It’s a misty foggy morning here, so while the laundry tumbles and I wait for the sun to shine, I’m taking a moment to have a cup of coffee and reflect on my garden plans, schemes and dreams.
All our property has massive potential I mean really 5 acres is nothing to laugh at these days. We however aren’t going to be cutting down all the trees on the property and the overgrowth of weeds on the outside of the fence would require a herd of goats and men to clean it all up. Then there is the whole up keep thing, I can only do so much on my own and my husband, well he just isn’t into gardening.
I don’t know if it’s a gardener/non-gardener thing or man/woman but where I see possibility I think he just sees, leaves, weeds, work, rocks, mud, etc. etc. For example there is an area off to the side of our shed, that spot had some dead stumps in it. Now he saw something to haul off into the woods where I saw something that if surrounded by ferns and other woody plants would look interesting.
This is year 2, I started with just a few ferns, a couple of hosta and a bleeding heart. The leaves need to be mulched, the weeds pulled but it is starting to look like what I ‘saw’ when I looked at those stumps. Something old and ancient surrounded by fern fronds, something that spoke of the trees that use to be. Maybe this area needs a fairy too…
The former home of the beehvies is a hot mess of weeds and violets. There are a handful of plants that I want to save, waiting to be transplanted but what to do with the area? My ultimate dream is a garden shed of my very own. A place to pot up plants, a place to store my tools, my pots, my dirt, my pond supplies. A place that has windows and light and is quirky and maybe even cute. Maybe something in this style…
A little paint, maybe stone around the bottom, something that reflects my eclectic nature and it could be perfect. It could sit right at the end of this ‘path of leaves’, nestled there like a magical cottage that has always been. Maybe the area in front becomes a well tended herb garden, with boxes and rows or maybe I transplant the hydrangeas here and let them fill in the area with their giant blooms.
I can see it with a little field stone patio in front, a comfy chair to sit in after a long day of gardening?
Here’s another one for you, I’ve said for years (and years) that we needed a path through the grass. Our backyard is sloped and adding a path at the sort of flat point seemed like a good idea. Now my idea for the path are big pieces of irregular slate or some other flat stone sunk low enough to mow over. Something like this..
Now tell me wouldn’t that look perfect right through there..
Guess who made this path, not me, Cooper and Tucker! This path could lead from the deck stairs around to the back door and heck we could go crazy and run it right to my little garden shed, or to the pond or the gazebo even! With the stones in the ground there is nothing to worry about, the grass would fill in between and maybe the mud would even be subdued.
I pinned this one a long time ago to my gardening board.
This is my dream vision for my backyard gardening area, a meandering path that takes you to different places to sit and relax, or maybe see a quirky sign or a magical fairy. Granted I haven’t got nearly enough plants (yet) for things to be this dense but the path with the plants off to the sides, I knew this was what I wanted.
It’s not there yet, but it’s getting there plant by plant. I trust my crazy ideas and I love seeing my dreams and visions come to fruition. They may not always be clear to others, they may seem like a mess or jumble, but the idea is there. It just takes time, work and dedication to get from the glimmer of a dream in my head, to something you can walk and admire….