I Love It When A Plan Comes Together


I have a small garden and it’s an old garden… It has a lot of character of it’s own that I’d be stupid/energy sucking to mess with. The previous inhabitants were gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts, from what I can tell. And since they really used the space, they broke it down into 5 outdoor rooms.

1. The main garden (Was sort of u-shaped, doesn’t have much in it- mostly sun. Relics: laundry line and umbrella stands)
2. The eating area (has really interesting patio surface- it’s a little more shady. Relics:antique grape vine on "interesting" arbor and a very evil Buckthorn tree)
3. The giant raspberry patch (I have enough for everyone. Relics: Millions of Buckthorn seedlings )
4. The firepit area (I have seating for 4 out there, really need privacy fence to make it useable- it’s fairly shady. Relics: great brick spirals for the firepit and for decor)
5. The "meadow" ( Crazy mix of flowers, space has been pretty unusable because I don’t want to step on Bluebells, or Poppies… Will become my "work" space- sorta shady. Relics: An old sandbox frame, an odd collection of stone, a wooden swing (grounded) and an unusualbe (by law) hen house)

Ok, ok. Looking at this makes even ME think I have a giant yard. Trust me. It’s tiny. T-I-N-Y! And my garage sits smack dab in the middle of it.
I lost my scanner in the flood so bear with this awful  illustration.

This scan doesn’t even show the firepit area, which is against the back fence- about 1/2 an inch off the edge of the page.Just imagine it, k?

Ok, next- I’m going to tell you all about my "Peacock Garden" and how I’m going to pull that off. Or, the better question may be, WHY I’m going to pull that off.
I am, after all, afraid of peacocks.

Forum, yo.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens.She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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