Ok, it’s a “blank canvas” – all of it, front yard and back yard!
My view off the front stoop… March 2009
My view from the 3-Season room ...March 2009
(See those Redtwig Dogwoods in back, with a potted perennial – not so inconspicuously hiding behind it?)
More naked back yard – more mud and leaves… March 2009
(Oh! Another potted perennial!)
Even the bunnies were coming to the door going --- “Hello! What is up with this mud slick, my babies are hungry!” (You think I kid about this?)
April 2007 – this was in the big pot on our back deck. Bunny Foo Foo opted to ‘repurpose’ it for a bunny nest. My daughter went crazy – with lots of “oh’s & ah’s! She actually took this shot. But once Mama Bunny saw us checking out the babies through the window, they disappeared over night. The ‘Bunny Buffet’ had become the “Bunny Bed & Breakfast. (But I digress…)
I had been tirelessly researching plants, clipping pictures from garden magazines with garden features I liked, and drawing up garden plans on graph paper. Yep, I borrowed my daughter’s colored pencils too – it was great therapy!
This was one of my sketches for the garden in the front yard.
Another sketch for the backyard – didn’t get to color this one! I was even roughing in an idea for the shape of the paver patio. I have a whole other set of drawings for that!! But this gives you an idea of my thought process.
The planning started with target areas for where I wanted gardens. Then what did I want for “anchor” plants? Would they be bushes or large perennials? And WHAT grows fast – but isn’t invasive?
(Deep cleansing breath … don’t freak out! This was usually where my husband would step in and say something profound like, “Relax! Remember, you don’t have to do it all in a day! If it was done in a day, what would you have to do each year – for the rest of your life?” Ha! Goes to show what he knows?!)
So in the spring and summer of 2009, I paced myself with the ‘cash & carry’ concept. If I had ‘cabin fever’ and there was some extra cash in my wallet – I would go to one of my favorite nurseries and window shop for plants. After months of planning & garden ‘journaling’ about the yard, it felt refreshing to be spontaneous! I knew I wanted to start with the ‘Shade Garden’ next to my 3-Season room, since that was where I spent the most of my time.
Here are the initial results: