11 responses

  1. lady
    July 1, 2014

    oh that should be nice so even if people pass in the front and see a nice lawn party happening, how cheerful is that! Also you will love the hydrangeas….they are always gorgeous and never enough of those. Good luck with it. :D

  2. Manuela@A Cultivated Nest
    July 1, 2014

    I feel the same. Love all my beds but already it’s too much to take care of. I used to think having a flower bed cut down on the time it takes to mow. I now realize that mowing is 10 times quicker than maintaining a bed!

    You have a beautiful garden!

  3. Jen Y
    July 1, 2014

    My garden club had a speaker this past winter who talked about gardening as we age. I know you are far from ‘old’ but downsizing a garden is something we all have to face at some point whether it’s from age, children or just busy schedules.

    I haven’t really downsized my garden so much but I have streamlined it more, only growing things that take less water, less pruining, ect. It’s made a difference in how clean things look & in how much time I really need to work in it.

    • Kathy
      July 1, 2014

      I like that Jen. I was looking at all of the Daylilies – they’re wonderful, but to look good you have to keep up with the deadheading…not old quite yet, feel it sometimes ;)

  4. Beth
    July 1, 2014

    Hi Kathy, Your property is lovely and it still will be so…just changed. I adore your crape myrtles; we cannot grow them in our climate. So pretty! We are getting ready for a major garden project. It’s a renovation, not a downsizing. It leaves me with a lot of decisions to make as to what plants stay, which ones go, and how will I replant my gardens. It’s a big opportunity but a little scary. Change is good, they say! :)

  5. MariaElena
    July 2, 2014

    Your garden is so pretty! You sure have a “green thumb”. Love it!

  6. adrienne
    July 2, 2014

    I have been trying to downsize and cut down on maintenance in my garden for a while…it isn’t easy, but it isn’t good when the garden becomes a burden instead of a delight. It sounds as if you have a great plan and the results will be an even nicer place to spend time in…and, a lot less work!

  7. Candace
    July 2, 2014

    I love your gardens but I completely understand wanting to plan for the future, too. Sometimes, I look at what we keep adding (and we have far less than you) and think we need to stop adding! My husband is addicted to mulch…that is a lot of planned maintenance to keep up with. Good planning on your part!

    • Kathy
      July 3, 2014

      That’s one thing that I’ll be able to ‘downsize’ on – the amount of mulch needed to cover each garden bed. I do want to enjoy this garden the rest of my life – and I like the notion of keeping what you truly love!
      Have a blessed Fourth – see you next week! ;)
      Kathy

  8. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads
    July 2, 2014

    I have always admired your flower gardens Kathy, but I know how much work they are to keep them looking their best. I have neglected one of our beds this spring, and I’m planning to tackle it next week. And we are always “rethinking” our vegetable garden as to how it can be productive but less work to maintain!

  9. Lydia
    July 3, 2014

    I agree with you about streamlining the property. I was once so excited about putting in gardens all over the place, and did not anticipate how much time it would take to maintain it all. The bricked-in flower beds are enough, and even then, are time consuming . Expanses of lawn are very soothing to look at and easy care.

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