So now that the laundry room is done, and just in time for Spring fever too, I am conducting interviews with different projects around the house to see which is most worth my time.  While I was on an emergency library run for Matil, I found myself walking the aisles… which always starts right around 770 in the Dewey Decimal System… (Photography). 

Scanning forwards and backwards from there leads me to a few more of my favorite things…  bathroom remodeling, fine woodworking, art collections, and this… landscaping.  They had a lot of fancier books, bigger books, and probably “better books,” but I selected this one because it is a simple book with a lot of pictures, and simple instructions. 

You see… we are not looking to recreate the Queen’s Garden, not yet at least, but I believe that with some basic knowledge we will be well on our way to filling this raised bed that I built a couple years ago.  Don’t get me wrong- we have had success here, but I want it to be a lot fuller than it has been, and with more perennial colors.  I am accepting suggestions.  : )

Here is some shots from 2014 and 2015: (Click the thumbnails to enlarge)

Do you like the way I cut that top stone to fit the curve?  I’m no stone mason, but I am kinda proud of that.  : )

So anyway, that is where we are at.  Let me know if you have any recommendations for Jersey.  I am looking for flowers, variety, and flowering ground covers that works in part-sun.  The front of our house faces West, so the morning glory sunshine is reserved for the garden in the back yard.  That is Emile’s playground. 

Check it out:



6 thoughts on “Eighty-Two.

  1. Nice stone wall. Local nurseries can advise for perennials if you want flowers or shrubs. Spring bulbs always display their beauty before any blossoming shrubs. You’re doing a great job.


    1. Thanks- I definitely take all your advice you keep giving me, but I need a little help turning words into visuals. I just can’t seem to put the names of plants to what they are yet. But I plan to go to the nursery next week.


  2. Amazing pictures! Loved how you set up the thumbnails. πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½
    "Emergency library run for Matil" you make it sound like I’m a crazy woman! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


    1. Yeah that thumbnails is a new option I just noticed- definitely a better way to list a bunch of supporting images.
      Your not crazy… I’m crazy for not seeing the light that is the library sooner. …And there are far worse vices out there : )


  3. Nurseries are a great place to get ideas for plants. Look for the zone on perennials. You’ll want hardy to zone 6. I’m further south so I can look at perennials that are hardy up to zone 8. The info cards that are stuck in the pots have lots of great info. It will give you the zone, the bloom time, and how tall and wide the plant gets. They also provide sunlight, soil, and water requirements. This can help guide you with what plants will do well together. You can try to look for plants with different bloom times so you have year-round beauty. Some plants have dwarf varieties so you can fit a larger number of plants into a smaller space.
    Where are you planning to put the ground covers? One website that has a lot that I like is Stepables.com. Look under "Search plants" and then go by plant category. Once you click, the categories appear on the left. That might be a good starting point to narrow down what will work in the area that you’re planning to put it. If you look through the listing that’s the main body of that category page, towards the bottom you can search by light requirment. So many pretty ones. There’s Scottish Moss (yellow-green) and Irish Moss (dark green). I like creeping thyme, too. It smells nice and has tiny flowers. Those are some of the ones I’ve been looking at. You can order them online, but I have seen some "Stepables" at Home Depot and Lowe’s, too. A private nursery or garden center may have even more variety. Many of these ground covers will have some kind of bloom period.
    The only other thing to think about is dog friendly, but I don’t know that that’s really an issue for you. Are Joey and Mandy okay with the veggie and herb garden? If they are, then you shouldn’t have to worry. I’ve had to rethink my plans for my backyard due to my four-legged landscapers. πŸ˜‰ They will chew and/or dig through anything that’s in their way of hunting rodents. I’ll just save the non-dog-friendly plants for the front yard.
    I can’t wait to see it all start to come together! And I love the wall, too. πŸ˜‰


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