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New Yard: New Adventure

Right now, my coffee table is stacked with garden, garden design and plant books. I have a whole new garden to plan, and it's lots of fun.

I'm planning a wild cottage garden for the front of the house. The back will be a little more restrained, because I promised John I'd leave the lawn alone back there. There will be planting beds along the fences, in front of the shed, and along the back of the house. And pots on the patios. But there will also be a nice expanse of green grass to just enjoy.

One of the fun things about a new yard is discovering what's already out there. I thought that this one bed was totally barren, but now see that there's tulips popping up out there! Yay! I can tell, at one time, the yard was well-taken care of. There's old roses all over, you can see the outlines of flower beds that have been taken over by grass, the back yard beds are nicely edged. It's going to be fun bringing it all back to life again.


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Jan. 25th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Fun! I'm so excited for you. :) And jealous. I should look around my little patio and see what I want to plant. Need shade-tolerant plants, though.
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Jackson and Perkins have some great pre-planned gardens for shade.
Just gives you a good idea of what kind of plants you can use.

Jan. 25th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
We have our seed catalogs all ready to pour over. So many decisions to make!

And we have a seed-starter rack light thingy now from my mom's old boss. Sweet!

But first we have to turn over the compost heaps. Um...fun? Icky.
Jan. 25th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
Compost heaps are great. Fresh, dirt. Nature in action!

I'm really excited because a friend just found a box for me, made of steel mesh, 48 inches square, 3 feet high, with one side that hinges down, that will be the perfect compost heap. I'm putting in a cone composter for kitchen scraps, so we don't end up with little rodent friends.

Jan. 25th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Heh. We've had 3 bins for the longest time, I finally got my mom to get rid of one (it wasn't working and was rusting) so now we just have two. And they are both right near the maple in our backyard....and we realized that the maple tree's roots are actually growing up into the bins. So. Must take everything out and move them. Oy. Not so much with the fun.

But hey, we've got to think about the pretty, pretty black dirt that we'll be getting from them....
Jan. 26th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
one of the gems in my garden is a Peace rose that is probably original to the house (approx 20 years old). it's about 6-7 feet high during the growing season and has HUGE cream/pink blooms... it's lovely!

you are going to have SO MUCH FUN!!!
Jan. 26th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
Schweeeeeet! Tulips that aren't being eaten by squirrels. YAY!

I'm jealous... but I'm not sure if it's of your big yard to play in, or your energy to do so. ;)

Jan. 26th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
LOL, I'll have to come visit your garden!! :)
Jan. 26th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
found out why Puck was so mopey
low blood sugar, VERY low blood sugar
So, I was sitting there with the syringe of prednisone in my hand, justifying that if I didn't give her the first dose, she wouldnt have insulinoma, that she's just a bit depressed, or something.

And as typical, she refuses to hold still while I try to dry my eyes on her fur. She's got stuff to DO!!! I just finished reading a book written by a chef at a Buddhist monastary. I could use a reminder at letting go of attachment *glance at Manolos* but not this one.

One day at at time, be present. Hugs to everyone who needs them.
Jan. 26th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)

What a great project for you, dear! I'll look forward to seeing the pretty pics!
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