Old Things Garden 

I have a vision but I’m not exactly sure I have the skills to carry it off.  As ascertained yesterday I know veggies and grow them well. Flowers, well not so much. 

We have this big kick ass circular driveway which left a lot of space to fill. We dumped a LOT of top soil and put in some seriously big rocks. We then hauled up an old wagon on the property. We’ve added in several more old finds like a sewing machine, one side of a different sewing machine stand, a bedpan, a small wagon wheel and 2 radiators. Hence the theme. Oh and new to this location is a set of runners from an old wagon or sled that we (no actually just Ron) dug out of a rock pile.

That was the easy part. The hard part is what flowers and bushes to fill the space with. They must be seriously prairie hardy as the wind is brutal out here and conditions aren’t for the faint at heart. We lucked into a mature front yard to salvage but that came with a few serious weeds. Some of the items made year one after the transplant but not year two. I also picked up a few plants from friends and some on sale late last year.

That comes with the issue that I don’t recognize what it is coming up. My sister, who’s no techie, informs me that there is an app for that. My cousin had also told me that but alas I have never loaded it.

The concept is to have free flow flowers. The ground would have mulch. The flowers would vary in height, colour and textures with blooming times rotating. I can see it. Making it happen is a lot harder.

We have a small rototiller which is awesome. Except when you spend 4 hours tilling and it’s that or weeds. So this year I decided we would use the space for a temporary green as we work towards the best plant options. We’ve planted 19 hills of netted gems, 2 pumpkin plants, 4 acorn squash and 19 hills of Yukon gold. Oh and two crazy looking pepper plants that I picked because the peppers are wild colours. This means a lot less tilling and weeding and more eating. It will also fill in the space nicely while we figure out what else to fill in the space with. And potatoes flower so it’s a win win!

We also laid out the main walking path, albeit didn’t permanently lay it down, which will help again with the weeding and the traffic patterns.

It was a stellar long weekend weather wise. It was a weekend full of hard work but so worth it! For a short time period the circular garden and the veggie garden will look so good!


4 thoughts on “Old Things Garden 

  1. Brenda Bacon May 23, 2017 / 7:35 am

    WOW – that final picture with Ron at the end of the stone path leading into the centre REALLY provides perspective about how large that bed is! I would suggest a blue spruce tree (maybe add a couple of other evergreen-type trees like a Skyrocket blue juniper into an evergreen grouping) somewhere in the centre of that bed. I created a large bed in the middle of my front yard – not as big as yours is – and put a spruce at one end, a mugo pine in the middle with some flowering shrubs, and an amur maple at the other end of the crescent. This provides some form to the thing and then flowers can be added to fill in between. You could also do some ground cover like sedum which is hardy, flowers, and covers (eventually) a fair bit of space. Speedwell or Veronica is a hardy perennial that flowers blue, pink or white. It also spreads a bit so you will need to control it at some point. You two never cease to amaze me with your energy and your vision! Brenda


    • bernielynne May 23, 2017 / 9:58 am

      We do have two trees in there — one is small still. We have evergreens around the property but won’t put one in there — there isn’t enough space. The wagon takes up the space that the third tree would go in.
      I personally would skip the Mugo pine — they are a lot of work to keep trimmed and if you don’t then they will grow 2 stories high and be mega ugly like the one at the Forestry farm.
      I will make a list and add those two flowers to it. I have sedum but it’s struggling so far.


  2. prairieblueeyes May 23, 2017 / 7:17 am

    The first plant with the white flowers is Canada violet — it will happily spread all over. The flowers are fragrant.


    • bernielynne May 23, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Haha! I knew that one because you left a nice little label on it that didn’t fade!


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