I had a dream about 4 years ago, that we would have a plot near the end of our yard filled with a beautiful perennial flower garden. We prepared the spot, Jason arranged the stone border, I purchased the mail order full sun perennial garden. We prepared the soil. At least as best as we knew how.
We'd never heard of germination killer.
So we received our perennial
sticks flowers and planted them. Very soon the weeds started growing in around the new plantings. And at some point we could not tell the difference between the weeds and the plants we planted. We ended up pulling weeds and probably a lot of plants. It was a mess.
The following year the garden was overgrown with weeds. I pulled them all, more came back. At some point, we did not have any of the original flowers we planted.
Then I read a book by Martha Stewart about basic gardening and began to better understand the right way to do this. And so it became a new dream, to once again have a chance at a nice perennial garden.
It didn't happen last year and this year we sadly named our little plot the weed garden.
But something got into both of us to make it happen mid-summer. We knocked out those weeds, turned the soil, mixed in the germination killer, found perennials that looked like flowers
not sticks, at Home Depot and drew up a plan for placement of various heights and desirable (to us) flowers. Jason re-enforced the stone border and added fertilizer and topped it off with mulch. He was also very patient with my requests to move some plants around (before the mulch was added).
And now, it looks a bit measly, but it is a baby. And I'm excited to see how it will expand and mature. And we are both babying it tremendously now so that it will make it to next summer and be fairly self-sufficient. Baby Garden - Birdhouse Purchased from Artist at the Farmer's Market
It makes me so happy. Now we've got a whole lot of other yard projects to work on in the future, but I'm glad this one is done!