Forest Gardening PART I
My husband & I have lived in the forest since 2006 and we are in the process of embellishing our property. My DRAGONFLY FOREST GARDEN will be a playfully lush place for dragonflies, fairies and grandchildren.
I will add photos as we make progress on a project that will probably take many, many years to complete.
2 of 30: Thanksgiving 2008. On the deck of the Kids' Cabin is a launch for the ZIP LINE which my 5 year of grandson loves.
3 of 30: Our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter is fearless on the zip line... not to mention independent about pulling it back to the launch pad.
5 of 30: WHAT'S THIS? It's going to be a Cowboy Cabin! Instead of lumber for the support posts, Von cut down small trees then peeled off the bark.
7 of 30: March 22, 2010. We're using Fir rounds as a border for the stone pad Von laid in the Fall of '09. The rounds were laid in cement to make them secure for little feet to walk upon.
8 of 30: April 24, 2010. The Cowboy Cabin is starting to take shape. We'll also put a campfire ring in this open spot in the forest.
9 of 30: June 1, 2010 Mother nature is finally gracing our forest with the Spring surprises. I've planted Columbines here and there in sunny spots.
10 of 30: All of the plants in this photo are native to our area but I had to buy some Vanilla Leaf (right corner) to get it started in Dragonfly Forest.
11 of 30: Orange Azalea blossoms along my forest trail make me feel joyous every time I walk by them. This plant is much happier since I moved it from the yard to the forest.
14 of 30: June 16, 2010 With the excessive Spring rain, my hubby has had lots of time for the inside finish work on the Cowboy Cabin.
15 of 30: July 26th. The Cowboy Cabin is finished! Now we just need to get our grandchildren here for a few nights of roughing-it.
16 of 30: Want building plans for this cheap garden chair? It's designed to be build out of an old pallet! Contact me and I'll e-mail the step-by-step directions!
17 of 30: An old porch swing that hasn't seen daylight in a few years is now looking for swingers in Dragonfly Forest. It proudly hangs from a new HUBBY-hewn log stand!
18 of 30: Pachysandra is NOT supposed to be on the deers' Favorite Foods List so I'm trying some in my forest garden.
19 of 30: August 15, 2010 No time to sit... but I truly enjoyed planting a new variety of bleeding hearts around the outside of the fir rounds.... BURNING HEARTS!
20 of 30: Our private road passes this s/w corner where I've planted a Clematis 'Rooguchi' to grow up the rustic obelisk that Von built.
23 of 30: September 9th. This is my Birthday present from my sweet hubby, Von. It's a mini outhouse....
25 of 30: Six year old Isabella spent 5 days alone with us in December. Despite bitterly cold weather we enjoyed the forest while she was with us.