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Wee corner…not quite finished but getting there.


Corner nook…

Okay, so…the garden…finally. (4 pictures)

I’ve never designed a garden.  I had no idea what to do. So, I went out and bought a bunch of plants and shrubs that I liked, because they were pretty.  Then I came home and put them on the patio.  Then I read up on them and realized a lot of the things I bought killed cats, if eaten. I also found out that pretty much EVERYTHING we all plant is poisonous to dogs, cats and even horses. Everything that HAD BEEN in my garden had been poisonous, and she’s hunted in it for nine years, so go figure.   Anyway, I went out again, and got some less lethal stuff.  Then I played with everything and decided where to put things. The poison plants are out in front.

I made at least four trips to the plant place, filling my Jeep as full as I could, each time.  My plant place is Ace Hardware in Palatine, because their plants were incredibly healthy and gorgeous.  The parking lot was full of amazing beauty.

I think everything is planted too close together, but I don’t care because I was not born with the ability to wait for ANYTHING.  I wanted a garden immediately.  The guy who planted everything said just put them where you want them and I’ll plant them right there.  I used a broom handle to draw the line where I wanted the grass to end.  And that’s how I made a garden that I absolutely love.

It’s possible that I may have planted a few taller things in front of shorter things, but I won’t know that until next summer, because I didn’t read the tags.  He said he would replant them if that happened, so no problem.  He was wonderful and worked harder than anyone I’ve ever seen.  He’s a friend of my daughter and son-in-laws.  Kind, sweet and he likes Mango bars.  He carried so many HUGE ROCKS, I don’t know how he didn’t just fall to the ground.  He was attacked by ground bees and got poison ivy and poison Dog weed.  Never even slowed him down, although he did go to the doctor and after the Dog weed thing.  We never even heard of it.  His family gardens.

My garden was horrible.   I had ground cover and no grass.  It was full of poison ivy and had gone completely wild.  He ripped everything out, down to the ground.  Added mushroom soil, which my cousin said I had to use.  She’s a gardner so I listen to her…and that’s a rare thing, believe me.  We literally started from scratch.

The two of us made a garden.  I designed it and he made it come to life.  It was wonderful and we both enjoyed it, although he’s tired.  LOLOL

So, he did the front, the patio area, and the meditation area that was once where we kept our boat.  No one I know meditates. The huge back yard will be done after two freezes, so the poison ivy is less dangerous.  Poison ivy/oak has invaded this whole area.

I’ll be posting pictures from the fenced in patio area.  It’s not quite done.  More rocks need to be moved and tweaking bits here and there, but for the most part, I can finally relax and he can rest.  Poor thing.

One more thing.  Almost everything in the garden is something I already had.

I had to have a sandcastle.  I mean, It just makes sense, right?  The fairies will like it.

This is just a broader photo of the one above.  Some things haven’t been put outside because it’s too close to bringing those delicate things back inside.  So this isn’t everything.

The garden is all Asian. Mostly Goddesses.  Quan Yin and a couple of the guys.  I have GRASS again.  All of this was done by working 4 to 12 hours A WEEK, four hours a day, that’s all he could take.  He did it when he could, since he works and has other responsibilities.  It took less than two months.

I can’t wait until summer.  Will post more pictures tomorrow.






I’m redoing my entire garden from scratch…next year…sunflowers and milkweed, and a garden for bees and butterflies.

Sunflower, Flower, Yellow Flower, Petals


Being in a garden is like being hugged by nature…

green and orange flower garden

Photo:  Bella Foster

Getting the pots cleaned up and ready for spring planting…

It’s still winter, but there’s a lot to be done, with spring right around the corner.  So the Garden Committee is starting to look through their shed, to see what they will need in the near future.  Near future is stretching it, it might be a couple of months, but the chicklets, and their friends, are already planning the garden layout for The Coop.


Emily with ten billion weeds behind her…and a few flowers…there’s poison ivy in my garden and I haven’t weeded once the entire summer. It got me last year and I almost ended up in the hospital…so weeds and poison ivy…pretty much covers it…buy my cat is gorgeous.

THIS…is a beautiful book…

The pictures are beautiful.    All the gardens/flowers/photographs are for real people, no mansions, cultivated mazes, or things no one would ever think of attempting in their own space.  Check it out.

Okay, so…gardening

I hate gardening with a passion.  I love gardens and flowers (that’s why I’m a member of the Chicago Botanic Garden0, but hate doing the work.  I plant my pots and that’s it.  I did all the in ground planting years ago and it’s like a jungle out there because once I did it, I never did anything with it, or about it, and said to everything, “Look, I gave you dirt and I’ll give you water, the rest is up to you.”  That’s what you say to plants, right?  So, they listened and dug in.  Sure, weird things turn up, but you expect that kind of thing, when you give your garden free reign.

Because of the seemingly NEVER ENDING RAIN, green things are everywhere but no one can do anything outside, since it’s cool, pouring and flooded.  You could almost swim on my patio.  Well, if you were really small and flat, but still. If you were those things, you cold do it.

Anyway, I actually pulled some weeds this year and now I have poison ivy.  How can poison ivy be by my patio, you might be asking?  I have absolutely no idea at all.  The doctor said, well, I can see that you wore gardening gloves, since the ugly rash starts right above the glove edge(left arm).

So, my gardening days are over for good. Hey, I know an omen when I see one.  I’m not going to look for the shape of the leaves or anything else.  Apparently, the plant doesn’t know it’s supposed to be in the woods, or at least in the country.  You need a machete to do anything in the yard, since the rain just keeps coming down so the poison ivy is here to stay.  By the way, Poison Ivy is one of my favorite comic book characters.  I think we need to talk.


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