2. More fruit trees from St. Lawrence Nurseries. These people are serious about only selling cold-hardy trees, and that’s important. I once bought apple trees from a local nursery that wasted 5 years of my precious life languishing. They were grafted onto a rootstock that wasn’t hardy enough. St. Lawrence sends great-looking trees that establish quickly. Anyway, I need some pear trees and another Manchurian apricot or two, plus I’ve decided to stick some low blueberries into my vegetable garden, despite the fact that they are an annoyance on the pH front.
3. A pair of Monet Arches from Smith & Hawken. I have three of these in my vegetable garden. They’re about seven years old and pretty rusted, but I like their look and they are the perfect way to grow pole beans. I’m a little pole-bean obsessed–so delicious, some of them so pretty (I ordered one with purple flowers and I love Scarlet Runner Bean) that two more arches would be useful.
4. A stone sculpture–a little cheesy is okay, too cheesy is not. I’ve taken all the grass out of my city front yard, and that sea of plants in front of my porch could use something a little more solid for contrast. This stone buddha to the left, which is being sold on ebay, would really fit the bill. If only I had the several thousand dollars.
6. A swimming pond at my place in the country. This is one of the major goals of my life, up there with a book contract and a set of adult dining room chairs. Of course, I already have a sweet little pond near the road, but it’s only about three feet deep in the middle, which is great for wildlife and gorgeous marginal plants like flag iris, but not so great for swimmers. My kids always got naked and plunged in anyway–until last summer, when their cousin Jason emerged with a leech on his ankle. I have the perfect pond site at the back of the house–fed by a little stream, a low, wet spot. All that’s missing is the cash.
6. And while I’m dreaming, let’s do one of those chlorine-free swimming pools the New York Times wrote about yesterday in my city yard. They not only allow for swimming, they also allow for all kinds of beautiful water plants. Swimming is the only thing I like nearly as much as gardening. And swimming after gardening–well, that’s the life!