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My Compass Garden

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This little arrangement of triangular raised beds is what I call the compass garden and it lies across the lower portion of my garden. The triangles are arranged to have one point each facing outwards directly between the four primary directions. The primary directions enter the compass between the beds and cross in the center.This shot is when I put it in, Spring 2008.

The idea was originally to create a classic herb garden, but my interested had moved well on from just herbs at this point and I chose instead to give a color them to each point on the direction wheel. Here is how that looked that first summer in July.

Trying so many new plants some beds were wonderful and some not so great, but the general structure of the compass remained usable. I spent much time in the center viewing the garden and contemplating. The dark weed barrier made it very warm there as well, but winter did still come. I tried wrapping the beds around with plastic to hold a thick pile of straw on the beds to try increasing survival of perennials. Since, I’ve learned it just wasn’t necessary.

The compass througout winter lay imprinted into the snow. Many a peaceful and meaningful moment was spent there overlooked by the circling moon.

The early spring brought much snow at once and then an early spring. I couldn’t wait for all that snow to melt just so the plants could begin rejoicing in the warmth so I dug out the beds leaving the tops to naturally melt.

I added two long beds across the back with a ‘fence’ and gate. Midsummer 2009 the garden looked like this. No gate put together yet, but the main work done. The gate opens to the east directly from the east opening in the compass garden.

By this year, 2010, I’ve finished the gate and added two cross braces, but without a plan to the planting, the compass has been generally overgrown, still lovely but not so much structure. Good thing I did get that gate hung.

I thought since I was looking through the progressive photos from my garden, I would just pull them into a quick blog to give a little info on my garden’s development. Hope it was nice. :-)

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What a beautiful house and garden you have Gt...

24 Oct, 2010

 

i did so enjoy watching u develope this bed and the lovely gate...i suppose its all white up there in Alaska again...it has cooled down here and there have been frosts but not here yet...look forward to the develpment of the compass garden next spring..:-)

24 Oct, 2010

 

I love your 'compass' garden Gt. it looked so pretty with the nasturtians (spelling?) in and all the other summer plants, also I liked the snow effect too, Lol. We have had two heavy frosts here now ! It's going to be a long winter here but you know about that don't you? :0))

24 Oct, 2010

 

i love this area to GT, watched it come from nothing to what it is now and love the gate to, its all so homely ;o))

24 Oct, 2010

 

i love everything about it! the compass garden, the gate and that wooden house oh yes and the amazing forest. that moon shot looks really good ~ great atmosphere
i am so fascinated to hear from someone so far away. thank you for a great blog ~ please keep sending them

24 Oct, 2010

 

I really love your would love to live in something like it :)

24 Oct, 2010

 

It was very interesting to see how your compass garden has developed and survived the elements, GT. That last photograph would make a lovely jigsaw puzzle and one I would enjoy doing :)

24 Oct, 2010

 

i totally agree Gee ~ ought to be a wooden jigsaw!!

24 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you all for reading, and the lovely comments. I had to look deep in my photos to show someone the compass when it started and decided it was best to just make a quick blog for anyone new that couldn't make out the design under this years planting.....lol. Gives me a better idea how far I've really come with it too. Cabins this size come in cabin kits here, so they should be obtainable if you were to want one. :-) For now, maybe I will have to make some puzzles. :-)

24 Oct, 2010

 

Love your Compass garden it is nice to see the different stages as it has developed. The last picture is so pretty like a fairy tale house and garden, would suit me down to the ground;0)

24 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you Pp. :-) I hope to get all the size and color but with a little more shape next year. I love them, but too much nasturtium for my taste. :-) They just took off! :-)

25 Oct, 2010

 

Just wonderful!

25 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you Nana. I'm proud of this little garden of mine. :-) I've got an offer for another house and I really am not sure, because of the garden of course.

26 Oct, 2010

 

I just loved this blog Gt!!!
It is so amazing the way you have prepared it trough the seasons, I called all family to read the blog and enjoy the pictures.
My daughter agree with Pansypotter.... she was looking to Hänsel und Gretel... :D

28 Oct, 2010

 

just like the gingerbread house ~ but no witch inside ~ this is a happy fairy story!?

28 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you Aleyna. It has been a pleasure helping it grow. It has come a long way. I've a coming opportunity to move to another house that is hard to take because this has come so far. I do love my little place. I wouldn't mind more fairytale garden. I have reminded any neighbor that called it the Hansel and Gretel house that I would not steal their children. :-) My friends daughter loves to visit and come through the gate again and again.

28 Oct, 2010

 

that is lovely.

28 Oct, 2010

 

Fabulous both the garden and the house. Lots of good work gone into it I'm sure.

30 Oct, 2010

 

Thank you Grannysue. Its been a pleasure building along as I go. It is a rental so I will be leaving it all someday, but I say garden improvements are always worth doing.

31 Oct, 2010

 

sounds like a very wise philosophy to me. have you got any snow pictures for us greenthumb? ~ please?

31 Oct, 2010

 

I'm collecting them Stickitoffee. We're already a couple inches deep today and just went subzero last night. Thats your -17C. I'm sparing with the snow shots at least until it gets colder over there, but sounds like that is happening already! Its was perfect today but my camera had a dead battery. I'll get some going. :-) They are mixed along in my my garden shots, they should have a few winters there.

1 Nov, 2010

 

thanks greenthumb ~ always interesting to know what you are doing and what it is like somewhere else

1 Nov, 2010

 

I just love your house!!!!! I want one like that. And your photos are brilliant. Thanks so much.

26 Nov, 2010

 

Thank you Benjiboy. Its the standard 16x20 cabin kit with a little personality. :-) You should be able to find one available, they are easy to get up here.

27 Nov, 2010

 

I am sorry to have not seen this earlier. It is exactly what I love best. Ideas that progress to reality! What a wonderful, informative and just plain fun blog. I love your house. It looks so cozy, and fits right in with your landscape. Glad I discovered it and you.

25 Feb, 2012

 

Thank you, Wells. I kept calling the compass garden by name but left no place for one to find out what I was talking about. This spring will be the end of it though. I'm moving two of the beds into one. I am gald you like my little forest home. Right now I can't wait for spring to burst.

25 Feb, 2012

 

My first visit to your blogs too, Greenthumb! I am really interested to hear what you can grow and when. I have a distant cousin in Edmonton and its pretty cold there too!

24 Apr, 2012

 

THank you Rachelsmum. Hope you liked the visit. I am writing one up about a flash flood I experienced in the desert. But as for this one......lol. I just pulled apart the compass yesterday to make some new beds. I got a wheelbarrow that wont fit between them. Of course my perennial experience increased much since then. I've collected Lychnis, Ligularia, Trollius, Tanacetum, and many Clematis that wil survive my deep freeze. Edmonton can be very similar, just a shorter winter part of the year. I love trying things, and have many that I wouldn't name as I wouldn't call them novice for wintering care. Just in case someone looks one day and thinks I've stated something will live that really shouldn't. :-)

25 Apr, 2012

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