Tuesday, August 6, 2013
It seems as if every post lately has been about something in my garden that I can't stand...you'd think my garden brought me nothing but misery! Truthfully, I love my garden, especially as we head into late summer and fall. The borders are full and surging with growth. However, there ARE things that annoy me...and today's post is about one of my biggest annoyances.
Yes, THE LAUREL! The shrub that I've hated since we moved in and has only grated on my nerves since. It's too big for the space, it's boring and it blocks light from a huge portion of the front garden. Not only that, I have to push past it to get to the water faucet, and I always get scratched...it hates me too! Vendetta!
I don't think anyone will be sad to see it go, there are plenty of other amorphous, dreary, evergreen shrubs in Portland...this one will not be missed. The big question has been, what to replace it with? For the past few years, I've auditioned every shrub possibility I can think of. There is always something that keeps me from declaring a winner. Should it be evergreen (Norm said "yes"). What should the max size be? I wanted something that didn't get too wide or too tall...but that had decent form. Every time I thought I had found something, I'd realize that it actually would get too big, would prefer more or less light, or was just plain dull.
Then, this past weekend, as Norm and I were out walking with the cats around the house, it struck me. What if I had been thinking about this all wrong. My prejudice favoring plants had blinded me to another, perhaps much better, alternative. A seating area! As we walked around, I noticed that every house in our block had chairs on their front porches...and while I've lamented all summer that I wished our front porch was big enough to accommodate a seating area, I hadn't realized there was one right in front of me!
What do you think, am I crazy?!? The space is surprisingly generous (I'm guessing 10'x10'), especially considering the size of our lot in general. There is definitely room for a few chairs (perhaps the Adirondack chairs I've always wanted)! I think we can remove the Laurel, gravel over the area, perhaps put some alternating panels of cattle-panel trellis against the wall for something to grow up (maybe fragrant Jasmine). Add a few pots and Voila! I'm kind of in love with the idea of sitting back there, behind the tall plants, enjoying the garden, while still feeling a little bit secluded.
What do you think...is it stupid/insane/ridiculous??? What have I overlooked or not thought of?