Maximum Garden-Minimum Cost

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On Sunday, Douglas did a 62-mile run. I was exhausted just writing this post; I had to take several breaks. My excuse is that I have been sick, but I still feel like a big wimp. I am proud of him, though, despite questioning why he does what he does. I do appreciate that he never gives up when there is something that he wants. Here he is with Junior after the race.

Douglas and Junior

Douglas will never give up on a race and I swear not to give up on my garden this year. After three years of living in the Cape of Dreams and taking care of the yard, I finally feel that things are starting to come together the way that I want them. I was fortunate when I moved in that the house was surrounded by wide flower garden bordered with Belgian blocks. There were some bushes and flowers in the garden and yard, but not nearly as many as I wanted. The gardens looked rather sparse and the side and back of the yard was a tangle of overgrown bushes. I did not have the money to do what I wanted in the beginning, but I have been slowly filling things in with plants that I love.

Cape of Dreams in April 2013

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11 thoughts on “Maximum Garden-Minimum Cost

  1. I love the bulbs that pop up in your lawn! Your blue flowers look like vinca, and the white ones like cyclamen. I have some rhodies and ferns from the house where I grew up, and that makes them special. I wish I could give you half of my miscanthus sinensis (ornamental grass), which I have to divide before it gets any bigger! Also some dandelions! 🙂

    • VINCA! Finally, I have the name of those flowers. Thank you. They grow like crazy in the woods behind my mother’s house. I wish I could take all of your dandelions and some of your ornamental grass. I have been debating about putting in some ornamental grasses but haven’t. I can’t decide where I want to put them.

  2. Vinca is also called periwinkle, fyi. Pretty sure the “small white flowers” are bloodroot. It’s a spring wildflower, usually only found in the woods. The tuber/root is red and will ooze red when cut (thus the name). Kudos on a successful transplant.

    • Thanks Alana! The bloodroot are really taking off. I planted one two years ago, and now there are about six. I appreciate the information. Gardening was never my thing, but I am starting to enjoy it. I learn something new every day!

  3. I love the idea of maximum gardening at minimum cost! I also love that you’ve photographed native plants, or plants that arrive as “volunteers.” My organic garden is grounded in restoring full-throated vibrant eco-systems. I see such an ecosystem working in your photographs. I salute you!

    • It really means a lot to me for you to say that. It is so important to keep our habitat the way that it was meant to be. I don’t think enough home owners realize the damage they do when they constantly water and fertilize and use Roundup and other herbicides. “As natural as possible” is my motto!

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