There was just one problem with the benches. The legs--heavy steel tubes--were designed to be sunk into the ground. Well, our ground is asphalt. So the legs needed to be custom-cut to size. One of the teachers, a sculptor, brought his grinding tool and fixed one of the benches. But then he was pulled away to do other things and the benches sat in pieces in a dark stairwell for months.
One year later, I couldn't wait any longer. This week I hiked down to the local tool rental shop and got my own grinder. A couple of hours later, the benches were finally in place. The fifth bench found a spot on the playground where teachers can sit while the kids are playing on the monkey bars.
Finally, we have a place to relax and enjoy our garden.
And just in time, too. The chives are blooming. And the perennial pond plants are responding to the change in seasons with new growth.
We have several clematis plants climbing the chain link fence that surrounds our garden. Some of them are quite spectacular.
The happiest plants of all in our garden are the lamb's ears. I'm not sure why, but they go wild. Our soil mix is at least half compost. They must like it. They are so rampant I've had to start thinning them. They would happily take over our containers and crowd out everything else.
The pinks come back right on schedule, even after they've been so rudely moved around during the lamb's ear thinning.