Garden Renovation

May 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

It’s hard to believe that one year ago, we were in Five Islands with Mark and Katy. We were working on the house and staying in a local hotel because there was no toilet yet. We installed the ill-fated mosaic tile floor in the bathroom and painted much of the downstairs. When Mothers’ Day rolled around, we went down to the dock and loaded up on dinner to go. I don’t remember what we ordered, but I do remember the weather was dreadful. The entire week was cold and rainy. I was afraid Mark and Katy would never come back after such a week. But, alas, they came back for Christmas and we had a ball. But they still haven’t experienced Maine in the summertime. It is sublime, and this weekend was just a taste of what we have to look forward to in the months to come. With temperatures in the 70s, we spent yesterday and today working on the garden.

Last year, by the time we moved in it was late June and the garden was already beyond control. Plus there was so much to do inside the house, we simply put up a temporary fence and let everything grow wild. Here’s a picture from last July to give you a sense of how feral the perennials had become.

This year, we have an ambitious plan to get the garden under control. In addition, the temporary porch outside the sliding door has seen better days. So we’ve decided to have a deck put on that side of the house. One day, the deck will be the floor of a screened-in porch. We’re getting some help with renovating the perennial beds from one of our neighbors, Kate MacGillivary. She has taken the unruly mess that was our front bed and brought it under control. It’s definitely a work-in-progress. But here are some shots of what we’ve done so far.

In the photo below you can see the old stone walk that goes up to what was the front porch. This was almost completely covered in grass and weeds. It’s taken me a lot of elbow grease to unearth these stones. Now I’m planting low-growing thyme between the rocks.

I have always loved gardens with stone walls and lots of perennials and herbs. Now we have our own stone wall, not to mention huge pieces of ledge covered in lichen. It’s already beautiful. We just hope to rescue some of the beautiful plants that are being strangled by weeds. Of course, Boogie doesn’t mind the weeds.

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