:00 o’clock, which I deemed pretty early, but the designated parking was already very full. Seems like garden folks are all early birds! The tickets were 11 Euros each, so not really on the cheap side either…but we told ourselves that it’s okay to splurge once in awhile, especially if you’re interested in all things concerning gardening; gotta see what the pros are up to!
The entryway along the Enz river
Kind of a large example for an insect hotel. I wonder if the wasps that regularly come visit me on the terrace would rather go there if I set something like this up? I need to try this in our yard, a much smaller version of course.
I’d love to have these high-rise vegetable beds which are much easier on the back. My square foot garden beds are pretty low, but so far, I’m still good at bending down ☺, so these won’t be happening in the near future. This garden show is like surfing a live version of Pinterest!
I loved this idea using recycled materials, old steel supports, mirrors, fabric and bottles!
An interesting display of mechanical mills.
There were so many different flower beds to get ideas from.
And some extremely odd looking designs made from bent willows. Maybe something like this could scare away wasps?!
More flower beds.
Mediterranean style…great to look at but pretty unpractical in our part of the world, unless you have a ginormous green house and house servants! ET has been wanting to put a palm tree in our yard, and I have been able to talk him out of it so far. Call me weird, but the idea of schlepping a giant palm tree into the house each Autumn doesn’t sound like a lot of fun to me.
We walked over the bridge to the other side which also had a lot of displays going on. Some people there brought along bathing suits and took a dip in the river. Obviously they were better prepared than us, and they might have even had season tickets. It was the only real sensible thing to do on this hot day in the sun.
A display of a typical traditional German farm garden, with tips on composting, growing vineyards, and more.
I loved the zen garden display and the little waterfall, so peaceful.
There is just nothing quite like the sound of a babbling brook on a hot day.
Garden apprentices took part in a contest and the finished results were also on display.
That’s me stopping for a quick pic in the giant miscanthus maze, helped to cool us off a bit.
There was also a small barefoot park, which I walked alone…ET opted out of that one. Amazing stuff to be learned here, walking over corks is not very pleasant, but some varieties of pine-cones are surprisingly soft. If you ever get a chance to walk along one of these, you should try it. Brings back those kid memories.
‘Well, hope y’all enjoyed this virtual walk through this year’s Baden-Württemberg garden show in Mühlacker. Information can be found here: Landesgartenschau Mühlacker 2015. Sorry the website is only in German, I guess they aren’t expecting international visitors, but everything is pretty self explanatory at the show. Entrance is 11 Euros, open from 09:00 to 18:30, and it lasts until September 13, 2015.
I would advise to bring along a backpack filled with drinks and snacks…and maybe some bathing suits ☼, with this heat wave we’re having and all.
And in other news…
We are still working on the bathroom renovation, slowly but surely getting there. ET has only Friday evening and Saturday to work on it as Sunday is our day of rest. I’m certain that keeping Sunday’s clear of that kind of work is helping us stay somewhat sane! When I first moved to Germany from having lived in the US for awhile, I used to get frustrated that just about everything was closed on this day, but now I’m so thankful for it. It’s the only day in this neighborhood at least, that someone isn’t using a power tool somewhere!
I’ve started painting all the outside wood elements, like fences and the balcony. It will be interesting to see how the paint will hold up over the winter months. In the fall, after the blackberries are all picked and the bush is cut, I’ll start on the shed. The paint on the shed has not held up well at all; but that is a whole other story.
Take care everyone and have a great weekend!