Since we moved into our home almost 7 years ago my garden has evolved as I've made room for more and more plants. I'd like to think I've made improvements .... those who like a big lawn and open spaces might not agree with me though.
So let's start with a few photos of what I started with:
This is the front yard ... where that stump is that my daughter is sitting on, there is now a pond.
I removed the perimeter planting of willow and replaced it with a mixed planting of shrubs, trees and hardy roses. I removed it in stages because I didn't want to open that side of the garden completely (and loose the shelter) so it took three years to complete.
Rann - To me everything yo did was an improvement! I am astonished at how beautifully designed and well kept your garden is. Just fabulous. Any new projects in the planning? High wind warnings here tonight to, and more rain, it has been raining for 2 days here now.
That is very nice Rann! I love the design and I am a no grass/lawn type gardner myself. I am just curious about the plants. Do they come back after your heavy snow/cold winters? I am sure they do, just not familiar with cold weather gardening.
I hope you will post pictures this summer.
Thanks Ledge To tell you the truth I'm terrible at feeding my plants ...... I'm trying to be as organic as possible so they mainly get lots of compost and then I use kelp meal as a supplemental fertilizer. I think it's mostly the cool weather that keeps them lush and green .... ;-)
That is pretty much what I use too, organic. Compost made from lobster shells because that is what is available in the area and I use an organic fertilizer made from fish. Smells like dead fish too. Plants like it. When I have the energy I haul sea weed up from the shore and use that. A goal for this year is to get a compost pile going that is big enough to heat up and decompose the plant materials.
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