A New Monastery Garden

garden book biasOne of the worst things that happened in 2013 was my mom’s sister deciding she had to sell this house which would have meant we’d have to move.  One of the best things that happened this year was that our good friend bought her out and now owns half of it with my mom.  I can finally plan a garden here.  So on New Year’s Eve I pulled out all of my garden books for inspiration and took pictures of the front yard.  Then I measured the dimensions and graphed it out.

My garden bias is totally obvious.  It’s all about the herbs, the vegetables, and the – oh – I didn’t pull my rose books out but it’s also all about the roses.

useless shrubThis is what our front yard looked like on the last day of the year.  Remember when I took out the other spider condo?  There has been some major spider trafficking going on in the remaining one.  Check it out:

P1000435This is just a small sample of the vast collection of spider egg sacks in the undergrowth of this most useless bush.  But back to the before pictures.  There was still one more agapanthus clump on this side of the front garden.  It fell to Philip to destroy it.

view from drivewayLook at it just sitting there mocking us.  It knows, and we know, that that appearance of winter weakness is a sham.  Just a little rain and this thing will get BIGGER.  So yesterday, on the first day of the year, we set to work.

cleaned upAnd cleared that damn space!  I even swept the sidewalk.  Now we have to figure out what to do with all the stuff we pulled out.  Yard waste filled up very fast and there’s still such a big pile that Philip can’t get the car out of the driveway.  I feel so relieved to see those awful institutional plants eradicated.  Once they were gone I made a wonderful realization.  Remember the monastery garden I built at my last house?  Here, have a look:

monastery garden blue chairAnd from my office:

view from officeIt turns out that I can recreate this garden in my new one on a slightly smaller scale.  I can only allow 2′ for pathways which means no wheelbarrows.  But once these beds are filled up there won’t be any need for that.  Some of the beds will have to be smaller but I can totally do it.

graphed planThat weeping cherry tree will be getting removed once we can find someone to give it to who will dig it up.  I am so excited I’ve been spazzing out all day about it.  So, it’s time I get off the computer and do some other yard work.  Philip is going to go tackle the agapanthus on the other side of the walkway.

 

3 thoughts on “A New Monastery Garden

  1. NM

    Hey, you didn’t tell us what you’re going to plant in it! Stop gardening, and return to your computer, immediately!
    I mean, hey, neat plan, congratulations!

  2. angelina Post author

    Haha! Last night I started a list and I will share it in the next garden update but you know so many of the things that are on it – lots of medicinal herbs (the usual suspects), culinary herbs, and greens, and roses.

  3. belinda

    woohooo!

    Can’t wait to see it all develop.. Somehow I have never become aware of the monastery garden design and boy do I like it; even more than parterre.

    I got lucky toward the end of last year too. It’s rented so nothing permanent but I took over a garden full of weeds and once I pulled some weed out there was enough space to put in some raised beds for food gardening within the current beds. We’ll see if we get kicked out or have our lease renewed in March before I go whole hog and bring in chickens.

    Best wishes for all your 2014 goals
    Belinda

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