Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest
It’s the time of year when I think about planting and gardening and this year I’m doing it! I’m wishing for winter to be over and for everything to bloom again. We are working extra hard this year to clean up our gardens and replant. We moved into our home in 1998. The beautiful gardens sold me on this old house. Over the years the plants have gotten over-grown and our property looked neglected. The baby years were busy, the toddler years were busy, the preschool years were busy… Now our children can help us and, at the very least, not run off into the highway. They can ride their bikes up and down our little lane while I garden. The boys like to garden too and Hunter has some plans of his own. This year, our gardens and our lives can begin anew.
It’s been years since I’ve studied my favorite gardening books. My favorite book on blooms is a magazine style book called “Arranging Flowers” by Martha Stewart Living. It has plans for a cutting garden and the photos are gorgeous. A newer book that I’ll be referring to this year is “The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs” by Reader’s Digest. I also like “The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping” by Rosalind Creasy. It looks like there is an updated version of her book. For garden know-how, you cannot get along forever without “Sunset Western Gardening Book” which is also an updated version. I guess 1998 is a long time ago.
I remember many of the names of the flowers I love and I’m reading for a quick refresher. I also downloaded some cottage garden plans from BH&G for a visual idea about spacing. I will turn over the soil by hand to bury the grass and weeds, instead of using a rototiller to basically “seed” the new ground with weeds. I will let the rest rest for a few weeks to hoe out any regrowth before planting.
On a dry, sunny day here the soil is just right to work. Good tools make a big difference — good sharp hoe and a comfortable shovel. I also LOVE little these loppers. My new diet is giving me the energy to do this!
I’m also remembering Grama’s garden. I wonder if she remembers it? She is at her daughter’s house now and Alzheimer’s has stolen her memories. Here are some photos from Grama’s garden and the gardens on our lane. The photos are from 2011 and 2012.
We had to dig up the snowball bush. We will try replanting the root ball but ripping it out with the truck may have damaged it. If it doesn’t grow again, I want to get another snowball bush and wisteria and plant them both in a better spot. Wisteria, Trumpet Vine and climbing roses will need a nice trellis like this. It will be a good woodworking project with the kids to make a few of these.