Naked in the Garden!
NAKED IN THE GARDEN!
By Nancy Pickard
Made you look, right? Okay, okay, we all know Nancy Martin wrote a lovely blog about gardening yesterday, and yet here I come with more flowers, and you're probably sighing, because a little gardening goes a long way if you're not a fanatic. But this is a different garden today. It's the bare and naked garden. This is down in the dirt with Nancy.
If you're sick of flowers, skip ahead to the comments and talk about. . .the naked truth, naked ambition, naked desire, the perils of naked cooking, naked on the lawn mower, and splendor in the grass. Me, I've always been wildly envious of men because they can bare their naked chests on hot summer days.
Ahem. So. My mom and I inhabit a little condo with a lot of green around it, to which I attempt to add cheerful flowers. I'm still in the planning stage. Want to help me? Puhleeze?
Here we have the front walk before I've added any pots or there are any flowers in bloom. Those little green things on the right are weeds. O, hai, weeds! >>>>>
Okay, this is going to be painful to show you because right now it all looks so dreary and impoverished, as if somebody named Winter has salted my earth so nothing will grow here, neither in pots nor in ground. But you've got to see the Before so you can appreciate the After in a few months, right? Besides which, I NEED SOME ADVICE, PEOPLE!
I'm in Zone 6, btw, but lately we can plant more southern things than we used to be able to do. Of course, there's no such thing as climate change, snarkity-snark-snark-snark.
So here goes the barren truth of how things look now around our place in Kansas. Our gardens are itsy, but still take a lot of thought and some work.
If these were your window boxes, what would you put in them? I've used red geranimums, which are gorgeous, but get leggy even with pinching, and don't last as long as I'd like. Last year I alternated white and hot pink vincas (periwinkles) and they were lovely and long-lived.
That bright yellow plant with the black flower is from the genus fire plug. I suppose I shouldn't complain. Would you leave it as is, or would you try to disguise it? And if so, with what?
Eek! This is next thing is embarrassing! My poor neighbors.
This is the "big" (hahaha) garden that I've just begun to clean up and prepare.
Somebody needs to straighten those rocks.
If this were yours, what would you do with it? And don't say "dynamite" or "grass," you joker, you. I'm making this photo very small so you can't see it very well. Hey, I have some pride, if not a lot of pity for my neighors, apparently. It will get better soon! I promise you. And them. My neighbors on both sides are both fabulous gardeners with big fat flocks of fleurs. I hate them. No, I love them, but man, I've gotta scramble to keep up with the not-Joneses! >>>>>
Now here's where I seriously need advice! Last fall I had a huge-o evergreen bush pulled out, and now you can see the uglies it hid. Ack!
I want to plant something evergreen to hide the heat pump, gas meter, hose, etc. I don't want it taller than 10 feet or wider than 3 feet. Any ideas? I'm thinking maybe Dwarf Alberta Spruce, maybe two or three of them. Whatever it is, it must stay green and full all year long, and it can't take up much room, so no deciduous trees, please.
These plants light up two tiny bits of garden that get almost no sun. Would you believe those leaves stayed that bright yellow-green all winter?! The limpy things in the back that you can't really see yet are Astilbe. I can't remember what color they'll be, but I think maybe hot pink? >>>>>>
Finally, this is the back deck, two levels up, before I put any potted plants out here.
postscript: Between the time I wrote this and now, I've made a few initial improvements to those two teeny plots. There's some color that's going to sprout there now. . .and doesn't nice framing improve almost anything?
Now you can give me advice, or ask for advice, or talk about other naked things, your choice!