Monday, March 22, 2010

Inspiration needed for Design A Go Go

This is it. My boring, inspiration-less corner. The subject of the Austin Garden Bloggers Design A Go Go this weekend to brainstorm with me about what to do in that back corner.

First rule, however, is that dogs must roam. They love to race to that back corner and watch for deer and other critters through the fence. Since I know that isn't going to change because I put some inspiration over there, the dogs have to keep a path behind whatever I do.

I'd really like a garden room - some almost enclosed area with a focal point, but with a hidden element as well. It could cover part or most of the front of the playscape, too. I'm open. Might like a nice cedar arbor back there.

I'm just tired of competing with the dogs for the space and the bed that's there, while nice enough when in bloom, was a put in as a filler. I've removed some of my original shrubs in favor of more perennials, too. Now the bed holds bi-color iris, Esperanza, Butterfly weed, Coneflowers, some pass-along bulbs, Ruellia, and an Abutilon. The fences have Crossvine and Wisteria on them. The trees in front of the area are 2 Lace Bark Elms and 1 Big Tooth Maple.

The existing corner bed gets morning and mid-day sun and late afternoon shade on the right side.

So, are you inspired when you look at these pictures? Something amazing pop into your head? Think you might have an idea to share with me? I'd love to hear it. All inspiration welcome!


Pam/Digging said...

I'll put the idea machine on to percolate. Lots of potential with such a big space!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are wise to include the dogs in your inspriation. They need to be able to run the fenceline. It is their territory. What fun to have such a big area to play with. We sit out in the late afternoon a lot. A sitting area where there is shade in the late afternoon is a good thing.

Lancashire rose said...

I'll be putting my thinking cap on ready for Saturday.

Amy said...


katina said...

Hey, just thought you'd like to know--I was able to give away all the kalanchoe you gave me on Sunday at Jen's place. Of course there was one left at 545 yesterday, but I was able to get one of the girls who has an empty flowerpot to take it. I think it was like that last piece of cake that gets left in the kitchen--the guilt piece, no one wants to take it for fear that someone else REALLY wanted it.

Diana said...

Pam - it is a big space, so I want big ideas. I have too many bitty ideas!

Lisa -- I have to consider the dogs - they've been tromping around in the existing bed anyway - I kind of cleared the center for them already!

Lancashire Rose -- Can't wait to see what you dream up.

Amy -- Keep that thinking cap on.

Katina -- So glad you found homes for the Kalanchoes. They are so sweet and I do have dozens. We'll miss you Saturday - hope to see you in April.

Patchwork said...

Can't wait to see what everybody comes up with.

Diana said...

Patchwork - Me, too! Could be all sorts of different ideas, and I need them all.