WILD GARDEN

For all practical purposes, our garden has gone completely wild. Other than occasionally pulling out the bindweed and pieces of dead rose-bush, I can’t do much and no one else has energy or interest.

Yet the garden blooms. In no organized way. It looks — is — unstructured. Without design. Natural.

Which oddly, is fine with me.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

20 thoughts on “WILD GARDEN”

    1. If it looks pretty and doesn’t choke the other stuff, it’s a wildflower. That single pink lily and the daisies are the last of my true “garden flowers” … unless you count the rose bushes which seem to be forming a defensive perimeter to protect us from package deliveries!

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  1. Man, I was just going to take pictures of my wild “garden” out back and post them. Now it will look like I’m copying you. πŸ˜› Your pictures, as always, are lovely.

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      1. Eh, mines not so enterprising. When we moved in here a few months back I had a big patch of nothing but dirt between the corral and the house. So I decided to take a few bags of wildflower seed and cast them about with some pasture seed and see what happened. Well after a few months i have wildflowers everywhere! Yay! The dogs are scared of this sudden invasion, but I think they’re pretty and the bees are loving it. I’m gonna post about it next week after the landscapers come in and pretty up the front yard.

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  2. Mine moves between semi wild and semi controlled, simply because it’s former field territory and insists on it. Its a eclectic mix of what I like, as well as wild flowers (daisies, Queen Ann’s Lace, goldenrod, even evening primrose until it gets ugly, and yarrow) and stuff I dont particularly like but it does well in the mix. Right now its at its peak, since the day lilies are starting to show off, with the Stella d’oro waving itself all over everything.
    I hate heavy duty gardening, actually, so I mulch anything that isnt a flower. For me one of the charms of an eclectic garden is that its a surprise most days, since I never know what will bloom or when. The only formality is that everything is enclosed with brick borders to make trimming easier, and allow me to determine what might have escaped and what belongs where. I love your daylilies, Marilyn, blooming against that wonderful backdrop of trees

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    1. We have a few acres, mostly woods. Very little sunlight, so anything we grow, except in that one patch along the driveway has to be shade tolerant. I actually planted stuff IN the woods and some of it (hosta, goat’s beard, astilbe) has thrived along with the native day lilies, solomon seal, and spiderwort. The miniature hedge roses have hung in there surprisingly well. The bigger, fancier roses all died. Now, the garden is much as you describe yours. My back is past the bending or digging, so it needs to be self-sustaining. I do pull out the ragweed and goldenrod. We have enough sneezing problems without cultivating allergens, though I admit they are rather pretty. Everything else is welcome, at least in its season. We hauled the big rocks that were an old stone fence in the middle of the woods (this was farm land 100 years ago, but it’s gone back to woods, since) to built the garden along the drive. It looks like it has always been there πŸ™‚

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  3. Reminds me of Maurice Sednak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” A lovely book for bold parents raising a child. On my WallOQuotes is β€œA book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful.” ~ Sednak. The best gardens are the same, MrsA. Now… Let the wild rumpus begin!

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