Monday, June 7, 2010

Husband compared it

to taking an etch-a-sketch and shaking it to what I did to one of our gardens.

This is the first of many posts showing the rebuild of my gated flower garden in the back yard that has eight plots all about 3 feet deep and 10 feet wide, with gravel down the middle and in between the beds. I planted in or around 2000 or 2001. The idea very much inspired by the garden in the movie Practical Magic.

Last year I completely ignored this garden in order to get props finished for Halloween. And the year before....well, I let it slide more than I should have. So this year I knew that I really had to tear up a big chuck of the invasive perennials dead roses (I think the daises choked them.....daises are evil that way :D )

This project is a whole lot easier to do when husband comes along and digs them up rather than me spending 20 minutes trying to get one plant out....he can remove most everything in one of beds in a few minutes. So he was out there on one of the sunny days (we have had a few) and dug up most of the garden.

Now you might should have given some of these away - I would have if all my gardener friends did not already have a yard full of this stuff from my previous "giveaway parties" :D

We tore out:
  • A butterfly bush tree (really, it was about 6 inches around)
    several other butterfly bushes volunteers (there is a reason they are not allowed in to be sold in our area anymore)

  • A way too friendly Cape Fusicha that not only took over the bed it was planted in....but at least three other beds and I could tell by the way it looked at me when it saw the shovel, that it was on its way across the street to the neighbors garden

  • Purple Coneflower - lots of purple coneflower - also very friendly and made home in just about every bed in the garden.

  • Shasta Daisies...again another plant that had managed to take over an entire bed or two

  • Fever Few......I remember reading once that fever few is important for safe travel charms.....I believe them...all you have to do is plant one small bit and pretty soon it will cover your property to keep you from leaving.....which I guess is helping you travel safe since you cannot leave your house anymore :)

  • Grape Hyacinth - I am sure I will never be done pulling that out of the yard

  • Tickseed - I left one small plant in the garden....and I am keeping an eye on it....well, maybe both eyes :)

  • Some very sad Blaze climbing roses that never really did much climbing

  • Very neglected lavender, that looked like it had been trotted upon by a giant....but it did smell lovely when I dug it up :)

  • mortal enemy, but very important for mojitos....and after a few of those...I don't care so much that it has taken over the yard again :)

  • Many, many volunteer cherry tree starts.....note to the twin cherry trees that flag my vegetable garden...your days are numbered. :)

  • Then we pulled out several walnut and hazelnut tree starts along with moving some tulips from the veggie beds back into the garden....I know the squirrels thought they were being helpful :)

Pictures of the garden after the tear out on the next post.

I have been buying, native or at least zone friendly and less invasive plants for the garden! More pictures of my progress to follow.

Frog Queen


  1. I love the mint for drinks and cooking but never in the garden! I'm pulling my hair out and tons of mint! I'm not sure if I'll ever be rid of it. Oh but it's supposed to bring you lots of money if you have it in your yard. Well I'm waiting for that lottery any day now! :)
    I love the Practical Magic inspired garden so enchanting!

  2. This is so neat and exciting! I love the little garden. I think I would want to be in there all the time. Lucky you!

  3. Yes - definitely mint for mojitos - but always planted in a pot! Too bad I didn't live closer, I'd definitely take some of those plants off your hands. Sometimes though, things just have to go.

  4. How fun! I love garden make-overs! :0)

    You must have stern talk with those plants that have a tendency towards take-over. Even go so far as threaten them! I do. And works for the most part. Mostly.

    Can't wait to see more pics of the garden.

    Happy Digging!

  5. Oh I love it! The fence is enchanting and I love your house too!
    Daisies that take over. I can't even keep Shasta daisies alive. Don't know what I'm doing wrong. I know they will grow here because the man down the street has them come back every year.

  6. What a beautiful spot! I can't wait to see it evolve!

  7. LOVE the gated gardens and thoroughly enjoyed reading your commentary on the various plants...ha! I learned a long time ago not to trust those dastardly 'mints', so I have mine in pots in a stand, next to my herb garden so that they can be kept under control. Love to smell it though! Great post!