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A-Z April Challenge; V is For Vertical


glass wall

Glass wall in new secret garden.

I could have waited for tomorrow and placed this glass wall photo in “W” for Wall, but I can be a bit impatient at times…that last part would fit in “U” for understatement! The camera continues to be an issue. I’m learning to use the camera on my phone, until I can find a teeny tiny screwdriver to repair my camera—no, the ones made for eyeglass repairs are too big. My neighbor even made me one, but it only lasted for 4 screws.

My secret garden is coming along. Neighbor/friend, Greg, brought more beach stones in today. I finished lining the bicycle basket with moss, then filled it with potting soil, an azalea, pansies and alyssum. I wired a basket to the front and planted seeds in it, and there is the mossy clay pot on the seat, filled with flowers. When I decide the bike’s permanent spot, I’ll plant ivy below each tire.

The glass block wall climbs up along the fence. Soon the annuals will spill green leaves and multi-colored flowers over the sides and down the front of the glass blocks.

This garden is growing into more than a memorial to people I have lost. It’s also a celebration of wishes fulfilled; I have hauled those blocks along with me (with a lot of help from family and friends) for three home moves over 15 years. I have collected special pots and garden trinkets all of my adult life. The glass wall incorporates two wishes into one: to use the blocks in a garden, and to fill all of my special pots with flowers.

Many of the plants and paraphernalia came from gardens past, and friend/family gardens. This garden will be filled to overflowing with memories of people, places, hopes and dreams.

If you see a plant you would like a piece of, just let me know, as they are pretty easy to mail. If you see a spot in my garden, for something you are growing in your garden, I would be happy to add more friends to the secret garden. Mom is sending me some starts from her garden, as soon as the snow melts!

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Happy Gardening,


garden bike

Garden Bicycle


Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:

Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

17 thoughts on “A-Z April Challenge; V is For Vertical

  1. It already looks beautiful!

  2. That wall of glass blocks and small pots is so charming! I can see (beyond the sentimental) why you drag it from place to place. A little shrine, what a beautiful gesture.

    • Thank you. It used to be a small solid bathroom wall in the house I raised my children in. This is the first year I thought of how to use it in a garden.
      Glad you came by and enjoyed.

  3. To say the garden looks fantastic would be understatement Patti, you’ve really worked hard. The wall though is stunning on it’s own and I love the idea of it being for both memorial and celebration. A great idea.
    I’ve been looking round carefully to see if I can see one of my favourite plants for gardens like this, aubretia. But maybe it’s there and just not established yet.
    Have a Wonderful Weekend
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • You’ve given me a great idea, David! I will make a small rock garden on the sunny side. If it is the same, Aubretia is commonly called rock cress, here. I looked it up and saw waves of purple flowers flowing over rock walls. Beautiful!
      I’ll be on a mission to find Aubretia (I LOVE the name) for my garden. Thank you and glad to have you join me in the garden ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hugs Back,

  4. So beautiful! I can imagine how the earth smells all around and the dampness…

  5. Hell no I wouldn’t have waited either Patti!!! That is fanfreakingtastic, sweety!! The Artists 4-step program: A brilliant & creative mind; the ambition & drive to produce what you saw; the hard work to achieve your dream; then the end product a masterful creation. Can’t get any better than that!!! Love this so much sharing now ๐Ÿ˜‰ โค โค

    • I must be a little emotional, this incredible comment makes me want to cry.
      I can only assume that you know this “Artists 4-step program” because you have walked it yourself/selves and model it for so many others!
      I can’t decide if this is Ginger or Natalie, but I’ll happily accept it from both of you. Thank you times 10.
      xoxxo ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. A very vivacious view of da vall!

    Victory verde vista of vintage!

    Your fault for getting us ‘lurkers’ to speak more ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Oh yeah, love the sun dappled moss! I saw some of that in Maui (Hana Highway).
    Also, in my very early years… I remember a magical place in the woods of an indirectly lit carpet of moss in this circle of trees; whereupon I discovered a Monotropa uniflora, also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe… I’ve not seen another, before or since… Yet, I am blessed to have seen it once… and remember it… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You don’t really count as a lurker, as you give us infrequent but lengthy notes to challenge us. I have seen the ghost pipe once, up on the logging roads behind Manners Road. Only once, but unforgettable!

      • “…lengthy notes to challenge us…” lol! You put that so diplomatically nice ๐Ÿ˜‰ I appreciate that you, and your followers put up with my ‘streams of consciousness’ and various other idiosyncrasies ๐Ÿ™‚

        *check your old email addy, in case I can’t find the new one… I’m sending images…*


  7. Your garden looks beautiful! I am not known for my green thumb so I have to live vicariously through others! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Very nice. You amaze and delight.

  9. I love the April A-Z challenge and read other blogs on the topic, but yours is one of the best, Patti!

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