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My spiral garden

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When we first broke ground on this portion of our garden, it was all grass.  Not soft lawn grass, but tough, wild grass with runners.  Quack grass, a true nemesis.

My husband kindly cleared it away…with an ax.  My Mom, sister and I envisioned a spiral garden bed.

My dad arrived to join in the “fun” of starting a greenhouse/produce garden. He diligently refined the spiral, carefully placing each stone into a fluid pattern.

That first season, I planted cut flowers: Zinnia, Cosmos, Cleome.  And poppies.  It turned into a riot of color.

We couldn’t even walk the spiral that summer.  It was covered with foliage, blossoms, bumble bees.

As my days have filled up with motherhood and other ventures, I have found that a more refined, quieter space is what I crave.  And now, in my tough-growing, constantly-windy, zone 4 (almost zone 3) garden, I am diligently planting my own “field” of lavender

A lavender spiral.  Ah yes, to walk and smell.  Oh my. Of course, this is no surprise to anyone who knows me very well.

Here are a few more photos of the spiral as it has moved through its progressive summer plantings.  And for next summer, I am sure you can see the area I need to tackle.  Filled with….grass.

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4 thoughts on “My spiral garden

  1. Beautiful!!

  2. Now, that’s a new twist! I really like that idea!

  3. MUCH better than the quack grass! I’m looking forward to lavender ice cream!

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