OK, I will confess, I am NOT talented in the gardening department. I love to play in the dirt and love pretty things growing. The only problem is, they tend to NOT grow for me.
Our yard is a landscaper’s NIGHTMARE!!
We have a very old, very large maple tree in our front yard that has (for all the time we’ve lived here) effectively blocked all sun out from our yard and has a root system that has taken over the entire town (can you tell that exaggeration is one of my spiritual gifts?? 😀 ). Add to that a backyard with several trees and 8 children playing and you end up with no grass, lots of dirt and every weed indigenous to IL (apparently, except for 1).
I have tried to have a vegetable garden several years only to have nothing really grow. Oh, I get the occasional tomato (usually Big Boy types coming out the size of cherry tomatoes) and last year I got 3 bell peppers that Tom Thumb would have thought small!! (so I have decided to chuck the idea of vegetable gardening this year and jump in with a farm share — MUCH BETTER PLAN!!)
But, I still want some pretty plants.
I prepared a raised bed (actually a raised bed with another higher raised bed on top of that) with compost, peat moss and vermiculite (in the plan of Square Foot Gardening). 4 years ago I planted alyssum in the corner because I loved the beautiful cascading effect of the flowering plant.
This has grown and spread beautifully — but IT WILL NOT FLOWER!! Well, after 4 years, what was 2 teeny plants has spread to a 2 square foot area but this spring I counted 12 blossoms (the most I’ve ever had)!!
I also planted an azalea 2 years ago, but it died before the season was over. This year I got a rhododendron and it has new leaves coming in – hopefully that is a good sign.
I also planted 3 coral bells. They were so pretty with their little red and orange leaves.
And 2 astilbe plants.
[Needless to say, these are not photos of my garden (my photographer daughter is on her way to OKC for a missions trip).]
My heart is very sad to report that a SQUIRREL has dug up and eaten all 3 of my coral bells.
Well, it really is one more proof that BLACK is the color of my gardening thumb!!! But I will not give up! This week I will be working on my garden to see how I can get my yard from dirt brown to some color!!
Let me hear your landscaping ideas and the plants YOU use in high shade areas. How you deal with squirrels will be greatly appreciated!
Blogs I might be linking to:
Menu Planning Monday, On The Menu Monday, Erin Branscoms, Mommy Mondays, Marital Oneness, The Better Mom, Multitudes on Monday, Hear it On Sunday, Sharing His Bounty, What Joy Is Mine, Playdates at the Well, Making Your Home Sing Mondays, Domestically Divine Tuesdays, Time Warp Wife, Funky Planet Frequent Flier Club, Encourage One Another, Walking Redeemed, A Wise Woman Builds Her House, The Welcoming House, Legacy Leaver Thursday, What’s Up Wednesday, Thought Provoking Thursday, Hearts 4 Home, Thankful Thursday, Thankful Thursdays, Thankful, Thankful Thursday Brown-eyed Bell(e), Big Family Fridays, Faith Filled Fridays, Feasting In Fellowship Friday, Fellowship Friday, Homemaking Link-up Week-end, A Little R&R, Pieces of Amy, Homeschool Mother’s Journal, TGIF Bible Love Notes