Thursday, October 2, 2008

Reality Bites!

Every gardener has his dreams and plans. Every once and awhile reality come up and smacks you in the face like a swinging door. So what's the problem? It's bulbs. Bulbs that were ordered in the spring when our garden dreams and ambitions were at their pinnacle. Now fall is here and so are the bulbs. Where are we going to plant them? We have planted some, but clearly we need some new space pronto.

In some people's gardens, one only needs to go out with one of those cute little diggers, make holes with a twist and drop in the bulb. I have one of those. It won't work here. This new bed that Ed is working on illustrates the difficulty. When the meadow sod is stripped, the right side of the picture shows what is just under the surface. Dibble through that !

So Ed will make some new space. The bulbs will be planted. Some of them may be put in temporary locations. We made the "Don't buy plants until you have a space for them rule.", but the reality is, when the bulb catalogs come, or a friend offers a new plant our resistance is weak.

Ours is not a formal well planned garden, it's more of a free spirit that grows in its own way and at its own pace. Actually the reality is we love the garden the way it is!


Anonymous said...

Yikes! That's a lot of rocks. Looks like you'll have plenty for stone walls!

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of a garden with a free spirit. :) Good luck with the rocks and I hope you find a good place for your bulbs. What a treat they will be in the spring!

Anonymous said...

That's quite a job. Good thing you have a helper! What do you do with all the rocks once they're out of the ground? I'm not much for perfect garden planning either. Good luck!

Becky said...

We use stones for walls, paths, driveway fill and garden markers. I guess stone soup is next.