My New Garden

“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” ( Gertrude Jekyll)

Hello,

It has been a while since I posted here. I find in times when so much is going on and with the ability to share small snippets via Instagram and Facebook, my tendency to share deeply also goes away. However this month I am choosing to slow down, and to start sharing more, in a slower, more meaningful way.

Garden Plan 1st draft
{first draft of my garden plan}

This morning I am going to share with you what has me so excited, my new garden.

The autumn of 2016 was a whirlwind of effort that culminated with the purchase and move to a new home. November and December were all about packing up and physically moving into our new home. December and January were a whirlwind of boxes, gallon paint cans and all the paraphernalia that goes with a rapid push to get some of the rooms of our new home freshly painted and set up for how we want to live. There is still more to do inside however since February, my attention has been turning outside in focusing on how to move my previous garden to my new outdoor space.

This is what I have to work with, a beautiful, large yard that already had an established vegetable patch in the central open area that receives full sun for at least half of the day. I am so excited about what I’m going to grow here.
9032 Buckner backyard 2

9032 Buckner ext backyard 1

{the existing backyard}

The existing vegetable patch will be host to some vegetables, however mainly annual flowers like zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers will go here. The surrounding flowerbeds that I am creating will host my perennial plants.

Garden Plan final design 20170308

{the plan as of today, it may change, but pretty much this is what I am planning on implementing}

As you can see by my notations, I will have a main central garden, based on  classic English cottage gardens, with pebble paths and gathering areas.  The main one will be for meals and hanging out, and a second play space is for Naomi.  She still has her playhouse and sandbox, and this time the flower beds that surround her area will be filled up with flowers and plants of her choice.  Plus in the middle of the two squares that have (4) “L”s in them will be the peach trees she has been asking for.  She loves peaches and since I told her about how my grandpa had a peach tree in his backyard so he could go out and pick sun-ripened peaches, she has latched onto the idea and has been requesting to grow peaches in our backyard.  So this spring we will pick out two peach trees for her.  The Dahlia bed that will run along the north side of the yard may or may not be implemented this year, it all depends on how much I get done this month with regard to the rest of the garden.

Today the garden is still a construction site with some plants already placed with the vast majority of plants still over at the old garden. As you can see, the layout is established with the black garden fabric that denotes where the gravel paths will be. I used the lasagna method of establishing flowerbeds, this utilizes a layer of cardboard placed on top of the turf with a thick layer of compost and leaf mulch placed on top (5 to 6 inches deep). I then place my plants in each flower bed as I have planned and fertilize everything.  I will then layer another layer of mulch on top of everything once things are settled.
9032 Buckner today 20170308-01

9032 Buckner today 20170308-02

9032 Buckner today 20170308-03

March is going to be a crazy month, full of digging, lugging and relocating my beloved plants. Some plants are especially sentimental as they are from dear friends and now I almost consider them family.

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5 Comments

  • Posted March 8, 2017 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Hi Liz,
    The new garden looks like such an awesome project. Gertrude Jekyll is one of those historical figures I wish I could have met in person. Imagine being her neighbor? I love the idea of such a huge dahlia garden. How cool will that be? I can’t wait to follow your progress.

    I lost my AllAboutMyGarden website when GoDaddy updated my server. I just need to find the time to fix it. You have inspired me to do just that because I miss documenting my garden. It’s so therapeutic.

    I’m especially excited to see all the amazing still lifes this new garden will inspire. Great work!

    Kind regards,
    Sue Libertiny

    • Elizabeth
      Posted March 8, 2017 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Sue! I too wish I could have met Gertrude Jekyll, and so many other gardeners.

  • C-Marie
    Posted March 8, 2017 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I loved your photographs and garden plans! ! Thank you so much for sharing them. God bless, C-Marie

  • Posted March 9, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Lovely! I did the same thing when we bought a home a few years ago. I took about two years and went crazy in the garden. This year I’m kind of dreading all the clean up and pruning! Pruning intimidates me:) I didn’t paint much those years… oddly enough. my beauty quota was filled in the soil and plants!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted March 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      Thank you and it was so nice of you to reach out :)

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