Okay, so it’s been quite some time since I mentioned the garden, I know. Winter was a good excuse for a few months, but now that it’s warming up (let’s pretend yesterday never happened—it’s spring for real now, right? It’s going to be in the 80s this weekend, after all) I really have to get out there and get things moving again.
So this is where we were last June. Since then, two of the rhododendrons have died (the third is doing just fine, go figure), both azaleas bit the dust, and the elderberries teetered on the verge of death under the blistering August sun (they seem to be coming back, though). The fireglow Japanese maple has a fresh set of leaves coming in, the ivy is starting to perk up a bit, and the pachysandra is spindly but alive. The hostas are currently MIA (do they disappear in winter?).
The rest of the garden is basically a giant pile of dirt. I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. Last weekend we spent a few hours raking up leaves, getting the dead plants out of the ground, and moving some dirt around. We basically have no budget (meaning “no money”, not “I don’t need to make a budget because money is no object”) for the garden, and I just don’t know what to do. Hauling tiny (but heavy) bags of crushed stone and sand through the house became very tedious very quickly, but we’re still nowhere close to having the amount we’d need to provide proper the underlayment for a stone patio.
My head hurts. I just want some amazing landscaper to come and do this for me. (For free.)
In lieu of doing actual work on the garden, I’m just going to post a bunch of inspiration photos.
Yes, this again! And still my favorite.
(these five from Modular Garden)
(Walter Gropius house, from catfunt)