Beginning the Shed Garden Layout
As Spring rolls on, if one is going to relocated large, woody things like trees, and one wishes to be successful and not lose or stunt the tree in the process, one needs to get it in gear and get it done. That's what I did last week. You see, I planted a Japanese elm (Zelkova serrata)last year. It was August, things were not going particularly well, and I just wanted a shady tree outside my window. So Mr. Magpie brought one of my favorite trees home for me and we planted it together.
I really do love these trees. They have graceful shapes, pretty leaves and absolutely stunning fall color. Unfortunately, I completely misjudged the size of the tree in comparison with the house. It's hard to envision a tree 50' tall and 50' wide when it's a tiny little thing! So it had to be moved. But to what spot exactly? Straight back? Off to one side? In the back corner?
(So hard to envision the size this tree will eventually be!)
In the end, what we decided to do was use a bunch of landscape boards to try some designs right on the ground so we could really see what we were creating.
It's hard to picture, I know. What you're seeing is a bed along the corner for huckleberries, a gravel path, and an asymmetrical bed in front of that for shade loving plants. Something like this:
As soon as we had that, we knew exactly where to put the tree!!
Here's what it looked like last time we made progress on the shed garden:
And here's what it looks like now:
I know it's hard to see the difference, so here it is highlighted:
The tree has been moved into it's new home, and the long bed that was there has been removed to make way for the new, asymmetrical bed.
What I like about this, is that not only does it mirror the rounded corner shape from the other end of the garden, but it creates a nice little "entrance" to the garden in this back corner. I think that will be nice.
Although right now it's pretty darn ugly. Unless you are lucky enough to get a gauzy look with some lens flare. Then it's almost pretty. If you squint. Almost.
This project is going to be very, very, very slow. But it's nice to know that it's moving forward, even if it is at a glacial pace.
Do you have any projects that are going to take forever? How do you stay motivated to keep chipping away at them?