i used to pride myself on being a crafter... now my craft is my garden.
since the fall of 2009 i have planted 100+ bulbs, perrenials by the 10's, tried some seeds here and there, and the birds have planted their share of sunflowers too.
this is where there was once a 40yr old japanese maple... we promptly cut it down and removed stump along with it's 10+ azaleas that went neglected for decades. it's been a slow process of tilling in yards of compost and was even once a pumpkin patch which so far was my favorite. i've recently wanted to start a gardeners journal but i speak through photos so i thought i could just add details on photos instead of the basic journal. so here we go.
i think only a gardener can see 2mo ahead and vision the height of this cottage like area with 2ft phlox, 4ft lillies, and 6ft hollyhocks and sunflowers. it will be a garden of light colors and height mixed with shrubs and even some rhubarb (which we harvest all summer for rhubarb sauce on vanilla icecream and rhubarb strawberry crisps.. mmm).
my favorite place right now that is really colorful now but will be amazing when it's 50 buds open to be 6in layeres of blossoms drooping to the ground.. i check everyday for the first petal to break free. this coming week is my guess. the lupine was a surprise. i had a pack of seeds with a variety in color. i planted three small plants, 2" maybe and gave the others to a friends. what are the chances that mine came back 4ft tall this year and all in purple! my chair sits in this corner now..
oh and the wildlife in my yard is amazing now... wink