For the first time in over 4 decades I find myself without a real garden of my own. The house that I'm renting is new and a proper landscape was not installed. I must have some kind of garden so I started down the path of least resistance -a container garden on the back deck which has flourished very nicely.
The bare front yard was put off as I tried, in vain, to persaude the owners to install a proper landscape. The owner is not willing to put in a landscape for fear that tenants in the future won't care for it. Very lame as far as I'm concerned but, it is what it is . I will probably be here for another year or so and don't want to spend a lot of money on someone else's property.
The other day I noticed that the first container plant I purchased last Fall, a beautiful Ilex Crenata , or Japanese Holly, had outgrown its pot and needed re-planting. I brought it around to the front yard to see if there was a place I could put it temporarily. On either side of the front entrance to the house is a recessed space begging to be a real garden. The soil on both sides is hard, compacted clay so I am not able or willing to dig it out . After a good soaking rain the ground was somewhat softer and I dug out a hole and placed the holly in it, right next to the stairs . I purposely planted it high because of the clay. I also went to the forest in the back and borrowed some of the good leaf mold and top layer of good soil to surround it.
Since the recessed space is small I started getting more ideas on how I could turn this area into a portable garden that I could take with me when I left. One thing led to another and before I knew it I had my eyes on a 4 x 4 ' raised cedar garden beg from Home Depot. This bed will be filled with colorful long blooming annuals for seasonal color.
On the other side of the stairs was the only sign that one of the past tenants had a green thumb - a struggling, diseased rose bush which led to even more brilliant ideas. Why not do a raised bed of roses on that side which has a lot of sun ?
Well, there you have it. Right now there's a holly and a rose , a good beginning but it won't be long before its joined by others and before you know it, a real garden will be created .
I know everyone loves before and after photos and when I'm done I will post them. Right now, here's my garden plan . I hope to have it done before the snow flies. Wait a minute I don't have to worry about the snow, I'm in North Carolina now. Stay tuned for more updates.