The large wooden fence has been taken down, giving the viewer a chance to see the rest of the art in the front yard.
There is a house in a town near me decorated with overgrown plants and bicycles. Propped up between a stone wall and the sidewalk, a fence of white bicycles lines the perimeter of the property. Small baskets between the handlebars are filled with seasonal silk flowers that change with each holiday. I often have no reason to drive by this house, but sometimes go out of my way just to see the newest display. Pink flamingos, a suit of armor, and an assortment of large metal sculptures fill the yard. Regardless of how exhausted or stressed I feel, this house and unconventional artwork makes me happy. It reminds me to follow my heart and to see the beauty and potential in everyday life.
I'm not an artist and don't have a fence of white bicycles. I have a cheap camera, a hot, thirsty garden, and just enough gardening knowledge to kill less and less plants each year. But I hope when you visit my blog or my garden, after surviving my irreverent sense of humor and squirrel trash talk, that you will find some small bit that inspires happiness.
This sign was custom made for me by Stewart's Scenic Signs, a family owned and operated metal art business in Saskatchewan, Canada. I saw a garden sign on their website that said 'Inspire Happiness' and asked Sherry Stewart to customize it for me with the dragonfly, flower, and frog. She was wonderful to work with and ships her work across Canada and the US.
'Monch' asters and orange milkweed
The Sunnyside garden
'White Swan' coneflowers
Purple Prairie Clover
This is the first year it's ever bloomed! I finally have in just the right place. I only had to transplant it four times.
Joe Pye Weed isn't a weed at all but a powerful pollinator magnet. Parts of this clump are over six feet tall.
This used to be my Bed of Death and Misery but after redesigning it last fall, it's much happier and so am I.
I can't fix the weather or give you a raise, but I hope I can inspire happiness.