It’s that time of year again! Time for May flowers. 🙂
Traditionally, many do their planting the weekend of Mother’s Day. We always had a tradition in our family of going flower shopping right after taking Mom out for her Mother’s Day brunch, and then we’d bring home flats of (usually) purple petunias or impatiens and plant them in Mom’s flower beds. (Purple was Mom’s favorite color.)
This year, however, Mother’s Day was unseasonably early, so weathermen (and women) everywhere were warning all to wait a weekend before starting spring planting. (Which worked out okay, because this year was my first Mother’s Day without my mom, and I didn’t mind not having to face our usual Mother’s Day tradition this time around.)
Now that we’re an extra weekend into May, however, we’ve bought our flowers (pink petunias this year for me – my own favorite color 🙂 ), and they are sitting in their flats on the back deck awaiting planting.
With flower planting on my mind, I went searching for ideas on Pinterest (where I get most of my “home” ideas 🙂 ), and I came across some interesting ways to “geek out” your garden.
Believe it or not, it never actually occurred to me to think of the garden as a place to add a touch of geekery, so I credit this idea entirely to those who did think of it and pinned their ideas onto Pinterest for others, like me, to find. But, seriously, what fun! (And isn’t that what geeking out is all about?)
Personally, I’ve never been hugely into gardening. Don’t get me wrong, I love the way flowers and gardens and intentional landscaping look, but I’ve never been a fan of the work involved – the planting, the digging, the weeding, the figuring out which plants go where in terms of sun exposure . . .
Not at all like my friendly neighbor, who is all about it. On a sunny day, she can always be found in her garden. It’s her favorite way to while away an afternoon. She even has a butterfly garden out back that she is very proud is actually certified by our local conservatory.
But, for me, gardening has never been one of those things that has struck me as being fun. Rather, it is one of those chores one has to do, if one wants a pretty lawn, curb appeal, or a soothing view to look out at from the back deck.
But the idea of adding some geeky touches to the garden makes it feel, to me anyway, suddenly enjoyable. As if I can’t wait to discover what Neville Longbottom might recommend for the shady spots near the pine trees or what flower one might find growing on Naboo. See? Isn’t gardening fun? 😉
So, in that light, I’ve put together for you a round-up of some of my favorite ideas for having fun in your garden too! Here are my top ideas for how to “geek out” your garden:
1) Add “Fake” Geek-Themed Plants for Some Hidden Geeky Touches.
Make a Harry Potter Inspired Mandrake Root
from Saving with Sarah
2) Add Some Real Plants That Have an Exotic Geeky Look or Name.
The Black Iris
I could definitely imagine this flower in a Witch’s or Wizard’s Garden!
(Doesn’t it make you think of Bellatrix Lestrange just looking at it?)
3) Geek-Out Your Containers.
Star Wars Garden Pots
4) Add Some All-Important Signage.
A Keep Off the Dirigible Plums Sign
From OohhhBurn via Etsy
5) And For Super-Extra Bonus Points, Create an Actual Fandom Inspired Garden.
(You can find plants that look like those in literature and rename them after those found in your favorite fandoms.)
The Harry Potter Garden
From Art of Gardening
(And for some more fandom inspiration check out the chart below.)
From Ava’s Flowers
For even more geeky gardening inspiration, check out our “Geeky Gardening” Pinterest Board!