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Spring Gardening

I’ve got landscaping on my mind.  With warmer days settling in,  along with the final details coming together for the sunroom/playroom addition, we are also trying to incorporate a new patio connecting to the the sunroom.

We have a cute garden path right next to the sunroom as well, and the new addition will actually come out 3 feet closer to the path:

It will be brimming with plants in the months to come.  Besides the bulbs coming up and the Hydrangea vines against the fence, I’m not sure whats there.  I’d I like to imagine it could look like is something like this (ok, perhaps I need a warmer climate):

Photo credit: DK- Garden Design

Or this (more to New England climate):

Photo Credit DK – Garden Design

I’ve been reading up on Piet Oudolph, a landscape architect who is somewhat new to me.  I really love his philosophy of incorporating many perennials, and indigenous plants in a landscape.  His gardens are wonderfully wild and structured all at the same time.

Some of Piet’s work:


His gardens are meticulously planned and organized yet they really feel natural.  Hiring a landscape architect is not on the horizon for us, however, I was happy to learn that Mahoney’s garden center in Winchester will provide a landscape plan customized for your house for a very affordable fee.  Similar to the type of interior design services I provide, they can make a plan, and you can implement it yourself, or for an added fee they will do it all for you.

I’m not one with a green thumb- its somewhere between green and black, but I do like to garden.  Since we didn’t move into our house until September of this past year, we missed nearly all of the flowering season.  From what I can remember, there are ALOT of plantings.  I am pinning away ideas on my Pinterest boards, see here and here, but I don’t plan to do much this year in the way of landscaping.  I will focus on getting a vegetable and herb garden going, and wait to see what sprouts up in our front and back yard over the summer.

I will be following my own advice though, which is to get a plan nailed down, and to purchase the right the first time.  An overall vision will keep us from purchasing or doing things that will be a waste of time and money, or really don’t make sense in the long run.

Also, I found a useful gardening tip sheet on getting your spring gardening on. Check out the link below.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/7915493/list/Northeast-Gardener-s-April-Checklist w=300

Happy Spring planting!!!


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