One of the things we love most about the casa is the garden. Over a period of almost 100 years, people have added tulips, lilac bushes, peonies, Irises, Allium and ivy. Spring after spring it has been a surprise and delight to see what the sun’s warm rays coax out of the earth. I’ve only planted a few things since we’ve been here and really love the unruly English feel of it all. But, after almost a century, there are things that need to be moved and thinned and re-grouped. Namely flowers that appear randomly, some groundcover in odd spots that could certainly be used to fill in at more visible areas, and some greenery that is quite possibly weeds.
The yard, in its current state
I’d like to take these random pink tulips.
And move them next to this random pink tulip.
I also want to move some of this groundcover around. There’s Sweet Woodruff, Vinca and Geranium Johnson’s Blue:
This Grape Hyacinth is cute but sparse. I’d love to fill in with more of it.
I tried to cut this Spirea completely down last fall but it came back all springy and vengeancey this year.
There are also groupings of Irises which only bloom intermittently, apparently they’re stubborn like that.
I really like this Jack Frost framing the gate but, overall would like for the fenceline to be neater and feel more purposefully landscaped.
I’m not a natural gardener. My grandmother was, and my mom has built an adorable potting shed to support her habit, so I’m thinking, with some research and gumption, I COULD become one. Turns out, most things I need to wait until Fall to move. But, I’m taking note of them now so, when September comes around, I can remember what was where and contribute to making next spring even more fabulous.