Saturday, February 26, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
The “Kitchen Sink” is a breakfast menu item in a little joint downtown. My hubby ordered it for breakfast this morning and I thought it was a good idea for an article.
In short, My Garden is a Kitchen Sink…. Really, it is.
Today I have been thinking about the butterfly garden. Specifically the pink evening primrose growing in the front corner of this bed.
I love this plant, don’t get me wrong…. but it is completely taking over. Which is good, it is happy. But when I planned this area I envisioned drifts of multiple colors. Planned specifically in odd numbered splashes of color…. floating down the hill.
And as you can see, this has been successful the last two gardening years. But as I surveyed the hill with all the foliage gone, one this was for sure. It is decision time.
Do you fight the fight and reign in plants to “where they belong” or do you let mother nature place them where they may.
You see the first few years is relatively easy to keep things in the correct spaces, but my chosen plants then to gravitate and spread. A bunch.
Which is great, I get divisions and more plants…. but after a while… Do you just give in? Or do you fight the fight?
Here is my thoughts on gardens…. all of the plants in here were chosen because I enjoyed them. They are there for a reason. And each one plays a part in the all season “show”. I love to see beautiful manicured displays at garden shows and magazines…. all with 6 inches of mulch and lighting systems… but that is not my garden.
My garden is me bringing home a plant every time I leave the house. Never saying no to a start…. seed… or clipping. Me making bad decisions and using invasive-like plants, because I think they are pretty. And enjoying them.
And being surprised by the changes every year brings. And honestly, having more things blooming and going on than the planned beds where nothing touches. My garden is full, bursting at the seams, about the jump the fence at all times. I have no idea what all is growing in it, but it looks good to me. I really don’t think I could have a manicured garden if I tried… it’s not like me…. I’m a kitchen sink kinda girl!
I am going to enjoy the butterfly garden this year. Things will be bigger and fuller and attract more things for me to enjoy. I will sit on the bench, stare at the lake and enjoy the wild mess I created. Because after all it is my mess and I will enjoy living in it.
Many blessings & Happy Gardening….Brooke
(All pictures of my garden Spring of 2010)
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Here is the finalized list of all the stops on the Christmas in the Country Tour 2014 here at Creative Country Mom's.
Featured Home Tours - Nancherrow and
Featured Home Tours - Momcrieff and
Featured Home Tours - Lilacs and Longhorns,
Featured Home Tours - Chatfield Court
DAY TEN - DECEMBER 11TH
Featured Home Tours - Dwellings - The Heart of the Home,
DIY 180, Domicile 37 and Little Red Brick House
DAY ELEVEN - DECEMBER 12TH
Featured Home Tours - Dandelion Patina,
I wish to thank all of the bloggers that participated and all the ones whom shared their links at the party. I so enjoyed every day of the tour and all the wonderful homes all decorated for the holidays. Merry Christmas to everyone! xxx....Brooke