For anyone who has followed along for awhile, you might know that the center point of our yard and gardens is a big ol’ grapefruit tree that I’ve bedazzled with chandelier crystals and mason jar candleholders.
Quite some time ago, I ran with a whim and added a fun, little vignette to the base of the tree. I do love some quirk in the garden:
I always thought this was pretty cute. But, to be perfectly honest, while I appreciate those brightly-colored ceramic mushrooms they were a bit….how do I put this? Obvious. They just really stood out. I don’t know why, but it kind of bugged me. When you looked out into the yard at that gorgeous tree, your eye immediately went to those little pops of red and orange at the base.
So after far too much deliberation, I decided to paint them a satin cream color; cutting down on both the color and the gloss.
The pathway is still more or less the same. It is made from pieces of Home Depot off-the-shelf ’tile’ sheets which are composed of little limestone pebbles adhered to plastic tile netting. Cut into several bits and pinned by landscape staples into a meandering shape, they look pretty good as a little cobblestone path. The problem? Boy do those pieces fly like missiles when the chickens get to chicken-scratching. Staples be darned. I needed to make the thing a little more poultry-proof. So for this reincarnation, I actually cut a pathway shape from 1/4″ plywood and then used dirt-colored grout to adhere the pebble tile sheets to the wood. This created a very heavy single unit that the birds can’t do a darned thing to other than take a leisurely stroll along.
While I wanted the mushrooms to be less conspicuous, I wanted the door to stand out a little more. The original color of the thing was so weirdly close to the color of the tree bark that it practically disappeared into it. Besides….I just love me a chippy turquoise door. So using acrylic craft paint, I gave it a fresh coat, then distressed it with sandpaper.
The ferns have really filled in, and I love the way they create natural, pretty arches over the pathway:
I’m also quite happy with the way everything kind of disappears into the grapefruit tree garden….
I kind of wanted the vignette to be hidden in the fern forest under the tree. I want people to stumble upon it, not see it from across the yard. I think my little refresh achieves this quite nicely.
Cheers to never growing up!