Monday, May 31, 2010

Life In The Slow Lane

I don't mean to imply that it is a negative to live life in the slow lane, but it is certainly a change of pace for a Chicago girl to go to Wisconsin for Memorial Day weekend.  We usually go to our Lake Geneva home with my daughter and her family, mostly because my husband and son-in-law like to play golf while we sit around and wait for them to come home!  The children love it up there because my granddaughter rides horses and begs to go riding each and every visit.

I do have a garden in Wisconsin, but it is very waterwise with dianthus firewitch, coneflowers, daylilies, sedum, salvia, coreopsis, lavender and my lovely Knockout roses (which get eaten each year by the Japanese Beetles).  I will put in some Gaillardia Arizona Sun which seem to hold up throughout the summer without a lot of watering.  I know mulching will be part of our weekend as it was pretty sparse the last time we visited.  Also, they had tied up that fallen arborvitae, but it is not a permanent solution.

I have a beautiful Chanticleer Pear by the deck which seems to be the perfect spot for a smaller tree between two townhouses. 

We will probably go to Wall Mart, Home Depot and Target as these are the go to places in Lake Geneva.  The town is bustling and difficult even to get to on route 50 - we take a back road and avoid all of that confusion.  If you remember what I have mentioned before, it is music, motorcycles and cars all weekend.

The best thing about it is that no matter how old you are, you are always young when you visit Lake Geneva, Wisconsin!


Bernie said...

Sounds familiar ... it's the same when I go back to my home town to visit my Dad. It's definitely a shower pace ... an enjoyable break!

Your Wisconsin garden looks great ... love the rocks! Also love that bed with the Nepeta, the Sedum and the Lavender.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a pretty garden. How nice to have one at your other home to enjoy and it sounds like most of them are low maintenance but with lots of color. Enjoy your time away with family.

LC said...

Wisconsin can have that effect on you! For a long time I missed the mountains of Vermont, but I have to say that Wisconsin has its own charm! Larry

joey said...

My heart is so with you ... that is exactly how we feel when we go to the lake. Coming in touch with the child within you (or life in the slow lane) is a good thing! After a long 5 day weekend, we just returned to reality!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Eileen. What pretty beds. I like the Wisconsin boulders surrounding those beds.You have some wonderful plants there that are alright left alone which is a wonderful idea. Those Picasso petunias are so pretty. I hope my Party Dress ones start blooming soon. That is the downfall of seeding your own and I am not very patient on waiting for them to grow up LOL! Sounds like a wonderful weekend to me and a great getaway.