the dining room window (taken yesterday)
the living room window (also taken yesterday)
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I have been wrestling with landscaping my yard since the summer of 2008.
The way things were.
I planted a Mock Orange and a Hydrangea near the house this year: I think both have died.
I found this fabulous web-site by a visionary landscape designer/garden planner which I know Anne will love. The blog is called Vanishing Threshold and its author is Tara Dillard.
She believes in creating views to be seen from the house, establishing a diverse habitat in the lawn to maximize pollination, using shot pea gravel and not using foundation plants. (Which is perfect for me--have I mentioned my Hydrangea and the Mock Orange? How about the Dogwood I planted the year before last which is barely hanging on?)
She posted this image of a garden and it instantly captivated me.
from The New York Times. photographer: Randy Harris.
No surprise, I've been up to the wee hours of the morning planning my front yard.
This centre box would be planted with hellebores, ferns and hostas. (One of Tara's Trinities.)
Can you imagine it?
I can. And it is the first time I have had something captivate my imagination so completely I can see it almost right down to the last detail. Almost.
Remember Spring? I want to hit the ground running next year.
Pro: I may already have the materials I need for the centre planter box. We have old railroad ties waiting by the side of the house.
Pro: I get to rip up that sidewalk.
Pro: It's not a big planting area. I just may be able to take care of the small number of plants this requires.
Pro: I love the idea of a partial "tapestry" hedge. Moving my shrubs out to the front would not only give me a gorgeous view of them from my front windows but it might save their lives. Have I mentioned the Dogwood, Hydrangea and Mock Orange?
Pro: This plan allows me to expand. If I want to plant sedums or rudebekias or pupera or phlox or grass even another Thuja in the corners I can.
Pro: I fell in love with gates, recently.
Pro: It will hide the foundation--without planting up against it.
Con: I may get really annoyed with having to skirt around the centre "plant island."
Con: I need a focal point. I don't want to spend a ton of money, yet I want something tall and architectural.
Con: Boxwood doesn't do well here.
Con: I really don't know what to do about that flagpole.
Con: This plan may be altogether too formal for my modest little house.
From the street sidewalk, opposite the front door, taken today. Just look at that wonky sidewalk--I mean, what else is there to look at? (sigh).