Monday, January 19, 2009

Bright Spots

Sometimes the big picture isn't as beautiful as the detail. If you've followed me for awhile, you know I like to get up close and personal with most of my plants. They may not be the brightest, the most beautiful or the best, but they're mine and they make me happy.

Now, this area... That's another topic. I'm not so chummy with this spot. But I know this downtrodden patch of garden has potential! I'm just having trouble finding it.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is along the property line where once stood a mighty (ugly) Holly. It's not a huge area and we've already planted several blueberries and a Witch Hazel. But the twig look needs a little fattening up, don't you think? This is what I see looking out our window toward the southeast, so plenty more bright spots are a must.

The Witch Hazel is still just tiny buds, unlike many of the beautiful blooming varieties I've seen out in the blogosphere. There's a fence that we assume marks the property line, but we're trying to collaborate a bit so the planting as a whole blends well. The blueberry bushes have nice color but they need a proper backdrop. I sure am glad the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is coming up next month. With suggestions from my wonderful readers and inspiration from the show, I'm bound to come up with something!

The more I look at these photos, I realize this whole side of the yard needs work! Starting with that tacky composter. We have three but surely I could camouflage it a bit better. Yes indeed, I have my work cut out for me this spring!


Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Taking picture shows up things we never think about.:) Your soil looks so rich and good. Mine is all hard clay. It is going to be so pretty when it is in bloom and the trees are out.

Karen said...

Well, first you gotta get that holly remnant stumped and out of there, right? :) How much structure you want (i.e. evergreen, hedge, whatnot) depends on if you want privacy, light, etc. Maybe a trellis with an evergreen vine on it? Or it does look like you might get sun there, more space for veggies/herbs/edible flowers... and I see you have a nice span of parking strip you could plant up this spring too. :) Good luck!

The Gardeness said...

With all the plantings around the stump, are there easier ways than a grinder? I like the trellis idea but the veggie plantings sound even better! Oh, and that parking strip is not ours. We've already planted ours up!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

This is definitely a great time to plan out what we want to do with our gardens. I'm sure you'll find lots of inspiration at the garden show. I can't wait, got our tickets today.
Your first picture is really pretty.

The Gardeness said...

Hocking: Don't be deceived, the soil is still pretty sandy so it will need lots of help.

Catherine: I need to buy our tickets. I may only get to go one day so I need to make the most of it. Thanks for the photo props.