I had planned to move the popular Outfit of the Day to Tuesday and decided against it. My mind is all over the map these days I have to tell you. Selling two homes within a few weeks of each other and packing up 30 years of stuff and moving into one of our rentals is a challenge in itself. Ever the designer, of course I am trying to spruce up the interior and the exterior in my mind along with packing…yikes! Since I couldn’t sleep my mind was wandering from the garden to the house. The place has potential but it is totally a blank slate and I do mean blank (especially the yard) Today, I am going to share my thoughts on designing a small town garden. I know a lot of you are gardeners so please chime in. I am going to need your help!
I ordered this Small Garden Design book by Paul Begay after reading many good reviews.
DESIGNING A SMALL TOWN GARDEN
What I am reading for inspiration:
The house has a potentially pretty front courtyard garden. If you follow me on Instagram (If you don’t please do here) you saw this picture that I posted. Note the possibilities beautiful bouganvilla (once it is given a haircut) and cute entry. What you don’t see are the weeds and mess.
My plans for this area are a few David Austin roses hedged by clipped boxwood. So I don’t scare you to death, I will post more on that later. The back yard is basically old concrete. We have owned this house for over 30 years (only the 3rd owner ever). Apparently, the owner before us had an RV and parked it back there. Are you getting the picture? Over the years we tried to spruce it up but most renters are not gardeners. That owner had a shop behind the garage which my husband turned into an office over 30 years ago. We built a wall that separated the office from the house so the renters would have privacy. Several years ago, he had to move his warehouse to a new space which had an office. The past couple of years we rented that space out. Serendipitously, they just found a new location, so I will have a real office about the size of the one I have now. Anyhoo, this is kind of what I was imagining, creating more of a vertical garden in the small space, like this garden by Deborah Carl.
or something like what my uber talented friend Kelley from Kelly and Company did here.
So my entire local family (me not so sure) thought the fence should come down to open up the back yard. This is what it looked like.
The garage and little office addition are not very pretty flat roof no interesting details. I caved in. My husband proudly sent me these pictures today,
Needless to say I did not get a lot of sleep last night. I am not even going to show you what the little office addition looks like, it is worse. Can you put lipstick on a pig? He also proudly proclaimed you now have a wall for a fountain (in between the two doors). I don’t think he was taking the style of the doors into consideration…Let’s just say the project just got bigger instead of smaller. I think we are going to need some dummy hinges for those doors, and maybe shutters. Where the concrete is will become gravel. I don’t want to get too carried away (remind me of that please!) because we don’t plan to be here more than two years.
I would like to keep the plantings to a minimum in case we rent when we leave. We can take pots with us. We brought our wonderful table that our friend Jim made from the lake. It is about this size.
This courtyard garden (sans the brick) we will use gravel has a lot of bang for the buck and minimum care.
That’s it from here! You might also enjoy reading Structure in the Garden. Thanks for reading Designing a Small Town garden. I hope you will follow along with me on this journey. It is bound to get interesting.