The Final Design
Today I wanted was to finish the design I started yesterday.
While I had no vision of the finished design, I still wanted to finish it. This is what happens when you take up gardening without a plan.
Also my yard-time started late. I had a dental appointment at 11:00 a.m. I really did not want to go. But I already used the ‘sick’ excuse a couple of weeks ago to push it back to today. And I cannot still be sick.
Anyway, instead of pacing up and down the house waiting till 11:00 a.m. I went to the local garden center.
My intention as I drove up to the garden center was to buy two rose bushes and two lavenders. But on arriving, I noticed that there weren’t any. In fact the garden center did not have much choice. It is still early in the season and not much is in bloom.
Sometimes it is a good thing to not have as much choice. First, you don’t over spend, and second you don’t spend too long deciding.
So I ditched the old plan of roses and lavenders. My new plan was to buy perennials, just like the old plan. But the perennials have to meet two conditions. They have to flower or look pretty, and they should not grow beyond 12 inches.
With this in mind, I purchased 16 plants.
After being tortured to near death by the dentist, I came home with a very sore mouth.
The first task was to strip the area clean. In other words, get rid of the grass.
This was no easy task. The grass gave me a hard time. But I was the one with the pickax.
Just when you think it’s all over…
Now as I have several planting areas that I spend weeding endlessly over the summer, I did not want this area to be too much trouble. So I laid down the weed barrier.
Once this was done, I wondered what do I do now?
I had no mulch or gravel to go on top. So around 4:30 in the afternoon I drove back down to the garden center and purchased three bags of mulch and a bag of marble chip gravel. The gravel was a spontaneous decision based on a vision that that came to me during the short drive.
Finally, as the bugs came out for the evening and started to feed on my flesh, I was done.
I succeeded in coming up with a design, which I made up along the way. Who said a garden has to be planned?
I realize that I am short of a bag of black mulch. The trunk of my VW Beetle was only able to squeeze in three bags of mulch and a bag of gravel. I know I still have some finishing touches to do around the porch.
But for now, I will sip on a cup of tea and enjoy the view from the porch.