Good morning, everyone! Um, here's another post that got lost is my voluminous inbox…..These photos are from Amy Fleshner, who sent them in last year. Amy says, "Despite what a lot of people told me when I decided to leave my career and be a stay-at-home mom, I got bored. I went from working 60 hours a week and taking phone calls at all hours of the night to trying to keep myself busy after crafting, cooking, and cleaning. My adult ADHD didn’t allow me the ability to sit down and I had to be doing something, constantly. The walls were closing in on me after a very cold winter in 2012 and I felt like I was losing my mind indoors. For our six year wedding anniversary my husband informed me that I could have anything I wanted, as long as he could buy new golf clubs. I went along with it, knowing in the back of my mind that my idea of someday having a secret garden would soon come true, and what better way to keep myself (and my little ones) busy. Little did I know how much work it would be. I purchased what I needed on April 7th, 2012; a pergola, a fence, top soil, manure, seeds, a few bulbs, and my favorite rose bushes, but over the next couple weeks it rained, and rained, and rained. With two small girls (Eva was six and Lucy was four) the back yard was often a sore sight, cluttered with mud pies, toy lawn mowers, bicycles, etc. I decided to take the area behind the garage and turn it into my oasis. I had drawn everything out on paper ahead of time and had a pretty good idea of what I wanted it to look like, although I was secretly terrified that nothing was going to grow! I have never claimed to be a master gardener but I have always read Fine Gardening magazine and admired the beautiful landscapes and flowers that others managed to grow! By May 14th I had everything in ground. The next few weeks were very stressful as I was scared that perhaps I added too much manure to the soil, or that the tree would cause too much shade, and on and on and on. I was beginning to feel like a total idiot and was coming to the conclusion that my girls would have a neat little fence to throw their toys in, but that would be about all the secret garden would amount to. By August 9th every single thing I had planted had bloomed and I felt like a champion! I had dahlias the size of my head and it felt amazing to watch the daily progress of my first accomplishment as a future gardener. There are Knockout rose bushes, climbing rose bushes, dahlias, oriental lilies, pineapple lilies, black-eyed Susans, forget-me-nots, wild flowers, morning glory, impatiens, clematis, gerbera daisies, lavender, spike, salvia, gladiolas, calla lilies, Asiatic lilies, canterberry bells, Alaska daises, peonies, and begonias, to name a few. My favorite part is the walkway. I hand painted old barn boards with my favorite saying, “Step into the garden and lift your face to the sun. It will help you remember all that is beautiful and right in the world”. I will continue to read the articles in Fine Gardening with the hopes that someday an inexperienced individual will look at my work and be inspired to create a similar outdoor oasis." WOW, Amy, that was a huge undertaking, and it's wonderful!! We need more photos this year, for sure!
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