On September 17th I have invited our entire garden club to have a potluck, plant swap, flea market swap, and a tomato taste off at my house. We will also have a guest speaker, and the club president is including door prizes. Wow, right?? Needless to say, as excited as I am at the prospect of having several people come out for a day of fun, I am also a nervous wreck and have been running around tying up loose ends in my yard. One problem area for me has always been the spot between our garage and our dog kennel. Historically it has been the place where our garbage trailer is parked, and where I kept my piles of odds and ends – my dirt pile, a rock pile, the compost pile, various pots and such – all surrounded by a generous amount of tall weeds that we merely trimmed once in a while with the gas trimmer. Of course, this area is one of the first things that you lay eyes on when you make the final corner of our driveway, and I have hated it since the day we moved in, often wishing I could at least put a fence in front of it to block the view of the ugliness. Knowing that I was going to have fellow gardeners to my home, and having seen some of the beautiful landscapes owned and tended by some of these individuals, I decided that I simply had to do something with the offensive area. So I cleared out all the various piles, the refuse trailer found a new home, and I cleared out the weeds. In doing all of this however, I managed to stumble across buried treasure – Seven HUGE rocks were buried at one end of my new area. It took a lot of digging, and the help of my son, husband, and tractor, but we managed to get all of them out of the ground, and they became the inspiration for my new “rock garden”. Since I already had a low spot where we had dug out the rocks, I started there – digging, moving earth, and placing rocks until a garden began to form. It was a lot of work, but I think the end result was definitely worth it. Here are the pictures – unfortunately I don’t have any of the area before I got started, but I’m sure you can imagine what a mess it was. (Sorry about the quantity of pictures – I didn’t realize there were quite this many!!) :)
- 11 Aug, 2011
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