Get Your Garden On

Spring and summer were late this year. That explains why the blueberries are just getting ripe and it’s the end of July. Wow. The blackberries are so late this year that the local bear population is desperate for food. One already wandered into the nearest town in search of victuals.

Someday I will have a yard that looks like this…and the Emperor of the Universe will bow at my feet and I’ll suddenly sprout wings and fly. Nevermind. In the spirit of growing things I offer up a series of links for gardening inspiration. My yard has nothing like any of these things. I grow deer and gophers. I’m good at that. I used to be able to grow plants but there’s no point when the furry ones just eat everything.

I’ve heard rumors that it’s possible to control deer. I don’t believe it – I believe Gary Larson. He knew his stuff. Drool, moan, conspire to dream. I do.

1. Longwood Gardens

2. Dreamy Lavender Fields

3. Pooktre Tree Shapers

4. One-Pot Vegetable Garden

5. Green Roofs

What are your gardening fantasies? Have any nightmares to share? Who’s garden would you like to transplant in your own yard?

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  1. #1 by Angela Orlowski-Peart on July 31, 2011 - 3:03 am

    So gorgeous. Colors and patterns are so powerful to me — I'm an artist,that's why I appreciate the natural beauty around me. Thank you for sharing, Lesann 🙂

  2. #2 by Lesann Berry on July 31, 2011 - 4:06 am

    The lavendar fields get me every time. Not far from my aunt's house was a lavendar farm and for several weeks a year it was just gorgeous. Glad you enjoyed.

  3. #3 by Naomi Bulger on July 31, 2011 - 9:49 pm

    Stunning. I miss my little garden so much! Now that we're back to renting, I'm back to growing herbs in pots, which I never seem to do well. In country Australia, there are no deer, gophers or bears to destroy the garden, but wallabies and kangaroos wreak havoc in my mother's garden, and every morning she has to replant her leafy babies ripped up by a foraging lyrebird.

  4. #4 by Lesann Berry on August 1, 2011 - 3:28 am

    Seems like there's always some manner of interested wildlife. I guess we really can't blame them for being opportunistic – they probably think how nice it is that we put out these lovely little feasts.

  5. #5 by jbw0123 on February 27, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Sigh… Gardening season is coming! This week I haul mulch! Chase cats away from the winter bird feeders! Hey, back in the day when I lived next to the woods, I used to keep deer off my plants by spraying a combination of raw egg + water + tabasco. That might actually qualify as animal torture though. Beautiful photo. Happy pre-spring.

    • #6 by Leslie Berry/ @LesannBerry on February 28, 2013 - 9:21 am

      I’m feeling the gardening bug too. It’s still a bit too cold to start planting but I bought some of those super-hardy pansies so at least there’s one bright bit of color out front! Last year I bought every deer-proof plant the nursery offered. It worked…for a while, then a doe with a messed up palate came through and wiped us out. lol My current approach is to mass-plant. If I put more out than they can possibly eat, something should be left. Right? I know. Bad logic, but I keep trying. =)

      • #7 by jbw0123 on February 28, 2013 - 2:50 pm

        Well, color spots are cheap! You could be really mean and load up on foxglove.

        • #8 by Leslie Berry/ @LesannBerry on March 5, 2013 - 10:30 am

          I grew foxglove one year when I lived in town. The flowers are beautiful and the birds went mad for it. Some species of tiny little brown birds were always dabbing at the blooms. Must have been something tasty there. Foxglove naturalizes in the northwest, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the deer would consider it a snack. The murderous number of compounds possible of being extracted from the typical rural garden is pretty alarming. 😉

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