Our Front Bed: Before

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We have big plans for our new yard this year. To start with, there’s a lot of ivy and we’d like to get as much of that out as we can. But we also have ideas for planting and the construction of different garden rooms that we are hoping to get started on very soon. I thought it would be fun to share a few before pictures of areas that we plan to ‘makeover’.

Let’s look at this space at the front of our property to start. It borders a busy street. As you can see, a guard rail has been put up at some point in the past and I imagine it is well needed. That said it’s not the most attractive frontage, so here are a few ideas we had in mind.

DSC_0241We want to pull as much ivy as we can get at down from the trees here. And then in this corner, I was thinking it would be nice to put a bench and plant a fern garden. I’m thinking of it as the fern ‘grotto’. Not a cave literally, but a snug little area that feels cave-like with a variety of ferns and maybe some flowering currant to create a sense of enclosure.

DSC_0248DSC_0246I was so excited to find this hummingbird-friendly mahonia growing out front. And I hope to incorporate a lot of natives into this bed. They’re so beautiful and I love that they attract wildlife. I’d like to include some evergreen huckleberry here as well.

We’ve got to pull a lot of these logs out in order to get at the ivy underneath, but I plan to work them into the final design for this area.

DSC_0228Here is a view of the bed from the back. I haven’t been able to identify the bright green leafy plants at the lower center of the picture. I may leave them until spring, to see if they have any blossoms that might give me a clue. As you can see, between lovely yellow power line stabilizers, the guard rail and picturesque mailboxes…this is a tough area. Nevertheless, I think it can be made into something that both we and the neighbors will enjoy looking at.

What do you think? Any suggestions for this area? Are you remaking any of your garden beds this year? I’d love to see what projects you’re working on!

Zombies, Abutilons and Air Plants! NWFGS Photos

Just wanted to share a few of my favorite garden bits and bobs from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. I have to admit, I was fairly overwhelmed by all the awesomeness.

This garden was designed by a mother-daughter team, I love the concept of garden-sharing and also the plants were gorgeous. Take a look at that witch hazel in the foreground of the first picture. Also, pretty sure I too should be outfitting my garden for the zombie apocalypse. 😉

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Um, chandelier of Tillandsias anyone? I fell in love with living walls all over again here.

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IMG_4641 It was a really fun show for plant geeks this year. Vance Lumsden and Judith Jones really brought it with their garden, “the Art of Upcycling”.

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Vanca said the greenhouse was made out of all salvaged sliding glass doors. Also, how awesome is the potting bench made of an ironing board? I’m pretty sure this will be my potting bench in my next garden. Now for the plant geek part, these ladies take it to a whole ‘nother level. I could have spent the entire time just drooling over the plants in this garden.

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Vanca said that the abutilons make their own crosses in Judith’s greenhouse, om nom nom.  Then there was the ferns! Asplenium anitquum ‘Cristatum’ anyone? These ladies created a garden that showcases beautiful design and awesome plants. Way to go!

Alright, I’ve got to dash to work. But tomorrow, I promise to share a few more pictures from the Sky bridge etc.

Happy NWFGS all!

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