|Sophie and Nate see the Secret Garden for the first time|
Not knowing what I am doing never stops me, it just slows me down a bit. When my daughter told me my granddaughter was reading The Secret Garden I decided she needed to have a Secret Garden.
|The sign that had to be moved|
A real walled garden of grand proportions! Except that there is no room here for a grand garden and no walled space. I did, however, have a side yard, done as a very low water needs area some years ago. Nothing very special there but it had the house on one side, a short wrought iron fence on the other and a six foot tall section of fence at the back end. Sounded as if, with the addition of a gate, it could be Secret Garden-ish.
The first thing I did was install gate posts. Now some would say it would be smart to have the gate in hand and be able to see how things would work but I decided to just start and hope for the best. I dug holes and put the posts in concrete. Did you know there are level apps on smart phones? When I couldn't find my level I searched and there they were. Worked great too!
|Droid level...there when you need it|
|I couldn't have found a better gate!|
|Sophie plants the flowers she found at the farmers market|
Sophie arrived for a visit sooner than I had expected when I started this project so things were not quite done. A fairy cottage must be made; it will be much smaller that the first Fairy House. The liriope that has gotten out of hand must be reined in. More hardy plants that appeal to five year olds must be added. But there is no hurry. We planted a few things on the last visit. More will be added in due time.
The one thing Sophie made me change right away was to take the sign off the gate and hang it in the garden. As she so astutely put it, it wouldn't be a Secret Garden if it had a sign on the gate.