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Re: I'm considering...

I would vote for the chat with a native landscape designer,  
especially if you want your garden to reflect a sense of place.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 13, 2007, at 1:11 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

> This is zone 8 (usually). I think I am having trouble coming up with
> ideas because I don't really want to do it. But something needs to be
> done, either I start putting a lot of time into it or it has to be
> radically different, it will not look better while I am standing  
> around
> trying to make up my mind. It's too hot now to do things though  
> (except
> weeding, and if I could do that regularly I wouldn't be thinking about
> change).
> I guess I will give some thought over the next few months to what
> exactly could go in there and be maintainable plus less water  
> intensive.
> I won't have to commit to anything for a while that way. Drought
> resistant groundcover for shade...something that won't trap a zillion
> pounds of dead sycamore leaves...hmmm.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Bonnie Holmes
> Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 10:46 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] I'm considering...
> What about using easy perennials with groundcover that will require
> little maintence?  You might not have all the blooms but if you do a
> variety of leaf shape and color, the result could be interesting.  I
> have several beds that I have done that way to avoid lots of
> maintence...I have had to water this year as I have added things  
> but I,
> too, am looking to ways to avoid much watering in the future and am
> starting to collect and use things that are more drought tolerant.
> Many bulb/rhizone plants do not like lots of water and you could have
> flowering bulbs in spring, summer and fall and they can poke up  
> through
> groundcover.  I forget...what's your zone?
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Date: 7/13/2007 1:33:39 PM
>> Subject: [CHAT] I'm considering...
>> I'm considering doing away with my cottage garden. The thought has
>> been flitting through my head for a few months now, I have been
>> resolutely pushing it away so far. I'm not good with big changes  
>> and I
>> have been very happy watching things bloom, but I don't know, perhaps
>> the time has come. Much of it looks terrible and I have to admit that
>> I can no longer keep up with the amount of maintenance it takes, not
>> with us spending so much time on the horses now. Plus it sucks up a
>> lot of water and we are getting many dire warnings about rationing -
>> although I notice they keep issuing permits for new housing tracts.
> Grrrrr.
>> Anyway  there's a lot of pros and cons. I cannot get rid of the
>> sycamores, those are three HUGE trees, and they will need water so
>> it's not like the area can be a xeriscape. I was thinking about  
>> what I
>> would miss the most and it's the daffodils, there are hundreds, I
>> can't envisage throwing them out. The roses too but not as much, and
>> everything else I could mourn for and move on.
>> I will probably dither about this for months to come if not years. I
>> can't come up with what I could do given that the big trees have to
>> stay, and I surely do not want to go back to lawn. Maybe I should see
>> if I can find a native landscape designer and get some ideas. Sigh.
>> Cyndi
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