2009 Garden Journal Entry #1 – Je Suis Folle

Apr 28, 2009 | Uncategorized | 15 comments

WOW.  I have been non stop since my last post and am enjoying sitting DOWN for a few minutes right now.  

I had a 1st Communion shoot this past weekend and another bridal show.  I really hope this photography biz kicks in to high gear in the next 6 months.  Have you seen my new website???
Aside from that I have simply been in the mud and am in WAY over my head with my loftly ambitions for mon jardin.  We put in a flagstone terrace when we first bought the house and when I dug the hole for it I made two huge piles of dirt that I turned into raised beds.  They are right up against the back of the garage.  Well, I hate them.  All they do is wash mud all over the place and they are full of weeds and take up precious space that could be used for outdoor living space.  SOoooooooo, I am attempting to dig them out.  And dig, and dig, and dig and dig…I don’t think we can afford flagstone this year but will find some contentment with a load of gravel just to cover the mess we have out there.  ‘Throw one of those hideous but life-saving kiddy pools over that area and some pots of annuals and hopefully it won’t look too awful!
Before this latest muddy endevor hubby and I (on Friday) lifted out each and every stone in the potager and re-positioned them.  They had sunk down over the last few years.  We laid down weed barrier because last year the weeds in my pea gravel paths were so bad and “Round Up” and “Organic Gardening” kind of contradict each other now don’t they?  But, now I need a whole dump of pea gravel…$ $ $ $ $.  And this is what I was not looking forward to – gardening without a pickup truck. 🙁  After that project my back and calves were aching but some planting did get done…
The radishes are in, lettuces are in – in what are hopefully delightful little patterns of bon vivant blend, romaine, musclin and frisée!  Move over Le Notre!    HA!…not.  My garlics are lined up in little rows and  better late than never my leeks are peaking out of the dirt!  How exciting!!!!  Oh, and I have about 350 out of 600 onions in!  (No, I don’t have THAT much space but do borrow space in a neighbors large back yard around the corner – as if I didn’t have enough work to do!)
My toes have a nice dose of hot pink covering the dirt and I have not styled my hair since Saturday!  I am thinking about having a T-shirt made that says, “I may look like crap but my garden looks great!”  Don’t you think I could sell those???
But my garden doesn’t look great.  I lost about 20 boxwoods and a few roses this winter.  I should sue Al Gore for damages.  I thought we had a “climate crises” but apparently I didn’t mulch enough for these Chicago winters!  Every spring it looks so horrible and it is hard to believe it will ever be lovely again.  As I am waiting for that beauty I hope I can manage to get his project done so when it finally arrives I can sit back and enjoy it!

The “new and improved…almost” Potater.

Got dirt?  How long do you think it will take me to move all that?  And where the heck am I going to put it all????

Another view, my lovely rust wheel barrow and the raised beds on the right that I am attempting to eliminate.

And last but not least, the most beautiful flower in my garden.  My little gardening buddy. 


  1. Berlin Deluxxe

    You’ve been missed! It so inspiring to see all that you’ve done in your garden. Nothing beats homegrown 🙂
    I posted my b.day present a couple blogs ago, go check it out my friend, and….
    There is an award on my page for you, go grab it mon ami 🙂

  2. Anne Marie

    one word


  3. Jen

    I feel so lazy, because I haven’t done much in my garden, yet! You are inspiring me to head out there.

  4. Bonjour Madame

    I was just griping how my ONE hanging plant on the porch needs so much watering…ha! You are impressive with everything you have done here. It’s going to look great.

  5. Bonjour Madame

    Woah…just looked at your new website and it’s fantastic! The photo of the little girl with the red hair is enchanting. You are talented!

  6. à la parisienne

    I love the Al Gore comment! This looks great. I can’t wait to see pics later in the growing season! Bon travail!

  7. à la parisienne

    Bonne chance avec la photographie! J’aime ton site!

  8. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    You sure are full of energy! I love your stones laid out like they are, and can’t wait to see them in full bloom! It feels SO GOOD to work outside, doesn’t it!?
    (And, your little flower IS the very best of all there is in this world!)

  9. cityfarmer

    somehow you always seem to accomplish what you set your hand to….I adore all the prep don’t you.

    three words


  10. Farmgirl Cyn

    I feel your pain! I, too, have had to lift every stone, hoik out all the weeds growing between them, fill it in with some soil (I could use that extra you have!) and replace the stones. Oy vay. Where did you get your onion sets? I have never planted them before, but I did set seed for leeks a couple weeks ago. How come you have them peeking out of your garden? Are they perennials like the chives? I need answers.
    Remind folks if they want to see the garden in bloom to click on your gardening sidebar photos….they always inspire me!

  11. Chrissy

    WoW!!! I do not really garen, but you make me want too!!! WOW!

  12. Parisienne Farmgirl

    I could not get my onion sets at my online seed co. so I search high and low for them and finally found them at…Walmart. And you know how I feel about Walmart (See my first post ever).

    I think I could have planted my leeks a few weeks earlier than I did. I think I put them in about a month ago. I just know they take a long time and they are just annuals cause you yank out the entire thing when they are done. I never have enough leeks and the stores around here don’t carry them and it they do I have to buy $12 worth just to make my favorite soup. It will be interesting after I thin them to see how many I actually get.

    You are right about the slide show – it inspires ME. I put it on my sidebar lest I forget this muddy mess actually turns into something!

  13. Victoria

    Looks good, so far. I’ve seen it in full bloom and it’s truly a relaxing place to sip pinot noir during cool summer evenings. It’s like a whole other world out there (I’m looking forward to seeing it again soon).

    In my little icky garden I have decided not to do veggies (can’t move them) but I do have scallions and an herb box. AND all the perennials are back and look great. Even some tulips survived the squirrels – yeah! 🙂

  14. RobinfromCA

    LOL! I think you should send Al Gore a bill for your lost plants. After all, he promised it would be warmer. He won awards for “proving” it would be warmer! Ha!

    Your garden is going to be beautiful. Here I am in CA (well, actually in Phoenix for 2 days) and my yard is still in winter mess mode. I am embarrassed. But…

    Please check out my blog where I’ve left an award for you!

    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

  15. Manic Mom

    I enjoyed the new website. You take beautiful pics. I loved the canning jars.
    It was nice to see all the work that your doing in your garden. Up here in Northern CA I have 3 little planter boxes with a small garden. I figured I had to start somewhere- hugs


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