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January 03, 2010


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It nice to receive a book which gives wso much inspiration


Hi Kathleen/Kasey~~ I've read some of Valerie Easton's earlier works. She lives in Seattle so I feel a northwest connection with her. That said, I might be the rogue here. I much prefer puttering in my garden to entertaining in it. I get psyched when there is a job to do. I want to be involved on a daily basis with my garden. The chores give me a workout, a refreshed feeling of accomplishment. Although I love patios and seating areas tucked away for relaxation and I can't imagine a garden without such things, I hope I'm never ever too busy to be a daily hands-on garden putterer. But this is just me. I hope you'll keep us posted on your makeover. It's always fun to behold the work of great minds. Your arbor is really cool and although it looks great right now, I can see where the green lawn/canvas could be the future of a great masterpiece.

Noelle (azplantlady)

I already love your book and I haven't even read it. I love helping my clients achieve low-maintenance gardens that are beautiful using plants that thrive in our climate...not trying to nurse along hibiscus ;-) I am sorry to hear about your subscription.


First of all~~Happy New Year! I say go for it...Create the space you want to entertain in. You have a wonderful design sense and it will be delightful....and, you are a plant lover and will continue to tinker/garden with what ever you create!

I would love to be able to use my garden for entertaining. Here in the south we have a huge mosquito problem that keeps most of us inside after April! The compromise is a good looking patio for early spring sitting and a screened porch for the rest of the summer/fall.



Now look what you've done. I just had to request that book from my library! Like you, I keep thinking about the future of my garden here, and I know I want much more gardening space and less lawn. But I also don't like when there is so much garden that it looks too busy! I still think you need some lawn to let the eyes rest. What do you think?


I really like Valerie Easton, I have one of her other books. I love the idea of the path. We have no grass in our backyard because of the weird shape and trees none would grow no matter what we tried. I've tried to make my yard much lower maintenance over the past several years. I still have lots that I can find to do, just less of those picky plants that demand too much time.


Hi everyone. As always, a big thanks for your comments. I love reading them. I just wanted to add a few thoughts to yours.

Grace ~ I love puttering too but I feel I do much more than putter. I don't want to be "tied down" to my yard anymore. I want it to "work for me" too. Not that it doesn't already but I think it could be better and a little more maintenance free.

Gail ~ we are so lucky to not have much of a mosquito problem in Colorado. Definitely a lot more pleasant to be outside without being swarmed by them!

Robin ~ I agree I like some green grass too (and I can't get rid of it all ~ my dog would be lost!) but I can make it a bit more eco-friendly since I live in a state that doesn't receive much rainfall. Sorry to send you out to the library but I bet you'll enjoy the book!


Hi Kathleen, how strange about the magazine. If it is happening to you, it is very likely happening to others as well.

I haven't ever seen this magazine. Will look for it when I visit my Barnes and Noble.


Hi Kathleen, low maintainence sounds wonderful...I end up 'puttering' about in the yard. I am working with the landscape designer to include sitting areas in our new place. Hoping to fully embrace the low maintainence concept. The dogs do need a place to run and be dogs.
What a bummer with the magazine.


I enjoyed that book too, Kathleen, & gave it a favorable review: . Nearly all of my clients want what you described so well: a garden that works for them rather than the other way around. I don't believe in no-maintenance gardens, but Valerie's book presents a lot of good ideas for plant-a-holics who are looking to scale back on the workload.


That's one garden magazine we haven't tried. Guess we shouldn't....

You are Soooooo ambitious. If I had my garden to do over I would plant only natives......eliminating the need for additional watering. But I'm NOT ambitious enough to dig up the garden I have and start over.

Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots

Kathleen, looks like a great book. I've been thinking along the same lines- less maintenance, more enjoyment. Making my footprint on the earth a little smaller too. Last year, I discovered Permaculture- and it was just what I was looking for. Making my yard and food production (microfarm, more like it) run itself-

I've been away from blogging for a while- hope you've been well.

Happy gardening and New Year!

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