We used to have a huge hedge along our rear property line. It was very overgrown and unkempt looking. It ran all the way up to the Carriage House on one side, and the neighbor’s back fence on the other. As a result, we lived in our house for 20 years before ever even meeting the neighbor that lived behind us. Is that crazy or what?
We took the hedge down a few years ago, and replaced it with lilac bushes. And then I met the ‘neighbor behind the hedge’, Claudia. Who, by the way, is quite lovely.
When we planted the lilacs, I decided to also add an arbor so that we would always have access to the area back there even once the lilacs take over. I also realized that I had room for a cutting garden behind the Carriage House.
The beauty of a cutting garden that is hidden from view is that I don’t feel guilty when I cut all of the flowers and bring them inside. It doesn’t matter if the garden itself looks terrible, no one can see it.
I have peonies, hydrangeas, Siberian iris, and day lilies back there. I’d like to remove the day lilies though, and fill in that area with something else. If anyone in the Twin Cities wants basic orange Day Lilies, let me know. You can have them.
I also have way too many yellow iris. If you would like some yellow bearded iris plants, I’d be happy to share them with you also.
I staged my photos using a metal folding bistro chair. I’ve had this chair in my sale for 2 years running now, but no one seems to want to buy it. It can be rather handy for things like staging photos, or pulling out an extra chair that doesn’t take up much space. I also used an enamel pitcher that I recently bought at an occasional sale. I paid a bit more for it than I am usually willing to shell out, but I know I’ll get tons of use out of it.
I wish the blooming season for peonies was just a bit longer. I will just have to enjoy them while they last.