Located in central New Jersey, this garden was started in the middle of a drought in August 1997. Not intimidated by the temperatures and anxious to start my very own first garden I started planting. The heavy Jersey clay soil required amending to get plants off to a good start. After adding many cubic yards of amended topsoil I now find myself gardening in soil rich in nutrients and filled with worms which make the soil even richer.
Other than the Japanese maple, every plant in the garden has been moved at least once, if not twice. Some plant combinations worked, others needed work. Now, little vignettes along the garden path make you stop and look.
The pond with a waterfall brings sounds to the garden while the wet pets (koi) flash their brilliant colors among the water lilies.
Once a sun drenched back yard, I look for shade loving plants to tuck into nooks. Along the way I learn about newly introduced plants and re-discover forgotten favorites.
My gardening journal helps me track plants’ progress; it documents work done, while celebrating accomplishments. It’s a never ending journey, with twists and turns, torrential downpours and sunny days. Check in on a regular basis to see how my garden grows with the changing seasons. Look in the archives for past entries and enjoy the many pictures.
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