Alphabetical Gardening – U

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What’s in the Garden? U for umbrellas, unique and unusual.

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.

making a bumbershoot display at craftygardener.ca

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!

rainy day bumbershoots at craftygardener.ca

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.

shading the plant tables at craftygardener.ca

 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).

umbels at craftygardener.ca

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.

unique garden art at craftygardener.ca

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.

finding the letter U at craftygardener.ca

My personal alphabet for U is – upbeat, up front, unbiased

the gardener side at craftygardener.ca

I’m sharing with ABC Wednesday.

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5 Responses

  1. Margy

    You do have some unique things in your garden, but they come together so nicely. And they showcase your crafty and green thumb talents, – Margy

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks Margy. It is nice to do these types of posts now when gardening season has finished, so a good opportunity to review the photis taken during the years.

  2. Su-sieee! Mac

    You’ve reminded me that I have a hose that I want to turn into a wreath. The inspiration came for you, no doubt, from another visit here. :-)

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