I was "chat-chat-chatty" from Thanksgiving thru Christmas when "blogland" was quiet (understandably so) and now that it's a New Year I feel like someone zipped my lips! I wish I could say I've been busy being productive but I really don't have much to show for my time since the ball dropped. I have been reading tho and my mind is racing with new ideas for the garden. I received the book below for Christmas and I'm telling you, it's already revolutionizing my gardening style:
There's a passage in one of the first chapters that I absolutely want to adopt:
"New generations of gardeners don't have time to spend cosseting plants and devoting weekends to yard work. They may appreciate a pretty garden as a place to entertain, or love to pick lettuce and tomatoes fresh from the garden, but they're busy with family, work and friendship. Many of the twenty-and-thirty-something gardeners I talked to have much to teach us longtime, plant-besotted gardeners. While the upcoming generations of gardeners love plants too, they tend to focus their energies on creating outdoor spaces for dining, play, relaxation and entertaining."
That's exactly what I'm looking for ~ less of the work and more of the enjoyment. I think this book just may inspire me to dig up part of my backyard and replant. See all the grass beyond the arbor:
Excuse the pumpkin lights ~ I just grabbed the first photo I could find. I would love to establish a pathway straight out from the arbor with plantings on either side (and maybe another patio area) much like this crookedly-scanned photo (snagged from the November '09 issue of Gardens Illustrated):
No one in our household uses the backyard much anyway except our dog. My daughter much prefers the front patio area. Why not leave a spot of grass for Butter and remove the rest of it? Cheaper for my water bill, better for the environment and for wildlife (if I plant with them in mind which, of course, I would). Food for thought. I definitely want to cut down on the amount of time I spend doing outdoor chores ~ eliminating mowing back here would be a fantastic start. Now to figure out who's going to help me do the "grunt" work!!
A side note/vent: While I linked to Gardens Illustrated magazine above, based on my experience with them, I cannot, in good conscience, recommend subscribing. I hope I'm in a very limited minority because the magazine is a fantastic monthly publication ~ if you can get it. I received a subscription as a gift, Christmas 2008. Things started out okay, the first four issues came without a hitch then suddenly stopped. An inquiry as to the problem netted me the answer that payment information for my subscription was lost. Unfathomable. How does a magazine send out four issues and then lose payment information?? Long story short, numerous faxes, phone calls and three months later, I was able to get it reinstated (meanwhile I had missed the summer issues I so desperately wanted). Three issues arrived (Sept, Oct & Nov) and now, once again, I am not receiving the magazine. I would give up plant money to get it, if only it were that easy. There. It's off my chest but unfortunately not resolved. I'll keep hammering away until I get my issues ~ since it's worth it and very expensive to boot. Just thought you should know about my saga in case you follow the link and have interest in subscribing.