I apologize for being unable to blog for some time due to family issues and hope that I have not lost any followers. Donna at Funky Junk Interiors is asking for other bloggers to post their garden features, so I am writing this blog about my garden to get me into the groove again.
I love gardening and it has really taken over a large part of my property. Fortunately I have 8 acres, so lots of room for a large flower garden or two, or three...
I made the bridge, that crosses the stream bed between the house and the workshop. I used old pallet wood for the decking and a couple of found 2 x 10's (or 2 x 12's?) for the sides and logs for the railing. Some of the vertical logs have been worked at over the years, by woodpeckers. I wanted it to look rustic and it certainly does now.
Here is some Rock Cress over the edge of the stream bed:
There is a heart shaped garden right in the middle, with paths around it. In the middle of the heart is a bird bath. To the left is a bench I made out of pressure treated wood.
At the top of the previous photo, to the right of the bench, is a small pond with resident frogs:
Some lupines in the springtime in front of the bird bath:
Columbines are beautiful, but boy do they seed everywhere!
I also have a lot of bellflowers (campanula):
This pretty Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum) was a new addition last year:
These are just some of the many perennials I have in my gardens. I am always dividing flowers and moving them to new beds that I make. I have lots of duplicates, but that's okay, you can even trade with neighbours and save the cost of buying new plants.
I believe the secret to a good garden is good soil and compost. I bought some beautiful black topsoil from a local man who delivered it in a dump truck. You can tell the good stuff by the colour. This was almost black and slightly moist... fabulous stuff. I use compost that I make myself from left over peels, rinds, tea bags, etc. that I throw in a large plastic compost bin. It is so exciting to see it all ready to use the next year. I sprinkle it on my beds between flowers and dig it in a little.
Hope you've enjoyed my garden!