Friday, April 20, 2012

chateau papillon, sur la rue de belle amie

 right now so much is just intention. i intend to get a pair of old rocking chairs for the front porch. i intend to sew new curtains. i intend to paint the chicken coop and wash the windows and hang artwork and prep the garden and plant my potatoes and...

 the bedroom, kitchen, living room and mud/laundry room are pretty well set. granted, that's only because i've used the craft/multipurpose room as a dumping ground. i've reached that stage where everything i really need is in its right place, and all that's left to find homes for are the things i don't need or use often but don't want to get rid of for one reason or another. or it's waiting to be sorted and sold/given away/tossed. i'm going to have a massive yard sale with some friends once we can get our collective shit together.

this house is perfect for me. my favorite room is the mud room/laundry room, where i keep the chicks and seeds and seedlings. there's a big window with direct, unobstructed southern exposure and a wide ledge to fit tons of seedling cups. in the winter i'll put a table under the window and overwinter as many plants as i can. right now it's lined with not nearly enough seedlings, but they're doing well--even a few baby green tomatoes already on one plant! nothing like last year though when i started tons of things super early. i have a lot of work to do.

the garden space is incredible and overwhelming. there's so much possibility but so little time! i cleared one tiny strip of land (and when i say tiny, i mean about 3'x40') where i planted a few dozen onion sets, half a dozen cole crop seedlings, and peas along the edge of a fence they can climb. there's a raised bed under the seedling window that i'm making into an herb garden, where so far i've planted a bunch of garlic, some parsley, marigolds and violas. i also planted a couple dozen gladiolus bulbs in a row on the side of my driveway and potted some strawberries and pansies. as soon as i have time i'll plant asparagus, potatoes, radishes and beets.

the spring bulb situation is odd as hell. there's a large patch of tulips basically in the middle of the front lawn. at first i thought someone was being delightfully absurd with their planting, but on giving it more thought i bet they moved some soil over there that they didn't realize contained bulbs. but who knows, because they also planted onions under the shady front window, in the middle of an ivy bed where they'll get no sun.

 i found two quince bushes in the yard, i don't know if they'll set fruit but i hope so. one of the best parts about the front yard is all the lilacs--bushes and trees of them everywhere, both purple and white! tall bushes all along one side of the driveway, plus an enormous lilac tree on the other side of the yard. i'll take pictures when they bloom, which should be any day now. at the end of the driveway there's a huge patch of poppies budding now, surrounding a wild rose bush and some small mystery trees. violets line the front porch and are dotted all over the yard.

my parents found me this funky hunk of metal in a field near the river and knew i'd like it in my garden. it's a twisted, rusted old bed frame, i can't guess the vintage but the iron is completely solid (not hollow tubes) which hints that it's probably from an era before everything was cheap and crappy. i'm going to plant vining flowers around it--maybe canary vine, or morning glory, or sweet pea, or all three.

flowers everywhere! the house next door is a foreclosure with lots of cool flowers and plants in the back yard that i've been pilfering. all these are foraged flowers:

 i'm going to dig up some lavender and mint plants from my generous neighborclosures. on the other side of that house is a big empty field with another old apple tree and a black currant bush.

 the name "chateau papillon" comes from me thinking it would be funny to give a schmancy french name to a decidedly non-palatial and resoundingly american old house. papillon because of all the butterfly symbolism that's been popping up in my life lately. first at work, cam had this mason jar with a little metal butterfly in it that you tap and it flutters around very realistically--she knew i liked it so she gave it to me. then at the house, my key has a butterfly on it, and so do the doormats. on the day of the big move i saw the first butterfly of the year. "la rue de belle amie" comes from the address, on bellomy lane. entree, je vous en prie!


The Stay @ Home-Gardener said...

You bought a house??? So now you have your very own place to have local spuds! Woo.

GoneferalinID said...

We have spent three years lovingly relocating all the random bulbs that were popping up out of the lawn and the "heap" of junk that we cleared out for one of the garden beds. I love random bulbs. There are several lawns around here with feral grape hyacinths popping up all over.

Kay said...

I just bought a house too. Can't wait to plant flowers in my yard :)

the Knottie Knitta said...

i'm just going to call it chateau spoon in my head if it is all the same with you :)

i love all your pilfered flowers...what a lovely gnome that i spotted in the last picture ;)

how are the chickies doing? we should get together again soon so ang can get pooped on again hahaha

Emily said...

stay @ home gardener--just renting actually. but yes, homegrown idaho potatoes! i think i'll get them planted this evening.

goneferal--yeah i noticed all the grape hyacinths around! i was driving around the neighborhood a lot today helping a friend move and i'm just blown away by how gorgeous it is around here right now. it's exploding with flowers.

kay--very cool, congratulations! thanks for stopping by my blog.

spoony--chateau spoon is a fabulous nickname. the chickies are wonderful and getting huge!! you won't believe it when you see them.

Kim and Victoria said...

What fun! Great looking "chateau". Love that old bed frame. Love all the flowers.

Emily said...

thank you victoria!