I LOVE tacky topiary. I’ve had a fondness for it ever since I was assigned a crazy topiary-controversy story at the Seattle Times about a decade ago. (I know, topiary and controversy in the same sentence is funny by itself, right?)
This fantastic specimen decorates an otherwise nondescript apartment complex in my town called… guess what? Yes, The Gables. The giant bubble letters are reminiscent of ’80s subway graffiti. This is one big topiary tag!
I love sculptured shrubs so much I thought about starting a whole new category here… like Topiary Tuesday.* But I have to admit, I don’t see as much of it as I’d like. Yeah, I drive by random over-manicured little globes and triangles here and there (and plenty of bad work and browning branches) but no dinosaurs, alligators, giraffes… the kind of crazy inspired whimsy you hope to stumble across. The kind that make your day. Like The Gables.
With fall coming, I’ve been feeling a little blah, garden-wise. The crap raining down from the tree in the front yard, the impending Hurricane, house guests and too much (real) work have all led to a lack of motivation and time for outside ventures. Or even weeding, dead-heading and sweeping.
And I am already feeling winter’s icy fingers crawling towards me, like a crone’s claw. What will I do when there’s snow on the ground?
Here’s my (probably too ambitious) list so far:
A) Draw garden plans with colored pencils
B) Research plants and update my plant-tag diary
C) Read gardening blogs by people not frozen under snow and ice
D) Winter over outdoor plants; fuss over/coddle house plants
E) Start plants from seed in late winter — maybe get some pretty “warming” lights and do some mad indoor science
Butcher Practice topiary on little bushes. I wonder if I can make a wee dragon? Wouldn’t it be cool to have critters in my yard next summer?
* Friends, family and beloved contributors, if you want to send me Tacky Topiary pics — ala Plant Porn — I would be so, so happy. Email away!