I’ve managed to get some more Work done to My Backyard

1st the new wall and gate, I’m really excited about this wall and the planting:

garden wall

[ It’s great, isn’t it? ]

Next I’ve been working real hard on this garden folly:

garden follies

[ You gotta like that naturalistic planting, don’t you? ]

Finally, right behind the back door:

patio space

[ That new walkway really sets it off, doesn’t it? ]

Well that’s about it except for one other small thing.


It’s a small thing.


Well it’s sorta a small thing.


All Fools DayYou do know what day it is . . . don’t you?

Well in that case

Good for you.

Did I get you?

Even for a second.

A millisecond?

Okay then . . .

Happy All Fools Day

It’s a big day for another reason as well . . . well it’s big for me anyway.bird_guiness2.gif
Meaning it’s time for this. Enjoy yourself and enjoy the day, but be careful of people patting you on the backside . . . if you know what I mean.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


  1. Actually Rick, The gate, the plantings and the walkway have a distinctive look. But the seasons gave it away.

    Ahhh yes, the season. I’ll tell you what is really funny-the more I look at that, the more I like it!

    There is potential in every setting. Remember the blue man.

    Every setting-all it takes it energy, commitment, time . . . and money. Yep, what would the Blue Men do?

  2. Rick,
    You’ve hit on the idea for a post to rival “Trees We Do Not Like”. Perhaps you could call it…
    “Landscape Travesties” or “Landscape Infractions”. Picture submittal s of unfortunate landscape projects perpetrated by the uninitiated. I could start you off with a few.
    Bill Ross

    I like it, see the post for April 2nd, I hope what you’re sending is not your work. 😉

  3. Today is truly a day for Fools! Have another Guinness and maybe a Sobe for me.
    Jason Heller

    Then we oughta be right at home. I hear you on the Sobe’ brother, I hear you. You still alive out there?

  4. Gotta say, the 2nd photo is the best. I hope someday to have a naturalistic setting like that. Do deer eat that stuff?????

    If it’s ugly and the people really don’t want it in there yards . . . then I’d say deer do not eat the stuff.

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