Yesterday, I found time to visit blogs in my sidebar. While catching up on a few blogs, I came across a post written by Shady Gardener
telling the story about the title of her blog. She was joining in on a meme started by Monica, from Garden Faerie's Musings
and Bren, from BGgarden
from December 5th. If there was a prize for the most scatterbrained blogger, I'm pretty sure I would win it. I clicked on my link, "blogging" to see what I'd written already about my blog title, and found out I had written two posts in October for my blog turning three years old. One of my most recent posts was done because I had come across Catherine's from A Gardener in Progress
post about her third blog anniversary, and I thought I had forgotten to write about mine in October. Oh, my! Well, I have also written about my title, but I am going to again, because I had fun going through old photos and wanted to post them. I decided to show some changes in the front yard over the years of blogging, mostly from the views of or from the corner, since that is how the blog got its name.
Hey, I just went to my very first post, and here it is:
It's time for bed!
I have been thinking about starting a blog to help me keep records of my gardening exploits and to help me make plans. I finally got it set up after an hour and a half. I am slow and sometimes have trouble making up my mind. I just want to get this done to make sure it works. If you buy a new car, you don't just leave it parked, you need to drive it!
Part of what took me so long, was the names I was choosing for my blog were not available. My choices were:
1. My Corner
2. My Corner Lot
3. Corner Gardener
4. Corner Garden
Each of these had variations with my name, but I couldn't use an underline symbol or apostrophe in the address for the blog. Here I was, so tickled that I'd thought of the name for my blog very quickly after realizing I'd have to have a name, and I had to think of something else.
Then, when I was writing about me, I didn't realize it was going to be on my blog page, I thought there would be a link to it. I may go in and change that tomorrow. Well, here I am, blog! We'll see if I keep you up.
Looking back, I wish I would have put more thought into a title, but, since we live on a corner lot, I got stuck on that. I had even thought of playing with, "My Corner of the World" but didn't think of a variation. A number of people have come to my blog doing a search for corner gardens. The garden is on the corner of the street, not in a corner between structures. Sorry searchers!
This is from the other direction, in June.
I've shown this, taken the first week of June before, too. This is the only time we've rented a sod cutter. It was harder than Larry thought it would be. I was tickled to get this new area to plant. It started out to be for large annuals, but there aren't many places left for them. I do have some great self sowers in there, though.
The photos are in order by date, but I forgot to write the dates down as I was exporting. I'm thinking this was early July, 2008. The little area to the left of the sidewalk had been put in after the neighbors across the street had to have their water main replaced a few years before this, which involved digging in our yard. There were some tense moments deciding how large the area was going to be. It was smaller than I wanted, and larger than Larry wanted. Still, the next year, he offered up the area on the other side of the sidewalk, so it would be symmetrical.
I was pleased to find a red crocosmia, that I planted on the back left corner in this bed, but it did not survive winter. It is hardy one zone warmer than ours. It sure was pretty that year, though.
This must be from August or September of 2008.
The next ones are from April of 2009. I had used mini blinds to mark where I planted things in the new bed so I wouldn't plant over them.
From the other direction, you can see the old shape of the curb planting area.
This is July of 2009. The different varieties of perennial geraniums did very well against the curb.
We had gotten plenty of notice that we would need to remove plants within 18 inches of the curb, and that we would be given 2 weeks notice before the work was to begin. I probably did more than one post about all of this. It was a very good experience, considering all the worrying I had done. I had taken the plants out ahead of time, so they wouldn't have to be moved in the heat of summer, and replaced them with rose moss plants. The work took place in August.
I moved the rose moss to other places, which I was glad to be able to do. Most plants wouldn't survive such a move in the heat.
The guys were awesome! They let me dig my own dirt and put it in containers to put back in place so I wouldn't have to have anyone else's dirt. One young man even helped me finish digging, and a couple helped me put it back.
Knowing this work was going to be done, and because the grass next to the curb wasn't doing so well, Larry had asked if I wanted to extend the planting area. I was giddy, because we had argued over the size of the original bed. When the time came he said he wasn't sure, but he ended up saying if I was going to do it, to find someone else to till it. I called a number from the paper, and someone came out the same day! I had to check with the curb crew to make sure that was OK with them. Larry decided it was OK with him, as well. The milkweed had just come up that year as a volunteer. It sure has spread since then.
The next two must be the end of August or September.
As I was working on this post, I realized I didn't have any from 2010. This was in June, and the next one, July.
It is now, April of 2011. Seeing the photos of the silver maple tree coming down brought back the sadness we felt about losing it. It is good that it was taken down when it was, though, because we had some storms where a number of trees fell into homes. There is a good chance this would have.
These guys were great to work with, too. They were very careful around the flower beds.
I think the next two were taken in June.
The next ones are from August.
I have enjoyed taking lots of photos of the house for my header photos. I try to include Heidi and Larry with the grandsons when possible. Oh, and the fire hydrant makes a regular appearance. This is from September.
I think this is October. The joe pye weed had gone to seed, but the kiss me over the garden gate was in full bloom.
Here's the first snow we had, I think, the first week of December. It didn't last long. A number of us have been wanting more snow and seasonal temps, hoping for a warm spring.
The next two were taken today in the cold. We did get about an inch of snow a couple nights ago.
I would rather live in a more private place, with a big back yard, instead of all the chopped up places we have, in full view of the street. When I was in my twenties, my dream was to live on an acreage, but Larry convinced me neither of us is handy enough. I will be content, though, because I talked Larry into moving here 13 years ago. This is the house he grew up in, and he has no plans to move. The nicest thing for me will be that when the loan for the kitchen remodel is paid, the house will be paid for. I am hoping to retire in the next 7 years, get the place organized inside, and be in the garden as much as I want to. I never would have imagined that Larry would give up this much grass when we first moved here. I can be content with what we have. Plus, the kitchen works much better than it did when we first moved here.
Thanks for visiting my corner garden. I know I wrote a lot. Sometimes I read all what people say, and other times I skim or skip a little. I'm assuming others do it that way, too. If you didn't know how my blog got its name, now you may. :o)