All Things Gardening forum: My husbands Idea of a garden and mine

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Name: Peggy
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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hazeleyes
Aug 1, 2014 7:04 AM CST
So this is how he thinks my gardens should look.
Everything all neat and tidy in a box. Blinking Rolling my eyes.
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This is how I am making it look nodding
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If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.
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abhege
Aug 1, 2014 7:14 AM CST
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Pictures as you progress! Please?
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 1, 2014 7:27 AM CST
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Ask your husband to picture what this will look like if I ever finish.
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Name: Peggy
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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hazeleyes
Aug 1, 2014 8:02 AM CST
ok here is what it looked like from google earth before we bought it
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when we went to look at it
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after clearing trees
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Right front further back
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Back yard
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If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.
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Lititz, PA (Zone 6b)
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Sequoiadendron4
Aug 1, 2014 9:57 AM CST
Haha!!! I love the cottage style Smiling That second pic is what I'd like my yard to look like eventually. My wife however thinks we need to have some grass... Rolling my eyes.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Aug 1, 2014 10:41 AM CST
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Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
Aug 1, 2014 11:38 AM CST
your husband is as misinformed as mine Rolling on the floor laughing He'd prefer concrete if he thought he could get away with it! Your gardens in progress are great
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 1, 2014 12:49 PM CST
You got my vote! I know it's gonna look amazing with your entire natural landscape!
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Aug 1, 2014 5:48 PM CST
I want to know how greene got a picture of my back yard! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 1, 2014 6:27 PM CST
I'm still waiting for "Yard Crashers" to come do a makeover here! Big Grin
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Name: Bob
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Aug 1, 2014 7:01 PM CST
I like your style of a garden much better.
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Aug 3, 2014 4:11 PM CST
I like the cottage style. Looks like you have enough room to compromise and have both you could even have a small knot garden for that formal look that might satisfy your husband's eye and it could be worked into an area of the cottage garden.
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Aug 3, 2014 4:30 PM CST
daylilydreams said:I like the cottage style. Looks like you have enough room to compromise and have both you could even have a small knot garden for that formal look that might satisfy your husband's eye and it could be worked into an area of the cottage garden.


Good thinking, Betty. I just bet the contrast of the two garden styles would set each other off very well. Thumbs up

I've always wanted to do a very miniaturized version of a formal garden area here, but haven't done so yet.
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Name: Peggy
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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hazeleyes
Aug 3, 2014 5:05 PM CST
He has his side of the yard to do what he wants.But usally he stops taking care of his stuff and I wind up with even more stuff to take care of.
He wants all the yard to look like that.Mean while the few plants he planted are dying cause its fun until it gets hot....
If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Aug 3, 2014 6:10 PM CST
There's the difference in the two styles, I guess; in the cottage garden style we know we'll get more plentiful and highly varied rewards (more blooms), and a few (usually welcomed) surprises if we keep on going regardless. Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 3, 2014 8:40 PM CST
Chelle: " a few (usually welcomed) surprises" -- I am apparently an unintentional cottage gardener... I always have more than "a few" surprises even in the veg garden... for which reason I kind of hate to do too much mulching, tilling, etc.! I get an awful lot of extra plants by (1) not obsessively deadheading and (2) not weeding until I can tell what's actually sprouting -- some people would just call me lazy perhaps Big Grin
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Aug 3, 2014 8:53 PM CST
I wouldn't call it that; I'd call it wise. A case of selective energy conservation. Big Grin At least that's what I tell myself! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Frillylily
Aug 3, 2014 8:57 PM CST
Can you do a cottage style in the back yard and something more formal in the front? Choose plants for the formal style garden that don't require as much fuss so it won't be as much work. Shrubs eventually won't need watered that often and slower growing ones won't need hedged as often. Use pots and mulch and add some decorative rocks, a bench or fountain, you don't have to do alot to maintain that when he shows up missing in action.
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Aug 3, 2014 11:50 PM CST
Hazeleyes - I had that exact same problem several years ago.

This is what the front yard looks like the way my husband had it.

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When I took over the landscaping in 2010, I converted it to this. It took me 2 years to get rid of the lawn one square foot at a time, but it was worth it.
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Lititz, PA (Zone 6b)
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Sequoiadendron4
Aug 4, 2014 8:21 AM CST
Wow, Soils that's incredible!!! I like those crapes but other than that the yard was boring. Now its breathtaking!

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