A Dirty Secret

There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare, or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight. –Gertrude Jekyll

Having established that fact I am about to let you in on my dirty little secret.  A reclaimed area of my garden that has been ignored for the past twenty years is getting a new life.  I am going to show you the beginning of this project, after the overgrown plants have been removed but I want you to brace yourself because what I ended up with was indeed arid, bare and ugly!

here is what it looked like after all the plant material was removed…

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Whew, I’m glad that is behind us!


The most serious gardening I do would seem very strange to an onlooker, for it involves hours of walking round in circles, apparently doing nothing. –Helen Dillon


After that I just spent many mornings and evenings walking around in circles trying to decide what I wanted the space to look like.  I knew that it involved raised beds with wide enough tops to sit or kneel on while planting and weeding.  My friend and carpenter, Jeff Becker, and I spent a good deal of time with measuring tapes as we envisioned the space.

the beginning of the raised beds…

raised beds On Pinehurst Place

In the end we decided the two beds on the ends would be 12″ deep and the two in the center would be 24″ deep…

raised beds On Pinehurst Place

I had a photograph of a tuetuer that I particularly liked and Jeff assured me that if I could find it, he could build it.

Yesterday Jeff and his talented sons arrived with the two tueteurs for the taller beds…

raised beds On Pinehurst Place

There is still much to be done but I am well on the way!

raised beds On Pinehurst Place

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I work in the garden. –John Erskine


I think the dirty little secret is going to end up being a good idea!


Happy Saturday!

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  1. Progress! Great! My veggie raised beds look like the last photo with the dog! Ha! You are going to have such fun planting them!

  2. Lee Threadgill says:

    Love the raised beds and of course especially the tuteurs!! Can already see the roses!!!!!!!

  3. Ingrid taylor says:

    Can’t wait!!

  4. Deborah says:

    Looks great! It will be fabulous no matter what you plant.

  5. Makes me wish I had a yard again. But, hey, my apartment patio could use some love. You inspire me, Marsha!

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      I think that a small patio would be perfect on some of the days that I am sweating in my garden!