It's been cold and windy the last several days. Although the good news is I've had time to really get down to business with designing the forbidden garden. It's quite the process for me. With limited space in the city, it's really difficult to make a "border" garden not look like a bunch of soldiers lined up in a row! Random, natural, effect is difficult for my OCD personality. Symmetry is my game. Asymmetrical design is a challenge and extremely frustrating for me. I get designer's block! It has pushed my boundaries, and now, I've come up with symmetrical asymmetry for that garden. I have most of the kinks worked out, and all that's left is placing daylilies on paper and recording what goes where! I do have some anchor plants to move, and some to buy, though. Thank heavens for Evergreen Plant Nusery, on the web! We all know how it goes, though, the saying that a Gardener's garden is never done!! Things will move, I'm sure, but not the anchor plantings unless absolutely necessary. Our youngest daughter has contributed to my design with a Mother's Day gift of a young Lilac bush!!
On a different note, I've painted myself in to a corner (no pun intended.....just read on ) with my garden label stakes! When I got my P-Touch labeler, in early April, I didn't want to let the label stakes, already in use in the gardens, to go to the dump, so I used a black paint pen to cover my hand writing that would show past the tape label around the edges (sometimes with two coats ), and I printed labels on opaque white tape. It looks really nice, but I told myself that I won't paint any of the fresh, new markers, and, despite my OCD, I was determined to live with grey markers with white labels. Well, after discovering how nice the black with white labels look and stand out (although not obnoxiously so) in the gardens, I just have to have black stakes with white labels for all of my gardens!! Soooo, I've decided to make the quickest work of it as possible (yeah right! ) and spray paint the new stakes!
My goal is to be an AHS approved display garden, so I feel it must be done for the purposes of continuity.
What's frustrating is the weather has not been cooperating for me to paint them! Well, today they're finally getting painted!!! ......and I finally can make progress in the gardens!! ....and tomorrow will be nice too!