Confessions of a talentless gardener: Finished Design

The Final Design

Day 5

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.

Today’s mission.

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.

With the grass gone, I arranged the pots to get a vision of what they’d look if I planted them. I did this a few times before settling for this:


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.

My design

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.

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43 thoughts on “Confessions of a talentless gardener: Finished Design

  1. I think it looks nice even if you mentioned that you didn’t have an idea of how you want it to look like when it’s done. I’m sure you’re going to continue working on it, that how I am when I start on a project at home.

  2. I feel excited seeing the result of your labor as I was looking down each pic. And congrats you did a well-done job despite the fact of not having plans how to do it.

  3. Practice makes everything perfect. And you have goals. Focused and industrious person is more blessed that lazy creative one.

  4. This turned out really beautiful! I have a black thumb so I don’t think I could do something like this! haha

  5. Oh my gosh you did such an amazing job! I have trouble with finding the right material, plants and flowers to add on my lawn because I have issues with deer eating them up.

    1. Thank you Glenda.
      We have deer too. But I don’t care – I just plant whatever I like and hope for the best. \

  6. Your yard looks wonderful,well planned and has a nice order to it. I think you did a great job and you might get some neighbors asking you for tips!

    1. 🙂 Actually it is quite embarrassing when neighbors ask me for the name of plants. I do not pay any attention to what I plant.

  7. i love flowers and anything that has to do with gardens and i must say this was done fairly well. the design and work put into this is so cool. now i have this hunger to have my own little garden too.

    1. Nothing more satisfying than being able to design and create a garden. I didn’t always like gardening. I am going through a mid-life crisis.

  8. I wish your dentist would read this. LOl I dunno what the medical world has done to the rest of you. I think you did a fantastic job. I wouldn’t even dare.

    1. Thank you for the compliment. It was hard, but I was determined to make it work. I still have a lot to do.

    1. Thank you.
      I will toast to everyone who commented on this blog and wish them success as I drink my tea 🙂

    1. Good luck with the spring cleaning. Hope you have as much fun as I do out in the yard 🙂

    1. Not everything I plant lives either, i just plant a lot, so when some die, there is always some remaining.

    1. Thanks Heidi. I have so much more to work on – so you may be seeing a lot more of my work 🙂

  9. Oh no sorry to hear about the dentist I hope your mouth is a little less sore now? I agree sometimes less choice offers better results! You did a smashing job x

  10. This came out very nice. I would love the chance to garden some, at some point in my life LOL. I am sure when they are all in bloom your garden will look great.

  11. As someone who has killed every single potted plant she’s had, I’m thoroughly impressed! Some day, when we own a home, I’d like to plant flowers in the front and have a garden in the back. But my track record hasn’t been the greatest!

  12. Your garden is so pretty! I’d be curious to see what you’re planning to do next – you’re not as talentless as you thought, and you did a pretty good job. I think adding the gravel was a nice thought, too.

  13. Great post to inspire me to think about my flower and vegetable gardens this year. However, it maybe a few weeks, we just got dumped with one foot of snow. 🙂

  14. I am amazed you got 3 bags of mulch and 1 bag of gravel into the tiny trunk of a beetle. It is a very cool but unpractical car 😉 You made a great job of your wee garden esp. considering an evil dentist visit before!

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