|John and his big sister Cecilia|
Here is the story of how John and Laura turned their dirt-patch into a little jewel-box organic garden.
1. Start by Subtraction
Take out anything thats not lovely, that doesn't contribute.
We took out the yellow tiles, and searched for stepping stones to go in their place, for us to land on sturdily as we bounce out the door.
2. Get a vision, take cuttings, go shopping
Helen's garden, where I'm staying this year, is the inspiration. The longer I live, the more I realize the power of copying, of catching things from the people you admire. Its not Action that we dislike, its Decisions, and the chance of making a wrong choice when we do something pioneering.
With this picture in mind, we did the big treck out to Plantmark, to get wholesale plants. If you are a designer, you should register here. Half price means you can buy twice as many plants. Since this spot has heavy shade for much of the winter, I must prepare myself psycologically for half of them not to make it through. The problem is, I don't know which half.
Helen's begonia cuttings will go in when they get more roots.
3. Announce a Gardening Party
If you invite people you like and prepare good food, then hard hauling of rocks is a party.
Since this isn't sitting around chatting, you can go for diversity, and very different people can still enjoy each other.
I've never really liked opinion-sharing and story-trading as a form of socializing. Doing stuff, having an outcome is more fun.
|John's vast back garden. Paul Bongiorno roasts lamb Dec 2010|
Morning tea - macaroons
Lunch - mexian soup
Afternoon tea by the fire - buns
Lasagne for dinner.