|A toast to the wisteria.|
Knowing that the five weeks leading up to Garden Walk Buffalo were going to be filled almost every day with some sort of gardening event by the National Buffalo Garden Festival, I kept this year’s project simple — no multiple-weekend-long-complicated structures, no new perennial beds, no ladders, paint, digging, masonry, nails or hard labor — just some plumbing supplies and a coupla’ bottles of wine.
|Torching the clematis.|
I made these torches to hang from the uprights on my deck. Not everyone noticed them, unlit, they are subtle, especially green bottles against greenery. I got the idea here, which includes a nice shopping list of the plumbing parts needed. I purchased enough hardware to make eight of these and it came to around $40, minus the wine bottles (that cost depends on your wine budget). I like the blue bottles used in the photos at the link, but not sure I’d like wine that comes in blue bottles. Though I’ll now keep my eyes open for them. Or make a trip to Pier One (they still exist, right?) to see if they have blue bottles that’ll work.
|Vino for the porcelain vine. I may never light this one. Or may have to cut back the porcelain vine.|
Though in actuality, considering I made them, they’re more like Molotov cocktails strapped to the deck. True to form, I completed them about 9:30 a.m. Garden Walk visitors started arriving as I finished them.