I am officially finished stenciling the garage wall. What mixed feelings of relief, excitement, nostalgia and wonder! During this past week, I was worried that the weather would not cooperate and that it wouldn’t be finished until spring.
Well, after temperatues hitting -7 celsius last week, the weather started to improve. That is an understatement really. It is 29 celsius today while yesterday was almost as hot. Rox was planning to come this afternoon to take photographs of the completed wall, but a crisis on the domestic front has precluded that from happening.
In the meantime, my son agreed to take some photographs with our new camera … he’s figured out how to use it much better than I have. I usually resort to my old camera which doesn’t do too badly either.
Benoît wanted to take a picture of me (at top) in my usual summer gardening gear … paint-splattered overalls and sleeveless t-shirt. Lytton, our dog, wanted in on the picture too, and so it seems, did my coffee mug. Oh and there’s that ‘do too!
Unfortunately, we couldn’t get the entire garage wall in the picture, so I’ll show it in sections. Here is the left side of the wall (pictured above), with Wisteria vines, Alliums, Foxgloves and Delphiniums. More of the Delphiniums can be seen in the photograph of me above.
I needed to have a way of separating the right part of the garage wall with its trellis pattern from the remainder of the wall which was trellis-free.
Luckily the Gorilla glue I used to adhere the wooden slats to the wall worked really well – I know this because I spent days trying to remove the glue from my fingers.
On the right of the divider, more blackberry vines are outlined on a rust- coloured trellis (pictured at left). There are also Morning Glories (Heavenly Blue and purple blooms) at the far right of the wall. I had the most fun I think, stenciling the Morning Glories.
If it hadn’t been for the end of my time with Simon, I wouldn’t have started this big stenciling project. The Delphiniums are a reminder of the incredible ones I saw on one of my trips to San Diego.
And before I sign off, here’s a closeup of me just before we started celebrating the finish of the wall.