The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

Enchanted corner for writing inspiration


enchanted corner trough wall fountainI’m writing not one but two children’s books at the moment, which is why I haven’t been blogging here much, but the good news is one of the books is completely and utterly garden focused: think SECRET GARDEN, but written for kids today. I was lucky enough to get an excellent literary agent last December, and since then I’ve been head-down working on revisions.

The garden is a continuous source of inspiration, especially since it’s 13 years old now and getting quite mature. Of all corners of the garden, this shady area with the maidenhair ferns and the wall fountain is the one that most sparks my imagination. I love the enchanted feeling of the startling green and the steadily-flowing water.

It is taken quite a bit of effort to get steadily flowing water. My husband helped me yank out this trough to find and patch the hole in the fiberglass; turns out this stone- effect trough is by no means as eternal as stone itself, but a stone version is unimaginably expensive. The leaky trough was a blessing for the ferns, though: they’ve doubled in size. (Note to self: water the ferns more.)

The ferns here are Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair fern on the left, with startling black stems), which I first saw in the garden in northern New York, and Adiantum venustum, the Himalayan maidenhair fern. I got the former from Burncoose Nurseries in Cornwall and the latter from the super-helpful Binny Plants in Scotland.

What’s the most enchanted corner of your garden?


4 Comments to

“Enchanted corner for writing inspiration”

  1. On June 2nd, 2016 at 11:37 pm Wendy McLeod Says:

    At the moment the most enchanted corner of my garden is the new bee garden that I planted last summer. I moved my hive into it supposedly just for the winter, but it looks so cheerful just outside our bedroom doors that I think we’ll leave it there!

  2. On June 3rd, 2016 at 4:47 pm The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    That sounds great Wendy! I love the hummmmmmmmmm of the bees in our Welsh poppies (though I don’t love the poppies).

  3. On July 1st, 2016 at 11:32 am Sophie Says:

    How are the books coming along? I would love to have a flowing fountain like yours.

  4. On July 1st, 2016 at 12:51 pm The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Thanks Sophie! Going ok – just sent a new book to my agent last week. Always something new to write, so I’ll keep writing. It took ages to get this fountain together – finding the right pump and reservoir are such a big job. Worth it, though.

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