I love gardening. I don't care to have much if anything to do with the lawn. If I could make the whole property into gardens I would, but my husband seems to think we should still keep some lawn areas. I suppose it is easier to play bocce ball on grass than on any kind of ground cover which really is true of almost any game unless I make a life sized chess board. The alternate squares could be a thick ground cover. I'll put that on the to-do list. I have to keep lists or I'll forget. Thoughts and ideas flit around in my mind and it's all I can do to just capture a few here and there like butterflies in a net. The garden is where I display my most interesting finds.
There was this corner of our backyard that we were not using for anything other than that there is a clothes line across it. It has the woods behind it and borders the neighbors property on one side (which has been a different kind of challenge altogether). Over the winter I had read a book that inspired me called No Mow Lawns. I really wanted a place that was all garden with shrubs and young trees that would grow and mature over time. I want to enjoy and appreciate every stage of the garden. Every corner has a story, a memory, a special meaning or purpose.My husband had 5 yards of soil delivered for Mother's Day. I was so happy. It went perfectly with the pile of wood chips that the tree trimmers had dumped in the adjacent spot on the driveway. Now, whenever I hear the sound of chainsaws in my neighborhood I wonder if I could make use of a pile of wood chips for a new project. It's not that unusual for me to get dirt as a gift. I once won a pile of manure as a door prize.
In addition to soil and wood chips I also set about collecting as much cardboard as I could. I went from store to store and to the recycling center, really anywhere I could find boxes or paper. I worked in sections, laying down as much cardboard as I had and covering it with a layer of either wood chips or an inch or two of soil with a general idea of the pattern of beds and winding paths in my head. I had pinned some ideas on Pinterest and wanted all areas accessible from a path at least for now.
Some areas I seeded as soon as I could with marigolds, daisies, zinnias and morning glories. It was a cold spring with surprise late frosts. I covered the seeded areas and was very pleased to see those first seedlings which slowly became big, beautiful flowering plants.