Monday, December 1, 2014

Is It Spring Yet?

I know I'm impatient but I've never been a good "wait-er." It's not even winter yet and I'm already jumping ahead to spring. Fortunately with western Oregon's relatively mild climate (knock on wood) I am graciously afforded gardening opportunities even during the dreary months. 

One night a few weeks ago while I was lying in bed thinking about--what else--the garden, it dawned on me that I've got about six feet of wasted space that I could be using for more plants. Duh. Here is the spot. 

This is the northeast corner of my garden that was originally intended to be a small cutting garden.
Behind the green lattice, the east and north fences converge.
For the past several years that area has been a convenient spot for... 

Most of my yard debris goes in to the two cans provided by the
waste company. But when I have too much, guess where it goes.
Yep. Right here.  

I've got pretty flowers--like pink California poppies...

And Sweet William to "hide" it all.
Denial is a powerful thing. 

Here is a "before photo" from October. I've got a large mirror right behind the lattice,
another (futile) effort to conceal the detritus. 

It's kind of ugly and icky, isn't it? 

So, while leaves from the lilac bush cover foliage of the Williams, I'm out here making changes. 

For the benefit of both you and me, I didn't take any photos of me loading the wheelbarrow with that sorry mess.
But here you can see that it's gone and the trellis and mirror have been move to the very back of this spot
where the fences meet up. 

From Home Depot, I've ordered a 16 foot roll of reed fencing, (like what you see here)
to cover the chain link fence.
I will attach the reed fencing to the chain link fence on the left in this photo.
Won't that look much better?
This is a full sun, hot location and I'm excited to see what I can grow here.
I'll keep you posted. 

Oh yeah, when unearthing everything, I found these long lost clippers.
Are you planning for next year's garden? 


  1. Gosh, I don't know ... I think it looks pretty neat for a "messy" area. It will be fun to see what you do with it. You always amaze me, Grace.

  2. It's always exciting to uncover "new" space. I look forward to seeing what you create. I'm guessing there will be a bit of pink involved ;)

  3. I am planning too for next year's garden, I have a lot of changes I want to make. I hope I can get to all of them. It's never-ending, the plans and ideas that also come to me when I'm lying in bed, trying to sleep. Sometimes the next morning I can't remember all the brainstorms I had the night before.

  4. I know what you mean. We all have a spot like that! We are planning on what plants to get for the south side of the house. Right against the house. We have some in there but need to fill it in more. But we have the long COLD winter to plan yet. lol.

  5. It's funny how ideas hit you in the middle of the night. You are already making forward progress and I look forward to seeing how this little garden spot turns out.

    May your Christmas holidays be filled with love, joy and peace.


  6. I scribble notes in a bedside notebook. Of course they are mostly illegible in the morning. I've been impressed with the way your dreamscapes turn into reality.

  7. What a great way to prepare for spring - Your new "bed" will be ready and waiting for transformation (and I imagine your plans and ideas will evolve considerably in the meantime)!

  8. Hello Gracie Girl and YES ! that reed fencing will look really nice !
    I am holding back until January because our winters are so much longer than yours girl .. I will go completely mental when I start thinking about what I want to do .. so holding back and when in garden mode thinking baby steps to make it last longer ... BIG sigh !
    We actually have no snow on the ground for the moment .. the weather keeps going back and forth all the time .. can't make up its mind ?
    Joy : )

  9. P.S
    I lost a new hand rake when cleaning up the front garden ... drives me nuts when that happens .. and I am always asking Garden PA where I last dropped my pruners ... BIGGER sigh !
    Joy : )

  10. Oh my! The weather there must be spectacular for you to have such a gorgeous garden still. Anyway, the California poppies are uber pretty, as well as the Sweet Williams. Thank you so much for sharing all the lovely pictures of your garden! Wishing you all the best!

    Mitchell Knapp @ Scenic Landscaping

  11. We are having a blustery day here with sun, rain, & wind. I am enjoying the bluster to spend a day inside reading or facebooking :)

  12. I don't know where you get the motivation to be out working this time of year.

  13. I loved how you moved the trellis to the corner as that made the whole spot change...and I love the fencing over the chain link....have fun planting...and I am always finding lost things in my garden!

  14. That patch of Sweet William is a sight for these already winter weary eyes. It practically made me drool!


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