Guarding – Sleeping – Watching – Creeping – ELECTRIFYING
Always a smile on my face
The home of a dog is a home filled with LOVE and JOY
I started the gardens at Valley View in 2005. Each year I add and I subtract. I visit other gardens and watch gardening shows. During quiet moments one question persists – Why do I garden? Why do I spend countless hours creating a vista that may disappear tomorrow?
I really don’t have an answer but I have looked backward to see where I’ve been.
When I was 14 part of my parent’s property was taken by local government for a flood control project. Bulldozers came in widened the creek and left behind a mud pit. My mother and father were devastated. Their garden was gone. The following year willow trees fell and more damage was done to their space. I spent countless hours cutting tree branches and raking ground to bring life back because I wanted them to be happy. Fast forward to age 49. My husband and I bought that house and created gardens that made me smile. Then one morning it all disappeared in a flash flood. Oh the irony!
Photos from the post
Now I garden at Valley View. First it was to take control of overgrown areas and create spaces where I could sit and enjoy what surrounded me.
Everything was done on the cheap. There was very little money for plants, let alone hardscaping. The bricks and patio block below are what you see in the above photos.
The next step in the evolution of the gardens was to make them wildlife friendly. I added plants specifically for native creatures.
I then began to remove invasive plants, which I continue to do to this day. After my desire to invite native wildlife, I wanted to create sacred spaces. A labyrinth and bowling ball pyramid were added.
I then learned about pollinators and wanted to add plantings to encourage their health. So back to natives.
I found myself ping ponging between trying to recreate what I saw or learned at that time. It has taken me awhile to understand that my garden should be for me and should reflect my inner being.
Now, I’m still not sure what that is. But I should not be ashamed of liking non-native hostas and wild unkempt pollinator gardens. I am fortunate to have the space for both.
Reflecting on my past involvements with gardens, I venture to say I have always been trying to recreate something I’ve seen rather than create something of my own. It’s time for me to take pleasure in my own creative endeavors. For once again, I’ve learned it might not be there tomorrow.
The garden has matured as I have grown older.
Old gardens have evolved as new ones emerge.
Plantings encourage new visitors while old friends come and go.
Yet I struggle with new-found freedoms.
Like the gardens I can jump boundaries and begin again. The garden embraces all that is new and all that is unplanned.
Can I do the same?
THE GARDENS IN 12 PHOTOGRAPHS
A garden for a gardener is a reflection
A reflection of who they are
Each bed is a piece of a puzzle once completed mirrors the gardener’s soul
A piece of planned chaos – a piece of chromatic flora – a piece of neutral shades
Come, walk the garden paths and meet me
I love discovering new and unique things in the gardens. An insect viewed from a different perspective or a non-traditional flower.
Winter offers an entirely new perspective challenge. Void of the rainbow of colors and abundance of life found in other seasons, winter’s gifts must be sought out.
I wait for the cold to envelope the land and snow and ice to fall.
When warming air collides with subfreezing temperatures, magic happens.
An alternate view of the world can be found at
Tootlepedal’s Blog A look at life in the borders.
Across a vast ocean he too looks for unique and unusual. Take a moment to take a bike ride with him
RESOLution – resolve “firm determination to do something”
reSOLUTION – solution “the act of solving or explaining a problem”
I’ve never been one to make a resolution. I’ve always believed if one wants to change an aspect of their life you do it whatever day or time it is. Something I resolved to do on a long past day and time was to appreciate the world around me.
Those I love
And the those I fear
The smallest of creatures
The tallest of buildings
Each day presents me with a gift
I only need a moment of time to find it
a series of photographs of ice crystals on the stream behind our home
A magical find
January 1st, 2018
I’ve walked past this farm more than a hundred times…
During those early walks when I looked inside the abandoned barn I could clearly see chairs and broken piping
Now all I see is the Earth taking back what was once hers.
I watch as the barn is slowly being consumed by vines of grape and poison ivy
and wonder how long it will be until this place is no longer exists even in memories…