U for umbrellas and unique. It’s the time of year when we hope we don’t need to use rain umbrellas but I do use umbrellas a lot in the garden.
One year I turned an umbrella into a display for the spring. The old saying April showers bring May flowers was the theme for this unusual wreath/display.
Did you know an old fashioned word for umbrella is bumbershoot? I love unusual and unique words.
But I do have rain umbrellas. My fun umbrellas are from my teaching days. It was important to cheer things up on rainy days when meeting the school buses. Now the grandkids love using them in the garden … raining or not!
The plant tables have their own umbrellas. The back garden is south facing so gets a lot of sunlight so it is important to give a bit of shade to some of the plants during the hottest time of the day. Holes were drilled at the end of the plant table and the garden umbrellas just slot through them.
Umbelliferae is a family of aromatic, hollow-stem plants most commonly known for their lacey, umbel-shaped flowers. Umbels are a flat top or rounded flower that are sun loving plants with strong aroma. Examples from my garden are lovage, sedum, dill, Queen Anne’s lace, parsley and yarrow (not a true umbel, but an umbel like).
From the side, the flowers, composed of hundreds of individual florets, look like an umbrella turned inside-out by the wind and the stems resemble the spokes of umbrella.
I have some unique creations in the garden, from my inuksuk made out of bricks, to the tool wheel, the hosepipe wreath, the garden signs and rock tree.
Photos of the letter U were found on different places … a bean from the veggie garden, a railing and an arch that I turned upside down. The horseshoe is the perfect U above the shed door. Fastening it this way means all the good luck that comes will be caught inside the horseshoe.
ABC Wednesday is up to U. U for umbrellas, unusual and unique.
The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom
Growing: just about everything including the dandelions
Planting: tomato plants, beans, peas, potatoes, 4 o’clocks, Peruvian daffodils, lettuce,
Blooming: yellow iris, sand cherry, bleeding heart, solomon seal, pansies, geraniums, million bells, vinca, lily of the valley, honeysuckle,
Finished blooming: crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, trillium (red & white), tulips,
Trowel & Error: just died off over the winter – wegelia , some grapevine, the odd hosta in large pots,