It’s time I give you an update on my latest gardening project: my destination garden. What is a destination garden, you ask? Well, it is similar to a destination wedding. You have to travel to get there but it is worth the effort.
My new destination garden is just a small speck in the distance as seen from my back patio. I have drawn a circle where the new beds are located, halfway down the lawn, en route to the woods. Molly and I walk through this area several times every day on our way to the waterfront.
In this far away spot it is my goal to create a surprise haven of serenity where once it was only a boring lawn.
I want to create a new kind of cooling respite. Let’s call it a healing garden. It will rejuvenate any visitors who have the energy to walk back to this secret glade. I will encourage wildlife and birds by adding in a bird feeder. Butterflies will come naturally being attracted to the cosmos and zinnias that will grow there. It will have a bench and offer peace and contemplative qualities.
Lofty goals, I know. But one has to try.
Slowly over the last four weeks my new destination garden has taken shape.
- Two long beds were marked out and rototilled.
- Mushroom compost was dug in and the edges were defined.
- Numerous perennials from the front yard were transplanted ( irises, lilies, and poppy) and I am just waiting for some of the remaining bulbs to finish before I move them out too.
Next comes the transplanting of the greenhouse babies started from seed in early April.
and some dahlia and calla lily tubers.
I have lots of seeds waiting to be planted directly into the soil once any chance of frost has passed. I have marigolds, zinnias, blackeyed susans, salvia, bachelor’s buttons. I plan to mix the flowers with a few herbs and vegetables. (Carrots, oregano, coriander/cilantro, sage, beets, beans, leeks, A potager or kitchen garden.
These gardens won’t hold any of my tomato plants. They will be closer to the house where I can keep an eye on them and water them daily.
Last summer I enjoyed the wild sweet peas that grew naturally along the property line. I have added more of these seeds and some morning glory. My neighbour has lended me a corn crib which I have also dragged over. I hope I can train these vines to climb up this trellis of wires. It would be wonderful to have a living wall of blooms to add privacy and shelter to this spot.
To complete my destination gardens I need some little extra humorous touches. I plan to move in a few bird feeders.
Check out this neat solar light. It was made from old crystal glass wear. Some sexy bling for my garden.
This garden also needs some humour. These are old china plants glued together to form wacky flowers.
I can visualize it. It just needs regular watering, warm sun shine, time and faith.