It sure feels great to sleep in a bit on a Saturday morning, but around here that means 8 a.m. or so. Breakfast for the kids including a friend who stayed the night, followed by a trip to the fairgrounds to visit the Master Gardeners’ Gardening Clinic. It wasn’t so much a clinic as it was a showcase, but we got some ideas for the “tiny garden” we’re going to put in our 120×16 lot over the next few years.
The idea we’d been toying around with was to create a retreat from the lawn and 1980s style “button” bushes out front, replacing it with an arbor and transition near the front, followed by raised beds along the sides with a meandering stone path down the center, to an area secluded from the street in the back, where it opens up another few feet on the garage side.
Well, we got the arbor and fencing for the front of the yard after the gardening clinic, and had a nice conversation over details at the Starbucks in Franklin. The next step will be to get more stones and dig out the grass on either side all the way to the sidewalk and plant it with an assortment of flowers. We were thinking of putting in climbing roses to each side of the arbor, and let them take over, but now we are debating jasmine, which is available locally. We’ll let you see the outcome once we’ve decided. Any ideas what we should plant up front? We need three heights, with the shortest next to the sidewalk, and are open to suggestions. We’ll start digging in the coming week. This space is going to be so much more appealing than a lawn. We’re going to squeeze every bit of production from this space as we can.