Posted on Sep 04, 2013
You might be wondering what these two very different gentlemen are doing in my garden and how they got there. When I think back, I realize they took up residence with some of my very first plantings, chosen on the spur of the moment in a heat of plant passion, with no particular plan in place. I still pick, choose and plant haphazardly, albeit with more knowledge of site and sun conditions, etc. As a result, some of the very things I love about my garden are also some of the very things I would love to change about it. Hence, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Take my flagstone path for instance. I love my path. It allows me to stroll through my gardens while also taking me to visit my neighbors. I am not so fond of the flagstone itself. There is an inordinate amount of purslane, clover and various and sundry weeds that have taken up residence and refuse to leave, despite my best efforts. The flagstone itself is uneven and uncomfortable to walk across barefoot, one of my favorite summer activities. The patio, again installed without much forethought and on a budget that caused me to panic about material selection, is an odd shape that does not allow for relaxing furniture and firepit placement. I love not having to move things when cutting the grass, but wish there was a better flow. I also wish I had chosen a different material. As you can tell, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde indeed.
The question now is what must stay, what can be changed and the best way to go about creating the vision in my head that has finally jelled. I hope that by sharing our thoughts, plans and progress we will also help you, our clients and friends, along the way. This will be a work in progress, garden coaching and garden consulting the Diig, Inc. way. Check back early next week for phase one of my Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde makeover.