I have to show you my very fun new vintage garden book I found while thrifting. Don't be jealous but...I only paid 25 cents!!
I love the bright cheery graphics on the cover. Inside the cover is plenty of info to pour through as I begin to redo my gardens in the front and back yards. I have big plans to relocate the back yard garden...so wish me luck...or just call me crazy-- cuz I have plenty to keep me busy in the front yard garden. Just look at this mess...I mean natural beauty!!
You know how you look at your yard with a blind eye until someone opens them for you? Well, yesterday my neighbor was showing me his garden and said very casually, "Do you like the ferns so thick in your garden or would you like some starts of my red Bee Balm flowers?" I turned to look at my garden and was aghast!! The ferns seem to sprout one day and the next they have invaded!! Yes. I do like my ferns, yet they seem to have flourished more this spring than any other -with all the unending rain. As beautiful as they are-- I have to point out that somewhere in that jungle is my perennial garden. Can you see it? I can't! My poor perennials are screaming out that they are suffocating.
So... one plan is to transplant lots of ferns!!! Oh and see that out of place baby Maple tree that is not so babyish anymore? It needs to go somewhere else too!
The grass is quite long too as we just spread lime on the lawn to sweeten the acidic results of all the tall tall pines that shed. We have to wait to mow until it is well watered in. I think it is well watered with all this rain we have had!!
And if that were not enough work in the front yard garden; I am planing to somehow reset the grade of the dirt on each side of the sidewalk. In this photo it looks rather earthy and natural; yet with all the rain, the dirt just keeps washing out over the cement as the garden bed has raised so much higher over time.
Maybe it would be easier to raise the sidewalk!!