Garden Photo of the Day

From eyesore to eye-catching

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Several years ago my neighbors and friends Laura and Bruce had an absolutely MONSTER dead tree taken down in their back yard at the end of their driveway. Seriously, this thing was huge. Luckily, they were able to drop it over a wooded bank beyond the yard, and we’ve been canibalizing it for bonfires ever since. However, the massive stump remains, and it’s the first thing they see when they pull into their driveway each evening. There’s no way they can have the stump removed, so Laura decided that, rather than try to hide the stump, she’s start embellishing it.

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It’s become an ever-evolving little garden where she pops in little perennials and bulbs she picks up throughout the season, and a place to display a few relics she’s picked up on her frequent trips to our amazing local antique flea market, the Elephant’s Trunk. Now, instead of a massive reminder of a dead tree, they see an antique millstone framed by an impressive natural statement and subtly charming little plants.

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These photos were taken last week, in mid-May. It just keeps getting better and better as the season progresses. **Be sure to click on all the photos on the left!

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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  1. Deanneart 05/18/2011

    I love creative solutions to problems in the garden. This is well done

  2. user-7006895 05/18/2011

    This is terrific -- totally inspiring!

  3. rwotzak 05/18/2011

    And I love that she's my neighbor! It's always good to have other creative folks on the block...especially ones that share plants that they don't have room for.

  4. heresgreenie 05/18/2011

    Such beauty surrounds this stump! These photos are a keeper for my garden library as we may have to remove a large tree very soon. :-( I can visualize how perfect it can be after seeing Laura's creative ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing these pics....they have given me a new outlook!

  5. RachelleK 05/18/2011

    Beautiful! Love the "button" and the picture with the iris and rocks. I had a stump, much smaller, that I hollowed out and use as a raised planter. Enjoy your pretty view!

  6. Cher_B 05/18/2011

    We also took a stump and put a ring of rocks around the top and then filled with dirt and added annuals. It turned out very nice. Though this year the bark has fallen away from the stump, not sure what to do next, but working on the garden beds that encircle it. Flowers love to grow next to a decaying stump. The other stump that was cut closer to the ground, we put a large pot on top and filled it with flowers. Finally that stump has eroded away and there is a new red maple about 6ft tall with a garden bed around it. We pruned it to keep its shape well also.

  7. JWilliamsatChat 05/20/2011

    Loved RachelleK's idea of hollowing out the stump to make a planter. Could you please share how you did that? What kind of tool? Thanks in advance.

  8. LaFlor 06/07/2011

    Wonderful. Like all garden it will evolve with time and different things are added. We just cut down a big tree, what an idea.

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