My Life in the Garden
This blog is my garden journal. It took four years to create a beginnings of a great garden.
Four years ago, I was asked what I wanted for Mother's Day and my birthday, and I said I wanted to work on creating a patio space. We had to replace fencing and it looked so good, we asked the person who built it to also build large planter boxes.
My inspiration for my garden plan was many photos of English ottage gardens and Monet's garden at Giverny. My goal was to create a garden full of roses, lilacs, lavender, and a bunch of different pollinator perennials. I wanted a garden full of color that attract birds, bees, butterflies, and humming birds.
The garden's anchor is a huge collection of old english roses from David Austin as opposed to the typical tea roses. I love peonies, but in Marin County our climate is too mild for them. Old roses with its crowded petals are very like peonies.
My garden is very much a work in progress. I keep adding to it every year. My goal is to be able to go outside to my backyard or my front yard and be assaulted by a riot of color and intoxicating smells of flowers with birds, butterflies, bees, and humming birds buzzing around.
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In a Zone 9 garden, north of the Golden Gate Bridge.