The house I live in has a large amount of land with it. It had been left untended for decades and I don't think anyone before me had any interest in gardening let alone even mowing. When I moved in to the house the first year was spent trying to gain some control over the grass and weeds.
After making a summer kitchen and xeriscaping the front yard, I turned my attention to an area in the back that I had started planting a few roses.
It was just an odd little area sitting off by itself. It didn't really fit in with the rest of the back yard. That is when I decided to completely close it in and make it a secret garden.
I started by pouring cement footing around the area I wanted to enclose. The plan was to put up a traditional stone wall but it didn't take me long to realize that this would be a bigger project than I could finish. So I went with a tall wooden fence. Not maybe a private as a stone wall but it works.
Ralph has chosen his favorite spot
I get up very early in the morning before the heat becomes unbearable and I have slowly laid out the foundation of the secret garden.
a crushed granite and rock path has been made. More rock will be brought in once the rattlesnakes are less active.
planters and irrigation have been added. Now that I am happy with the irrigation, I will bury it. Plants have also been gathered and held in a shaded area. As soon as the temps drop from triple digits, I will be able to start planting.
the path winds around the perimeter of the garden leaving a nice sized square in the center. I have not completely worked out the plans for this area but I may plant a pear or fig tree in the center or maybe a water feature. I had thought I would like a bench but instead I put in a low wooden deck area for sitting.
A couple of weeks ago, I added a tented arbor to the deck area in the secret garden. The sun in brutal and unrelenting here in the summer. This tented arbor has curtain panels that easily pull out from the corners and is perfect for blocking the sun or adding even more privacy. There is also bug netting panels which can be pulled on all sides and zippered close which makes the area nice for reading at night.
last night we had a light rain and it was so pleasant to sit under the vaulted tent arbor. I felt like I was part of a fairy tale.
Plants will include roses, mostly old garden varieties, lavender, coneflowers, butterfly bush and other perennials.
Ralph the Dog and I will be spending a lot of time out here is fall and winter.
Mostly Ralph the Dog just likes watching me work
Edisto a lovely miniature rose
the lizards are even curious to all the going on in the garden and they seem to approve of the choice of rock
as my hidden little garden progress, I will post more pictures. This is quickly becoming my favorite area to work in both gardening and journaling.
I purchased a second chaise lounge chair as it sems Ralph has claimed the one that I had as his throne.