Also to improve drainage, I put in 3 cubic yards of soil along the west side of the house to create sloping away from the house. I buried some daylilies – little did I know they wouldn’t care rather would thrive.
I along with a few friends rebuilt the deck overlooking the garden. I spent many a night overlooking the sparse yard trying to picture what it was I wanted to do. I also did a great deal of reading, planning, and thinking about what I wanted for the future.
It was also the first time I articulated my goals.
I wanted perpetual color from thaw to frost, low maintenance – clearly a relative term! Reduce the lawn space – (more flowers less mowing). Also I wanted entertaining space.
It was all coming together in my mind. My initial wish list included:
So there it was, I had my list, but no hardscape, no beds, just packed clay and scrubby grass. But I had a dream. And a strong back……
A dwarf tree