There's nothing like company to inspire Mark to look around the garden and decide if there's anything extra he might do to spruce it up. Case in point: these bamboo hoops he made to replace our old apple hoops. He took old bamboo poles and split them vertically using a heavy-bladed garden knife and a hammer.
He put the first few hoops near the edge of the pond where we don't want visitors to walk. Then he lined the rest of them along this curving path where we're replacing small perennials with ferns that are barely visible as they send up new fronds. (If you look closely you can also see the bare spots in the ivy on either side of the path. It still has not all filled in again after last winter took its toll.)
This is the view from the opposite end of the path with new ferns also visible on the right side of the path. The next project is replacing these logs with a more attractive and more permanent wall. We had been thinking about building a wall using narrow blue stone slabs similar to something we saw on one of the recent garden tours — until we priced it out. We're now working on Plan B.
"If you could line it up, why wouldn't you?" is Mark's mantra. His final project was rounding up my scattered watering cans to make his point.