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When your own garden is a mess, go somewhere else

Friday 10 April 2009 - Filed under General

I haven’t had any time out in the garden this week, who knew unemployment would be so busy? But I did make it over to a friend’s house, where I got to see a weed free and well maintained yard for a change.

She had just had a garden tour the day before, so the garden is all pulled together. She has already done all her spring cleanup and mulched with compost. It was a relief to see, even though she’s on top of her game, she also has a little collection of unplanted items. in this case, one of her favorite collectibles, a hepatica.

She has a sizable collection of erythroniums. I was surprised to learn that her happiest, biggest spreading clumps of erythroniums are next to the driveway, where they get very little special treatment. I’ve been treating mine with kid gloves, but apparently neglect is the way to go.

Another erythronium in bloom.

Mary's broken pots
She had purchased this pot whole, but in an accident trying to load it into the car, cracked it right in half. I thought this was a clever little salvage method.

2009-04-10  »  megan

Talkback x 6

  1. RainGardener
    10 April 2009 @ 8:38 am

    Isn’t it nice to be able to do that?

  2. Victoria
    10 April 2009 @ 12:00 pm

    that’s a great save on the broken pot. I probably would have cried and thrown it out.
    Always nice to visit someone else’s garden.

  3. Karen
    10 April 2009 @ 12:06 pm

    I met another neighborhood gardener recently who said she hates maintenance and loves design, and I am the opposite. We joked about doing a swap but maybe we will actually try it. Since your friend’s garden is all tidy now, maybe she can come help you get yours in trim? Work shares/sweat equity seems like a good way to go if you can swing it and are okay with a little company in the garden now and then. I didn’t realize your “time off” started already! Yes, it can be weirdly busy not to have a job. Good luck with the transition.

  4. Grace
    11 April 2009 @ 8:31 am

    Hi Megan~~ Thanks for the visit to my blog. I’m glad I was able to navigate my way to your site. Nothing like another PNW gardener to get to know. Sorry about being laid off but it looks like you’re making lemonade. Much success in your business venture. It sounds like you’ve got a multitude of talents/skills to make it work.

    Are you a member of Blotanical, the web directory for gardeners? If not, please join. :)

    Happy Easter to you too.

  5. MNGarden
    13 April 2009 @ 12:45 am

    Good luck with your new endeavor.

  6. tina
    13 April 2009 @ 4:43 am

    Hi Megan, I love your idea to go see another garden when yours is a mess. What a stress reliever-if only for the visit. I can tell you are a real plant lover. I am so sorry about your layoff, but hey, that Boston terrier does say it all and now you can garden. Hopefully all things will work out and you have the greatest gardening season ever.