My Great Outdoors: Grace's Work-in-Progress

My Great Outdoors: Grace's Work-in-Progress

Grace Shu
Jun 16, 2009

Name: Grace

Location: Pasadena, CA

Type of space: Backyard

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: Gardening is certainly not my strong suit; so for awhile, I didn't do much with the outdoors until about a year ago when a friend of mine offered to help me "bring the yard to its full potential." Initially, we came up with a lot of grandiose ideas and had some false starts (the dogs rampaging on every new plant, planting off season, etc); so when spring rolled around a few months ago, we decided to take it slow. We directed all of our attention to one flowerbed, mapping out which plants went where before taking action.

How did you create it? With a lot of blisters and back pain. The spot for this flowerbed is behind the back house, so it's nice and shady thanks to a camellia tree. However, it was just grass and dirt back there, so we had to prepare the soil before planting anything. And after planting everything, we had to put up a chicken wire fence to prevent the dogs from trampling/peeing/destroying any and all of the plants. I think though that after awhile when both the plants and Nanners have matured, we'll take the chicken wire down. It's been about two months since we initially planted everything, so it's rewarding to actually see things take root--especially under my black thumb. The photos were taken during the progress of planting and growing, and it's crazy to see how fast some plants have grown in that time span.

Recommended store, site, product or resource? Armstrong's Garden Center in Pasadena is really nice and a great place to get advice, although it is pricey. Strangely enough, I got a lot of plants from Target's garden center on East Colorado Blvd. which had a surprisingly good selection and most everything I bought was on sale.

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