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Wednesday, December 31, 2008


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Your garden looks lush and full, and the cactus was a surprise. I particularly like the garage-top urns. The take a utilitarian structure and turn it into something else. Do you get soaked when they are watered?


Thanks for the nice comments. It is not at all unusual to find prickly pear cactus growing on the bluffs in Wisconsin which is why I decided to give it a try. And yes, we did get wet more often than not. We never figured out a good way to water the pots without watering ourselves.


I've had decent luck with over-wintering cactus here in Buffalo too.

Do you ever get back to see your old garden?


I am trying to grow cactus in my current garden but have not found a spot where it is really happy.

We drive by the house and they still have the same paint job we did 14 years ago! I have not seen the garden but I have heard about it. I think there have been 2 or 3 owners, plus dogs, hot tubs, and children so I am guessing it looks more like it did when we moved in than when we left. I decided when we moved that it was probably best to just keep the memories and not ruin them with a visit!


It might be too sad to see what state it's in today. I'd love to see photos of what it looks like after different owners, hot tubs, etc.

When we sold my last house (which was my first house & garden) we made the new owners promise to stay on the Garden Walk tour. They were not gardeners previously. They not only stayed on the Walk, but encouraged more neighbors to get on and they've gone from one house on the block (mine/theirs) to 18 houses on the garden tour.

They've done lots to change the garden. Some it needed, some I would have done and other projects I might have done differently. But they love the yard and are extremely happy with it. I guess that is all that matters.


That is very impressive progress on the block. I think our garden — being mainly in the rear and so dense with perennials — was not a good model for others (new owners or neighbors) to follow. Only a couple people in the neighborhood gardened seriously but that has changed in the years we've been gone.

At this house we are gardening right to the curb and our neighbor has finally linked their garden to ours and reduced the size of their lawn. Lots of folks on the block are now growing a mix of plants — esp. daylilies — across their sloping front yards that run down to the street.

I'm now convinced that neighbors and passers-by need to see the garden out front to get hooked. And, if you are doing it, they are more likely to give it a try. And I've never even had anyone pick a flower as they walk by which is the really amazing thing.

Angela (In the Cottage Garden)

I'm loving this series! I'm inspired now to document my journey, too! What a great idea. Do you have a name for it (Wednesday Wackiness or whatever)?

~Angela :-)


Angela — I don't have a name other than My Garden Odyssey. I'm glad you are enjoying it because I really liked seeing pictures of what you are doing. There is nothing like seeing a garden in progress to get construction tips as well as design ideas.

Stay tuned — as we are about to start documenting the design of our current garden next week.


This is a great post. It's amazing to me, though I've done it myself, to see what can be accomplished in just a few years of diligent gardening. You really created a lovely garden.

But I understand the impulse to move and start over, having just done the same thing. I'll be following along to see what you tackle next.


Pam — I'm following along with you, too. If we hadn't documented it all with photos, I think it would be hard to remember how much we actually accomplished. And the blog is so nice because you can explain why you did what you did — and how. No longer do we all have to keep inventing the wheel!

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