Woodland shade gardening with a purpose – pleasure, creativity, rainwater collection!
It is so easy to look at a picture of a beautiful garden and think “I can create that look in my own gardens – right now”. And this is sort of true, but not very realistic. It is the ‘right now’ part of the idea that can be a challenge.
The North Trail is a pathway that travels along the inside of the fence on – you guessed it – the north side of the back gardens. All our pathways (trails) were originally raked areas for our very small Pomeranian, Burleson, to be able to run and play after the deciduous leaves fell to the ground each autumn. At that time, almost no garden beds had been designated. We were just letting the forest floor create itself with a natural covering of textural, brown, decomposing leaves. It was lovely. But watching our little Burl out there, running through leaf cover that was too deep for his 6-pound size, made me decide to rake some pathways for his pleasure and exercise. He truly loved this change, and ran the pathways each time he visited the great outdoors.
Gardeners who love to garden also love to dream gardening dreams. We indulge ourselves in the euphoria of creating in stages, and building our knowledge and experience as our gardens evolve, created from our hearts. Some of us want an ‘instant look’, while others of us know the pleasure of the process. It is this gardening process that intrigues me, educates me, and nurtures me. The many details of this process are what I like to share with other gardeners, in hopes they will realize the normalness of the details they experience while creating their own gardens.
The North Trail shrubs I planted this spring will be allowed to reach maturity without being pruned. At maturity, the shrubs along each side of the trail will touch the shrubs to their sides, in a loose hedge fashion. The two border areas will grow toward each other, leaving only a narrow woodland trail between them, a trail that won’t be very noticeable unless walking along it.
The evergreen shrubs along the trail are small now, and there is little mystery to this design. When the shrubs along the fence and on the inner side of the path mature to their full sizes, lightly canopied by the arching limbs and foliage of maple, this path might provide a feeling of adventure to young children, as if it is a journey into a wild, mysterious, magical world. Like the magical world of gardening.
Woodland shade gardening with a purpose - pleasure, creativity, rainwater collection!
THE JOY OF GARDENING IN THE SHADOWS
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