Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fake Lawn + Lizards = A Happy Garden

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Remember a while back, when Sheri and I were creating a fake dying lawn? We bought large pieces of raffia matting and then Sheri dyed it to look like an unloved lawn. We had originally been sent a large sample piece of pre-dyed raffia, as a sample of this material. This excess chunk of fake grass had been migrating around the shop and collecting dust for months.




I've been keeping a compost pile in my garden. Most of it is the stuff that I prune or weed out of the garden. I also add veggie waste, some of which comes from home. Robb is pretty sweet about my doing this. Keeping a container of vegetable peels on the kitchen counter would drive some people insane. I love the idea of composting, and truth be told, I don't have anyway of throwing away the garden waste. I suppose I could drag it back into the studio, and toss it in our dumpster. We pay for trash removal, and doing that seems like a really stupid waste of money.



What on earth do any of these facts have in common?

I was trying to find a way to keep the compost pile moist, as it was becoming more of a dessicated heap of twigs than an actual source of compost. I initially tried to put some kind of tarp down, but what I had just blew away. In the end, I covered the compost with the big sample of fake grass. It totally cracks me up.

And, amazingly, the lizards have taken to climbing on it. This delighted both me and Sheri to no end. Even Mister Lizard look pretty content with the arrangement.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure which I find more amazing, the fake lawn (I'm mesmerized) or (once again) the photos! Perhaps your lizards would get along with the wrens that have nested in the (fake) flower basket on my porch!

Fluffy Cow

Anonymous said...

You must be quite an artist if you can make fake grass that will even fool a lizard!

=) Wild Rose

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Hardly artistic. I just know where to shop!

Gina said...

Lizard Lawns R' Us?

knitica said...

fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Please please please glue some tiny plastic people to this raffia lawn and let the lizards crawl all over it- it will then look like a set up from a japanese godzilla movie done on a compost pile-budget! Dribble grease onto the people and let the lizards slobber all over the people as well.

THEN...

Make sure you photo it all with your macro/micro camera lens and take 12 shots, one for each page of a calendar for next year. My god, I'm just full of good ideas!

Make sure you mention that no real plastic people were harmed in the making of that calendar, as I do realize there are a few plastic people out there in california land.

Annalisa

Anonymous said...

What a great re-use! I've been thinking of you & Robb all evening. I'm reading "The Monsters of Templeton" by Lauren Groff. Templeton is fictionalized Cooperstown, and it's lovely to read about Glimmerglass and a poor sad surfaced dead monster - Glimney... and the flowers, baseball tourists, Opera... it's also a bit of a ghost story. I think you'd love this book!
*hugs* to both of you-

Mel B in Baltimore

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