The Shade Meadow: Year-One

In the garden, as in life, endings and beginnings are easily confused, one for the other.

If you recall, last fall, my front yard ended like this.

 

The garden had been wounded.  I was wounded.

 

But the ending was a beginning-in-disguise.  The universe is a fecund, generous place.  Manna from haven came this spring in the form of an anonymous gift certificate to repair the damage caused by the broken water main.  I girded up my loins, and slapped a band-aid on the torn earth.

… in preparation for Christmas in May!  Who doesn’t love the UPS man???

Two  big boxes holding  100 potted and bare root plants finally arrive!  Early Sunflower, Cardinal Flower,  Fireweed, River Oats, Wild Geranium, Foxglove Beardtongue, Culver’s Root, Prairie Alum Root, Sweet Joe Pye Weed, Bottlebrush Grass, Brown Eyed Susans, Bradbury’s Monarda, Palm Sedge,  Short’s Aster, Wild Bearded Iris, Large-Leafed Aster.  Just enough to fill an irregular, horseshoe-shaped  10′ x 10′   bed…

Year-One of the  shade meadow: a beginning that came disguised as an end.  What better way  to learn this lesson than in the garden?

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6 thoughts on “The Shade Meadow: Year-One

  1. What a sweet beginning that has arisen from the end….and you have chosen such wonderful plants. I can’t wait to see it grow and bloom!!

  2. Margaret Katranides says:

    Thanks for getting me back in. My gardening this year has consisted of cutting out winter-kill, planting a verbena and a spicebush, transplanting a Japanese fern which was repining under some overgrown hostas (but I may have given it too much sun…) and cutting out masses of wintercreeper euonymus, but not nearly enough of that. While I study what’s around me for more opportunity, I will enjoy watching your garden grow.

    Peace and joy, Margaret

    On Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM, Sho’ Nuff Sistuh’s Guide to Organic Gardening wrote:

    > Sho’Nuff posted: “In the garden, as in life, endings and beginnings > are easily confused, one for the other. If you recall, last fall, my front > yard ended like this. The garden had been wounded. I was wounded. But > the ending was a b”

    • Sho'Nuff says:

      Great work, Margaret! You’re targeting backyard invasives that have a very bad impact on woodland native species. Keep on, and keep us posted!

  3. If you hadn’t had the ending, there wouldn’t have been a new beginning. This is the chapter you didn’t know your book needed. All those natives in your meadow are going to be the start of an amazing ecosystem. I am so happy for you!

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