As the New Year begins, my vision for the 2015 garden is undergoing evaluation.
Above: Back garden with a fresh dusting of snow yesterday morning.
Remember 2011 was the year evergreens (yews & boxwoods) were added for winter interest?
Their addition definitely contributed a lot to shaping the look of the back garden.
Above: Sharp shinned hawk that's been keeping the little garden birds on razor edge with his daily (frequently successful) hunting patrols.
All the plantings have not deterred him in the least. They've simply forced a showcase of his amazing aviator & hunting skills. It's pretty incredible to watch him swoop in, fly sideways ~ thru & around the shrubbery ~ then hone in on a prey all at breakneck speed.
But that's a side topic...
2011 was probably the last year any major changes occurred in the gardens.
2012 saw the addition of the lilac standard & completion of the bed it anchors but not much else.
The last two years, the garden basically just "maintained." Personal issues forcing it low on the list of priorities.
First thoughts for 2015 originally leaned toward hitting it "hard" and doing some overhauling that's been put on the back burner (barring any other mishaps or setbacks, of course.)
Lately tho, new visions have been forming and creeping slowly but steadily to the forefront of all others.
Visions of the low maintenance variety. Where the garden fends for itself, provided it's supplied with the correct plants and irrigation.
A garden that doesn't demand as much but provides an equal amount of enjoyment.
A garden to enjoy, entertain in, that continues to sustain & benefit wildlife but isn't nearly as fussy. One that allows me, the gardener, more freedom in the summer months.
Freedom to travel or indulge other pursuits during our favorite season.
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE the garden. It's served me well and I, it.
But the scares & curve balls of 2013 & 2014, are making me rethink the energy devoted to it. Maybe it's time to stretch our wings a bit and leave its comfortable confines?
What does that mean? How long will it take to achieve? Will there be fewer containers? More xeric plantings?? How many plants replaced? How expensive to alter the current sprinkler system? All questions that need further scrutiny before a plan is made to proceed. These thoughts and others run thru my head when I look out the kitchen window at the landscape I've created. Is it just this time of year eliciting these ideas? Is anyone else thinking of changes?? I'd love to hear...