Rebeling Against Old Sayings

Have you heard this ......

Life is what happens when you are making other plans.

Well -- I certainly hope not cuz all I have been doing lately is making plans.  And trying to put them into action ... in little ways.

Our lives will be changing very soon.  In less than 8 months maximum, Honey is retiring!  (Cue the bands and the cheering crowds!!!)  To say I am excited is an understatement. Ecstatic ... Elated ... Euphoric may also be included.

You heard some of the kitchen plans.

Now ... it is time for some of Miss Eff's plans.

One of my goals is to give a sense of place and privacy to our home.  If you explore 19th century architecture in rural communities, you don't find wide open spaces around the house.

This is our house in 1927 ..... the photo I have shown 15 billion times .... but notice the fence.

Here is another picture ........ that I stole from this site.  It is interesting reading and it is totally why we live very successfully without air conditioning.

There is a sense of enclosure.

And that is what is missing from our home.  A sense of enclosure and privacy.

So I have been working with Susan Anderson from Urban Eden to create a historically appropriate landscape plan for the house. 

As I told her .... I want it to look like a flower farmer lives here.

I am trying to a develop a sense of public and private spaces on the farm without huge signs that say "Stay out!  This is mine!" or gates that lock people out.  Susan has come up with a wonderful plan.  I won't share it with you until I have time to go over it with Honey ..... we always have to think and mull over ideas.

I will share some of the new plants that will be going in the garden this fall for next year's cutting ....... maybe.

First of all ......... I ordered this new peony.

photo courtesy of Van Engelen

They describe it as very fragrant and watermelon-colored.  YUM! 

I am trying to fill a time gap that I have in early June.  So I am working on some new planting techniques and some new plants.

Alliums are some of them.  I ordered Purple Sensation allium.  Tall with 4" blooms, they should be a nice addition to bouquets without being as over-powering. (Yet nothing is as spectacular as Globemaster which get 10" blooms!)

Photo courtesy of White Flower Farm

We also have more lilies, more peonies and more bulbs coming in this fall to plant.  And next spring .... ROSES!!!!!!

The plans are going into place now ... but in a few weeks ..... there will be a lot of life going on!!!


Dan Mays said…
I have tremendous respect and admiration for Susan Anderson. In working with her in other capacities over the years, I have always found her to be insightful and to have a clarity of vision -- which she can backup with both education and experience.

Susan is an under-appreciated commodity in the horticultural world. You could not have made a wiser choice. Susan "gets it". I am anxious to see her plans unveiled.

Miss Effie said…
Dan .... I got the "rough draft" the other day. It brings history, privacy and a cutting garden together. There is a small "farmer's garden"... there are paths made of crushed stones ... The plant selection makes me happy. It is wonderful and yet, simple. We will start some parts this fall. Others will wait till retirement ... which is approximately 6 months away!! Yea .. I am celebrating!

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