Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My Garden

Now, it is highly likely that you don't really care about my garden. In that case, scroll down and there's a real post called The Nursery. But here is what I've been doing for the past month, up to my armpits in dirt and grime and sweat and just loving it so much.

When I moved into my house, my whole front yard was like this: waist deep meadow grass. Nice and wild looking, but not so much fun and not useful at all. (You can see the house up on the ledge behind, there are the porch railings)

Now, here is what I have done: by hand dug up the grass and cleared half of the front yard. All of the plants are just pieces from plants that are in my upper gardens (i.e. gardener with no budget) so it looks a little sparse right now, but you can see that I have made tremendous progress. I am very proud.

You can also see the lovely tree house from down below. I dug out a lot of the bedrock which had a lot of soil on top of it from years of rotting leaves. Here's the edge of the ledge, behind the long grasses, where there is also lots of rock (in the back)
And my new raised bed in the top of the yard, with my little rock wall. Of course I wish the sidewalk were a nice stone pathway but it's great for riding bikes so we'll keep it for awhile.

Thanks for humoring me by looking at these.
Lastly, on another proud note, check out Glow in the Woods. I am so humbled and proud (and surprised and happy!).


THAT GIRL said...

I am yet another one of your readers. I have been enjoying your blog for quite some time... I've cried with you, laughed with you, and am in awe of the way you work your little piece of earth into something fantastical... your children are blessed to have a mother who will let their imaginations run free!

You and me are the same, and yet very different. I am passionate like you. I could list it all out, let you peek inside... I have a faith that you do not have... but I love how you have taken what I believe to be God's creation (your children, your family, your home)and have made it beautiful. Your family and home just spill over, cascading down with your love and passion... No wonder you have so much love!

I think of your Char, I am a labor and delivery nurse. I think of how you honor her life every day... and it inspires me to be a better nurse... to the ones who've said hello and goodbye. You may never know if she would prefer chocolate over ice cream... but you can almost bet that she would love to run through your gardens barefoot in the morning dew... who wouldn't?

Jen said...

Your garden is lush and gorgeous- thanks for the pictures! And HOORAY for the recognition you received from Glow in the Woods!

Mama said...


Carol it looks so different!
Your garden is so beautiful!
You go girl!

Meg said...

Great job! What a difference! It's good to do something you love to do.

kate said...

It looks beautiful, i especially love the rock wall.

I need to do some serious work on my own gardens, sigh. What a mess they are this year!

kate said...

ps i am still catching up from being away but i didn't realize before that the article in Mothering about Charlotte was written by you, about your Charlotte. I read that when it came out and i want to say that it is just beautiful and amazing. You are an amazing writer.

Jana said...

Wow, the garden looks great! Makes my green thumb itch for a space of my own.